Canadian Plaza at the Peace Bridge Border Crossing

Client Buffalo and Fort Erie Bridge Authority
Portfolio Transportation
Category Multimodal Transit Hub
Size 85,000 SF (7,897 SM)
Location Fort Erie, ON, Canada
Date April 2007

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The Peace Bridge border crossing is a major gateway between Fort Erie, Canada and Buffalo, US, handling some five million vehicle and 1.5 million commercial truck crossings annually. Border security changes, congestion and increased capacity drove the need for its redevelopment of the Canadian Plaza. Central to NORR’s design was a dramatic sweeping wood canopy with extensive cantilevers evoking the shape of the Indigenous peoples’ long house structure and canoe, one of the earliest forms of transportation used to cross the Niagara River at this location.

Client Buffalo and Fort Erie Bridge Authority
Portfolio Transportation
Category Multimodal Transit Hub
Size 85,000 SF (7,897 SM)
Location Fort Erie, ON, Canada
Date April 2007

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Awards

  • 2014 20 + 10 + X World Architecture (WA) Community Awards 16. Cycle, Citation by Honorary Members
  • 2010 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence
  • 2009 AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Justice Knowledge Community Justice Facility Review, Citation
  • 2008 20 + 10+ X World Architecture (WA) Community Awards, 2nd Cycle, Citation by Honorary Members
  • 2008 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Ontario Steel Design Award, Award of Merit, Architectural Category
  • 2007 Ontario Public Works Association, Project of the Year Award in Transportation greater than $10 million
  • 2007 Canadian Wood Council, WoodWork Award, Institutional Wood Design Award
  • 2007 Canadian Wood Council, Wood Design Awards, Merit Award
  • 2005 Ontario Concrete Awards, Precast Concrete Structural Design Innovation Award

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