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.
The Ashbridges Bay Skatepark is a progressive approach to cast-in-place concrete skateboard park design. It is Toronto’s first urban skate plaza based on real-life street structures. The street-style skateboard park is approximately 21,500 square feet and makes use of 1,200 cubic meters of concrete to create a park suitable for all levels and abilities.
ARCHITECURAL MERIT AND MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION
Concrete was essential for this project, and construction made use of both pre-cast and poured concrete in novel applications. Concrete was chosen for its architectural expressions, strength, colour, finishes, and durability properties. It was also the obvious choice for sustainable construction, including local production and delivery and recycled content.
Dundurn Edge Developments is one of the leading developers/builders of environmentally friendly high-rise construction, designing all projects to a LEED Platinum level. Their newest development, Village Suites Oshawa, is a 6-storey, 315,000 square feet ICF building containing 133 suites.
The Algoma Orchards Ltd. project demonstrates how tilt-up concrete construction can provide a practical
and effective solution for large-scale agricultural applications. The specialty concrete application will ensure a state-of-the-art processing and storage facility for years to come.
MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION...Precast Concrete
The Gale Centre in Niagara Falls is a four-pad arena complex built for the City. Opening in 2010, the $35 million facility provides a new home for many local teams including the Chippawa Junior C Riverhawks, Niagara Falls Canucks, Niagara Falls Minor Hockey, Stamford Skating Club and other local groups.
The end result is a pleasing building with exposed ceilings and columns using concrete as a noble material. The final appearance of the product is both pleasant to the eye and offers high levels of performance and a lower carbon footprint. No additional finishes are required—concrete is now a finish material.
The completed reconstruction project improves the level of service on Dufferin Street but also elevates York Region’s civic image by promoting high quality urban design using concrete. The finished roadway is an attractive and functional community gateway... .......
Perhaps most importantly, the project made considerable strides in the use of recycled and environmentally friendly construction materials. In accordance with ‘MRc4-Concrete’ guidelines, the total percentage of Post-Industrial Recycled Material Content was 40.55% on the total Quantity of Concrete (equal to 66,000 m3).