Bata Shoe Factory

The Canadian Green Building annual awards recognize the best Canadian green buildings as selected by a panel of independent design and building professionals.

Jury Comments: This conversion of the original 1939 Bata Shoe Factory provides the small town of Batawa with an amenity uncommon in a community of this size: mixed-income rental accommodation with recreational amenities for residents, a daycare, and a community art space. The project is exemplary for its respectful adaptation of an important part of Ontario’s industrial heritage; its well-considered mixed-use program, and its rehabilitation of the former parking lot that surrounded the building. In addition to the carbon benefit of retaining the concrete structure, the project has very good energy performance.