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The International Parking Institute announced this year's seven Awards of Excellence winners at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona.  The 30th annual awards recognize the industry's most outstanding parking facilities and operations.  The ‘archway’ won the Toronto new Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot category which is the only Canadian recipient. More details from Toronto Star (June 18, 2012) and  Inside Toronto (June 20, 2012).
Zhong Hua Men Archway
Zhong Hua Men is a project designed by architect Louis K.C. Cheung and Dale Cheung of the Archway Organizing Committee. The structure ranks among the most compelling to appear in Toronto and represents an authentic example of Chinese architecture.  The whole project costs more than $900,000.  This 45 metric ton granite structure, which took more than 520 tons of cement and more than 2,000 hours to erect, opened on Sept. 12, 2009 (please click here for more details).
On Monday, November 24, 2008 Mayor David Miller joined local business leaders to mark the completion of the foundation for the Zhong Hua Men.  The project makes possible by the Toronto Parking Authority which provided the land and the construction management for the project, while dozens of other supporters, notably Bridge Point Health, donated both cash and materials toward the archway.  The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China contributed the two large white marble lion statues that grace the front of the monument, while the government of Jiangmen City, China, donated 14 metric tons of stone materials.  The late Jack Layton, the area's former MP and the former federal NDP leader, was also heavily involved in the initiative from the start as he joined a group of local businesspeople for dim sum at a local restaurant when it was dreamed up.  "Every step people worked together to build this dream," said Layton, the project's first donor, to the crowd gathered for the archway's grand opening celebration in September 2009. In the spring of 2011, Layton gathered with community members at the archway to celebrate his party's victory as Canada's Official Opposition
The Archway wins International Award