WASHINGTON - Two Canadian projects are among 25 finalists in the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence program. This year's finalists, announced in June, include three located in Asia, two in Europe and 20 in North America. A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.
The two Canadian projects are Marine Gateway, in Vancouver, and Toronto's West Don Lands.
The Toronto project, on an 80-acre site, involved the transformation of former industrial lands into a sustainable, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, riverside community.
Marine Gateway is a LEED Gold mixed-use development that combines 820,000 square feet of residential condominiums, rental housing, an office building, retail and public space.
Credits for Marine Gateway include PCI Developments Corp., developer, and Perkins+Will, designer.
Contributors to the West Don Lands were master developer Waterfront Toronto; developers Urban Capital, Drean Unlimited, Kilmer Group, Toronto Community Housing; public realm designers Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., PFS Studio with the Planning Partnership and &Co., Claude Cormier & Associates, NAK Design Strategies; architectural design – River City: Saucier & Perrotte, ZAS Architects; architectural design – Canary District: architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, Daoust Lestage, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects; and design/builder – Canary District EllisDon Inc., Ledcor Group.
The ULI Awards for Excellence are intended to recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design, notes a ULI media statement. Awards are presented to the development project.
The criteria for the awards include good design, leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public-private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs and financial success.