EglintonConnects Wins Toronto Urban Design Award

One of SvN’s recent projects, EglintonConnects, has just received a Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit in the Visions and Master Plans category. In their comments, the Jury said: “…All new transit projects, big or small, should be considered as acts of city-building and their components should be shaped by thoughtful planning such as this.”

As part of the comprehensive study, SvN and consulting firm Brook McIlroy co-led development of the Streetscape Design for 19 km of the 26 km LRT corridor, from Jane Street to Kennedy Road, along with the Built Form Zoning Recommendations and Guidelines. In parallel with this process, SvN supported the City of Toronto in a review of the preliminary designs for the LRT stations and station areas, in preparation for Metrolinx’s issuance of the RFP document to consortia to deliver the Eglinton Crosstown line.

EglintonConnects has also been recognized by the Institute of Transportation Engineers with a Project of the Year Award and the Canadian Institute of Planners with an Award for Planning Excellence.

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We develop community sustainability plans, environmental management plans and climate change adaptation plans for public, private and non-profit sectors.We have focused extensively on the displacement and resettlement of communities affected by natural disasters, wars, conflicts and poverty.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.
We prepare detailed Design Guidelines for municipalities in order to advance the policies, goals and objectives of Official Plans and Official Community Plans, specifically those related to the design of streets, parks, open spaces and buildings. We apply our combined technical and design expertise to the creation of effective and comprehensive guidelines.