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2010 SAB Canadian Green Building Awards recognize “game changer” buildings

 Eight leading-edge green buildings from Ontario, Manitoba and BC received 2010 SAB Awards - the Canadian Green Building Awards offered through Sustainable Architecture & Building magazine [SABMag]. The seven commercial/institutional buildings, and one new infill home were chosen by a jury of three distinguished architects based on their high levels of sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation.

The projects will be published in the July/August issue of SABMag. The jury described several of the projects as “game-changers” and “transformational” in the influence they will have in changing buildings in Canada to use less energy, conserve water, have healthier interiors for occupants, and be architecturally beautiful to live and work in.

 The jurors were:

  • Martin Neilsen,  MAIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Principal at Busby, Perkins+Will, Vancouver;
  • Lyse Tremblay, MRAIC, LEED AP, President of Lyse Tremblay Architecture, Montreal; and
  • David Sisam B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, Principal at Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.,Toronto.

 Special thanks to our SAB Awards Sponsors: Autodesk Canada, the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, Canam, and Lafarge. The SAB Awards is an annual program intended to advance knowledge and practice of sustainable non-residential and residential building design in Canada. As such, all entries to the SAB Awards help to achieve this goal. 

The selected projects of the 2010 SAB Awards are as follows:

West Vancouver Community Center

 Architect/Firm: Darryl Condon, Hughes Condon Marler: Architects, Vancouver,
Owner/Developer: District of West Vancouver, West Vancouver
General Contractor: Scott Construction Group, Vancouver
Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, Vancouver

Civil Engineer: Hunter Laird Engineering Ltd, New Westminster, BC
Electrical Engineer: Genivar, Vancouver
Mechanical Engineer: Stantec, Vancouver
Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp Structural Engineers, Vancouver
Photographer: Hubert Kang, Vancouver

Jury Comments: The project adds to an earlier built indoor pool that creates an exciting public space. It has a clarity of design concept with a joyous, animated interior in which the activities of the building users are on display. Building orientation for optimum solar conditions, natural ventilation, reduction in water use, re-use of building materials, and geothermal energy are the salient sustainability features that represent a new approach to community centre design.

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 Vancouver Convention Centre West

Architect/Firm: DA/MCM + LMN Architects
Owner/Developer: BC Pavilion Corporation, Vancouver
General Contractor: PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc, Richmond, BC
Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc, Vancouver
Civil Engineer: Intercard Services Ltd, Vancouver
Electrical Engineer: Schenke/Bawol Engineering Ltd, Vancouver
Mechanical Engineer: Stantec, Vancouver
Structural Engineer: Glotman Simpson

Consulting Engineers, VancouverCommissioning Agent: K.D. Engineering Co, Vancouver
Code Consultant: LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd, Vancouver
Acoustical Consultant: Arup Acoustics, Los Angeles
Marine Consultant: Worleyparsons Westmar, North Vancouver
Environmental Consultant: EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd, Vancouver

Jury Comments: This project takes a common, large and often mundane building form that does not usually integrate well into the city, and makes it fit perfectly on a very tight, water-edge site. With great engineering skill, the building is constructed as a bridge over an existing rail line and extending over the shoreline on piles. With a huge 2.5 hectare vegetated roof, this is a building as landscape with excellent sustainability technologies that make this project a leap forward in sustainable design, and a transformative building.

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60 Richmond East Housing Development

Architect/Firm: Teeple Architects Inc, Toronto
Owner/Developer: Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto
General Contractor: Bird Construction Company, Etobicoke  ON
Landscape Architect: NAK Design 88’ Inc, Toronto
Civil Engineer: Toronto Inspection Ltd
Geotechnical Engineer, Markham  ON

Electrical Engineer: Jain & Associates, Mississauga  ON
Mechanical Engineer: Jain & Associates, Mississauga  ON
Structural Engineer: CPE Structural Consultants, Toronto
Commissioning Agent: Enermodal Engineering Limited, Kitchener  ON
LEED Consultant: Enermodal Engineering Limited, Kitchener  ON
Photographer: Shai Gil, Toronto

Jury Comments: The co-op housing project in Toronto puts a new face on a typically banal building form, and has a strong sense of social sustainability that relates to the needs of its residents. Its public spaces, mostly gardens, depend on the care and co-operation of the residents. Atriums and single-loaded corridors in a building of this type, scale and density are adventurous and forward-thinking. Credit goes to the client, the Toronto Housing Authority, for taking a risk. Rainscreen cladding, drainwater heat recovery, and the clever use of windows, instead of more typical large expanses of glazing, are further examples of how this project re-thinks the high-rise building.

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Manitoba Hydro Place

Design Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB), Toronto
Executive Architect: Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated
Energy Engineer: Thomas Auer, New York
Owner: Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg
General Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc, Winnipeg
Landscape Architects, Winnipeg
Structural Engineering: Crosier/Kilgour/Yolles, Winnipeg
Electrical & Mechanical Engineers: AECOM Incorporated, Winnipeg
Advocate Architect: Prairie Architect, Winnipeg
Photographer: Archphoto Incorporated, Brooklyn, NY
Photographer: Paul Hultberg Photography, Atlanta, GA
Photographer: Tom Arban Photography, Toronto
Photographer: Gerry Kopelow Photographics, Winnipeg
Illustrator: Bryan Christie Design, Maplewood, NJ

 Jury Comments: Manitoba Hydro is to be congratulated for building such an ambitious project and locating it in a downtown area of Winnipeg that will rejuvenate that part of the city. Its 66% energy conservation is remarkable for a building of such scale, and radical by North American standards. Higher than average construction costs reflect the long-term thinking that the building will pay back through its durability, superior energy performance, and healthy working conditions for its employees in the form of daylighting, natural ventilation and pleasing interiors. The building is a game-changer that we hope other corporate clients will replicate.

