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2020 Ontario Home Builder’s Awards of Distinction Prestige Award Winner for Nørdic Condos Project of the Year – Mid to High-RiseLearn More
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
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
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
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
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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Growing Up In Toronto, How We’re Creating Communities Where Children Can ThriveMarch 18, 2021 READ MORE
Look up, way up, and it's easy to see that Toronto is soaring to new heights. But as our skyline continues to rise, it's important to stop and ask ourselves,...
Look up, way up, and it’s easy to see that Toronto is soaring to new heights. But as our skyline continues to rise, it’s important to stop and ask ourselves, are the communities we’re building helping to lift the next generation? As Toronto grows up, we need to ensure that we’re providing safe and engaging places for our children to do the same. That’s why Collecdev is taking part in Growing Up, the Urban Design Guidelines from the City of Toronto, designed to create an inclusive, sustainable city for everyone, even our youngest citizens.
A History of Children in the Downtown Core
Children have lived in Toronto’s downtown core since families first settled in the area, but at the turn of the 20th century, the growing urban population began to squeeze out child-friendly infrastructure and kids were left to use their imaginations to turn streets, laneways, stoops, and staircases into impromptu urban playgrounds.
Recognizing that those environments were less than hospitable, the City of Toronto embarked on The Playground Movement, a radical shift in the organization of urban space that identified children as active users, worthy of consideration. Today, the Growing Up study continues that tradition, including children as a key stakeholder in a holistic approach to planning city life and public space.
Diversity Makes Room for Everyone
Diversity is the backbone of a strong community, and, as developers, it’s our responsibility to build homes conducive to that diversity. That means a range of unit types and sizes that not only supports households with children, but households at all different stages of life. It means connectivity to transit, access to community services, and a rich selection of neighbourhood amenities. It means affordability, not only for the initial home purchase, but through unit design that responds to a family’s changing needs, saving the cost of future relocation. Collecdev takes everyone into account, young and old, delivering complete communities that meet the daily needs of all residents.
The Design Guidelines
Between 1996 and 2016 more than 15,000 families with children made the move into a high-rise building in the city. 13% of Toronto families call a condominium home (well above the national average of 8.4%), and as that trend continues, the City has responded with Growing Up.
The guidelines are rooted in Toronto’s Official Plan, which “seeks to create an attractive and safe city where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a good quality of life.” The goal is to integrate family-centric design into new multi-unit residential development, in other words, to make sure that every new vertical community offers a welcoming home to people of every age. To do that, the guidelines address the entire community experience, from the surrounding neighbourhood, to the family home, the same things we look at when planning a Collecdev community.
The Condo Suite
We begin in the suite itself by considering the unique needs of a family and what specific features can help address those needs. Suite are designed with efficient layouts; ample storage space; enough room to gather, connect, and share meals; bedrooms conducive to homework time and with windows that allow for natural light; and balconies or terraces that extend the living space and provide a modern version of the traditional backyard.
We move into the building where functional and flexible amenity space, and a critical mass of larger units, support a vibrant social life across multiple generations. Indoor and outdoor common spaces are designed to promote socialization and casual interaction between neighbours, creating a neighbourhood experience for the modern age.
At the neighbourhood level, we focus on children’s experience of the city, considering things like safe pedestrian, cycling, and transit networks that encourage children’s independence; access to natural gardens that help kids learn about the environment and central parks that help anchor the neighbourhood; public art; high-quality, conveniently-located schools and child care; an active street life with community services and engaging retail; sustainable features; and a touch of whimsy to encourage young imaginations. These are all the elements that have long been included in low-rise neighbourhoods to encourage family living, and are now available in the urban centre, offering a new alternative for today’s modern families.
Over time, as children grow, these guidelines allow them to explore further and further afield, expanding their horizons as they move from their home, to the building, to the local neighbourhood.
How the Guidelines Were Developed
Similar to how we’re developing our newest projects at 44 Broadway and 300 Bloor Street West, the guidelines for Growing Up were created in collaboration with the community. The City engaged development industry professionals (including architects, planners, landscape architects, and developers like Collecdev), families, residents, and city staff. They used traditional methods, like public meetings, and innovative new information-gathering campaigns like kinder-workshops, walking tours, pop-up events, online surveys, in-home “CondoHack” visits that revealed how families had “hacked” their homes to meet their unique needs, and design jams with high-school students that ensured that the perspective of youth were heard and included. They studied international and local case studies, bringing best practices home from across the globe, similar to the vision for Collecdev’s Scandinavian-inspired communities, TRETTI and Nørdic. And through extensive collaboration, the guidelines emerged, a comprehensive method to building thriving urban communities where children have the opportunity to participate, learn, engage, and grow.
