Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer
The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) has presented the 13th annual Brownie Awards, which
“celebrate excellence in brownfield redevelopment by transforming contaminated sites into ‘great places.’”
The CUI recognized winners in seven categories from across Canada for their leadership, innovation and commitment to building sustainable communities.
“Even though the technical aspects of brownfield redevelopment have largely been overcome since the CUI Brownie Awards were launched, successful execution and implementation still requires a high degree of skill,” said Glenn Miller, vice-president, education and research with the CUI. “This year’s finalists and winners come from five different provinces and are a tribute to the high quality of design and technical expertise across the country.”
The CUI Brownie Award for Best Overall Project went to the CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athlete’s Village/Canary District from Toronto, ON. The project is a partnership between the Province of Ontario and Dundee Kilmer Developments Limited that significantly accelerates the development of a long underutilized area. The jury noted that the project will have long-lasting positive impacts on the local economy.
The CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory in Hamilton, ON was chosen as the Best Large Scale Project, while the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay, ON received the nod for Best Small Scale Project.
The jury recognized the In-Situ Soil Remediation/Green Remediation (SISSR) project in Bilthoven, Utrecht, the Netherlands for a special International Brownie. Bonnie Prior, past president of the Canadian Brownfield Network (CBN), was declared the Brownfielder of the Year. The jury noted that Prior has been instrumental in raising the awareness and increasing acceptance of Brownfields as mainstream development opportunities by the commercial real estate industry.
Category-specific awards went to the following projects:
Category 1 – Legislation, Policy and Program Development
From the Ground Up; Assessing the Risks and Maximizing the Benefits of Gardening on Urban Soils, Toronto, ON
Category 2 – Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation
Thorold Park Redevelopment, Thorold, ON
Category 3 – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
Downtown/West Harbourfront Remediation Loan Pilot Program, Hamilton, ON
Category 4 – Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale
Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters, Halifax, NS
Category 5 – Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale
Whitehorse Waterfront Revitalization, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Category 6 – Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
City of Langley Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy, Langley, BC
Category 7 – Individual Achievement
Bonnie Prior, executive director, Appraisal Institute of Canada and past president of the Canadian
Brownfield Network (CBN)
For more details on these projects and the other finalists, visit https://canurb.org/awards, or contact Glenn Miller, vice president of Education and Research with the Canadian Urban Institute at 416 3650816 ext 284.
The CUI Brownie Awards jury comprises representatives from the Canadian Brownfields Network; the Canadian Institute of Planners; Ontario Association of Architects; Ontario Professional Planners Institute; Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario; Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ReNew Canada.