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Gastown buildings Rehab - [Alhambra+Garage+Cordage+Grand+Terminus]


Architect/Firm: Acton Ostry Architects Inc, Vancouver
Owner/Developer: The Salient Group, Vancouver
General Contractor: The Haebler Group, Vancouver & Heatherbrae Builders, Richmond  BC
Landscape Architect: Senga Landscape Architecture Inc, North Vancouver
Electrical Engineer:
Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd, Vancouver and SML Consultants, Delta, BC
Mechanical Engineer: Cobalt Engineering, Vancouver and Stantec, Vancouver
Code: Gage-Babcock & Associates Ltd, Vancouver
Acoustic: BKL Consultants Ltd, North Vancouver
Building Envelope: BC Building Science & Engineering Ltd, New Westminister, BC
Elevator: Richmond Elevator, Richmond, BC,
Schindler Elevator Corporation, Vancouver, BC
Façade Engineer: Ted Newell Engineering Ltd, Vancouver
Environmental: Pacific Environmental Consulting, North Vancouver
Geotechnical: GeoPacific Consultants Ltd, Vancouver
Heritage: Donald Luxton & Associates Inc, Vancouver
Surveyor: Matson Peck & Topliss, Richmond, BC
Structural Engineer: Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers, Vancouver
Interior Design: Evoke International Design Inc, Vancouver
Photographer: Nic Lehoux / Bob Matheson / Martin Tessler

Jury Comments: The rehabilitation of existing heritage buildings is always welcomed, and the additional new multi-storey infill construction of this project happily maintains the historic Gastown facade of Vancouver. The new construction is of high quality that does not mimic but rather complements the older buildings. The small, exquisite interior spaces, only three metres wide, feel larger, and the design makes effective use of natural light and thermal mass, geothermal heating, high-efficiency heat pumps, and salvaged building materials.

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Sauder School of Business

Architect/Firm: Acton Ostry Architects Inc, Vancouver
Owner/Developer: UBC Properties Trust, Vancouver
General Contractor: Scott Construction Group, Vancouver
Building Envelope: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd, Vancouver
Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Inc
Civil Engineer: Earth Tech Ltd, Burnaby  BC, Fransen Engineering, Richmond  BC
Electrical Engineer: Stantec, Vancouver
Mechanical Engineer: Cobalt Engineering, Vancouver
Structural Engineer: Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers, Vancouver - JM Engineering Ltd, Vancouver
Commissioning Agent: Cobalt Engineering, Vancouver
Wayfinding: Gallop / Varley, Vancouver
Photographer: Nick Lehoux & Acton Ostry Architects Inc.


Jury Comments: The building is a stand-out as the renovation of a mundane 1970s University of British Columbia building that takes the assets of the old building and improves them.  A revised colourful and vibrant glazed facade signals the rebirth life of the building, and the new five-storey construction cleverly adds an atrium that introduces more useable interior space along with natural light and ventilation. The strategy to use waste steam from the district heating plant for heating and cooling is innovative.

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Southbrook Vineyards

Architect/Firm: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Owner/Developer: Marilyn & Bill Redelmeier, Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
General Contractor: Merit Contractors – St. Catharines, ON
Landscape Architect: du Toit Allsopp Hillier, Toronto
Civil Engineer: MMM Group, Thornhill, ON
Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering, Toronto
Mechanical Engineer: Crossey Engineering, Toronto
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick, Toronto
Commissioning Agent: Enermodal, Toronto
Code: Arencon Inc, Mississauga, ON
Photographer: Tom Arban, Toronto

Jury Comments: The project is less a building than a landscape pavilion and garden wall that fits beautifully with the orientation of the planted vineyards. A fully-glazed wall on the east brings in natural light, and rain water storage occurs in retention ponds that are expressive and fully integrated with the building design. The building details are beautiful, the building owner is to be commended for achieving LEED Gold while also operating the only bio-dynamic vineyard in North America that also includes a wetland for waste water treatment.

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Cascade House

Architect/Firm: Paul Raff Studio, Toronto
General Contractor: Tom Fijalkowski, Toronto
Landscape Architect: Scott Torrance Landscape, Toronto
HVAC designer: Richard Melless
Structural Engineer: Neumann & Associates Ltd, Mississauga, ON

Jury Comments: Built in the long- established Forest Hill neighbourhood of luxury homes in Toronto, the 4,000sf infill home is 30% less in size compared to typical homes of the area. An interior slate-finished wall behind the stair acts as a heat sink, and also functions as an organizing element for the beautiful interior. Sustainability features, such as the reduced footprint, use of durable materials, and careful orientation to maximize natural light, are not radical but are well considered. 


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