Eastern Wins Award for 2 O’Connor Construction
Eastern Construction Company Ltd. built the new Sisters Residence at 2 O’Connor Drive. Their work on the project has earned them a 2013 Toronto Construction Association Project Achievement Award: “Best of the Best.”
Project Achievement Awards honour member companies who demonstrate professional excellence through teamwork, dedication, innovation, professionalism, and leadership.
Selection criteria includes:
- Substantial performance achieved in 2013.
- Overcoming challenges related to budget, schedule and/or quality control.
- Unique safety and environmental protocols.
- Ethical conduct and professionalism.
In Breaking Ground, Eastern Construction’s publication, the project is described in the following way:
Sisters of St. Joseph Residence
2013 Toronto Construction Association “Best of the Best” Award – Project Achievement (Medium)
The Sisters of St. Joseph Residence is a narrow, 5-floor structure nestled atop the ravine along the Don Valley. The building provides the Sisters of St. Joseph with 23 assisted living units and 35 private hospital units with rehabilitation, convalescent, and palliative care. The building curves follow the irregular shape of the property and utilize single-loaded corridors to access individual suites, giving sight lines from the street, through the building to the ravine. Sustainability was an important facet of the project and the Sisters equipped the facility with ground source heating/cooling, solar heating, rainwater cistern, advanced building envelope/insulation, building shading, natural drought resistant landscaping, green roofing, and operable windows. The project architect, Shim-Sutcliffe, specified high quality finishes with exposed concrete peanut-shaped columns, polished concrete flooring with radiant heating, and exposed concrete ceilings. The building is clad using five different glazing systems. Exterior features include use of Corten weathering steel and extensive use of curved glazing. The interior offers large millwork areas, an example being the wall panels and millwork ‘fins’ in the Chapel.
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