Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, has announced that one of its projects, 1121 and 1147 Thornton Road South, has received the award 2022 Oshawa Urban Design Excellence Award by the City of Oshawa.

The project consists of two multi-unit industrial buildings designed to Panattoni Canada Development Corporation. The buildings, totaling over 630,000 square feet, are located on a 27-acre site at 1121 and 1147 Thornton Road South, Oshawa, Ontario.

“We are proud to have worked closely with Panattoni Development to design innovative and flexible structures that promote employee well-being and are a source of pride for this city. said Frank Di Roma, director of Ware Malcomb. “We are in good company on this year’s list and congratulate all of the winners.”

With a focus on occupant well-being and comfort, the design ensures that natural light enters the warehouses through large perforated windows. The rear building loading docks feature covered canopies that provide shelter from the natural elements. Entrance doors and mechanical louvers allow natural air to flow through the warehouses. In order to create an environment that is accessible and usable by all, all entrances have barrier-free access and on-site bike racks to accommodate cyclists.

The modern exterior design of the development features a mix of white pre-cast ribbed panels which includes curtain walls and ACM panels at the main entrances and in the middle of the building. The main entrances have a controlled mix of massing between ACM panels and curtain walls. The exterior of the building features bronze, dark blue and silver ACMs paired with bronze spandrel panels and bronze sight glass. The land between the two buildings has been maximized with the creation of a functional common courtyard for loading docks and trailer parking which is sheltered from the main road.

To increase energy efficiency, the buildings feature white roofs, precast panels made with a mix of recycled concrete, LED walls/packs, LED poles and a full sprinkler system. The site is enhanced by a drought-resistant landscape design that reduces water consumption.

The 2022 Urban Design Excellence Awards, hosted by the City of Oshawa, celebrate projects that demonstrate excellent design and enhance Oshawa’s image. They recognize the contributions that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, developers and builders make to Oshawa’s appearance and quality of life. Eleven local projects have been honored as 2022 winners and the list can be viewed here.