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2011 Clean, Green and Beautiful Awards

“These projects embody the Clean, Green & Beautiful spirit that makes Thunder Bay a great place to live. Thank you for setting an example that others will follow for years to come.”
Mayor Keith Hobbs

2011 Clean, Green & Beautiful Winners 
From left to right are: John Stephenson of FORM Architecture and Quality Retirement Living, KC Craig of Isabella Retirement Living; John Knox of Chamberlain Architect Services Ltd., Ed Cameron, regional manager of SNC Lavalin, Terry Yahn, chair of the Thunder Bay Public Library Board and Barb Philp, acting Chief Librarian and CEO; Cory Stechyshyn, partner with FORM Architecture, John Kantola, Associate Dean of Trades and Technology at Confederation College, Michael Dorval of Facility Services at Confederation College, Coun. Rebecca Johnson, chair of the Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards, and Mayor Keith Hobbs.

The Mary J.L Black Branch Library, Isabella Retirement Living and the McIntyre Building at Confederation College each received Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards during Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Nov. 28, 2011.

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. Click here to view photos from Awards night.


Mary J.L. BlackMary J.L. Black Branch Library –
Diamond Award:

New and restored public art as well as a focus on energy and environmental design elevated the Mary J.L. Black Branch Library to the Diamond level. The Thunder Bay Public Library facility which opened in May was designed by Chamberlain Architect Services Ltd., managed by SNC Lavalin and built by Aurora Construction.

Highlights include: Cascade

  • Artist Karen Kazmer’s Cascade lighting feature hangs above the fireplace to inspire creativity.
  • Ruby Owen’s restored Thunderbird mosaic added to the Library’s entrance.
  • Candidate for LEED Gold certification due to energy and environmental design.
  • Low-flow water features.
  • Bike racks and designated carpool spaces in the parking lot.
  • Lights automatically dim when there is enough natural light to see.
  • Occupancy sensors only turn on lights in offices and meeting rooms when someone is there.
  • Biological diversity was protected during the build.
  • 337 tonnes of asphalt was recycled during construction.
 Watch the Mary J.L. Black Branch Library Video.

IsabellaIsabella Retirement Living – Gold Award:
A sense of history was maintained in the design and construction of this facility which opened in July. Designed by FORM Architecture and built by Gateway Contractors, Isabella Retirement Living is located where the Isabell Street School used to be. The facility was designed to fit into the neighbourhood by matching the look of surrounding homes and buildings. Cuthbertson Engineering, AG Engineering and Werner Schwar Landscape Architect also made
significant contributions to the project.Isabella Retirement LivinIsabella Foundation Stoneg is owned by
Quality Retirement Living.

Highlights include:

  • The Isabella Street School’s 103-year-old foundation stones were incorporated into the Isabella Retirement Living gardens.
  • Red brick similar to Isabella Street School’s.
  • Entrance canopy is a replica of the School’s entrance.
  • Several street trees, plants and shrubs were added to the landscape design.
  • Outdoor patios contain flowers, and new trees were planted on the boulevards.
  • Plugs in the parking lot conserve energy by only turning on every 20 minutes when it’s colder than -20 C.
  • Employees remove recycling from seniors’ suites during weekly housekeeping visits.

Watch the Isabella Retirement Living Video.


McIntyre BuildingMcIntyre Building, Confederation College – Gold Award:
A Living Wall is just one of the many Clean, Green & Beautiful features incorporated into the McIntyre Building addition and renovation at Confederation College, which opened in September of last year.
Plants grow within the wall to improve air quality and reduce the greenhouse gas effect. Air is drawn into the plants where it is cleaned, humidified and returned to the environment through the building’s ventilation system. The addition was designed by FORM ArchitectMcIntyre Student Centreure and
built by Gateway Contractors. Cuthbertson Engineering, AG Engineering and Werner Schwar Landscape Architect also made significant contributions to the project.

Highlights include:

  • A beautiful new Student Lounge with outdoor bench.
  • Energy efficient lighting.
  • Improved streetscape with transit and cycling amenities.
  • Accessible design throughout the building.
  • Improved building signage for better way-finding.
  • Exterior space landscaped to create unity with other College buildings.
  • Upgraded ventilation and control systems.

Watch the McIntyre Building Video.

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