At Collecdev we’ve always known that collaboration leads to better communities and we’re committed to building inclusive spaces that welcome people of all ages and generations. Through responsible development and thoughtful design, guided by the key tenets in Growing Up, we’re helping to ensure that growing up in Toronto means opportunity and inspiration for future generations, starting right now.
Discover Collecdev’s full portfolio of complete, multi-generational communities at collecdev.com. And for more information on the Growing Up consultations and guidelines, check out www.toronto.ca/growingupTO.
Collecdev Walks The Walk With Virtual WellnessMarch 10, 2021 READ MORE
Collecdev believes in healthier living, by design – spaces to walk, places to connect, homes to inspire, trails to explore, parks to play, ways to engage outdoors. It’s not just marketing, it’s a philosophy we live by, especially over the last 12 months. Never has it been more important to take some time for wellness and self-care, so on Thursday, March 4th we participated in GoodLife Fitness’ Virtual Wellness Day.
From living rooms and home offices across the GTA, the Collecdev team connected via Zoom with hundreds of participants in a series of virtual fitness classes and online workshops addressing physical and mental health. There was a session on the ABCs of Nutritional Supplements, helping to demystify the vitamin aisle and discuss the basics required for optimal health. There was The Power of Sleep, a workshop on good sleep habits and how to get a better night’s rest. There was Immune Up, a look at the best ways to stock your kitchen and plan your meals to boost your body’s natural defenses. Plus, we had a chance to break a sweat with a selection of GoodLife’s signature high- and low-intensity fitness classes including BODYFLOW, Dance Cardio, and the fierce strength/cardio combination of HIIT.
It was amazing! The last 12 months have been challenging. It’s been harder than ever to find ways to stay active and engaged while following public health protocols, but we’ve always believed in the ability to innovate and adapt, and we continue to do that during COVID. We may not be able to work out in the gym or meet up for a group exercise class, but Virtual Wellness Day showed us that there are still ways to make wellbeing more accessible to everyone, even long after the pandemic ends.
Whether it’s a collective seated desk yoga session or stretch break, or the thoughtful details we integrate into every Collecdev community that help keep residents active and inspired, we continue to believe in the importance of health and wellbeing for happier, better living, and we remain committed to delivering that lifestyle to more and more Canadians.
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TRETTI and Nørdic Top Picks for NAHB Community of the YearMarch 2, 2021 READ MORE
The presentation may be live streamed instead of in real life, we may be gathering from across the continent instead of in a ballroom, and there may be less champagne, but when the Nationals go live with a virtual ceremony this Friday, March 5th, we’ll still be pulling out all the stops. That’s because both TRETTI and Nørdic are top contenders for the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Multifamily Community of the Year.
The Scandinavian-inspired communities captured the judges’ attention with their combination of contemporary architecture, thoughtfully-designed light-filled interiors, expertly-programmed amenities, and strong connection to the outdoors. Add in their prime, transit-connected location in the heart of Wilson Heights, and it’s easy to see why TRETTI and Nørdic are front runners for one of the Nationals most prominent awards.
For nearly 40 years, the Nationals have celebrated North America’s best new-home sales and marketing, identifying the industry’s most exceptional communities across Canada and the U.S. “To be recognized by the NAHB’s largest and most prestigious awards competition is truly an honour,” says Collecdev VP Sales and Marketing, Natascha Pieper, “it’s a testament that our commitment to building complete communities is setting new benchmarks for the industry. When we set out to design TRETTI and Nørdic, we envisioned thriving environments that encourage connection, not only among neighbours, family, and friends, but a connection to nature, because we know that these elements – well-designed environments, a sense of belonging, time spent outdoors – are essential to the wellbeing of a community and its residents.”
Throughout these challenging times we remain committed to moving forward, creating inviting, inspiring, more accessible communities for people to call home. With TRETTI and Nørdic among the distinguished group of nominees for Multifamily Community of the Year, it’s clear we’re headed in the right direction.
The 39th annual Nationals will take place with a virtual awards ceremony on March 5th.
