City of Oshawa recognizes excellence in urban design


Published July 26, 2022 at 8:55 am

Ten projects, including two downtown residential developments and three post-secondary buildings, were honoured by the City of Oshawa with Urban Design Awards.

The City also honoured its own by bestowing a Special Recognition Award to CIMA+ for the design and development of the Lakeview Park Playground and Splash Pad located at 55 Lakeview Park Avenue, which demonstrated “excellence in urban design, as well as enhancing the image of the city and quality of life.”

Downtown projects earning Urban Design Awards include Frère Du Nord (45 – 47 Prince Street), the renovation of an existing two storey building to create residential flats above commercial space; and Summers & Co. Developments and CPPI Group (70 King Street East), the adaptive re-use of the former Genosha Hotel for residential apartments with ground floor commercial units.

Shawenjigewining Hall at Ontario Tech University (40 Founders Drive) was honoured for its design, which includes shaped concrete panels to generate an internal exchange between light and shadow during the day; as was University Towns, Podium Development Corp. (1800 Simcoe Street North), a four-storey stacked townhouse buildings and one four-storey mixed-use residential/commercial building; and Trent University Durham GTA (75 Thornton Rd. S), a five-storey academic and student residence building.

Other projects honoured included:

  • Brent Jeffrey, 31 Beatrice Street East (three-storey apartment building)
  • Kiya Developments, 485 Bloor Street East (two two-storey stacked townhouse buildings)
  • Panattoni Development Company Canada, 1121 and 1147 Thornton Rd. S (multi-unit industrial building)
  • St. Anne Catholic Elementary School, Durham Catholic District School Board, 2465 Bridle Road and
  • The Bartlett Retirement Apartments, 550 Bond Street West

“We appreciate the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, builders, renovators and many other individuals make to the appearance, livability and quality of life in our city,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter.

In addition to receiving an Award of Excellence from the City of Oshawa, the 10 winning projects are eligible to participate in the 2024 National Urban Design Awards (Tier II) Program administered by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

The 2022 Urban Design Awards were supported by the Ontario Association of Architects, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.


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