Thunder Bay firm wins environmental design award

Thunder Bay firm Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo Architects and Engineer (KSGM) have brought home a second prestigious award in just as many months.
The firm received the “Green by Design” Award for Ecole secondaire de La Vérendrye/Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales in Thunder Bay at Tuesday night’s fourth-annual “Wood WORKS!” awards gala.
The Ontario Wood WORKS awards gala is an annual event held by the Canadian Wood Council and the “Green by Design” award is presented each year to a firm that has improved the overall environmental performance of a building with the use of wood and wood products.
Nominees are evaluated on the implementation of principles surrounding energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Areas such as reduction of resources and energy consumed, minimization of pollution, and the long term environmental impact of the building are all important factors in choosing a winner.
KSGM partner Michelle Gibson received the award on behalf of the firm at a gala awards ceremony in Orillia Ontario. KSGM specializes in architecture, structure and interior design and the company’s work can be seen in unique buildings around Thunder Bay and beyond.
“We are all so proud to have received this award and to have received it on behalf of a structure in Thunder Bay. The broader public as well as our industry peers do not traditionally consider Thunder Bay to be a leader in environmental design principles, but we want to change this way of thinking,” said KSGM partner Michelle Gibson.
“We have the resources, skills and vision to produce the highest standards of work in Thunder Bay and environmental sustainability and innovation are an important part of that standard.”
The newly-opened school is the most recent and easily recognizable of the firm’s projects.
“As an architectural firm it is important that we recognize the impact of our business on the community. We know that when you build a school or an office complex, it isn’t just a building: it is part of the fabric of people’s lives,” said Gibson, lead architect of the project.
“For this project, we were very involved with the client in the design process; we wanted to apply our philosophy to our client’s vision in a way that would best express the unique character and culture of this region.”
Other noteworthy projects of the firm include Old Fort William Visitor’s Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Tourist information Centre (Terry Fox Monument), Sleeping Giant Park Visitor Centre, Confederation College Aviation Centre of Excellence and Hogarth Riverview Manor.