Press Release

November 16, 2017

Press Release

Two Ledcor-Built Canadian Projects Win Global Award from Urban Land Institute

November 16, 2017

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Ledcor congratulates two client groups on their selection as winners of the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence. 

PCI Developments Corp and designer Perkins+Will were selected for their Marine Gateway project in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Also selected was the West Don Lands project in Toronto, Ontario, which was developed by - Master Developer: Waterfront Toronto; Developers: Urban Capital [River City], DREAM Unlimited, Kilmer Group [Canary District], 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: architects Alliance, KPMB Architects, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, Daoust Lestage, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Design/Builder – Canary District: EllisDon Inc., Ledcor Group. 

Marine Gateway and West Don Lands were two of 13 winning projects selected from 25 projects nominated from across North America, Europe and Asia as the ULI’s Global Leaders in the Future of Urban Development. 

 “We are extremely proud to be associated with both of Canada’s 2017 ULI finalists and award winners,” said Peter Hrdlitschka, President, Ledcor Construction.  “Both clients and their design teams visualized innovative mixed-use real estate development projects that would fundamentally transform two very different global city neighbourhoods. We are pleased to have helped their visions be actualized.” Ledcor was the general contractor for PCI’s Marine Gateway and a Ledcor EllisDon JV was the Design Builder for the West Don Lands project, also known as the Canary District or Pan Am Athletes Village (PAAV). 

Marine Gateway is Vancouver’s first transit-oriented, mixed-use development directly connected to two major transit stations: Marine Drive Canada Line station and South Vancouver bus loop.  The 830,000-square-foot landmark is comprised of two neighborhood plazas, a 250,000 square-foot office tower, 27 busy retailers covering 230,000 square-feet, and two 26- and 33-storey high-rise buildings with 415 residential units and 46 rental suites on a 4.8-acre site. 

The West Don Lands project, an innovative Toronto urban development project, revitalized a former historic railway and industrial district in two phases on a 45-acre site. First, constructed into a 1,300-unit athlete’s village for 10,000 athletes and officials attending the 2015 Toronto Pam Am Games. Then, converted into a seven-building mixed-use neighbourhood; consisting of condos, community and affordable housing, a college residence and a YMCA. 

“We congratulate our client PCI Developments and designer Perkins+Will for an excellent project, and setting an example for transit-based urban redevelopments world-wide,” said Hrdlitschka. “And we equally congratulate Dream Unlimited, the Kilmer group and the whole West Don Lands development and design team, as well as our Design Build JV partner EllisDon, for creating an innovative method of using an international sporting event to revitalize an industrial site into an exemplary community, which will be a model for all future games village projects.” 

The other finalists were from Spain, Japan, Singapore and the United States. Before 2017, only five Canadian projects had been selected in the last 15 years.

More information on the projects, global awards and the ULI here: Marine Gateway, West Don Lands, Global Awards for Excellence and Urban Land Institute.  ELEASE