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The Ontario General Contractors Association is poised to celebrate excellence in non-residential construction with the presentation of its inaugural Project Awards of Excellence.
Ontario General Contractors Association honours excellence

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The Ontario General Contractors Association is poised to celebrate excellence in non-residential construction with the presentation of its inaugural Project Awards of Excellence.

Awards will be handed out tomorrow in four categories of industrial and building construction. Categories are based on project value. A number of honourable mentions will be presented as well.

“Per our motto, we quite literally build Ontario,” says association president Clive Thurston.

“We thought the awards would be a good way to draw attention to some of the spectacular work that we do in bringing to life the concepts, designs and dreams of owners and architects.”

The 33 submissions were judged on the basis of customer and subtrade satisfaction, quality of workmanship and innovation, project management, safety, and green elements.

Most of the projects in the building category were designed and constructed to meet LEED standards.

The jury included contractors Albert Chow, president of Toronto’s Lewis Builds Corp. and Jim Barclay, president of Hamilton’s Barclay Construction Group and Jim McEwen, executive vice-president of community infrastructure at AECOM in Whitby, Ont.

“We were very pleased with the submissions,” said Thurston, who oversaw the judging process. “There were a huge range of project types and some phenomenal buildings. A lot of credit has to go to the subtrades who help make these projects a reality.”

Awards sponsors are Reed Construction Data and Entire Imaging Solutions.

Industrial Winners
• Category 1
(projects valued at up to $5 million): Somerville Construction for the Rees/Simcoe WaveDecks project on the Toronto waterfront. The project included installation of more than 1,200 square metres of undulating, cantilevered timber structures supported on piles, 850 square metres of works aimed at improving feeding and spawning opportunities for fish and an additional 312 square metres of concrete walking surface at the Simcoe slip. The project was completed early and under budget.

An honourable mention in this category goes to Ball Construction Inc. for a 10,000-square-foot addition at a Grand River Foods processing plant in Cambridge.

Category 2 ($5 million to $25 million): Timbro Design/Build Contractors for a new plant and corporate office for Royal Canin Canada in Guelph. The project involved design and construction of a food processing plant, warehouse, distribution centre and a corporate head office. The project was constructed on an unserviced site. The contractors were responsible for designing systems that drew and treated water from a natural aquifer. Effluent was treated in a self-contained sewage system. All stormwater was managed, treated and kept on site.

An honourable mention goes to Ball Construction Inc. for a 43,000-square-foot addition to an Elmira Poultry plant in Waterloo, Ont.

Category 3 ($25 million to $75 million): Ball Construction Inc. for a 65,000-square-foot addition to a Maple Lodge Farms Ltd. chicken processing facility in Brampton.Ceiling, wall and floor surfaces had to withstand vigorous daily washing with high-pressure water and sanitizers.

Category 4 (More than $75 million). Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. for the Algonquin Power energy-from-waste steam corridor project in Brampton. The corridor links Ontario’s only energy-from-waste facility to a local liner-board manufacturing plant. Steam is delivered via a combined buried and above-ground pipeline.

An honourable mention will be presented to Vanbots, a division of Carillion Construction Inc., for the Honda engine plant in Alliston.

Buildings Category
Category 1: M.P. Lundy Construction (Ontario) Ltd. for the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre in Manotick. A number of environmentally sustainable measures were incorporated in the design and construction of the 20,667-square foot project, reportedly eastern Ontario’s first public LEED Gold building.

An honourable mention will be given to Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. for the Hespeler Library redevelopment project in Cambridge.

Category 2: Ira McDonald Construction Ltd. for the Camilla and Peter Dalglish atrium and the Aldershot escarpment garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

The project, which includes a three-level atrium with exposed concrete and structural steel systems, has been designed to achieve LEED Gold.

Honourable mentions go to Vanbots for the Cambridge City Hall, the first LEED Gold city hall in Canada and to PCL Constructors Canada Inc. for the Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Burlington, also designed to achieve LEED Gold.

Category 3: Eastern Construction Co. Ltd. for the Toronto Police Service training facility. The project involved construction of a 280,000-square-foot facility on a 16-acre brownfield site in Etobicoke. Two buildings are connected by an underground tunnel.

The project was designed to achieve LEED Silver.

An honourable mention goes to M. Sullivan & Son Ltd. for the new Kingston Police headquarters.

Category 4: EllisDon for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Transformation AGO project, which includes 190,000 square feet of renovated space and 97,000 square feet of newly built space. A glass and timber façade spans 600 feet along Dundas Street West. A new titanium and glass-faced, five-storey south wing overlooks Grange Park.

An honourable mention will be presented to Eastern Construction Co. Ltd. for the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino.

The association, which represents more than 200 general contracting firms, is holding its annual general meeting and conference in Ottawa this week. The awards will be presented tomorrow evening.

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