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Forensic Services and Coroners’ Complex in Toronto receives AIA Award of Merit

November 22, 2014
by Canadian Architect

Toronto’s new Forensic Services and Coroners’ Complex in Toronto has received an Award of Merit from the 2014 American Institute of Architects Justice Facility Review. Stantec Architecture, in association with MWL Architects, served as the Proponent Design Architects and Architects of Record on the project. WZMH Architects/SmithGroupJJR served as Planning, Design and Compliance Architects.

The Award of Merit was presented November 6, 2014 at the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Justice National Conference in St. Louis, MO.

The Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex (FSCC) is one of the largest of its kind in the world, housing a consolidated forensic laboratory, medicolegal autopsy services and coroners’ courts. The building is the first redevelopment project on an underdeveloped provincial campus, which will also include a new health-care facility. The FSCC building serves as a gateway to the campus from its eastern edge, establishing it as a new publicly centred precinct.

“The majority of the program required security and segregation, so our challenge was to leverage the small amount of public space to create a sense of urban connectivity and community,” says Michael Moxam, Project Principal with Stantec Architecture. “On the interior, we created a research community, organized by a central ‘Forensic Commons.’ The full-height light-filled space encourages collaboration and casual connection between researchers in a way not possible in the previous facilities.”

The AIA Jury praised the FSCC, noting: “This is a unique and attractive design response to a challenging owner program. It looks like a great place to work. Sustainable features include 40% water reduction, 75% waste diversion, 30% local materials, 20% recycled materials and 38% energy savings.

This Award of Merit is the fifth award Stantec Architecture has received from the AIA’s Justice Facility Review Program for its public safety work. Previous projects recognized include the OPP Headquarters in Orillia, 51 Division, 11 Division and 14 Division, all in Toronto.

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