Project of the Year
2020 Ontario Home Builder’s Awards of Distinction Prestige Award Winner for Nørdic Condos Project of the Year – Mid to High-RiseLearn More
Scandinavian-inspired condos steps to the Wilson subwayLearn More
2020 CHBA National Awards for Housing ExcellenceLearn More CHBA Award
Now rising in the heart of Richmond HillLearn More Westwood Gardens
Nørdic Condos500 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
Friluftsliv is the great Scandinavian philosophy of embracing the outdoor life in everything we do. We’re not only inspired by this ideal for the Nørdic, we are driven by every part of it.Learn More Nørdic Condos
44 Broadway44 Broadway Avenue, Toronto
44 Broadway is the result of an exciting parternship between the Catholic community, represented by the Archdiocese of Toronto and St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, and two of Toronto’s most respected names in development, KPMB Architects and Collecdev Inc.Learn More 44 Broadway
300 Bloor St. W300 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Collecdev Inc. and Northrop Development Corporation share a unique vision to build communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.Learn More 300 Bloor St. W
TRETTI Condos30 Tretti Way, Toronto
Welcome to TRETTI, a fully formed community with one simple vision: create a lifestyle designed for the way people really live. Suites with clean lines and multi-functional design.Learn More TRETTI Condos
Westwood Gardens8868 Yonge Street, Toronto
Collecdev is proud to bring Westwood Gardens to Richmond Hill—and the development industry has responded in kind by awarding us for our ability to communicate our strategies to the community and to achieve architectural design excellence through environmentally sustainable initiatives.Learn More Westwood Gardens
Tippett Park Phase 218 Tretti Way, Toronto
The Tippett Regeneration Area represents thoughtful and complete community plans enhanced through elegant architecture, affordable housing, valued community facilities, sustainable engineering, and a respect for arts and culture.Learn More Tippett Park Phase 2
Tippett Park Phase 120, 38 Monte Kwinter, Toronto
As part of the overall masterplan for the Tippett Regeneration Area, 36 and 36R Tippett are currently being constructed at the northerly portion of the site.Learn More Tippett Park Phase 1
Lillian Park44 Lillian St. & 33 Dunfield Ave., Toronto
Lillian Park epitomizes Collecdev’s mission to combine the best in architecture, innovation, sustainability and design.Learn More Lillian Park
2450 Victoria Park2450 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto
Located on the border of North York and Scarborough, just north of Highway 401, 2450 Victoria Park Avenue is a proposed mixed-use, master-planned development of transformative proportions.Learn More 2450 Victoria Park
22 Balliol22 Balliol Street, Toronto
A 38-storey modernist tower at 22 Balliol brings a fresh new look to a neighbourhood that for decades, has been a mecca for mid- and high-rise rental towers along with several condominiums.Learn More 22 Balliol
Balliol Park118 Balliol St., 99 Davisville Ave., Toronto
Located in the heart of vibrant Davisville Village in midtown Toronto, Balliol Park comprises a 30- and 15-storey towers that contain 521 units addressing a responsible and effective approach to the City of Toronto’s increasing need for purpose-built rentals.Learn More Balliol Park
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Nørdic Earns 7 OHBA Nominations Including People’s Choice AwardNovember 2, 2020 READ MORE
Nørdic has earned top spot with seven nominations for the 2020 Ontario Home Builder’s Association Awards of Distinction, making it one of the most nominated...
Nørdic has earned top spot with seven nominations for the 2020 Ontario Home Builder’s Association Awards of Distinction, making it one of the most nominated projects – and Collecdev one of the most nominated builders – this year.
Among the honours, the Scandinavian-inspired complete community has been named a finalist for Project of the Year and the People’s Choice Award, voted on and selected by the public. The total list of nominations includes:
|• People’s Choice Award||• Best Social Media Campaign|
|• Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise||• Best High or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign|
|• BestHigh or Mid-Rise Condo Suite||• Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure|
|• Best Lobby Entrance|
Since 1991 the OHBA Awards of Distinction have recognized creativity, innovation, and talent within the industry. “Nørdic’s nominations are a testament to the value of a community that recognizes the important relationship between human well-being and the rejuvenative forces of nature, between good design and accessible living, between a convenient location directly on the subway and the appeal of inspiring amenities close to home,” says Natascha Pieper, VP Sales and Marketing at Collecdev.
Two nominations sure to garner attention are the People’s Choice Award and Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise, the former since it’s an unmistakable reflection of the many happy purchasers who have made Nørdic a sold-out success, and the latter since it represents the best of the best among the industry. We’re thrilled for all the nominations, because they mean that the passion, care, and attention we’ve committed to building a better, healthier, more inclusive, sustainable, and accessible community have set new standards for the way projects get built.