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Excavation Begins for Collecdev’s Nørdic CondosFebruary 23, 2021 READ MORE
The early stages of construction are moving along at an impressive pace at the site of Collecdev's newest contribution to the emerging pocket of density...
The early stages of construction are moving along at an impressive pace at the site of Collecdev’s newest contribution to the emerging pocket of density surrounding Wilson subway station in Toronto. The wheels have been in motion for the Nordic Condos project since this past summer, when demolition began to prep the site of the complex’s first phase, a 12-storey building designed by gh3. Roughly six months later, a large pit is forming as excavation advances for the project.
Demolition work continued into January, when the first heavy equipment arrived to begin actual construction activity. Drilling rigs were the first equipment to arrive, starting work on the site’s shoring system that prepped the site for the now-ongoing excavation. Moving from east to west, crews are digging to a depth of 9.9 metres to create space for the building’s foundations and underground garage. Pile and lagging shoring walls have been built around most edges of the pit, but the more water-resistant concrete caisson wall system is being used where groundwater has been found.
As the dig catches up at the site’s west end, additional heavy equipment has appeared within the pit, a continuation of the installation process for the site’s geothermal energy system. During the early demolition stages, geothermal wells were drilled around the previous buildings’ perimeters. With the former building footprints clear, geothermal drilling is now being done towards the site interior. Geothermal heating and cooling are expected to reduce Nordic’s carbon emissions by 70% and provide residents with predictable utility costs.
Excavation will be followed by the installation of cranes. Pending permits, the building is expected to begin its rise above street level later this year. Upon completion, Nordic will rise to a height of just over 41 metres, bringing 429 condominium and rental replacement units to the site.
Toronto Council Approves Plan For Yonge Street Bike Lanes By Summer 2021February 5, 2021 READ MORE
When something is easy, we say it’s like riding a bike, and the ride is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to a plan approved by Toronto City...
When something is easy, we say it’s like riding a bike, and the ride is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to a plan approved by Toronto City Council that could see new bike lanes installed on Yonge Street by the summer.
The vote to introduce protected bike lanes on a six-kilometre stretch of Yonge Street, running from Bloor Street to Lawrence Avenue, won by a huge majority (19-3) at a city council meeting late last year. The next stop is Toronto’s Transportation Services department. If all goes well, the lanes could be installed by the second quarter of 2021, offering people yet another convenient option to whiz across, around, and through midtown.
The move is part of a “complete streets” approach, an attitude that has gained traction despite, or perhaps because of, the state of global affairs. In a year where the city, the province, the country, and the world at large have been grappling with a global pandemic, Toronto has shown an incredible capacity to quickly adapt.
In June of last year, Mayor John Tory announced the introduction of CafeTO, a program that the mayor described as cutting through red tape “with wartime-speed” to allow restaurants and bars to expand their patios onto sidewalks and streets (we wrote about some of the local businesses taking part of the program in this post).
Similarly, the new bike lanes are part of another recent city initiative, ActiveTO, designed to make sure people have space to get around while respecting physical distancing, in part by expanding the cycling network.
Toronto has rapidly expanded its network of bike lanes since the start of the pandemic, introducing the largest one-year increase in on-street bike lanes in the city’s history. Approximately 25 kilometres of new bikeways have been installed, with new lanes on University Avenue, Danforth Avenue, and Bloor Street, allowing cyclists to move around safely, connecting the city, and mirroring major transit routes.
The new lanes on Yonge Street will introduce what local Ward 8 Councillor Mike Colle calls “a new way of looking at transportation,” ensuring the safety of cyclists, while relieving traffic congestion, and encouraging much needed support for local businesses. Residents, like those at 44 Broadway, will have even greater access to Yonge Street’s exciting lineup of shops, employers, and schools, and enjoy yet another way to stay connected to the rest of the city.
As more and more Torontonians opt for bikes as their means of transportation – staying active, saving time and saving the planet – the introduction of new infrastructure like the new lanes on Yonge Street will make it an even easier choice, and make midtown more appealing than ever.
For more on the Yonge Street bike lanes, check out this article from CBC News.
And for more on 44 Broadway and the connected midtown lifestyle coming soon from Collecdev, register here.
2021 NAHB The Nationals
Multifamily Community of the Year – Silver
Best Print Campaign – Silver
Best Email Marketing – Silver
Multifamily Community of the Year – Silver
Best Landscape of a Community – Silver
Best Email Marketing – Silver
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