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Concrete Awards showcase diverse building projects across the province

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December 10, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The Concrete Awards celebrate the efforts of suppliers, designers, contractors and owners in Ontario. Held during the Buildings Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this year’s winners were diverse, representing building projects from transit stations to modern condo complexes.

Infrastructure Award:

Guildwood Station

Situated in the far east end of Toronto is the newly constructed Guildwood Station. Owned by Metrolinx, the $62M project contains 5,374 cubic metres of placed concrete. The project began in 2014 and was finished in June 2019, with Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. acting as general contractor.


Institutional Building Award:

Temagami First Nation Multi-Use Facility

Bear Island in Northeastern Ontario is home to 244 residents as well as the Temagami First Nations community. It is also home to the newly constructed Temagami First Nations Multi-use Facility. Owned by the Temagami First Nations, Quinan Construction Ltd. acted as general contractor while Lafarge Canada supplied materials. The $5 million facility features 400 cubic metres of concrete.


Material Development and Innovation Award:

Master X-Seed 55, Pier 27

Increasing concrete strength, durability and reducing environmental impact are some of the main benefits of Master X-Seed 55. Located at Pier 27 on the Toronto Harbourfront, this 36-floor complex is recognized for its innovative use of concrete. A collaborative project between contractors and engineers such as TMG Builders, BASF Canada, the Carpenters Union and Entuitive, this project features 25,000 cubic metres of concrete.

Mid-to-High Rise Residential- Precast:

Intercontinental Combo Hotel

Owned by Vrancor Group and located in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Intercontinental Combo Hotel is a 174-room multi-purpose hotel complex. Featuring 4,553 square metres of cladding, 140 square metres of precast cornices and an impressive 11,447 square metres of precast landings and stairs, this project was created by M2Construction Management as the general contractor and M.A Steelcon Engineering Ltd. Stubbe’s Precast supplied the material for the adjoining six-story hotels.

Mid-to-High Rise Residential: Cast in Place & Sustainable Concrete Construction:

River City Phase 3

A series of three residential condominium buildings, known as River City Phase 1, 2 and 3 sit perched above the Don Valley Parkway at King and River streets in Toronto. The third and final tower, River City Phase 3, owned by Urban Capital, is this year’s winner for Mid-to-High Rise Residental: Cast in Place, as well as the Sustainable Concrete Construction category. It features a 29-storey residential tower along with a seven-storey podium. The $68 million project began in 2015 and was completed in October 2018. It features a 3,000 square-metre foot plate and 17,700 cubic metres of concrete.

Structural Design Innovation:

 Gay Lea Distribution Facility

The Freezer Building of Gay Lea’s Brampton-based production facility has 140,000 sq. ft. of concrete flooring and features a total usage of 3,700 cubic metres of concrete, along with a Compensating Concrete slab. The project’s floor, which is owned by the Orlando Corp. and built by United Floor Ltd., was completed in 2018 and is currently an operating facility.



Specialty Concrete Construction:

 Dietrich Commodities Grain Silo 

The new grain silo at Dietrich Family Farms, located in Lucan, Ont., has walls constructed of 10-inch thick concrete. Standing at 26.2 meters in interior diameter and 40.2 meters in height, it is this largest silo ever built by MWI Silo Systems Inc. Dufferin Concrete supplied 1,500 meters of concrete for the walls, the equivalent of 29 cubic meters per 4-foot lift. MWI served as the general contractor on the project while Stephen B Clarke and Associates Inc. were the engineers of record on the unique silo project.


Announced at the Buildings Show in Toronto Dec. 4, other winners at this year’s Ontario Concrete Awards include Stubbe’s Precast Head Office in Harley, Ont., which received the Architectural Merit Award and Marineland’s Polar Splash, which received the Architectural Hardscape Award. The award take place each year. Projects can be submitted for nomination in several different categories.


This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of On-Site. Click here to read through the whole issue.

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