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One Planet Team shortlisted for major Edmonton infill redevelopment competition

One Planet Team shortlisted for major Edmonton infill redevelopment competition

BioRegional North America, in collaboration with sustainable architecture and planning leader BNIM, have developed one of five submissions short-listed for a design competition for the Edmonton City Centre Airport Redevelopment, beating out 28 other teams.

While BNIM serves as the project lead, BioRegional North America hand-picked team members Windmill/BuildGreen Solutions, transportation planners Crandall Arambula,  district energy experts FVB Energy, and Edmonton-based Minasc Isaac – a renowned green architecture firm headed by Vivian Minasc, a co-founder of the Canadian Green Building Council. BNIM of Kansas City are behind many notable projects, from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Living Building/LEED Platinum) to the award-winning masterplan for the reconstruction of tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas, to the greening of the US White House.

Other finalist teams are Sweco of Oslo; Perkins + Will of Vancouver; KCAP of Rotterdam; and Foster + Partners of London. The City of Edmonton plans to turn the 217 hectare in-fill site into a sustainable development for 30,000 people. The BNIM/BioRegional submission calls for it to be developed as a One Planet Community. Greg Searle previously served on a Special Advisory Panel of the Urban Land Institute to the University of Alberta’s south campus project in Edmonton.

The redevelopment opportunity is a significant development because of its urban infill location just north of downtown. The City of Edmonton wants to turn the 217 hectare city centre airport into a sustainable, family-oriented development that can hold 30,000 people. According to BNIM’s Master Plan Submittal, the company plans to do this by strictly adhering to the 10 One Planet Principles. A jury will select the winning team in December or January. The City of Edmonton hopes this redevelopment will lead the way for other urban in-fill projects not only in Alberta, but around the world.

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