The 11th annual Canadian Urban Institute’s 2010 CUI Brownie Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), was held at the Westin Prince in Toronto where winners in seven categories from across Canada were recognized for their leadership and innovation in brownfield redevelopment and for their commitment to the remediation of brownfield projects.
In addition to recognizing Canada’s commitment to remediation and redevelopment in our own communities, the night also recognized international efforts being made towards a sustainable future. The International Recognition CUI Brownie was awarded to the City of Zwolle, Netherlands for its creation of an area-based approach to groundwater remediation and a formal subsurface management plan for its city centre that facilitates an integrated approach to managing water, soil and energy. Zwolle’s plan is the first of its kind in the Netherlands as well as globally, and provides long-term consistency by consolidating responsibility into one public organization.
A special Public Realm CUI Brownie was awarded to Meyers Pier Redevelopment from Belleville, Ontario. The contaminated site was redeveloped and renamed Jane Forrester Park with a revitalized marina. It has inspired investment in the area around the park site and helped revitalize the waterfront. “All the winners showed an immense commitment to sustainable design and community revitalization,” said Glenn Miller, vice president, Education and Research with the CUI.
The CUI Brownie Award for best overall project went to brownfield remediation and redevelopment in relation to the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West building, which is the first and only convention centre in the world to be awarded a LEED Platinum Certification.
Awards were also presented to the Prince Arthur’s Landing project in Thunder Bay, Ontario for Best Large Scale Project; and to Heartwood Place at 26 Ainslie Street South from Cambridge, Ontario for Best Small Scale Project. The award for Brownfielder of the Year went to Terry Boutilier, MCIP, RPP, the Senior Business Development Officer & Brownfield Co-ordinator, for his commitment to promoting a better understanding of brownfield redevelopments. Finally, the first ever People’s Choice Award was voted for online during the awards gala, and the winner at the end of the night was Little Mountain, from British Columbia.
Category-specific awards were awarded to the following projects:
- Category 1 – Legislation, Policy and Program Development: A Comprehensive Plan for Brownfield Redevelopment in New Brunswick, City of Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Category 2 – Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation: The Port Lands Soil Recyling Pilot Facility, Toronto, Ontario
- Category 3 – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships: The Waterscape on the Grand River, Cambridge, Ontario
- Category 4 – Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale: John Street Roundhouse and Park, Toronto, Ontario
- Category 5 – Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale: Rail Lands Redevelopment in the City of North Bay, North Bay, Ontario
- Category 6 – Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement: Parternship Workshop to Build Local capacity on Brownfield Redevelopment in BC, Communities of Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Prince George and Mission, British Columbia
- Category 7 – Individual Achievement: Terry Boutilier