2009 CUI Brownie Awards recognizes Brownfield Projects that are “Going for Gold” across Canada
October 27, 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia — This past Monday evening, awards were presented in seven categories at the 9th annual CUI Brownie Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Todd Latham, Publisher of ReNew Canada, was the Master of Ceremonies for the awards, which are held every year at the Canadian Brownfields Conference.
Dino Chiesa, Chairman of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, announced winners from five provinces across Canada, representing the national scope of the redevelopment and remediation of Canadian communities. The Chairman underlined the importance of the evening’s theme: “Like gold medal-winning performances, brownfield developments are the result of years of dedication and hard work. And like Canadian athletes who we know will bring home gold this winter, brownfield projects create a legacy for future generations”.
The CUI Brownie Awards are sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and are awarded annually to projects and programs that reflect leadership and innovation in brownfield redevelopment. The Brownie Awards jury was once again impressed with the high calibre of finalists’ projects, as well as their commitment to sustainable design, overall community revitalization and renewal of the public realm.
For the first time ever, a Jury’s Choice Award was awarded to La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain from Quebec, Quebec. This 2.5km promenade is an exemplary model of sustainability and has become one of the city’s cultural hubs.
Pearl District from Portland, Oregon won a Special Recognition CUI Brownie for the comprehensive revitalization of the Pearl District through the systematic redevelopment and realignment of brownfield sites to create a walkable, attractive downtown neighbourhood. Mr Lew Bowers was pleased to accept the award on behalf of Mayor Sam Adams.
Glen Murray, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute was encouraged by the leading example brownfield redevelopers are setting, saying, “you are the architects of our new Canada; you are the architects of our new cities”.
Southeast False Creek, the outstanding Olympic project which is targeting LEED Gold certification on the neighbourhood scale, brought home the CUI Brownie Award for Best Overall Project.
Other winners included the Collingwood Shipyards project in Collingwood, Ontario for Best Large-Scale Project; and both Somerset Square from Saint John, New Brunswick and Grey Bruce Health Unit from Owen Sound, Ontario for Best Small-Scale Project. The award for Brownfielder of the Year went to Tammy Lomas-Jylhä, the VP of Sustainable Remediation and Brownfield Services at OCETA for her contribution to sustainable development on brownfield sites over the past decade.
Category-specific awards were awarded to the following projects:
Category 1: Legislation, Policy and Program Development
BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy
BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Victoria, British Columbia
Category 2: Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation Sustainable Remediation of a Former Petroleum
Golder Associates Ltd., Victoriaville, Quebec
Category 3: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
Redevelopment at Hamilton General Hospital
CH2M HILL, Hamilton, Ontario
Category 4: Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale
Manitoba Hydro Place
Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Category 5: Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale
Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, Victoria, British Columbia
Category 6: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
Identification of Niagara’s Top Brownfield Redevelopment Opportunities
Niagara Economic Development Corporation and Region of Niagara, Ontario
Redevelopment Framework for Former Service Stations in Ontario
OCETA with CPPI and Province of Ontario, Ontario
Category 7 – Individual Achievement
Best-in Class Awards
Best Small-Scale Project
Grey Bruce Health Unit
Salter Pilon Architecture Inc., Owen Sound, Ontario
Commercial Properties Limited, Saint-John, New Brunswick
Best Large-Scale Project
FRAM Building Group/CSL Equity Investments/Terraprobe Consulting Engineers, Collingwood, Ontario
Jury’s Choice Award
La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Quebec, Quebec, Quebec
Special Recognition Award
City of Portland & the Portland Development Commission, Portland, Oregon
Best Overall Project
Southeast False Creek
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia