Sisters of St. Joseph and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects win Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Award
East York Mirror, Dec. 1, 2014 - Officially completed in March 2013, the Sisters of the St. Joseph residence, a green development, won the Living City Award category of Healthy rivers and Shorelines earlier this month.
The award, given out by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, recognizes organizations and individuals for their protective impact and inclusion of nature’s beauty and diversity.
Architectural firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects took on the ambitious project at 2 O’Connor Dr., incorporating green technologies that represented the values of the congregation.
“It was really important for the sisters from the onset of the project that the facility demonstrated their values on the environment,” lead architect Brigitte Shim said.
The four-storey building overlooking the Don River ravine is home to 58 Roman Catholic sisters of St. Joseph and Notre Dame all of whom are 75 and older.
“In the last 12 years, the sisters have become more aware of the harm done to the planet and they wanted to do their part in sustaining it,” Congregational Leader Thérèse Meunier said.
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By Mark A. Cadiz