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5th Annual Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards Announced

January 28, 2013 – The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board offices, Confederation College’s REACH Building and the International Taiji Park each were recognized at the Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards tonight during Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Two City projects, Prince Arthur’s Landing and the new Superior North EMS Headquarters also were acknowledged for reaching Clean, Green & Beautiful Award standards.

The Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee presents the annual awards to celebrate organizations and businesses whose building and renovation projects enrich the life of the community through public art, beautification, heritage and environmental greening.

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board offices received a Diamond Award for its use of sustainable products and incorporation of public art. Confederation College’s REACH Building earned a Gold Award for innovative architecture and extensive use of natural material. The InternationI Taiji Park earned a Bronze Award for its dynamic landscaping, celebrating cultural heritage and public creating amenities, along with other Clean, Green & Beautiful elements. Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park and the new Superior North EMS Headquarters also achieved Diamond Level Status.

Diamond Award – District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB): The new amalgamated DSSAB offices incorporated wood and natural, sustainable materials throughout the design – even in the building’s structure – and capitalized on natural light and solar energy. The DSSAB offices were opened in February 2012, and designed by FORM Architecture Engineering with contributions from other local engineering firms and built by Finnway General Contractors.

Highlights include:

  • 54,800 sf, three-storey wood-frame facility
  • Public Art installation, River Song by Artist Joseph Fredric, welcomes users to the main reception area
  • Candidate for LEED Gold certification due to energy and environmental design
  • High thermal performance of building envelope
  • Bike amenities at both entrances
  • Light sensors for illumination and natural light wells to bring light into central spaces
  • Low VOC finishes to combat environmental sensitivities
  • Photovoltaic panels use alternative energy

Gold Award – REACH Building at Confederation College: The Regional Education Alliance for Community Health (REACH) facility at the College used innovative fire suppression techniques to allow for three-storey height, non-combustible, timber tree structures as the structural centerpiece in the atrium. The building maximizes natural light to use less electricity and features sustainable flooring products. The Atrium features an Aboriginal art display depicting the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers that includes local photography. REACH was designed by FORM Architecture Engineering with contributions from other local and provincial engineering firms.

Highlights include:

  • Silver LEED candidate
  • Light sensors for illumination
  • High thermal performance building envelope
  • Recycled content on construction materials where possible
  • Recycling facilities available throughout
  • Landscaped green space around building addition

Bronze Award – International Taiji Park: A volunteer initiative by the Peng You Taiji Quan Association, the International Taiji Park at Prince Arthur’s Landing began as a dream for a space to practice Tai Chi in an unsurpassed location. The concept incorporated a strategically erected Moon Gate to provide an entrance to a peaceful, serene destination for the community to practice a healthy activity and connect with the natural surroundings. The Taiji Park was designed by Walter Kuch of FORM Architecture Engineering and built by NST contracting.

Highlights include:

  • Care and maintenance of public space
  • Preservation of views, highlighting the Sleeping Giant
  • Creation of civic space
  • Landscaping continuous parks and open spaces

City Projects that Achieved Diamond Level Status:

Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park, designed by Brook McIlroy, and brought to life by 23 contributing firms and contractors, created a network of natural and built environments that balance environmental, social and economic prosperity. The two key buildings incorporate a range of sustainable design measures. A variety of public art installations can be enjoyed throughout the park.

Highlights include:

  • Photovoltaic energy production
  • Building are LEED Gold Status candidates
  • Passive heating/cooling
  • Green roofing
  • High energy performance envelopes
  • Local materials and recycled content
  • Creation of ecologically rich wetland, fish habitat and naturalized shoreline
  • Cycling and pedestrian amenities
  • Public art to link the experience of place to cultural history
  • Creation of a medicine garden
  • Preservation of views

Superior North EMS Headquarters on Junot Avenue, designed by Habib Architects with contributions from Enermodal Engineering, AG Engineering and Cuthbertson, also achieved Diamond Level Status. The facility was built to the LEED Gold certification and emphasizes energy efficiency, daylighting, green building materials, barrier-free design, site landscaping and habitat preservation.

Highlights include:

  • Steel solar walls and solar roof
  • Use of recycled material where possible
  • Energy efficient electrical and mechanical equipment
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by 46%
  • During construction, over 75% of waste diverted from landfill
  • Creation of cycling amenities
  • Preservation of natural surroundings and new landscaping
  • Installation of “Pulse” sculpture selection through public art competition by artist Scott MacKay

The Northwestern Ontario Society of Architects (NWOSA) will be reviewing the three Diamond Level projects at their February Society Meeting and selecting one of the projects to receive a NWOSA Urban Design Award. NWOSA will honour the winning project through the City of Thunder Bay’s Commemorative Tree and Bench Program.  The tree and bench will be located in one of five City parks designated by the Parks Division, or at a park location decided upon in consultation with the award recipient.

Visit for more information about the Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards and the winners. Nominations for the 2013 Awards will open during Civic Pride Month in April. 

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Contact:   Rebecca Johnson, Chair – Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee, 577-2807  
Valerie Marasco, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications & Strategic Initiatives, 625-2438