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By: Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)

Awards in nine categories were presented this past Thursday evening at the 8th annual CUI Brownie Awards Ceremony & Dinner. Winners were announced from six provinces across Canada, representing the broadening national scope of the redevelopment and remediation of Canadian communities.

For the first time ever, a Special Recognition CUI Brownie was awarded to an international recipient: Hammarby Sjöstad, a mixed-use project in Stockholm, Sweden which demonstrates a comprehensive approach to sustainable city-building, The Hammarby project features district energy powered by waste-heat from sewage, a vacuum waste system, and a deep commitment to transit and pedestrian-oriented design.

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 selection committee was impressed with the commitment to sustainable design, overall community revitalization and renewal of the public realm.

“You have all demonstrated extraordinary acts of citizenship in your tireless commitment to your communities” said Glen Murray, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in his final words of congratulations to all winners and finalists.

The CUI Brownie Award for best overall project went to Quartier international de Montréal, the district which has revitalized and connected Old Montreal to the downtown, creating a new vibrant destination in the heart of City.

Awards were also presented to the Nose Creek Landfill Remediation project in Calgary, AB for Best Large Scale Project; CenterBeam Place in Saint John, NB for Best Medium Scale Project; and the Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building in Charlottetown, PEI for Best Small Scale Project. The award for Brownfielder of the Year went to the Westeinde brothers, Jeff and Jonathon Westeinde, partners in Quantum Environmental and Windmill Development Group, for their contribution to sustainable development on brownfield sites across Canada.

Category-specific awards were awarded to the following projects:

  • Category 1 – Legislation, Policy and Program Development

    Station Pointe, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Category 2 – Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation

    Vancouver Island Conference Centre Deep Soil Mixing – Ground Stabilization Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • Category 3 – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

    The Rivers District Community Revitalization Levy Regulation Calgary, Alberta

  • Category 4 – Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale

    CenterBeam Place, Saint John, New Brunswick

  • Category 5 – Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale

    Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto, Ontario

  • Category 6 – Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

    IADI 2 50th St. East Urban Centre, Calgary, Alberta

  • Category 7 – Individual Achievement

    Jeff & Jonathan Westeinde

For more details on these projects and the other finalists, visit www.canadianbrownfields.ca or contact all Glenn Miller, Director of Education and Research with the Canadian Urban Institute at 416 365 0816 ext 284. To view the PDF Media Release go to http://www.canurb.com/media/pdf/Brownie-winners-press-release.pdf

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