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Concrete champions

By Andrew Snook   

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The Ontario Concrete Awards took place on Nov. 28, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during Construct Canada and honoured innovative concrete-related design and construction across the province.

Award winners

Architectural Merit – Rotman School of Management Expansion

Location: Toronto


General contractor: Eastern Construction Co. Ltd.

Engineer of record: Yolles, A CH2M HILL Co.

Architect of record: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Owner: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Material suppliers: Armtec Limited Partnership, St. Marys CBM

This project is LEED Silver certified and used 9,000 cu. m. of concrete. Features include: cantilever feature stairs, architecturally exposed concrete (AEC), circular AEC columns and the central core extends the full height of the building.

Architectural Hardscape – Scholars’ Green Park

Location: Mississauga

General contractor: Aldershot Landscape Contractors LP

Architects of record: gh3, Terraplan Landscape Architects Ltd.

Owner: City of Missisauga

Material supplier: Dufferin Concrete, A division of Holcim (Canada) Inc.

This public park brings together Sheridan College and the surrounding community. It was built incorporating sustainable materials and green technologies into many of its features.

Mid to High Rise Residential – Toronto International Film Festival

Location: Toronto

General contractor: The Daniels Corp.

Construction manager: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Forming contractor: C.I.P. Group

Engineer of record: Jablonsky, Ast and Partners

Architect of record: Kirkor Architects & Planners

Design Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Owner: King and John Festival Corporation

Material suppliers: Innocon

This building has 42-above ground storeys, six underground parking levels and 458 suites. Its features include The Bell Lightbox, a five-storey podium building equipped with five cinemas, two galleries, two restaurants, exhibition space and festival staff office space for more than 200 TIFF employees.

Specialty Concrete Applications – Maple Leaf Gardens Remodernization

Location: Toronto

General contractor: Buttcon Ltd.

Forming contractor: Hardrock Forming Co.

Engineer of record: exp Services Inc.

Architects of record: Turner Fleischer Architects Inc., BBB Architects.

Owners: Loblaw Properties Limited, Ryerson University

Material supplier: Dufferin Concrete, A division of Holcim (Canada) Inc.

Dufferin Concrete supplied 17,000 cu. m. of ready mix concrete for this project, including 37 different mixes for the various required applications. The concrete had to be supplied in small quantities throughout multiple levels on the north side of the building.

Specialty Concrete Products – Courtney Park & Kennedy Road Lane Improvement

Location: Mississauga

General contractor: Royal Ready Construction Ltd.

Material testing engineers: Coffey Geotechnics, Davroc Testing Laboratories Inc.

Owner: City of Mississauga – Transportation & Works Department

Material suppliers: Royal Ready-Mix Inc.

This project was an innovative example of concrete pavements being used to address significant pavement performance issues in a short period of time. Macro-synthetic fibres were used in the concrete mix design, which has the potential to reduce the cross-section thickness of the pavement.

Institutional Building – CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory

Location: Hamilton

General contractor: EllisDon Corp.

Forming contractor: RES 2000 Structures Inc.

Engineer of record: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Architect of record: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Owner: McMaster Innovation Park

Material suppliers: St. Marys CBM

This project is LEED Platinum registered and 11,375 cu. m. of concrete were used during its construction. Features include: machine shop facilities, teaching space, labs, classrooms, tutorial study area, secure storage space, materials testing facility, administrative space, and lounges and meeting space.

Material Development & Innovation – Whole Foods Market, Square One

Location: Mississauga

General contractor: B.M.I. Construction Co. Ltd.

Engineer of record: exp Services Inc.

Architect of record: Petroff Partnership Architects

Owner: Whole Foods Market

Material suppliers: St. Marys CBM

This 45,000-sq.-ft.grocery store features approximately 25,000 sq. ft. of retail area, which includes a polished, low shrinkage architectural concrete showcasing exposed, decorative specialty aggregate at the surface.

Infrastructure – West Don Lands Storm Water Conveyance System

Location: Toronto

General contractor: Eastern Construction Co. Ltd.

Tunneling contractor: C & M McNally Engineering Corp.

Engineer of record: R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.

Owners: Waterfront Toronto and Toronto Water – City of Toronto

Material suppliers: Dufferin Concrete, A division of Holcim (Canada) Inc. and Munro Ltd.

This massive $167-million infrastructure project showcases a variety of concrete construction techniques, including: pre-cast, cast-in-place, post tensioned, reinforced and un-reinforced concrete.

Structural Design Innovation – Whitemans Creek Bridge

Location: Brantford

General contractor: Dufferin Construction Co., A division of Holcim (Canada) Inc.

Engineer of record: Delcan Corp.

Owner: Ministry of Transportation Ontario – West Region

Material suppliers: Armtec Limited Partnership and Dufferin Concrete, A division of Holcim (Canada) Inc.

This bridge is a 40-m, single span steel plate girder structure with 225-mm thick concrete deck. The project’s combination of accelerated bridge construction, ultra high performance concrete and fibre reinforced polymer reinforcing allowed for a durable and quick construction. 

Sustainable Concrete Construction – New Carlisle Street Parking Facility

Location: St. Catharines

General contractor: Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.

Engineer of record: Halsall Associates

Architect of record: Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.

Owner: City of St. Catharines

Material supplier: Dufferin Concrete, A division of Holcim (Canada) Inc.

This LEED Silver targeted, seven-storey, 600-vehicle parking structure has 30,000 sq. m. of parking space and 1,200 sq. m. of leasable space. There was 11,759 cu. m. of concrete used on the project. Features include: rainwater harvesting, a bicycle parkade, a pedestrian skywalk connection, passive ventilation and motion activated LED lighting.

To read the full project description of each award winner, visit: www.ontarioconcreteawards.ca.


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