Integral Projects Win At Toronto 2015 Urban Design Awards

Integral Group was well represented at the recent Toronto 2015 Urban Design Awards held on September 16.

The awards are presented every two years to acknowledge positive contributions to Toronto’s community life by architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students and city builders.  2015 was a significant year for the Toronto Urban Design awards as it marked their 25th Anniversary of awarding and celebrating some of Toronto’s best buildings in urban design. This year’s awards received 90 submissions, with 20 receiving awards.

Integral Group provided consulting services to two projects that received Awards of Excellence.

Private Buildings in Context: 60 Atlantic Avenue
Architect: Quadrangle Architects
Integral Group Team: Chris Piche, Mike Godawa, Jeff Phinney, and Rachel Lieberman

60 Atlantic is located in the heart of Liberty Village, an area undergoing rapid transformation characterized by thousands of new condominiums set amidst historic industrial buildings. Rather than tear down the structure and begin anew, the design team voted for the restoration of a significant heritage asset that easily blends into the existing fabric of the neighbourhood while bringing new economic and social activity to the site. Integral Group delivered mechanical and electrical consulting engineering services for the adaptive reuse of an existing heritage building which is turned into first-class boutique office, retail and restaurant space. It was also the first project secured by Integral Group Toronto during its rebrand in January 2012.

Public Buildings in Context: Fort York Visitor Centre
Architect: Patkau Architects/Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
Integral Group Team:Stuart Hood, Stephanie Hammar, Chris Piche and Jeff Phinney

The Visitor Centre at Fort York National Historic Site pays homage to Toronto’s founding story and Canada’s military past.  Situated beneath the Gardiner Expressway on a 43 acre site in downtown Toronto, the centre serves as a museum and explores the relationship between natural landscapes and the built environment. The museum acts as a hub, connecting visitors to the site’s rich history and  surrounding areas while also providing enhanced facilities for public programs.  The centre includes multi-purpose and meeting rooms as well as a theatre. Integral Group provided mechanical and electrical services for this project, offering a truly innovative approach to museum design.

Congratulations to all teams involved in these projects. Your hard work and dedication to building a visually appealing and livable Toronto is demonstrated through these awards.

You can read more about the awards and find a full list of the winners at Toronto Urban Design Awards.