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ECC EIFS Design Awards Program 2017-18 Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Award Winner announced at the EIFS Council of Canada Architectural Design Awards Program Dinner

(June 20, 2018, Toronto, ON) Architects and EIFS industry professionals gathered on the night of June 13th in Toronto to recognize and celebrate the Finalists and Grand Prize Award Winners of the 2017‐18 ECC Architectural Design Awards. At the event, the EIFS Council of Canada (ECC) announced KNYMH Incorporated and their project AquaBlu Condominiums as the Grand Prize Award Winner from among the five finalists.

The ECC Architectural Design Awards Program received submissions from a variety of projects across Canada in all five categories. The finalist projects exhibited excellence in the areas of community impact, design, environmental sustainability, significance and contribution to the community, and technical excellence in the innovative use of EIFS. The project finalists are as follows:

  • AquaBlu Condominiums by KNYMH Incorporated, DuROCK Alfacing International (EIFS System Manufacturer), Imperatore Construction Incorporated (EIFS Contractor)
  • EIFS Retrofit for Tatry Non‐Profit Housing Corporation by Ontech Building Consultants, DuROCK Alfacing International (EIFS System Manufacturer), Demspi General Contracting Incorporated (EIFS Contractor)
  • Marriott Courtyard & Conference Centre by Saplys Architecture Incorporated, Durabond Products Limited (EIFS System Manufacturer), Saverino General Contractors Limited (EIFS Contractor)
  • Juniper Road Residence by Richard Lindseth Architecture Incorporated, Dryvit Systems Canada (EIFS System Manufacturer), Sandcastle Stucco Incorporated (EIFS Contractor)
  • Restoration Hardware Yorkdale by Quadrangle Architects, Dryvit Systems Canada (EIFS System Manufacturer), Lido Wall Systems Inc. (EIFS Contractor)

The AquaBlu Condominiums and its design team was selected by the Judging Panel as the Grand Prize Winner from the five finalists. The project architect, Przemyslaw Myszkowski was present to accept the Award, along with other members of the KNYMH Incorporated team: Wayne Harrison, Marc Begin, Serina Carbone.

EIFS Design Awards Grand Prize Accouncement
Above: ECC Architectural Awards Grand Prize Winner, KNYMH receives their Award. From left to right: John M. Garbin, President/CEO of the EIFS Council of Canada, Przemyslaw Myszkowski, KNYMH Incorporated, Marc Begin, KNYMH Incorporated, Serina Carbone, KNYMH Incorporated, Wayne Harrison, KNYMH Incorporated, Steven Kirshenblatt, Kirkor Architects & Planners Incorporated

“The Judging Panel could easily see that the AquaBlu Condominiums has become a landmark development in the new lakeside locale,” says Mr. Steven Kirshenblatt, the representative for the ECC Awards Judging Panel, “The apartment building is extremely well received by town staff and council, and has set the benchmark for many of the future developments in the area.”

“We are indeed pleased to have the AquaBlu Condominiums as our Grand Prize Winner,” said John M. Garbin, President and CEO of the EIFS Council of Canada, “This is an exemplary project. It is one of the first wood frame buildings built in Ontario under the new code that permits wood framing above four storeys. It has contributed positively to its site and surrounding area. The design displays and incorporates multiple EIFS finishes and textures in a visually compelling and technically sound manner. The AquaBlu is truly a landmark EIFS project from a variety of important vantage points.”

For more information about the ECC Architectural Design Awards Program, or to schedule interviews, please contact eifsawards@eifscouncil.org

The ECC Architectural Design Awards Program was established to recognize design professionals and firms which incorporate EIFS products into innovative and creative built projects. The goal of the ECC Awards Program is to create a new benchmark in EIFS construction, and will help professionals to achieve Canada’s national objective of creating resilient, sustainable buildings.

The EIFS Council of Canada (ECC) was formed to represent the Canadian EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) industry across Canada and all its user sectors. The EIFS Council looks back over the industry’s 40‐year history in Canada to chart the course forward – advancing innovation balanced with preservation and supported by independent and government validation. The ECC serves as the “official voice” of the EIFS industry with a mandate to provide for the advancement and growth of the industry across the country, through advocacy, education and marketing.