ERA Architects

Brownie award to Bridgepoint Don Jail

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The Don Jail was just awarded a CUI Brownie Award for “Rebuild: Excellence in Project Development, Building Scale.” This project, which involved a huge team including +VG, KPMB, Stantec, Diamond Schmitt, HDR, Urban Strategies, and many others, transformed an 1864 historic Toronto jail into the new administrative offices for Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

Kitchener’s Lang Tannery District, which we worked on with RAW Design, also received a people’s choices award. Thanks people!

And thanks very much to the Canadian Urban Institute, to our client, and to our project team. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Learn more about the Don Jail project on our portfolio page.

University Ave.: A heritage landscape of value?

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The summer edition of Ground Magazine features an article by ERA’s Michael McClelland and Brendan Stewart on the history and design of Toronto’s University Avenue.

When it was first designed in 1829 the Avenue was hailed as “one of, if not the finest in the Dominion.” Over the next century, the tranquil tree-lined promenade fell into some decline and became a desolate and under-maintained roadway.

In the early 1960s, however, the central boulevards were redesigned by Dunington-Grubb & Stensson. This striking modernist redesign has also been left to fall somewhat by the wayside. The article asks us to reconsider its value.

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If we do indeed value this remarkable landscape, could restoration of the islands, coupled with new tree plantings and integrated pavements on the outer boulevards be considered?  Could the islands be linked to each other by pedestrian crossings to restore the opportunity to promenade?

Further examination and discussion of this important project is warranted. We welcome feedback and ideas!

To read the full article, please visit Ground Online (see page 30 of pdf).

Holcim Award to 1 Spadina Cresc.

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Recently the Holcim Foundation Awards recognized 1 Spadina Crescent under the category “Heritage Reframed.” ERA is working with the University, NADAAA, and Adamson Associates to repair and refurbish the spectacular gothic revival building from 1875, and redevelop the site to accommodate a new addition designed by NADAAA to be occupied by the University’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design.

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