August 1, 2012
Six Canadian projects earn kudos
Six Canadian infrastructure projects have been named as some of the 100 most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects in the world.
“Cities across Canada are refreshing and expanding post-war infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of Canada’s urban populations,” said Brad Watson, partner and head of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Practice in Canada, in a release.
“It’s exciting to see Canadian projects setting an example when it comes to building sustainable and environmentally conscious cities that are providing citizens with great living spaces.”
Projects showcased in Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition were assessed on feasibility, social impact, technical and/or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society.
Submissions were assessed by five regional judging panels.
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic’s Trades and Technology Complex in Calgary was named in the Education division.
It will add 740,000 square feet of training space for one of the leading training centres in energy, construction and manufacturing.
In the Global Connectivity division, the Calgary International Airport Development was highlighted as it will more than double the size of the current airport, helping to accommodate its recent and anticipated passenger growth.
In the Urban Energy section, the University of British Columbia’s clean energy project was named as it will be the world’s first biomass fueled, heat-and-power generation system operating on a scale suitable for communities.
Waterfront Toronto was named in the Urban Regeneration category.
It is one of the largest regeneration projects in North America and a 25-year program will include 40,000 new residences, 40,000 new jobs, new transit infrastructure and 300 hectares of parks and public spaces.
Two Canadian projects were highlighted in the Recycling and Waste Management division.
Harvest’s Energy Garden in Richmond, B.C. is Canada’s first high-efficiency system for producing renewable energy from food scraps and yard trimmings.
The project will see up to 27,000 tonnes of food scraps and yard trimmings per year diverted from landfills and generate energy for up to 700 homes in the Lower Mainland area.
The Durham York Energy Centre in Whitby, Ont. will process the residential waste that remains after Durham and York Regions’ aggressive composting and recycling programs, while also recovering metals and energy.
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