Award-Winning Buildings Are Deserving Of Recognition

Jan 4, 2013 — In study after study, when referring to engaging in business, branding, reputation, and even friendliness, our country lists among the best the world and as Torontonians, we ought to be happy with the contribution our city makes to Canada’s world standing.

One key element that fosters our outstanding global reputation is development, and to recognize some of the city’s foremost lately designed commercial buildings Greater Toronto REALTORS hosted a Commercial Building Awards Presentation and Reception Nov 21st at the Toronto Real Estate Board.

During the first part of this year REALTORS, developers, and architects were invited to nominate various types of projects located in the Greater Toronto Area including Green, Commercial, Commercial Office, Commercial Residential, Multi-Residential and / or Institutional, with one new and one retrofit building being selected to land an award.

A committee of judges comprised of professional engineer Mitch Gascoyne, REALTOR Phil Nanavati and pro quantity surveyor Paul Westbrook evaluated projects, which were finished between Jan 2009 and Nov 2011, based on diverse criteria ,eg sensitivity to the environment, design and invention, and pre-eminence in responding to a particular development need locally.

The winning entries were Habitat for Humanity Toronto in the new building class and Birchstone Centre in the retrofit class.

Habitat for Humanity Toronto, found at 155 Bermondsey Road, took top marks for its innovative approach to serving a variety of different functions and its environmentally viable design. It is also LEED Silver Certified, meaning it meets stringent standards in building environmental sustainability.

Birchstone Centre, located from 3571 to 3609 Sheppard Avenue East, stood out due to the energy-efficient materials employed in its reconstruction and its capability to eliminate waste by re-using the present building shell. In addition to its efficient enhancements, the design improved functionality by adding a lift to service medical and dental offices and was beautified by adding three glass feature towers to split up its previous strip mall appearance.

Since each one of the buildings nominated made a contribution to making ours a more fascinating, environmentally sustainable town they also merit recognition. They include : Yorkdale Centre, Tyler Mews, Cushman and Wakefield Toronto East, CSREFI Canada Leaseholds Incorporated and Liberty Plaza. A well known writer, tourist guide and radio host, Mr. Filey offered unique revelations into Toronto’s past. Many in reality also contribute to a better Toronto by volunteering their time to support assorted efforts in communities throughout the GTA.

The success of this event would not have been possible without the commitment of REALTORS who volunteered their time to help in arranging it.

Nominations for the second Annual Commercial Building Awards will be sought in 2013, with a reception and displays to be held in Winter 2014.

If you know of a building that you think merits recognition, I encourage you to share your thoughts with a Larger Toronto REALTOR and for the newest info on our city’s home market visit

Ann Hannah is President of the Toronto Real estate Board, a pro organisation that represents 35,000 REALTORS in the Greater Toronto Area.