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Zibi receives prestigious international award for planning and design
Becomes one of the most decorated community plans in the world
Ottawa, September 16, 2016 – Zibi, a redevelopment project in the heart of the national capital with aspirations of becoming the world’s most sustainable community, has received the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ (ISOCARP) award of excellence for planning and design.
The award – the highest bestowed by the organization – was presented yesterday to Zibi developers Windmill Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM), and their partner FOTENN Planning + Design, at ISOCARP’s International Congress in Durban, South Africa.
The ISOCARP Award For Excellence rewards plans with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation, regeneration and resilience. An international jury of ISOCARP members evaluated the submissions, and chose Zibi as the best plan.
The plans for Zibi have also recently received awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Planning Association, making it one of the most decorated community plans on the planet.
“With this award, our peers from around the world have again confirmed that our plans for Zibi are truly world-class,” said Rodney Wilts, partner at Windmill Developments. “This One Planet urban community, along with LRT and Lebreton Flats, will help propel Ottawa and Gatineau to the next level on the world stage.”
Over the next 15 years, Zibi will transform the long-vacant industrial lands straddling Ottawa and Gatineau into a complete waterfront community that blends low- and high-rise residential buildings, restaurants, pubs, merchants and office spaces, unique plazas and outdoor squares, recreational facilities, a hotel, and much more.
“We are very honoured to have received this award,” said Jason Lester, Senior Vice President of Urban Development at Dream. “ Our team is passionate about realizing the vision of a unique and unparalleled community at Zibi.”
About Windmill Development Group
Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that exemplary ecological, social and financial returns are achieved in all their projects. Every Windmill development is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and our ecosystem. Windmill is the only developer in North America to have achieved LEED Platinum on all its mixed-use projects. Completed projects include The Currents, a performing arts centre and modern condominium tower in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood, and Dockside Green, a model sustainable community in Victoria that was named one of 16 Clinton Climate Initiative Climate Positive developments.
About Dream Unlimited Corp.
Dream (TSX:DRM) is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with approximately $15 billion of assets under management in North America and Europe. The scope of the business includes residential land development, housing and condominium development, asset management for three TSX-listed real estate investment trusts and one TSX-listed diversified, hard asset alternatives trust, investments in and management of Canadian renewable energy infrastructure and commercial property ownership. Dream has an established track record for being innovative and for its ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities.
Fotenn is an award-winning planning and urban design firm with offices in, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. Established in 1992, Fotenn now has more than 35 planning, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design staff engaged in projects across the country.
We maintain a balance of public and private work ranging from individuals and large private sector firms to all three levels of government. Fotenn is committed to providing a responsive and personal approach and honest and fair treatment to our clients as well as the community at large.
While our projects are all diverse in nature, they share one thing in common: a need for practical, high-quality and attractive results. With our wealth of experience in the field, knowledge of current trends and innovative vision, we have added and continue to add immense value to all the spaces we have created across Canada. As we apply our expertise in site planning, land usage, policy development, urban design and landscape architecture, we continue to guarantee high-quality, market-based results appropriate to their environmental settings.
ISOCARP is the international Society of City and Regional Planners. Founded in 1965, and based in The Hague, we are a global association of experienced professionals, brining together recognized and highly qualified planners from more than 80 countries worldwide.