Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, announced one of its projects, 1121 and 1147 Thornton Road South, has been awarded the 2022 Oshawa Urban Design Award of Excellence by the City of Oshawa.
The project consists of two multi-unit industrial buildings designed for Panattoni Development Company Canada. The buildings, totaling more than 630,000 square feet are situated on a 27-acre site at 1121 and 1147 Thornton Road South, in Oshawa, Ontario.
“We are proud to have worked closely with Panattoni Development to design innovative, flexible structures that support employee wellbeing and are a source of pride for this city. said Frank Di Roma, Principal for Ware Malcomb. “We are in good company on this year’s list and congratulate all the winners.”
With a focus on occupant wellbeing and comfort, the design ensures natural light flows into the warehouses through large, punched out windows. The rear building loading docks feature covered canopies that provide shelter from the natural elements. Drive-in doors and mechanical louvers allow natural air to flow through the warehouses. To create an environment that is accessible and useable by all, all entrances have barrier-free access and on-site bike racks to accommodate cyclists.
The development’s modern exterior design features a blend of white precast ribbed panels that includes curtain walls and ACM panels at the main entrances and midpoint of the building. The main entrances have a controlled blend of massing between the ACM panels and curtain walls. The building exterior features bronze, deep blue and silver ACM paired with bronze spandrel panels and bronze vision glass. The land between the two buildings was maximized with the creation of a functional shared courtyard for loading docks and trailer parking that is screened from the main road.
To boost energy efficiency, the buildings feature white roofs, precast panels made with a blend of recycled concrete, LED wall/packs, LED poles and a full sprinkler system. The site is enhanced by drought-resistant landscape design that reduces water consumption.
The 2022 Urban Design Award of Excellence awards, hosted by the City of Oshawa, celebrate projects that show excellent design and enhance Oshawa’s image. They acknowledge the contributions that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, developers, and builders make to Oshawa’s appearance and quality of life. Eleven local projects were honored as 2022 winners and the list can be viewed here.