AWARDS AND RECOGNITION 

Listed below are projects from society members that that have been awarded and recognized for their architectural excellence.  

 
 

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit  

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architect: Mitchell Jensen Architects

  • 2018 Best of Canada Award, Canadian Interior Magazine

  • 2018 WoodWORKS! Northern Ontario Excellence Award

Description: The architectural design was inspired by staff and management, who shared generously to help the architects to make this building the best it can be.  The two storey facility will accommodate clinics serving the public as well staff spaces to support all the health promotion activities of the Health Unit.  The building will be an expression of the value of public health in the community and enable the dedicated staff to provide the highest level of professional services to which it aspires.

With elements of wood and stone, views of Lake Nipissing and abundant daylight the building will reflect its place in Northern Ontario.

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MNRF Fire Management Facility Haliburton

Location: Haliburton, Ontario 

Architect: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. 

2018 LEED® Gold® certified by the CaGBC

Description: The MNRF New Fire Management Facility in North Bay, Ontario, is a 12,370 sq.ft building designed to provide the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) emergency response crews with new offices, training spaces and equipment storage to better prepare and respond to local wild fires. Our initial mandate was to achieve a LEED® Silver® certification upon completion, and through collaboration and teamwork we surpassed our goal and the building received LEED® Gold® certification by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). LEED® green building program features include a geothermal ground source heat pump system, maximum solar passive heating during winter months, low flow plumbing fixtures, rain water collection, sourced construction materials extracted within a 800km of the site and selecting materials with a low VOC (volatile organic compounds). 


MNRF Fire Management Facility North Bay

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architect: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. 

2018 LEED® Gold® certified by the CaGBC

Description: The MNRF New Fire Management Facility in North Bay, Ontario, is a 12,370 sq.ft building designed to provide the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) emergency response crews with new offices, training spaces and equipment storage to better prepare and respond to local wild fires. Our initial mandate was to achieve a LEED® Silver® certification upon completion, and through collaboration and teamwork we surpassed our goal and the building received LEED® Gold® certification by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). LEED® green building program features include a geothermal ground source heat pump system, maximum solar passive heating during winter months, low flow plumbing fixtures, rain water collection, sourced construction materials extracted within a 800km of the site and selecting materials with a low VOC (volatile organic compounds). 

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Woodland Public School 

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architect: Mitchell Jensen Architects

2016 Northern Ontario Excellence Award - Wood WORKS! Ontario

Description: This elementary school for over 500 pupils is located within a residential neighbourhood on the site of a former smaller school. Its design is a slightly modified version of a similar school constructed one year earlier in Parry Sound. This economy of means allowed the school to be completed very economically and in considerably less-than normal time. It was built on-time and on-budget and has delighted children, families and staff in its first months of operation.

Built primarily of robust load-bearing masonry and precast concrete, the building provides feature spaces with glued-laminated timber construction in the two storey lobby, library, major circulation staircase and gymnasium.

 


St. Victor Catholic Elementary School 

Location: Mattawa, Ontario 

Architect: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. 

2014 WoodWORKS! Institutional / Commerical <$10M Wood Design Award

Description: The architectural design and resultant structure of St. Victor School is reminiscent of the portable sawmills and linear drying shed typologies as were historically found in many communities bordering the Ottawa River, while the large gymnasium’s architectural wood panels are a metaphorical representation of stacked lumber traditionally associated with mills of the area.

Inside the building, all of the academic spaces are located on the north side, under the cathedral section of a sloped metal roof to maximize the views of the Laurentian Mountains. To benefit the passive solar gains, three triangular shaped skylights were strategically located along the south facing façade in order to allow natural sunlight into the linear corridor and north facing classrooms.


Harris Learning Library  

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architects: Evan Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architecture joint venture with Diamond Schmitt Architects 

  • 2013 Ontario Lirbary Association - OLA New Lirbary Building Award

  • 2012 ALA / IIDA, Library Interior Design Awards – Best of Category for Academic Libraries


One Kids Place Children's Treatment Centre

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architect: Mitchell Jensen Architects 

  • 2010 Northern Ontario Excellence Award - Wood WORKS! Ontario

  • Award of Excellence, Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario

  • Project of the Year by Association of Registered Interior

Description: One Kids Place (OKP) provides a broad range of services to help children, youth and their families with physical, developmental and communication delays and disabilities.  In addition, the facility houses the Clinic of the North Bay Pediatric Group, a consortium of all pediatricians in the North Bay area.

The result is a single storey building organized around a primary public circulation system which is intuitive and easily understood.  Access and views to the outdoors are abundant with a central courtyard as the primary feature providing an outdoor therapy area, quiet reflection space, and play area which is sheltered from surrounding roadways.  It acts as an orientation device being the focus of much of the public circulation.

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North Bay Regional Health Centre  

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architects: Evan Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architecture. 

2010 WoodWORKS! Institutional  >$10M Wood Design Award

Description: North Bay Regional Health Centre, a 755,000-square-foot facility that includes the District Hospital (acute care) and the Regional Mental Health Centre (specialized forensic mental health services).

As a new model for health care in Canada, the project resulted in many significant firsts which included combining forensic mental health with acute care, 100 per cent fresh air mechanically in each room, a major SARS review undertaken with departmental changes integrated into the design, integrating two-week and two-month food cycles for patient-focused care delivery, reworking security systems from first principles to deal with unique population requirements, and incorporating structural heavy timber construction in a B-2 occupancy (care and treatment) facility.


Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre

Location: Fort Frances, Ontario 

Architects: Mitchell Jensen Architects

2010 LEED® Silver® certified by the CaGBC

Description: The Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre in Fort Frances is a secure custody facility that accommodates up to 12 Indigenous youth from Northwestern Ontario, who are being detained or serving sentences. The centre is the first of its kind in Canada dedicated to rehabilitating Indigenous youth in conflict with the law. Evidence-based rehabilitative programs are provided in keeping with First Nation culture. It is owned by the Ontario government and operated in partnership with a consortium of Aboriginal and social service agencies.

This was a third in a series of youth facilities designed by Mitchell Jensen Architects. This very unique 18,711 square foot facility was delivered using a modified design-bid-build delivery system, in an abbreviated time frame to allow the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) to fulfill its commitments regarding appropriate accommodation for youth in custody.

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Bill Barber Complex 

Location: Callander, Ontario 

Architect: Evan Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architecture Inc. 

2010 WoodWORKS! Institutional Wood Design Award <$10M


Justice Ronald Youth Centre

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario 

Architects: Mitchell Jensen Architects

2010 LEED® Silver® certified by the CaGBC

Description: This new youth justice facility in north western Ontario, features accommodation, program, education and administration space for Young Offenders between the ages of 12 and 17.  A high level of security and observation has been incorporated into the design of the $11M facility.

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Mattawa General Hospital 

Location: Mattawa, Ontario 

Architects: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. joint venture with ANO Architects Inc. 

2009 Ontario WoodWORKS! Northern Ontario Excellence Award

Description: Carefully positioned in a lush and mature coniferous forest of red and white pines, the Hôpital de Mattawa Hospital embodies and earth-integrated architectural approach that fosters a comforting environment forhealing. Structural and exposed wood elements are used throughout the facility in public areas, the main entrance, the foyer, the boardroom and the chapel, as a means to de -institution-alize the clinical and machine-like environment commonly attributed to medical settings.


Foyer des Pionniers Long Term Care

Location: Hearst, Ontario 

Architects: Mitchell Jensen Architects

2004 Ontario WoodWORKS! Jury’s Choice Award

Description: The main floor was designed to provide 3 distinct Resident Home Areas (RHA) including one 32 bed RHA, one 16 bed RHA and a 14 bed RHA dedicated for the cognitively impaired. Site topography permitted the development of and access to several outdoor areas for the residents of Foyer des Pionniers. A large outdoor patio complete with a wooden garden trellis for shade was provided. For the cognitively impaired RHA, an exterior courtyard space was created within the confines of the RHA. Residents have access to the safe, controlled exterior area and require less intensive staff supervision as the potential for uncontrolled wandering is virtually eliminated.

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Canadore College School of Aviation Campus 

Location: North Bay, Ontario 

Architects: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. joint venture with ZAS Architects Inc.

  • 2003 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Honourable Award

  • 2002 School Construction News and Design Share Award

  • 2001 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Award of Distinction

Description: Canadore College Aviation Campus was first designed in 2001 by Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. (LEA) in joint venture with ZAS Architects Inc. The facility provides students with an up close experience of avionics, while being steps away from the tarmac. In 2001, the campus was the recipient of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Award of Distinction. The jury recognized the partnership between the college and the airport, and acknowledged how the program was translated with clarity to working drawings. In 2002, the campus was awarded a citation award for the “Innovative Learning Environments” by the School Construction News and Design Share Awards, and finally in 2003, the campus was awarded the honorable award by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). These awards supported the idea that the Aviation Campus for Canadore College represented the first step in creating one of the most comprehensive, educational aviation complex in Canada at the time. 


The Canadian Ecology Centre 

Location: Mattawa, Ontario 

Architect: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc.

2001 Canada Wood Council & WoodWORKS! Jury Award

Description: During the design phase of the project, the use of recycled and "green" materials was extensively researched. In collaboration with the CEC, we shared our vision with local lumber and wood product manufacturers who in turn were pleased to provide the project with locally harvested wood products and lumber. Realizing the added value of using locally produced materials both for economical and environmental reasons, our palette of materials showcases the local industries and reflects the community's history. The design and construction of the building has endeavoured to reinforce the lessons of sustainable design by “living lightly on the land”. The architecture of the CEC strives to be harmonious with the natural surroundings that have influenced it’s very design. In June of 2000, The Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC) was showcased at the World Exposition “Expo2000” in Hannover Germany. The CEC’s freestanding exhibit echoed the exposition’s theme of “Humankind, Nature and Technology”. The exhibit was one of the major highlights at the Canadian Pavilion.


Collège Boréal Main Campus 

Location: Sudbury, Ontario 

Architects: Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. joint venture with ANO Architects Inc., Cotnam Belair Architects, Bywater Mitchell Architects 

1999 Ontario Association of Architects OAA Awards of Architectural Excellence

Description: In June of 1999, Collège Boréal Main Campus was awarded the prestigious “Ontario Association of Architects OAA Award of Architectural Excellence”.  The award is designed to honour “the architectural skills of Ontario Architects and recognize significant projects impacting on social, environmental and community development in all of Ontario.”