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Infrastructure and buildings win at Ontario Concrete Awards

December 4, 2012
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Ontario Concrete Awards took place on November 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during Construct Canada. They honoured innovative concrete-related design and construction projects across the province, with consulting engineering...

The Ontario Concrete Awards took place on November 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during Construct Canada. They honoured innovative concrete-related design and construction projects across the province, with consulting engineering firms listed as part of the winning teams.

Following are the award-winners:




West Don Lands Storm Water Conveyance System, Toronto

Owners: Waterfront Toronto and Toronto Water – City of Toronto

Tunneling contractor: C & M McNally Engineering

Engineer of record: R.V. Anderson Associates

General contractor: Eastern Construction

The 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, Brantford

Owner: Ministry of Transportation Ontario – West Region

Engineer of record: Delcan

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

The 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. 


Mid to High Rise Residential:

Toronto International Film Festival

Owner: King and John Festival Corporation

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

General contractor: The Daniels Corp.

Construction manager: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

The 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.


Institutional Building:

CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory, Hamilton

Owner: McMaster Innovation Park

Engineer of record: Read Jones Christoffersen

Architect of record: Diamond Schmitt

General contractor: EllisDon

Forming contractor: RES 2000 Structures

This project is LEED Platinum registered. Its 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.


Architectural Merit:

Rotman School of Management Expansion, Toronto.

Owner: Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Engineer of record: Yolles, A CH2M HILL Co.

Architect of record: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg

General contractor: Eastern Construction

This LEED Silver certified project’s features include: cantilever feature stairs, architecturally exposed concrete, circular AEC columns and the central core extends the full height of the building.


Architectural Hardscape:

Scholars’ Green Park, Mississauga

Owner: City of Mississauga

Architects of record: gh3, Terraplan Landscape Architects Ltd.

General contractor: Aldershot Landscape Contractors

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


Specialty Concrete Applications:

Maple Leaf Gardens Remodernization, Toronto

Owners: Loblaw Properties Limited, Ryerson University

Engineer of record: exp Services Inc.

Architects of record: Turner Fleischer, BBB

General contractor: Buttcon Ltd.

Forming contractor: Hardrock Forming Co.

Dufferin Concrete supplied 17,000 cu. m. of ready mix concrete for this project, including 37 different mixes for the various required applications.


Material Development & Innovation:

Whole Foods Market, Square One, Mississauga

Owner: Whole Foods Market

Engineer of record: exp Services

Architect of record: Petroff Partnership

General contractor: B.M.I. Construction

The 45, store includes a polished, low shrinkage architectural concrete showcasing exposed, decorative specialty aggregate at the surface.


Sustainable Concrete Construction:

New Carlisle Street Parking Facility, St. Catharines

Owner: City of St. Catharines

Engineer of record: Halsall Associates

Architect of record: Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen

General contractor: Bondfield Construction

The LEED Silver targeted, seven-storey, 600-vehicle parking structure has 11,759 cu. m. of concrete. Features include rainwater harvesting, a bicycle parkade, a pedestrian skywalk connection, passive ventilation and motion activated LED lighting.


Specialty Concrete Products:

Courtney Park & Kennedy Road Lane Improvement, Mississauga

Owner: City of Mississauga – Transportation & Works Department

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

General contractor: Royal Ready Construction

Material suppliers: Royal Ready-Mix

The 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.

To read the full project description of each award winner, click here:

Andrew Snook is the assistant editor of On-Site Magazine.



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