We are pleased to present the winners of the Ontario Concrete Awards. Please click on the individual project links below for specific project information or click on the award brochure thumbnail to download the full awards brochure.
Conventional skatepark ledges have a tendency to be heavy gray blocks that interrupt the motion lines of the park landscape. At Chinguacousy, ledges are detailed in coloured concrete, as flat arches. Instead of being aesthetic liabilities, this technique turns the ledges into featured assets.
Significantly reducing the energy consumed in the energy intensive processes of making cheese was quite challenging. As well, the client wanted the design to be a sustainable building that was as environmentally-responsible as possible. To accomplish that goal, concrete was selected as the principal construction material for the project.
Certified as LEED® Platinum, the West Village Suites (WVS) project was conceived, designed and constructed with the energy conservation and environmental sustainability at the forefront. The use of concrete was significant in the achievement of this prestigious designation. The structure was entirely constructed using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF).
Concrete was chosen for the house for its durability, fire resistance and its energy efficiency. The concrete provides thermal mass, absorbing heat from sun exposure and releasing the heat at night or in cooler temperatures. This reduces energy costs from heating and cooling for the family.
The core walls are constructed using self-consolidating concrete (SCC). As one of the first North American projects to be using SCC at this scale, it provides an excellent opportunity to collect data on the effect of SCC on formwork pressure.
The decision by the MTO to incorporate rapid bridge replacement technology in the Island Park contract had significant positive impact on many levels. The project was completed in a single construction season vs. the conventional approach that would have taken two seasons. The overall project cost savings to the owner was conservatively estimated at greater than two million dollars.
Humber College desired an architectural and structural design solution incorporating tilt-up concrete construction, which addressed issues of constructability, durability, and cost considerations along with project schedule requirements.
The Talbot Trail Bridge Over East Branch of Two Creeks was a project that required the complete removal of an existing twin culvert structure and replacing it with a new-ridged frame, clear span concrete structure. The new bridge span measures 3.5m (high) by 11m (span) by 22m (width) and was to be reconstructed in two phases in order to maintain traffic volumes along Hwy 3.
The “Lien on Me” house was designed strong, sustainable and with green features. The elements used on the house have an estimated lifespan of up to 300 years or more, with little or no maintenance. The goal of Mike Holmes and the entire design team was to create a house that was eco-friendly, energy efficient, fire, water and mould resistant and designed to stand the test of time; precast concrete provided an excellent solution.