Six RJC Projects Win Toronto Urban Design Awards
RJC is the structural engineer for a number of projects that won at this year’s Toronto Urban Design Awards. The recognition includes four Awards of Excellence and two Awards of Merit.
The City of Toronto continues its long-standing commitment to promoting and celebrating design excellence and hosts the Toronto Urban Design Awards every two years to recognize the significant contributions that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, city builders and design students make to the appearance and livability of the city.
This year, the City received an impressive 170 submissions in nine categories. When the jury met in May and June of this year, the members not only reviewed and deliberated on all aspects of the many submissions, but also visited the extensive short-list of projects. This ambitious task resulted in the selection of 11 projects to receive an Award of Excellence, 13 projects to receive an Award of Merit and two Special Jury Awards for Inspiring Infrastructure.
RJC projects that won are:
- CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge | Award of Excellence – Elements
- Montcrest School Redevelopment | Award of Excellence – Private Buildings in Context – Low-scale
- 80 Atlantic | Award of Excellence – Private Buildings in Context – Mid-rise
- Seneca College – Centre for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship | Award of Excellence – Public Buildings in Context
- West Block Est. 1928 | Award of Merit – Private Buildings in Context – Mid-rise
- The Massey Tower | Award of Merit – Private Buildings in Context – Tall
The jury’s comments noted what made each project stand apart and a valuable contribution to design. The juror’s statement noted that they felt one project was truly exceptional. Jurors unanimously felt the Seneca College Centre for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship was their overall favourite: it includes dramatic space making, indigenous storytelling, and it’s combination of durable hardscape and softscape, city scaled front porch, presence of colour, and layered approach to planning made it an exemplar of city making.
The Toronto Urban Design Awards is a collaborative city building initiative between the development and design community and the City of Toronto made possible through the generous support of sponsors and the efforts of a small team of City staff that works diligently to deliver the program. Thank to all who make the awards program possible, and congratulations to all of the Toronto Urban Design Awards winners!