Waterfront Toronto announces winner of Jarvis Slip Design Competition

    Jury selects "Sugar Beach"

    TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto, joined by its government
partners, today announced that a team led by Claude Cormier Architectes
Paysagistes Inc. is the winner of the Jarvis Slip Public Space Design
Competition. The design competition was held to produce an innovative design
and to bring a fresh, new perspective to the one-acre site at the foot of
Lower Jarvis Street.
    "We value the commitment and design standards set by all three teams and
their understanding of this vital piece of public space on Toronto's
waterfront," said Waterfront Toronto Chair Mark Wilson. "We look forward to
working with Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. in animating this
very important public amenity."
    The jury unanimously selected the Claude Cormier team's design "Sugar
Beach" as the winning submission. "The jury appreciated the big idea approach
for the design of Jarvis Slip with its connectivity and integration to the
central waterfront promenade design, and the proposal for the establishment of
a larger greater system of beach designs throughout Toronto's waterfront"
stated Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, and Chair of the jury.
    The winning design successfully created three distinct spaces, a public
plaza, a promenade, and a sand beach along the dock wall. Sugar Beach is the
second urban beach proposed for Toronto's downtown waterfront, following the
first very successful HtO Park. The conceptual reference for Sugar Beach is
based on the industrial heritage of the adjacent Redpath Sugar Refinery, just
west of the site. The jury agreed that the design had a confidence, a purity
and a playfulness that would make "Sugar Beach" a favourite destination.
    Other members of the jury included architects Peter Clewes,
Lisa Rapoport, and landscape architect Greg Smallenberg.
    "Our Government understands that Torontonians want to see real progress
in the revival of their waterfront and we're proud to be a partner in this
remarkable transformation," said Senator Michael Meighen on behalf of Canada's
Environment Minister John Baird. "I want to congratulate the winning firm for
designing a welcoming public space on Toronto's waterfront that will encourage
Canadians to enjoy the water's edge. By investing in the revitalization of
Toronto's waterfront we are not only supporting the downtown economy but also
the Canadians who work and live here."
    Waterfront renewal is being led with the creation of parks and public
spaces. Jarvis Slip Public Space will be among five major parks and public
spaces in the revitalized East Bayfront community. This site will be a key
component in Toronto's network of world renowned waterfront public spaces.
    "We have emerged with an incredible design that will be a defining
feature on our waterfront for generations to come," said Public Infrastructure
Renewal Minister David Caplan. "Claude Cormier's outstanding design for the
Jarvis Street Slip is another example of the tremendous progress we're making
to transform the Toronto's waterfront into a more people-friendly part of the
    The jury felt that the Claude Cormier "Sugar Beach" team best addressed
the competition's key objective of providing a signature urban public space
that will anchor the new East Bayfront community.
    The other members of the Sugar Beach design team include David Leinster
of the Planning Partnership and Beth Kapusta, both of Toronto, as well as
lighting designer Leni Schwendinger of New York.
    "On behalf of the City, I would like to congratulate Claude Cormier
Architectes Paysagistes Inc.," said Mayor David Miller. "All three competitors
have experience in revitalizing Toronto's waterfront and all of them represent
the kind of brilliant thinking and imagination that will make Toronto's
waterfront a place truly for people. I want to thank them all for their
dedication to this challenge."
    The additional teams participating in the design competition were
Janet Rosenberg + Associates and West 8 + DTAH.
    In addition to providing a public gathering space for the future East
Bayfront community, the Jarvis Slip Public Space will also serve as forecourt
to the adjacent First Waterfront Place, which will be the home of Corus
    "Corus Entertainment is proud to be an active participant in the
transformation of the Toronto waterfront," said John Cassaday, President and
CEO, Corus Entertainment Inc. "We congratulate Claude Cormier's Sugar Beach
team on their well-deserved selection and look forward to working with them in
making our city's waterfront a vibrant, thriving community."
    Construction of this $4M project is scheduled to begin in the spring of
2009 and to be complete in 2010.

    The federal, provincial and city governments established Waterfront
Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's central waterfront.
Waterfront Toronto currently has a number of major waterfront projects
underway in the West Don Lands, East Bayfront and Central Waterfront.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Marisa Piattelli, Waterfront
Toronto, (416) 214-1476; Eric Richer, Office of the Minister, Environment
Canada, (819) 997-1441; Amy Tang, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal,
Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Don Wanagas, City of Toronto, Mayor's
Office, (416) 338-7134

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