The Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) has once again recognized the accomplishments of its member firms with the presentation of its 2018 Building Excellence Awards.
The awards were recently handed out in three categories — Institutional, Commercial and Industrial and broken down by dollar value.
In addition, awards were presented in the Restoration and Conversion, Innovation and Community Builder categories at an April 27 gala in Kitchener, Ont.
“Once again, our industry easily outdid itself when it comes to constructing buildings that are functional, beautiful and sustainable — and on ever tighter budgets,” said GVCA chair Steve Stecho.
“Again this year, our judges had a formidable task before them, how to choose excellence from among so many worthy entries. The awards are for the truly outstanding.”
Awards of excellence were presented for the following projects:
Schreiter’s furniture store, Kitchener. (Commercial up to $2 million). The project involved extensive renovations to a former factory space on midtown Belmont Avenue. The award went to Melloul-Blamey Construction and team.
Bethel Pentecostal Church, Tillsonburg. (Institutional up to $2 million). The building provides facilities designed to meet the congregation’s future needs. The award went to Grassmere Construction Ltd. and team.
Shelane Properties building, Kitchener. (Industrial up to $2 million). The project is considered a “stunning example” of design-build excellence. The award went to Schiedel Construction Inc. and team.
Deloitte restoration and tenant improvement project, Kitchener. (Commercial $2 to $5 million). The project involved renovation of the old Hide House at the Tannery complex to provide office space for Deloitte. The award went to AEC Developments Inc. and team.
Chapman House, Owen Sound. (Institutional $2 to $5 million). The Grey Bruce residential hospice houses nine patient rooms along with a guest room for visitors, said to be a first of its kind in Canada. The award went to J.P. Commercial Contractors Inc. and team.
Greenseal Cannabis Company Ltd. facility, Stratford. (Industrial $2 to $5 million). The project accommodates state-of-the-art indoor agricultural facilities. The award went to Nith Valley Construction Ltd. and team.
Chinguacousy Park skate trail and pond, Brampton. (Commercial $5 to $10 million). The trail boasts more than 2,000 square metres of ice surface in an irregular canal shape. The award went to Gateman-Milloy Inc. and team.
St. Paul’s University College residence addition, Waterloo. (Institutional $5 to $10 million). The construction management project involved the addition of 78 beds, renovations to the washroom and shower areas and other improvements. The award went to Melloul-Blamey and team.
Atwood Resources Inc. plant reconstruction, Atwood. (Industrial $5 to $10 million). The 31,000-square-foot plant replaced a facility that was destroyed by fire in 2014. The award went to Ball Construction Ltd. and team.
Steve Kerr Memorial Complex, Listowel. (Commercial $10 to $20 million). The 63,500-square-foot facility includes an NHL-sized ice pad. Numerous challenges were overcome during construction, including dealing with poor soil conditions. The award went to Ball Construction and team.
University of Waterloo Applied Health Sciences building, Waterloo. (Institutional $10 to $20 million). The four-storey, 56,000-square-foot building incorporates state-of-the-art research and teaching space. The award went to Melloul-Blamey and team.
Stubbe’s Precast plant number 3, Harley. (Industrial $10 to $20 million). The 208,000-square-foot plant is a fully automated precast fabrication facility, reportedly the only one of its kind in Canada. The award went to Collaborative Structures Ltd. and team.
Toronto Transit Commission’s Pioneer Village subway station, Toronto. (Institutional more than $20 million). The station has three levels: entrances at street level, concourses below the entrances, and platforms and tracks at the lowest level. The two above-grade entrances also encompass a 12-bay bus terminal. The award went to Walsh Canada and team.
Sofina Foods facility renovation, Mitchell. (Industrial more than $20 million). The $60-million project included demolition of 14,000 square feet of an existing facility, foundation modifications and the erection of an additional 18,000 square feet of space. The award went to Collaborative Structures and team.
In the Restoration and Conversion category, the award went to Nith Valley Construction and its team for The Imperial in New Hamburg. The project involved transforming a “tired decrepit hotel into a magnificent mixed-use building.”
In the Innovation category, the award went to Zehr Levesque Inc. for Catalyst 137 in Kitchener, a project that involved the conversion of a former, single-tenant rubber tire plant into a building housing multiple companies. Building code compliance issues, namely those related to life safety egress, had to be overcome. The project was nominated by new GVCA member, the Waterloo Region Chief Building Officials Committee.
In the two-year-old Community Builder category, three firms were recognized for their efforts, Walsh Canada, Melloul-Blamey and Ball Construction.
In all, close to 50 projects were nominated for 2018 Building Excellence Awards. The awards are presented every two years by the Cambridge-based GVCA.