Accolades

2016 National Steel Design Awards of Excellence – Engineering Award

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

2016 National Steel Design Awards of Excellence – Engineering Award

Project collaborators Sweeny &Co Architects, Stephenson Engineering, Walters Group, and CAST CONNEX received an Engineering Award of Excellence at the 2016 CISC Annual Conference & Design Awards for their work on Allied Properties REIT’s Queen Richmond Centre West in Toronto, Ontario.

The Queen Richmond Centre West is a brilliant example of adaptive re-use in its incorporation of two existing heritage buildings into the construction of a new 11-storey office building. The new office tower springs from a tabletop that spans above both buildings 70-feet above street level and is perched atop three architecturally exposed structural steel Mega Delta-Frames. The innovative Mega Delta-Frames create a soaring atrium that sets this development apart from any other.

Each of the Mega Delta-Frames supports over 90,000 kN (20,000 kips) in gravity loading and is a major component of the building’s lateral force resisting system. The frames are comprised of concrete filled 1-metre diameter, 50 mm thick steel pipes and 17-ton cast steel nodes.

2016 A+Award Jury Winner - Building Products: Roof & Structural Systems

Architizer

2016 A+Award Jury Winner - Building Products: Roof & Structural Systems

CAST CONNEX Universal Pin Connectors were selected as the winner of the 2016 Architizer A+Award for the Building Products: Roof & Structural Systems category by a jury of more than 300 luminaries and thought leaders from fields as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech. The winners were announced at a gala on May 12, 2016 at Highline States in New York City.

2015 Schreyer Award and Award of Excellence

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies

2015 Schreyer Award and Award of Excellence

Held annually for 47 years, the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are the highest mark of recognition for completed projects by Canadian consulting engineers. These prestigious awards are presented in a variety of categories, ranging from buildings and transportation to the environment and wastewater treatment. The program is a joint initiative of Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine with the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC/AFIC).

For their work on the Queen Richmond Centre West project in Toronto, CAST CONNEX and Stephenson Engineering were the joint winners an Award of Excellence as well as the highly coveted Schreyer Award, which is given to the most technically innovative project from the field of entrants.

The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards jury said of their work, “We were totally amazed by this project. The engineers were able to put an 11-storey tower on a “tabletop” above two heritage buildings and develop special frame systems to take the loads. The huge joints a metre thick are unique and very difficult to cast — completely innovative.”

The Queen Richmond Centre West offers a brilliant example of adaptive re-use through its integration of two existing heritage buildings into the construction of a new 11-story office building. The new office tower springs from a tabletop that spans above both buildings – 70-feet above street level – and is perched atop three architecturally exposed structural steel delta frames comprised of 40-inch diameter concrete-filled steel pipes and 35,000-pound cast steel nodes. The innovative delta frames create a soaring open air atrium that sets this development apart from any other, with the cast steel nodes causing each of the delta frame’s legs to appear to effortlessly curve while subtly merging with its neighbouring legs at a point 35-feet in the air.

The latest technologies in BIM, 3-dimensional solid modelling, numerical stress analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and casting solidification modelling, in addition to state-of-the-art rapid prototyping, CNC-tooling production, 5-axis machining, and laser scanning technologies were used in the industrial design, engineering, and production of the complex cast nodes.

Humanitarian Award

Canadian Institute of steel Construction

Humanitarian Award

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction recognized steel industry donors involved in the reconstruction of École Lakay – a Port-au-Prince, Haiti-based trade school destroyed by the January 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake – with Humanitarian Awards at the 2015 CISC Annual General Meeting held in San Francisco. This represented a first for the CISC, which had never before bestowed awards recognizing significant humanitarian efforts.

CAST CONNEX is proud to have donated 170 of our High Strength Connectors to Builders without Borders for use in the construction of the school, which will train young Haitians in masonry, welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and refrigeration so that they will be able to construct safe buildings for years to come. The school will also have the capacity to serve as a safe zone - providing food, shelter and medical attention - in the event of another natural disaster.

High Strength Connectors were critical to the design and construction of the school. Use of the connectors provided the requisite seismic protection and also eliminated the need to perform field welding, which simplified construction and enabled local labor forces to carry out the erection of the structural steel frame under the guidance of Canadian engineers.

