news from our new blue edge

December 2010


WaveDecks Recognized With Design Exchange Award


On November 23, the Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks were honoured at the 2010 Design Exchange Awards. The wavedecks, which have become much loved Toronto attractions since opening in summer of 2009, were Bronze level recipients in the landscape architecture category.

As part of its evaluation process, the jury judged each project by its aesthetics and its results, balancing function and economic success. “Small and limited in footprint, (the wavedecks) engage and energize the public in a wonderful way,” said the jury in its comments, adding that “this project has become a model or project type that has influenced other projects.”

The Spadina, Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks have garnered critical attention from the local, national and international design community. To date, the wavedecks have received nine awards or nominations including a 2010 National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.


Simcoe WaveDeck

Design Exchange Exhibition
The Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks are featured in a major exhibition of award winners at the Design Exchange which runs until March 27, 2011. Learn more about the exhibition.

Rees WaveDeck


Central Waterfront Update Meeting


Approximately 200 members of the community joined Waterfront Toronto on November 17 for an update on projects in the Central Waterfront area. The meeting began with a general update on waterfront revitalization, followed by presentations about work underway at the Canada Malting Silos site and Portland Slip Water’s Edge, and the construction of the York Quay underground parking garage next to the Harbourfront Centre. The final presentation provided a detailed overview of work to date on schematic design for the revitalization of Queens Quay. The meeting also included a session during which members of the community could ask questions and make comments.




Artist rendering of the north side of Queens Quay.

Presentations Available Online
All presentations from the November 17 Central Waterfront Community Update Meeting are available for review on our website.


Queens Quay Public Drop-In Session


Join Waterfront Toronto on January 19 for a Public Drop-In Session for Queens Quay. This informal session will give community members an opportunity to learn more about the revitalization of Queens Quay by reviewing drawings, models and materials. Representatives from Waterfront Toronto and our design teams will also be available to answer questions attendees may have about how the project may impact their homes or businesses.

Members of the public may drop in at any time over the course of the evening. A 25-foot long detailed plan for the length of Queens Quay (Bathurst Street to Parliament Street) will be available for review and comment. The plan maps all of the residences and businesses along Queens Quay as well as each intersection and public space.

If you need more information, call (416) 214-1344 or email


Drop-In Session Details:
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre
Lakeside Terrace
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

Queens Quay in the News
Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star recently reported on the great potential of Queens Quay and the positive transformation already underway.
Read the article.


East Bayfront Construction Update

Sherbourne Common North

Major work continues on the western side of Sherbourne Common North where the park’s boundary has been extended about 20 metres across the boulevard and into Lower Sherbourne Street. Last month, northbound traffic on Lower Sherbourne Street was closed to accommodate the new boundary of the park and the future realignment with Dockside Drive, a new street south of Queens Quay next to George Brown College. Crews have removed the concrete sidewalk and asphalt from the roadway and have graded the area. Over the next few weeks, crews will install precast concrete pavers, ipe benches and a new granite curb along the park’s western edge.

A variety of innovative playground equipment has also been installed on the west side of the park, near one of the nine metre-high art features. The playground, which will serve neighbourhood residents as well as visitors to the area, includes stainless steel climbing and balancing structures, swings and teeter totters. There will also be sand and water play opportunities for children.

Park construction is on track to be substantially complete by the end of the year with an official opening targeted for next spring.


Installation of playground equipment.

Grading former roadway area.


Water's Edge Promenade Lighting

Crews have installed 11 new street lights along the water’s edge promenade from just east of Canada’s Sugar Beach to the eastern edge of Sherbourne Common. The new lights, which replace the temporary ones installed last summer, include a timber tampered pole with a cast metal base featuring an oak/maple bark pattern.

Work will continue over the next few weeks with the installation of eight new lights on Dockside Drive. In the new year, the temporary lights at Canada’s Sugar Beach will also be replaced with a slightly adapted version of the timber light pole.


George Brown College Construction Update

Work continues on the three-level underground parking garage for the new George Brown College campus in East Bayfront. Crews are working on the P1 level of the garage and are expected to be at grade by January.

The 330,000 square foot, eight-storey Waterfront Health Sciences Centre campus is located next to Sherbourne Common on a two-acre parcel of land south of Queens Quay Boulevard. Designed by Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in joint venture, the waterfront campus will create approximately 1,750 jobs during construction.

When this campus opens in the fall of 2012, George Brown College will bring more than 3,500 full-time students to the waterfront and approximately 600 permanent jobs. Construction progress can be monitored on the college's webcam.


George Brown College President Honoured
The president of George Brown College, Ann Sado, has been named one of Canada’s most powerful women for her visionary leadership at the college and within the broader community. Learn more.


West Don Lands Construction Update


Construction hoarding was installed at Underpass Park in late November and excavation and removal of soil has begun and will continue as weather permits.

On Mill Street, crews are completing final details on the utility duct banks and the installation of the silva cells for the boulevard trees continues to progress.  The installation of sanitary and storm sewers and watermains continues on Bayview Avenue. On River Street underground construction is complete.

Don River Park continues to take shape. The structural floor work in the pavilion is now finished, allowing the construction on the building’s exterior to begin shortly.  Work on the fireplace and the splash pad continues to advance. As well, installation of several of the park’s steps and concrete structures has begun. The steps are an integral feature of the park’s design that will enable visitors to easily navigate and take full advantage of the park’s unique contours, elevations, walkways and boardwalks.  

Construction continues on the below-grade irrigation tanks, which are a key element of the park’s innovative stormwater recycling system.  The tanks will collect and store rainwater that will then be UV treated.  After it is treated, the water will supply the non-potable needs of the pavilion and will feed the wet meadow and the park’s trees and plants.  



West Don Lands Pan Am Athletes’ Village RFQ Update


The Request for Qualifications issued by Infrastructure Ontario, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, to pre-qualify and short-list teams to design, build and finance the development of the section of the West Don Lands that will be home to the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village closed to bidders on December 10.  The submissions will be reviewed and evaluated to ensure project teams possess the required design, development and construction experience, as well as the financial capacity, to deliver a project of this size and complexity.  An independent fairness monitor has also been retained and is responsible for overseeing the evaluation process for fairness and transparency.  Short-listed teams will be announced in early 2011.


Pilot Soil Recycling Facility Video


Waterfront Toronto has produced a short video on its Pilot Soil Recycling Facility and innovative approach to soil remediation. The video explains the soil recycling process and the environmental controls put in place.  The pilot facility, established in the Port Lands in July 2010, is intended to enable the corporation to determine the viability of treating and reusing impacted soil as an alternative to the traditional dig-and-dump disposal of brownfield soil.  Soil processing wrapped up in November and the pilot’s operators are now preparing reports for Waterfront Toronto’s review and assessment in the first quarter of 2011.  

Watch the video.


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