2013 CUI Brownie Awards: Recognizing excellence in Brownfield Redevelopment across Canada
October 24, 2013 - Toronto, ON
The 13th annual CUI Brownie Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner at the Westin Harbour Castle on the evening of October 23rd. Held in conjunction with the CUI's Canadian Brownfields conference – STILL Making Great Places – the awards 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.
The CUI Brownie Award for Best Overall Project went to the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village / Canary District from Toronto, Ontario. The project is a partnership between the Province of Ontario and DundeeKilmer Developments Limited that significantly accelerates the development of a long underused brownfields site on rail lands in the city's West Don Lands.
The jury noted that the project, a seven-block development blending market and rental housing, commercial and retail space, will have long-lasting positive impacts on the local economy. The in a new LEED® Gold riverside community. The bases of each building in the District are designed as double-height, loft-style spaces that support the retail leasing philosophy of the developer. An extensive network of pedestrian and cycling pathways link residential courtyards north and south of the main thoroughfare, which extends Front Street East from Cherry Street, tying the Canary District into the Distillery District, Corktown and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods to the west and north, and into the Don Valley and Waterfront walking and cycling pathways to the east and south.
The Integrated Design Team for the project is co-led by architectsAlliance and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, working in collaboration with Daoust Lestage Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Together, the Integrated Design Team developed a set of core design principles and a common palette of materials. Each building was designed by a different IDT member according to these principle and materials. As a result, the new community has an authentic character built into it from the very beginning, the kind of “coherent diversity” that characterizes other long-established neighbourhoods in Toronto. All residential buildings – both market and rental – are designed to a uniformly high level, with the intention of creating a vibrant, integrated new urban community.