April 29, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
Red Arrow Bus Depot, first in MBI’s permanent retail or hospitality construction category.
Projects are scored according to architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness/energy efficiency and calendar days to complete. NRB, based in Grimsby, Ont., took two firsts and four seconds, adding to the five awards won in 2009.
One of the firsts, in the Permanent Education (under 5,000 square feet) category, involved an addition to the Taddle Creek Montessori School in an old Toronto neighbourhood where the homes were built in the 1880s.
NRB had to negotiate a 15-foot back alley to deliver the modules, using a crane connecting to built-in lifting lugs to hoist the units off their trailers and swing them over neighbouring properties, trees and wires for placement.
The 3,348 square-foot project, completed in under four months, featured a brick and stucco facade with large windows and grilles to match the original structure.
The other first was the Red Arrow Bus Depot in Calgary, in the permanent retail or hospitality construction category (under 2,000 square feet).
Second place awards went to Xstrata Nickel, a multi-use, multi story 60,000-square-foot facility in Sudbury, Ont. (Green Building category); Pro Oil, a facility that provides oil and lube service for cars; Queen Anne’s County Detention Center in Maryland, a combination medium and maximum security facility using NRB’s steel and concrete design technology; and the North Andover school project, in collaboration with Triumph Modular in Littleton, Ma.