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Projects selected in the 2009 SAB Awards

The jury of the 2009 SAB Canadian Green Building Awards has recognized six buildings from Quebec, Ontario and BC that point the way to the future of sustainable building in Canada.

The annual SAB Canadian Green Building Awards, offered through Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag], recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, renovations and interior design projects based on criteria of sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation.

"The SAB Canadian Green Building Awards demonstrate the most current ideas and practices in sustainable design and green building from across the country, and are meant to advance better living and economical green building in Canada,” says SAB Awards manager and SABMag publisher Don Griffith.

The winning projects will be widely shared in a special issue of the July/August SABMag and website, through the media, and in speaking engagements throughout the year.

The jurors were: Andre Perrotte, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, Montreal; Dermot Sweeny, Principal Partner, Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects Inc., Toronto and Vivian Manasc, Manasc Isaac Architects, Edmonton.

Special thanks go to the SAB Awards Sponsors: Autodesk, Distech-controls, Beaulieu Canada and PPG ideascapes.


The selected projects of the 2009 SAB Awards are as follows:


Artscape Wychwood Barns multi-purpose
public space, Toronto

Owner: Bruce Rosensweet, Toronto Artscape Inc., Toronro
Architect: Joe Lobko, du Toit Architects Limited, Toronto
General Contractor: Dalton - Micheal Pharant, Toronto
Landscape Architect: David Leinster, The Planning Partnership, Toronto
Civil Engineer: Stantec Consulting, Toronto
Electrical Engineer: Zorica Gombac, Stantec Consulting, Toronto
Mechanical Engineer: Mike Godawa, Stantec Consulting, Toronto
Structural Engineer: David Bowick, Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd., Toronto
Heritage Architects: Edwin Rowse, Era Architects, Toronto
Greenhouse Consultant: Mike Dixon, University of Guelph , Guelph, ON
Photos: Ayako Kitta, du Toit Allsopp Hillier, Toronto

Jury: This project is a fabulous example of the reuse of a heritage but derelict building that brings life back to an abandoned area of the city. Re-use rather than tear down is the best starting point for sustainability, and the project is also targetting LEED Gold certification through high-efficiency HVAC, and electrical and water conservation. >> View Story


Aquaquest, The Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre, Vancouver

Owner: Vanconcer Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver
Architect: Stantec Architecture, Vancouver
General Contractor: Stuart Olson Construction, Richmond, BC
Landscape Architecture: Sharp and Diamond Landscape  Architecture, Vancouver
Electrical Engineer: R.A. Duff and Associates Inc., Burnaby
Mechanical Engineer: Cobalt Engineering, Vancouver
Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting, Vancouver
Commissioning Agent: K.D. Engineering (TBC) Co., Burnaby
Photos: Stantec/Colin Jewall Photos Studios, Vancouver 

Jury: This is a simple, thoughtful building that intensifies the density of the site and achieves good energy and water conservation. The design has a modest, pleasing feel that makes the most of a small site where development is restricted, and the building is well oriented for sun and shading. The project is also innovative in its use of rainwater collecting, and use of sea water for cooling. >> View Story


Crawford Bay School, Crawford Bay, BC

Owner: School District #8 Kootenay Lake, Nelson, BC
Architect: KMBR Architects Planners Inc., Vancouver
General Contractor: School District #8 (Construction Management)
Landscape Architect: Maruyama & Associates, Vancouver
Civil Engineer: Pennco Engineering Ltd., Nelson, BC
Electrical Engineer: Falcon Engineering Ltd., Kelowna
Mechanical Engineer: Poole & Associates Mechanical Engineering Ltd., Kelowna
Structural Engineer: Fast & Epp Partners, Vancouver
Commissioning agent: R.A. Bruce & Associates, Kelowna
Geotechnical Consultant: Ground Stability Consulting Inc., Nelson, BC
Geoexchange Consultant: EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., Kelowna
Photos: Brandi Abele/ Witmar Abele - KMBR, Vancouver

Jury: The Crawford School shows how architectural design can encourage sustainability through conservation which, in this case, is seen in the careful consideration of how natural light enters the building through single-loaded corridors, clerestory windows at interior classrooms, and a narrow floor plate that strikes a good balance between active and passive solar.

The interior is beautiful, and overall the project is an exemplary example of modest sustainable design that any small community can achieve. >> View Story


Triffo Hall, renovated heritage building at the University of Alberta

Owner: University of Alberta, Edmonton
Architect: Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. [predecessor firm Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited], Edmonton
General Contractor: Binder Construction, Edmonton
Electrical Engineer: Wasnea Mah Engineering Ltd., Edmonton
Mechanical Engineer: Hemisphere Engineering Inc., Edmonton
Structural Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers, Edmonton
Commissioning Agent: Indeprendent Comissioning Solutions Inc., Sherwwod Park, AB
Photos: Lemermeyer Photography Inc., Calgary

Jury: As with the Artscape Wychwood Barns project, Triffo Hall is another fine example of adaptive re-use that not only saves a building but also maximizes its flexibility of use. Specifically, the project preserves the historic fabric of the building and its place on the University of Alberta campus while integrating new stairs and interior walls, rainwater capture and re-use, and high performance heating and cooling. Interesting interior spaces maintain the elegance of the building and make delightful use of natural light .>> View Story


Dockside Green – Synergy, Phase 1 of a sustainably-designed community in Victoria

Owner: Dockside Green Ltd. Partnership, Victoria
Architect: Busby Perkins+Will Architects Co., Vancouver
General Contractor: Farmer Construction Ltd., Victoria
Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership, Vancouver
Civil Engineer: Komex Civil Engineering, Victoria
Electrical / Mechanical Engineer: Stantec Engineering, Vancouver/Victoria
Structural Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen, Vancouver/Victoria
Environmental Soil: Quantum Environmental Remedation, Burnaby
Geotechnical: C.N. Ryzuk & Associates, Victoria
Interior Designer: False Creek Design Group Inc., Vancouver
Code Consultant: Gage-Babcock Design Group Ltd., Vancouver
Envelope Consultant: Morrison Hershfield Limited., Vancouver
Photos: Enrico Dagostini / Vince Klassen, Vancouver

Jury: The most uplifting aspect of this project is that it sets the course for the future in which high density communities can be fully sustainable and designed to a central plan.

It’s a great example of the development of an industrial site that demands and achieves much more beyond the norm, namely its self-sufficiency in waste and water handling, and energy generation.

The plan is so good that even public spaces feel private, and we can only hope that Dockside Green becomes the new standard for our cities.  >> View Story


Community Center Pointe-Valaine in
Otterburn Park, Quebec

Owner: City of Otterburn Park, QC
Architect: Smith Vigeant Architectes, Montreal
General Contractor: Progest construction, Montreal
Landscape Architect: Smith Vigeant Architectes, Montreal
Electrical / Mechanical Engineer: Concept R, Tracy, QC
Structural Engineer: EGP, Montreal
Commissioning Agent: Teknika HBA, Montreal
Photos: Yves Beaulieu, Montreal

Jury: clever re-use of insulated precast panels integrated into the walls, and smart use of passive heating and natural ventilation that has a sense of “reclaiming lost knowledge.

The design opens to the river and is intended to unite the shore with the water which it achieves wonderfully. Its pleasing scale, clear technologies, simple design, and economy result in a public building that any small community could build as a lasting contribution to its social life. >> View Story