Architecturally, Nørdic impressed the judges from top to bottom, recognized for both Best Lobby Entrance and Best High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite. The lobby greets residents with a striking space featuring a refined, yet relaxed vibe. Between the 24-hour concierge, lighting-fast wifi, and a digital display showing current transit commute times, it’s is equipped with everything to make everyday living a snap.
On the floors above, suites are designed with innovative wide shallow layouts that flood spaces with natural light and ensure an efficient flow. Generous balconies are sheltered from the elements and every unit offers a strong connection to the outdoors, promoting a better, happier, healthier lifestyle. These are spaces that feel comfortable – the perfect backdrop for a soft, relaxed, minimal aesthetic that gives you vacation vibes without ever leaving home.
On the marketing side, Nørdic has been rewarded with three nods:Best Social Media Campaign, Best High or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign, and Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure. These nominations highlight that each of these elements helped craft the narrative of the community, the story of a better way to live.
Together, these nominations confirm what we know to be true – through our commitment to our three pillars of social sustainability, environmental stewardship, and experiential design, we’re building a brighter future and helping to shape the industry for generations to come.
The OHBA awards will be held online Tuesday, November 10th. Follow along on the @OntarioHBA social media channels or join the conversation using the hashtag #OHBA2020AoD. To learn more about Nørdic and Collecdev’s other exciting communities, register today.
TRICKA Or FICKA – How The Scandinavians Celebrate HalloweenOctober 30, 2020 READ MORE
Ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches and trolls. While in North America, Halloween is a night to be spooked by these “monsters” out in the streets, some sources say that, in norther Europe, October 31st was actually a day that signalled the coming of winter, when evil spirits emerged not to frighten us mere mortals, but to run away at midnight to escape the cold. Since then, the celebration has evolved to include ghost trains, costume parties, and treasure hunts. Let’s take a look at how the Scandinavians celebrate.
Halloween in Sweden is a week-long event, celebrated from October 31 until November 6. The most solemn part of the ritual is known as Alla Helgons Dag (All Saint’s Day) and is a day to honour those who have passed away by lighting candles and spending time with family. Halloween also marks the beginning of autumn break for Swedish schools and coincides with a national holiday for All Saints Day, offering a welcome pause during the long working weeks when daylight hours start to disappear. Costumes and candy are mostly enjoyed by children and teenagers who attend parties, light lanterns, and run through the streets to scare the neighbourhood. The tradition of pumpkin carving, adopted from North American culture, has led to an increase in pumpkin farming, particularly on the island of Öland in the southern Baltic Sea.
Norwegians have been famously resistant to the notion of Halloween, – the Kirkerådet (Church of Norway National Council) first opposed the celebration on the grounds that it was an imported tradition that could be commercialized – but over the last decade the country has fallen under the witch’s spell and these days, on October 31st echoes of “knask eller knep” (trick or treat) can be heard from Bergen to Oslo. Costumed children roam the streets with their parents in an adaptation of lommelykt i høstmørket, a traditional Norwegian game that combines hide-and-seek with a treasure-hunt, played with flashlights in the darkness of fall nights. They carve jack-o-lanterns, made popular in Donald Duck comic books, and feast on candy. Fun fact: the Norwegian word for “witch” is “heks,” which is where our English word for a witch’s curse comes from.
The Danes have a holiday where they dress up as their favourite superheroes and characters, sing songs, play games, and eat delicious cream-filled treats. Sounds like Halloween, right? But it’s actually Fastelavn, and it takes place in the spring. Come fall, the Danish opt instead to celebrate All Saints’ Day, the first Sunday in November, placing candles on graves to commemorate the dead. Of course, children the world over aren’t immune to the pull of Halloween, and in the last several years the celebration has gained popularity in Denmark. Today you’ll find kids going door to door to collect cookies or money, and if they don’t get it, the little imps make trouble. In Copenhagen, the famed Tivoli Gardens offer up loads of Halloween fun with a Ghost Train, Halloween hot dogs topped with pumpkin relish in a jet-black bun, and an abandoned underground hospital, crawling with the haunted spirits of patients past.
No matter where you are in the world, 2020 may not look like a typical Halloween, but you can still have a spooktacular holiday while maintaining physical distancing and staying safe. Make yourself a pumpkin-spiced latte, have a jack-o-lantern competition on Zoom, dress up in your favourite costume, and be grateful you won’t have to share any candy. However you celebrate, 2020 is sure to go down as a truly unBOOlievable Halloween.
