Niagara Community Design Awards

These awards recognize and celebrate excellence in design in Niagara that demonstrate the application of Smart Growth Principles.

2016 Niagara Community Design Award winners

2016 Award Categories

  • A. Small Scale Project
    This award recognizes an infill or redevelopment project that is smaller in scale or nature that demonstrates excellence in design.

    The project may be a new building, or an addition to an existing structure and be under 600 m² (6458 ft²) in footprint and/or a maximum of three storeys in height.

    This project creatively and effectively uses the site, is complimentary to its surroundings, and intensifies or provides additional choice within the area.

  • B. Large Scale Project
    This award recognizes an infill or redevelopment project that is larger in scale or nature that demonstrates excellence in design.

    The project may be a new building, an addition, or a redevelopment of an existing structure and be greater than 600 m² (6458 ft²) in footprint and/or greater in height than three storeys.

    This project creatively and effectively uses land, is complimentary to the existing surroundings, and intensifies and provides additional choice within the area.

  • C. Public Realm Improvement
    This award recognizes excellence in design of the spaces between the places, and presents a significant improvement to the public realm.

    This category may include public art, parking lots, parks, or road realignment that effectively integrates with the surrounding buildings, is accessible, and contributes to the beautification and use of the site.

  • D. Architecture - Small Budget
    This award recognizes architectural excellence by a Niagara architect accomplished in a project with a construction cost of up to 2 million CAD.

    The project may be a new building, the alteration of an existing building or the restoration of a heritage building. Candidate projects should demonstrate a high degree of creativity and manifest all three Vitruvian principles of architecture: Firmatis - Utilitas - Venustatis.

    This award is proudly sponsored by the Niagara Society of Architects.

  • E. Architecture - Large Budget
    This award recognizes architectural excellence by a Niagara architect accomplished in a project with a construction cost of over 2 million CAD.

    The project may be a new building, the alteration of an existing building or the restoration of a heritage building. Candidate projects should demonstrate a high degree of creativity and manifest all three Vitruvian principles of architecture: Firmatis - Utilitas - Venustatis.

    This award is proudly sponsored by the Niagara Society of Architects.

  • F. Sustainability
    This award recognizes projects that meet a higher standard of environmental efficiency, such as LEED certification.

    The award could be for residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial buildings; may be public or private and could be within urban or rural/agricultural areas. Consideration of this award includes site design, building materials, sense of place within Niagara, and/or environmental efficiency.

  • G. Facade Improvement
    This award recognizes an improvement to the facade of a building that may or may not have internal improvements.

    The primary feature of this award is the revitalization of the street face of the building that demonstrates creativity. The award recognizes both heritage restoration and modern approaches.

  • H. Adaptive Re-use
    This award recognizes the re-use of an existing building or buildings, and possible intensification of a site.

    The primary feature of this project is the re-use of the former building(s) in a manner that demonstrates creativity, reintegrates the site into the community, and provides a mix of uses and choice into the surrounding neighbourhood.

  • I. Brownfield
    This award recognizes the revitalization of a former brownfield site into one that once again integrates with the fabric of the community. The Brownfield award differs from Adaptive Re-use, as the focus of this project involves site examination, any required remediation and redevelopment.

    The winning project demonstrates the Smart Growth Principles through creativity, site development, utilization of existing servicing, creation of a mix and/or intensification of uses, and integration with the surroundings.

  • J. Policy and Plans
    This award recognizes an approved Official Plan, Neighbourhood/Secondary Plan, Design Guideline, Community Improvement Plan, Master Plan or development plan that focuses on the Smart Growth Principles such as a mix of uses, walkability, and compact development. Also considered important to this award is an effective public consultation process.
  • K. Leadership and Legacy
    This award recognizes an individual or group that has acted as a pioneer in the Niagara community in achieving good community design and the Smart Growth Principles.

    This award also recognizes projects completed within the last twenty-five years that provide a lasting example of good community design and a signature landmark within the community. The works or deeds attributed to this person, group or project can be used as examples for others and benefit not only a specific area, but the larger Niagara community.

About the Sculpture

The sculpture is titled Transformation. Just as the moon goes through many stages before it becomes the complete image, so too does a community go through stages as it revitalizes itself as a thriving place for people to live, work, go to school, shop, play and gather. The cyclical nature of our communities and their ability to transform are the essential reasons this sculpture so well defines the concept of the Niagara Community Design Awards and its objectives.

Sculpture

About the Artist

Mark Griffis is a resident of Fort Erie, a renowned sculptor and an art/ drama teacher at St. Paul High School in Niagara Falls. He is the President of Griffis Studios, and a director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation which oversees the operation of a 25 studio art complex in Buffalo, and Griffis Sculpture Park, a 400-acre nature and art preserve with 10 miles of hiking trails and over 200 monumental sculptures. Mark is the creative force in the production and installation of monumental sculpture projects for clients such as Roswell Park, St. Joseph's Hospital and the University of Buffalo. His works have been featured in numerous art shows and design magazines.

Previous Winners

More Information

Questions or comments may be directed to:

Khaldoon Ahmad, Awards Coordinator
905-980-6000, ext. 3324
Email Khaldoon Ahmad


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