2015 R+D Award Citation

The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, ARCHITECT Magazine

2015 R+D Award Citation

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized Sweeny &Co Architects and CAST CONNEX with a 2015 R+D Award Citation for their collaborative industrial design of the 17.5-ton cast steel nodes which support Allied Properties REIT's new 11 story Queen Richmond Centre West above two century-old heritage buildings in Toronto, Canada.

The prestigious R+D Awards celebrate the most innovative building research, materials, and technologies. Entries in the annual competition are judged on their potential or documented innovation in fabrication, assembly, installation, and performance as well as their potential to advance the aesthetic, environmental, social, and technological value of architecture.

The Queen Richmond Centre West offers a brilliant example of adaptive re-use through its integration of two existing heritage buildings into the construction of a new 11-story office building. The new office tower springs from a tabletop that spans above both buildings – 70-feet above street level – and is perched atop three architecturally exposed structural steel delta frames comprised of 40-inch diameter concrete-filled steel pipes and 35,000-pound cast steel nodes. The innovative delta frames create a soaring open air atrium that sets this development apart from any other, with the cast steel nodes causing each of the delta frame’s legs to appear to effortlessly curve while subtly merging with its neighbouring legs at a point 35-feet in the air.

The latest technologies in BIM, 3-dimensional solid modelling, numerical stress analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and casting solidification modelling, in addition to state-of-the-art rapid prototyping, CNC-tooling production, 5-axis machining, and laser scanning technologies were used in the industrial design, engineering, and production of the complex cast nodes.

The R+D Awards jury was made up of architects Marc Fornes of Theverymany, Joyce Hwang, AIA of Ants of the Prairie, and Steven Rainville, AIA of Olson Kundig Architects.

2015 Regional Steel Design Awards - Engineering Award of Excellence

Canadian Institute of steel Construction, Ontario Region

2015 Regional Steel Design Awards - Engineering Award of Excellence

Project collaborators Sweeny &Co Architects, Stephenson Engineering, Walters Group, and CAST CONNEX received an Engineering Award of Excellence at the 2015 Ontario Regional Steel Design Awards for their work on Allied Properties REIT’s Queen Richmond Centre West in Toronto, Ontario.

The Queen Richmond Centre West is a brilliant example of adaptive re-use in its incorporation of two existing heritage buildings into the construction of a new 11-storey office building. The new office tower springs from a tabletop that spans above both buildings 70-feet above street level and is perched atop three architecturally exposed structural steel Mega Delta-Frames. The innovative Mega Delta-Frames create a soaring atrium that sets this development apart from any other.

Each of the Mega Delta-Frames supports over 90,000 kN (20,000 kips) in gravity loading and is a major component of the building’s lateral force resisting system. The frames are comprised of concrete filled 1-metre diameter, 50 mm thick steel pipes and 17-ton cast steel nodes.

2013 Ontario Professional Engineers Award - Engineering Medal

Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

2013 Ontario Professional Engineers Award - Engineering Medal

Since 1947, the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) have recognized professional engineers in Ontario who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and their community. Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers are proud to honour the very best of the profession with these awards.

The Engineering Medal recognizes professional engineers who have improved our quality of life through the ingenious application of their engineering skills. Recipients' achievements are significantly above the normally high standards of the profession.

2009 Award for Excellence in Innovation in civil Engineering

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

2009 Award for Excellence in Innovation in civil Engineering

The prestigious Award, bestowed upon CAST CONNEX and the inventors of the Company's High-Strength Connectors™, Dr. Jeffrey Packer, Dr. Constantin Christopoulos, Carlos de Oliveira, and Dr. Michael Gray, recognizes "outstanding innovation in Civil Engineering that has had a significant and far-ranging beneficial impact on the prosperity and well-being of society".

2008 CIDECT President's Award for Research

International Committee for Development and Study of Tubular Structures

2008 CIDECT President's Award for Research

CAST CONNEX co-founder Carlos de Oliveira was awarded the CIDECT President's Award for his work in developing standardized cast steel connectors that simplify the design and fabrication of seismic-resistant braced frame buildings. CIDECT is an international association of leading manufacturers of hollow sections and pipes whose objective is to expand knowledge, by means of research and studies, of steel hollow sections and their application in steel construction and engineering.