Discover a Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle in the heart of Wilson Heights at Nørdic, a complete community with inspiring amenities, intelligent architecture, abundant outdoor space, and a convenient location directly on the subway. Learn more.
Underground Levels Shaping up at Tretti Condos near Wilson StationOctober 22, 2020 READ MORE
A new community is forming around Wilson subway station in northwest Toronto, replacing former surface parking and lower-density commercial and light industrial buildings with new medium-density, mostly residential development. Among the firms reshaping this burgeoning pocket of the city is Collecdev, who have a pair of active projects in the area. The further along of the two is Tretti Condos, a 13-storey, gh3-designed development playfully given the Norwegian word for 30, its address on Tippett Road, just south of WIlson Avenue, while on Wilson Avenue itself, Collecdev has just started work on Nordic Condos, continuing the Scandinavian theme.
Panorama of below-grade forming at Tretti site, image by Forum contributor drum118
Construction commenced on Tretti in 2019, and following excavation work, forming work has been progressing gradually through the months since, impacted somewhat by the Covid situation. While sections of Tretti’s four-level underground garage have now taken shape, the pit also extends to the south beyond the footprint of the 13-storey condo, as the Tretti site is to also host a pair of rental buildings, dubbed Tippett Park phases 1 and 2. The 14-storey first phase is currently under construction along with the condo, while the phase 2 rental building remains in pre-construction, filed under a different City planning application.
Below-grade forming at Tretti site, image by Forum contributor drum118
The site is one of several Collecdev projects set to make use of a closed-loop geothermal system that cycles a mix of antifreeze and water through pipes buried in the ground, utilizing the constant temperatures below the surface to heat buildings in winter months and cool them in summer months. To better understand the system, we spoke with Jon Mesquita, partner and co-founder of Diverso Energy, the company handling the geothermal work for Tretti. “The closed-loop geothermal system at Tretti Condos is expected to eliminate 225 tons of CO² and save 3.3M litres of drinking water annually, while reducing overall building energy consumption by 20%,” Mesquita told us.
Tretti Condos, image courtesy of Collecdev
Work on the geothermal system was among the first activity at the site, with Mesquita saying “The geothermal bore-field was installed prior to any building construction. The holes were predrilled and the pipes were capped and cut just below final grade. This allowed for excavation to proceed as normal, and once they reached final grade, we came back in and connected our pipes together. That minimized the impact to Collecdev’s construction schedule. The remainder of the geothermal system—manifold, pumps, and controls—will be completed and connected to the building’s mechanical system closer to building completion and occupancy.”
Sustainability features at Tretti Condos, image courtesy of Collecdev
Similar work is being carried out by another geothermal contractor a short distance away, for Collecdev’s next addition to the neighbourhood in the upcoming Nordic Condos project. As site preparation work clears the existing buildings from the Wilson Avenue site of that 12-storey residential complex, drilling rigs are working away on boreholes for its geothermal system, in a process illustrated with photos in a recent construction update.
Demolition and geothermal drilling continue at nearby Nordic Condos site, image by Forum contributor drum118
You can learn more from our Database files for the projects mentioned, linked below. If you’d like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.
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Demolition and Geothermal Drilling Prepping Site of Nørdic CondosSeptember 29, 2020 READ MORE
Early site activity is setting the stage for Nørdic...
Early site activity is setting the stage for Nørdic Condos near Wilson subway station in North York, clearing the way for Collecdev‘s 12-storey residential complex. Designed by Raymond Chow of gh3, the project is part of a wave of residential intensification within walking distance of the station, and will add another 429 condominium units to the mix, along with increased retail presence fronting Wilson Avenue.
Looking northeast to Nørdic Condos, image via submission to City of Toronto
Demolition commenced earlier this summer at the site’s west end, closest to Wilson Station, starting with the gutting of a four-storey commercial building at 530 Wilson Avenue which had been used as a presentation centre for Nørdic, and for previous Collecdev projects in the neighbourhood. A pair of four-storey rental buildings at 470 and 490 Wilson Avenue were also gutted.
Residential buildings at site of Nørdic Condos, image by Edward Skira
When we last checked in on the site in August, the first signs of demolition were apparent as the site had been surrounded in fencing and initial interior gutting had commenced. A month later, interior demolition has progressed a fair bit as crews from Orin Demoltion meticulously strip out interior finishes in preparation for structural demolition.
