Established in 1979, the ULI’s Awards for Excellence are widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The awards recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.
“We are very proud to be recognized by the Urban Land Institute with their prestigious Awards for Excellence, along with other outstanding projects,” says Ken Cretney, General Manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre. “This tremendous honour speaks to the dedication, innovation and creativity of the staff and project team who worked on the Centre’s West building expansion.”
The Vancouver Convention Centre’s West building project is one of only 10 projects to have received the 2010 ULI Awards for Excellence in the Americas category. The winners were selected from more than 170 projects, and will advance for consideration for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence, which honour projects that demonstrate cross-regional lessons in real estate development.
The only two-time winner of the International Association of Congress Centres’ APEX award for “World’s Best Convention Centre,” the Vancouver Convention Centre opened in July 1987 after originally serving as the Canada Pavilion at the World’s Fair in 1986. Since inception, the facility has demonstrated a constant commitment to service, technical and culinary excellence, as well as environmental sustainability. In fact, the Centre’s West building has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, and is the only convention centre in the world awarded the highest level of LEED designation. With the expansion complete, the Centre has tripled its size to cover 1.1 million square feet (or four city blocks) for a combined total of 466,500 square feet of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and ballroom space.