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Straw Bale Teaching Kitchen

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FEATURED CASE STUDY

Environment 3 Building

Designed by Pearce McCluskey Architects on an accelerated design-build schedule, the Environment 3 Building (EV3) is located in the heart of the University of Waterloo’s campus. The 61,000 sq. addition and renovation was built on top of the existing Faculty of Environment building (EV2) and has achieved a LEED® Platinum rating.

 

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NEW CASE STUDY

Straw Bale Children's Teaching Kitchen

The 835 sq ft building was designed by Petroff Partnership Architects with the intention of creating a unique educational model of sustainable architecture and construction in Toronto. The project, located within High Park, shows how coupling traditional building methods with new technologies can provide a highly efficient, green building.

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Collection of Published Case Study Links

The case studies featured in this area are currently in various sustainable design publications. This reference area provides a hub to quickly connect to online articles that provide analysis of OAA member projects that have been recogized for their sustainable design.

 

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PREVIOUS CASE STUDIES

North Toronto Collegiate Institute

The vision for this project was to create a sustainable, state of the art replacement school (NTCI) and integrated residential development (Republic). The project was made possible through a unique and innovative partnership between the Toronto District School Board and Tridel. The extensive community participation in the design has set a precedent for similar integrated developments in the City....

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2015

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Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence

Diamond Schmitt Architects

The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) explores innovative new environments in skilled trades education. The building is a hybrid, combining construction trades and technical design programs under one roof. More »

2014

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Waterloo North Hydro Head Office and Fleet Service Center

McCallum Sather Architects

The Waterloo North Hydro Head Office and Fleet Service Center is a new, two storey building located at the northern edge of the City of Waterloo. The facility functions as an administrative hub and as a facility for the maintenance and storage of service vehicles. Spaces include offices, a training area, meeting rooms, board rooms, common areas, storage areas, and a vehicle garage. This LEED Silver Certified Building expresses a strong synthesis of corporate branding, user experience, and sustainable goals. More »
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Algonquin Perth Campus

GRC Architects

“The Algonquin College Perth Campus Renewal is intended to be a student‐focused learning facility integrated with the Community, featuring traditional materials, and exemplary sustainable design. The building makes a statement of permanence, fosters innovation, and remains flexible to respond to the needs of the local Community, while drawing students from afar” (Visioning Statement developed during August 2009 Perth Visioning Charette) More »
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University of Waterloo Environment 3 Building

Pearce McCluskey Architects

Located in the heart of the University of Waterloo’s campus, the Environment 3 Building (EV3) serves as the expanded home for the Faculty of Environment. The new 61,000 sq ft addition and renovation represents a significant departure from the existing EV1 and EV2 facilities - which are characterized by small windows, dark corridors, and little interconnectivity between program elements. More »
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Straw Bale Children’s Teaching Kitchen

Petroff Partnership Architects

The Straw Bale Children’s Teaching Kitchen is located within High Park in Toronto, Ontario. The site is home to the park’s children’s garden and hosts over 5000 participants annually. The kitchen supports city operated programs that are held in conjunction with the adjacent garden, including school and family programs, workshops, eco-camps, community events and training. More »
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North Toronto Collegiate Institute Redevelopment/Republic

CS&P Architects

The vision for the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Redevelopment project was to create a sustainable, state of the art replacement school (NTCI) and integrated Residential Development (Republic). More »

2013

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Centre for Green Cities

Diamond Schmitt Architects

The Evergreen Brick Works project transformed an abandoned industrial site in Toronto’s Don Valley into an environmentally themed community landmark that engages visitors in diverse experiences connected to nature and the city. In collaboration with the non-profit Evergreen, whose national headquarters are located here, a multi-disciplinary team adopted the approach of ‘light touch and loose fit’ to all aspects of the project: site remediation, preservation of 16 heritage buildings, landscaping, water management and programming. More »
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Daniels Residence: Eco-Deco

PAUL DOWSETT, OAA

Built in 1935 in the neighbourhood of South Hill, the original art deco masterpiece was designed for Major-General Donald M. Hogarth. When David Daniels, son of legendary developer John Daniels, purchased the historic home for his own family’s use, he spared little time in re-imagining it into the elegant, “echo of deco” sustainable home that it is today. More »
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Lakehead University - LEED Platinum Academic Building

Moriyama & Teshima Architects

The LEED Platinum Academic Building demonstrates Lakehead University's commitment to welcoming, supportive and sustainable environments for students, staff and faculty. This focal point of the new Orillia Campus is registered LEED Platinum and received a 2011 Design Excellence Award from the Ontario Association of Architects. More »
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The House on Limekiln Line

Lisa Moffitt, OAA Intern

The House on Limekiln Line, a design-build off-grid house, is sited in a rich agricultural landscape. The house is understood as both a mediator to and a microcosm of its immediate cultural and climatic context. More »
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+HOUSE

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Designed for a client with environmental sensitivities, +HOUSE is a manifestation of a sustainable and healthy approach to building that does not sacrifice design. More »

2012

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Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology

TAYLOR HAZELL ARCHITECTS 

The Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology provides indoor and outdoor environmental education to schools and to the public for all age levels. More »
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The North House Project

JOINT UNIVERSITY TEAM: UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, RYERSON UNIVERSITY, SIMON FRASIER UNIVERSITY

The North House is a prefabricated solar-powered home that was researched, designed, developed and built by an interdisciplinary collaborative team that included members from... More »
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Manitoba Hydro Place

KPMB ARCHITECTS INC.

Manitoba Hydro, the primary energy utility in the province of Manitoba, set ambitious goals for its new headquarters, including energy efficiency, urban revitalization, and a supportive workplace... More »