Residential buildings at site of Nørdic Condos, image by Edward Skira
To the west of the residential buildings, the former commercial building recently had the first of its exterior cladding removed, a section of its (recently white-painted) red brick finishes. Structural demolition of the commercial and residential buildings is next, to clear the site and allow the start of shoring and excavation for the new residential complex and park.
Office building at site of Nørdic Condos, image by Edward Skira
Meanwhile, the first signs of the building’s geothermal system—a regular feature in Collecdev projects—have been spotted in the form of geothermal drilling rigs, which will drill wells across the site as an element of the sustainable system. Geothermal heating and cooling is expected to reduce Nørdic’s carbon emissions by 70% and provide residents with predictable utility costs.
Geothermal drilling rig at site of Nørdic Condos, image by Edward Skira
Source: Urban Toronto
Beauty in the design details – an interview with gh3* architectsJuly 9, 2020 READ MORE
Earlier this month we sat down to talk living spaces with Raymond Chow, award-winning...
Earlier this month we sat down to talk living spaces with Raymond Chow, award-winning architect and partner at gh3*. Today we dive into the design details that help make Collecdev homes some of the most sought-after on the market.
Your designs for Collecdev communities, particularly TRETTI and Nørdic, have been extremely well received. Why do you think buyers are responding with such enthusiasm?
I think our philosophy resonates with purchasers, and it’s a philosophy shared by Collecdev. Together, we’re creating residences that offer thoughtful consideration of key architectural elements such as proportion, material selection, and natural light. None of these need to cost more money, and buyers appreciate that.
They also seem to appreciate your approach to multifunctional design. City living usually requires a tradeoff between physical space and urban convenience, but the communities you’ve designed with Collecdev don’t appear to sacrifice function at all. How do you ensure that spaces remain functional at any size?
Size isn’t actually the most important metric here. The issue is usually the layout itself – the amount of built-in storage provided, the carefully considered placement of fixtures and appliances, careful planning so that every bedroom is on a windowed wall… By taking a more thoughtful approach to these elements, we’re able to create functional spaces that work well at any size. It’s about smarter design, where size is not a limiting factor to how well you live.
Would you say that multifunctionality is a conscious strategy at gh3*?
Yes – it’s fundamental. People need flexible spaces to meet the demands of our busier lifestyles. If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that home is a place where we spend a lot of our time. Even before COVID, more people were working from home. Now, our homes need to be a place where we can work, relax, retreat, entertain, all in the same space. That space needs to adapt to our needs, not the other way around.
How can good design be made more accessible for everyone?
Don’t over design. Don’t try to be too trendy or ‘of the time’. It’s important that architects, designers, and developers prioritize functionality and quality wherever possible. Design with purpose and simplicity in mind and you’ll often arrive at the most elegant solution.
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2020 OHBA Awards of Distinction
Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise – Winner
OHBA People’s Choice Award – Finalist
High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ Storeys up to 800SF) – Finalist
Lobby Entrance – Finalist
Social Media Campaign – Finalist
High or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign (4+ Storeys) – Finalist
High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ Storeys) – Finalist
2020 BILD Awards
Home Builder of the Year – Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
Green Builder of the Year – Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
Project of the Year – Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
People’s Choice Award - Finalist
Best High-Rise Building Design - Finalist
Best High-Rise Building Design - Finalist
2020 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Attached Homes - Mid-to High-Rise Condominium - Finalist
Best Print Ad - Finalist
2019 OHBA Awards of Distinction
OHBA People’s Choice Award – Finalist
Architectural Design - High-Rise Building – Finalist
Project of the Year High or Mid-Rise – Finalist
2019 BILD Awards
Green Builder of the Year – Mid/High-Rise – Finalist
2019 NAHB The Nationals
Best Brochure - Builder – Silver
City of Toronto 2018 Affordable Housing Champions
Collecdev – Balliol Park, 30 & 36 Tippett
2018 BILD Awards
Best Innovative Suite Design - Winner
Westwood Gardens – E8 Suite
Green Builder of the Year - Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
Best Salesperson or Team, Mid/High-rise - Finalist
Westwood Gardens – Milborne Group
Best Marketing Person or Team- Finalist
2018 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Best Brochure/Kit - Finalist
2018 NAHB Best in Green Awards
Best in Green Sales & Marketing Strategy - Winner
2018 NAHB The Nationals
Best Marketing of Green/Sustainable Program - Silver
Best Microsite/Website for a Builder - Silver
Marketing Professional of the Year - Silver
2017 OHBA Awards of Distinction
Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure - Finalist
Project of the Year - High or Mid-Rise - Finalist