IBI intern’s library design wins Evolve award
Thursday, March 12, 2015
TORONTO – The design for a net zero-energy and water-wise community library by a young IBI Group architecture intern has won the $5000 first prize in the 2014/2015 Evolve Sustainable Design Competition sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada.
Mark Melnichuck, a fourth-year undergraduate Ryerson University architecture student, worked on the library design with his brother Tim, a Ryerson graduate student.
Mark has been interning in IBI’s transit architecture group since May and goes back to school in the fall to finish a Bachelor of Architecture Science degree.
He found the competition online when he was researching green energy projects. “I wanted to do some architecture work on my own time,” he explains. “I asked my brother to join me in the competition since we work well together.”
“All the entrants had to design a net-zero community library that was water wise,” he says. “We were given a specific site, on Dundas Street near Ossington. Everyone was working on the same site and the same criteria.”
Mark and his brother spend about a month and half on the design. “I learned a lot of things because it was my first attempt at a net-zero building,” he says. “As well as modelling the green building techniques, we had to calculate the savings when you convert it to clean energy, and that was something I’d never done before at this depth.”
Mark says he and his brother were proud of their design when they finished it. “It’s a good building we can include in our portfolios. But we were very surprised when we got the call telling us we’d won.”
As an intern in Charlie’s Hoang’s group, he’s been working on IBI’s contribution to the new $2.1 billion Ottawa LRT, which involves the design of three underground light rail stations. “It’s a very interesting and unique project,” says Mark. “And I’ve been able to apply some of the things I learned from doing the library design.”
Mark is originally from Oshawa, and studied architecture at the University of Toronto for two years, before switching to Ryerson. He plans to go on to graduate work and then complete the accreditation required to become a registered architect.
And the prize money? “It will help pay for a trip to Chicago this summer,” says Mark.