The CIBC Pan Am & Parapan Am Athlete's Village / Canary District redevelopment project has won Best Overall Brownfield Project at the 2013 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Awards.
Winners were announced on October 23, 2013.
The CIBC project will host athletes at the 2015 T oronto P an American and Parapan American Games.
The LEED Gold certified village, located on former industrial lands, is the largest infrastructure project associated with the Games, which will welcome over 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials.
The $514-million design/build/finance contract was awarded to Dundee Kilmer Developments by the Province of Ontario and is being constructed by EllisDon Ledcor PAAV Inc.
Construction of the village will add temporary homes and training areas for athletes, including: an 82,000-sq.-ft. YMCA facility, a new George Brown College student residence building, 787 units of market housing and 253 units of affordable rental housing; offices and administrative facilities.
Site preparation for the Athletes’ Village began in September 2011.
Abandoned private utilities have been discovered while preparing the site. This included elements such as diesel and gas pipes, as well as an ammonia line.
Following the Games, the Athletes' Village will be converted into the Canary District, a modern, accessible, pedestrian-friendly and sustainable neighbourhood.
“Brownfield redevelopment is really being incorporated into larger re-urbanization or economic development strategies, and also taking into account issues that are at the forefront of the public agenda like food security, environmental sustainability, and renewable energy,” said Glenn Miller, VP of the Canadian Urban Institute. “There is also interest from across the country, and the finalists this year include projects from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon,” he added.
Stay tuned for more winners from the 2013