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Perkins + Will Chosen to Lead City Centre Redevelopment, Transform Airport Lands

Perkins + Will

June 22, 2011

Team to develop a master plan for a world-leading sustainable community

Perkins + Will, from Vancouver, BC will lead one of Edmonton’s largest land transformations in decades.

The firm was chosen from three international finalists to develop a master plan to redevelop the City Centre Airport lands into a sustainable, transit-oriented, family friendly community for up to approximately 30,000 residents.

“This is a historic day for our city and a significant milestone for this project,” says City Manager Simon Farbrother. “We’re excited to move the project forward – this is just another step in the transformation of our downtown area. As the developer for the site, the City will ensure Council’s vision is met to make this development world-leading ecologically, economically and socially.”

A selection committee made up of local, national and international experts in business, sustainability, urban planning and policy made the recommendation to City Council, who endorsed the selection in an in-private Council meeting.

The City will now negotiate a contract with Perkins + Will over the next month that will detail the project deliverables, the work plan schedule and the public engagement plan. During the next 15 months, stakeholders, community leagues and citizens will be consulted for input on the site’s development, turning the initial concepts into a master plan.

Perkins + Will proposal focussed on making sure the new community had a strong connectivity to nature, history, economic opportunity and adjacent communities. Perkins + Will has extensive experience in urban planning and design, architecture, sustainable development, engineering, and building form and landscape architecture and employ 1,500 people worldwide.

They have more LEED® Accredited Professionals than any design firm as ranked by Building Design+Construction Magazine.They also pride themselves on being the premiere Green Design leaders in Canada with one of the largest portfolio of completed green buildings in North America and the highest percentage of LEED® Accredited Professionals in the industry.

You can also view the winning team’s concepts and video online at: www.edmonton.ca/ccr.

Perkins + Will’s winning plan for the City Centre Redevelopment project creates a sustainable community focused on providing strong connections to nature, history, economic opportunity and surrounding neighbourhoods. Dubbed ‘Connect-i-city’, the plan evolved through a highly-collaborative design approach that optimized the team’s considerable interdisciplinary talents and expertise.

Designed in collaboration with Civitas Urban Design and Planning, Group2 Architecture and renowned landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PFS), Perkins+Will’s Connect-i-city represents a bold new model for sustainable urban development.

Design Team:

Lead Design: Perkins + Will
Community Planning Consultant: Civitas Urban Design & Planning, Vancouver
Local Urban Design: Group2 Architecture and Engineering Ltd, Edmonton
Landscape Architects: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, Vancouver
Sustainable Building Design: Archineers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Cobalt Engineering LLP
Land Economics: Pro Forma
Transportation Consultant: Nelson Nygaard
Renderer: Chris Foyd