City of Oshawa Recognizes Excellence in Urban Design


By Glenn Hendry

Published on July 26, 2022 at 8:55 am

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

The City also honored its own by awarding a Special Recognition Award to CIMA+ for the design and development of the Lakeview Park playground and skating rink located at 55 Lakeview Park Avenue, which demonstrated “excellence in urban design, as well as the enhancement of the city’s image and quality of life.

Downtown projects that have won urban design awards include Frère Du Nord (45 – 47 Prince Street), the renovation of an existing two-storey building to create residential apartments above a space commercial; and Summers & Co. Developments and CPPI Group (70 King Street East), the adaptive reuse of the former Genosha Hotel for residential apartments with commercial units on the ground floor.

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

Other award-winning projects include:

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

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

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