2015 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Design
Award of Excellence
Wolf Willow Co-Housing Development
Wolf Willow Co-housing is an intentional community of Owners who have pooled their resources to design, own, finance, and operate their own housing. Numerous models exist for co-housing, but this Co-op chose to develop a multi-family condominium style building as a direct response to specific objectives. The building features include 9ʹ ceilings, cross-ventilation through large operable windows, in-floor heating, common amenity spaces such as guest suite, multi-purpose rooms, a workshop, a gathering space with dining, living, and kitchen, individual decks, a common second floor patio, a fourth floor roof deck, plus large areas for landscaping and gardening.
Wolf Willow strives to address the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. The 4-storey wood frame condominium incorporates sustainable and energy efficiency features, and the necessary infrastructure to provide for future alternative energy sources.
Sustainable Site Development
• Owners have chosen to install gardens instead of lawns, including on City boulevard and side yards. Rainwater collected from downspouts is used for watering, and a future collection tank will be installed to collect rainwater and snowmelt. No irrigation is installed.
• Private balconies and the second floor roof deck are also used for gardening.
• The Owners have established composting facilities and areas on site.
The selected site imposed significant constraints and challenges. Originally a marginal site, the property is bounded between light industrial under-lit properties, unkempt boulevards and a church with residential neighbourhoods on each side. The site was a coal yard for CP, providing environmental challenges as well. Not only were these challenges met, but they were turned into opportunities, turning a marginal site into an attractive place to live.
The Architect, working with the Owners convinced the City to allow them to landscape the boulevard and city yard as well as cutting off exterior light timers. Wolf Willow is adjacent to the multi-use 17th Street Green Space Linkage, and is blocks away from the Meewasin Trail, providing easy access to the South Saskatchewan River, River Landing, The Farmer’s Market, and downtown Saskatoon. By successfully addressing marginal site factors, Wolf Willow became the first project to be approved for financial incentives under the city of Saskatoon’s Vacant Lot and Adaptive Reuse Incentive Program.
"A powerful example of democratic architecture according to a novel and pioneering co-housing concept.”
Award of Excellence
All Saints School (Joint-Use Project)
With five stakeholders, including three schools and two school divisions, we are leading the way with this unique learning community. With the flourish of new students, combining the three facilities into one integrated facility was the most effective option. As Holy Trinity Catholic School Division’s advisor, we undertook incorporating the design objectives of having learning environments which encouraged flexible, collaborative, and varied learning opportunities. Focusing on the needs of the students and teachers, we had a series of surveys, visual listening exercises, and interviews where students and staff voiced priorities for the new school. The site was without services, future proposed additions to be considered, and meeting the Ministry of Education funding guidelines were all challenges we addressed. We collaborated with Chinook’s advisors to integrate the mechanical systems, electrical systems, and shared spaces.
“Combining so many different user groups into one building is always challenging but the complexity of the project was exceptionally handled both inside and out with spaces that are to scale for all users”
Award of Merit
Saskatoon Airport Terminal Building
"The Saskatoon Airport has managed to do what few airports have done well, create a sense of coziness among the stress and sense of anonymity that shapes the typical airport experience"
“An innovative use of technical buildings systems for an to integrate and serve the needs of multiple businesses”
Award of Merit
Brainsport Retail Renovation
“ The reuse of local building material and structural elements created a dynamic and flexible space”
College Park Elementary School