The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) Brownie Awards, in collaboration with FCM Green Municipal Fund and the Canadian Brownfields Network, recognizes excellence in redeveloping urban sites in Canadian communities. The 2015 CUI Brownie Awards ceremony was held at the Daniels Spectrum in Toronto, on Oct.8th. Our team—Ball-Rankin Construction/Architecture49/ WSP/City of St. Catharines—was awarded first prize for construction of the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines under the Renew Project Development Neighbourhood Scale category.
The winner of this grouping is considered the best at:
- Stimulating neighbourhood scale reinvestment and using adaptive reuse of heritage and other structures to encourage integrated multi-phased redevelopment.
- Demonstrating high levels of collaboration and inspiring many land owners and investors to engage in a shared vision with community support.
- Promoting comprehensive neighbourhood transformation by re-envisioning public realm, improving functionality, liveability and character of an area.
The competition was stiff, with all five projects in our category shortlisted from an initial large pool of submissions. While there was no advance notice that we’d won, many members on the jury came by throughout the evening and offered high praise for the quality of the project. Congratulations to everyone involved in the planning, designing and building of this very successful project.