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From Living Room Forts to Community Libraries, Ryerson Brothers Take Home Top Prize at Evolve Sustainable Design Competition

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March 17, 2015 -  RBC and B&H awards $20,000 in prizes at third annual competition celebrating sustainable design ideas

It’s a long way from setting up couch pillows in the living room for two Ryerson architecture students, as on March 6th, 2015, Mark and Tim Melnichuk, brothers only a year apart, took home first prize in the third annual Evolve Sustainable Design Competition. The competition was launched in 2012 to challenge post-secondary students in architecture, engineering and related programs across Canada to work together in teams to design sustainable buildings of the future.

“With buildings responsible for a large portion of energy use and emissions, it is crucial to consider the impacts of a new building in regards to the environment,” said Mark Melnichuk, one half of the winning team.  “When being mindful of the resources used in the design, construction and operation of a building, sustainable design techniques have the opportunity to be used in creative, user friendly and cost-effective ways.” 

This year’s challenge was to design a sustainable community library that would minimize both energy and water use through site planning, building design, systems technology, and operations.  The competition generated multiple entries from many schools across the country.  But only one team featured two brothers.

“Tim and I grew up with similar interests in buildings and design,” Melnichuk explained. “As we grew older we found our aspirations heading towards architecture especially as we worked together for a design firm during our summers in high school. This eventually led to both of us currently studying architectural science at Ryerson University.”

The awards are presented annually by RBC and B&H Architects as both share a passion for protecting the environment and improving the communities where they live and work.

Cheques for the top three teams in this year’s competition were presented at a reception hosted at the RBC Centre in Toronto – one of Canada’s tallest LEED Canada-NC Gold certified office building.  Each of the winning teams was on hand there to explain their designs to the many guests that attended the event. 

Mark explains his team’s winning design concept Mark explains his team’s winning design concept,
“Our design is unique in the way the sloped exterior walls lend themselves not only to the overall form and design intent of the building but also incorporate sustainable features. They are clad with integrated Photovoltaic Panels for clean energy and also collect rain water for on-site grey water treatment and reuse”



”The interior space is organized into two main uses, a library and multipurpose space which is  flexible and can be adapted to suit the community’s future needs.” "The interior space is organized into two main uses, a library and multipurpose space which is flexible and can be adapted to suit the community’s future needs."



Mark and Tim receive their $5,000 from Andrew Craig, RBC and Holly Jordan, B&H Architects. Mark and Tim receive their $5,000 from Andrew Craig, RBC and Holly Jordan, B&H Architects.



 

“Green design is a no brainer,” said Christopher Hume. “From every perspective - economic, cultural, social and environmental - it just makes sense.”

 

The judging panel for this year’s Evolve competition included Christopher Hume, Architectural Critic at the Toronto Star;Mark Berest, Principal at B+H Architects; Randy Hansuld, Director of Public Sector Markets for the Greater Toronto Region at RBC; Anne Bailey, Director of Branch Libraries for the Toronto Public Library; and Jenny McMinn, Green Building and Energy Services Business Manager at Halsall.

At the event, Matthew Blackett from Spacing Magazine moderated a panel discussion with the judges about why sustainable design is becoming the norm and not the exception.


Second place team, Samuel Iun, Florence Ma, Yi Fan Xie, Vivien Li also from Ryerson University, received $3,500. Second place team, Samuel Iun, Florence Ma, Yi Fan Xie, Vivien Li also from Ryerson University, received $3,500.


The third place team, Samuel Walther-Battista, Zheng Li and Alex Vanderlee were from Dalhousie University and received $1,500. The third place team, Samuel Walther-Battista, Zheng Li and Alex Vanderlee were from Dalhousie University and received $1,500.


Each of the three winning teams received a matching donation to their university from the RBC Foundation. 

For further details on the competition visit: www.evolvecompetition.ca.