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 November 29, 2010
Vancouver Convention Centre's Green Roof Earns Top Design Honor

 The Vancouver Convention Centre's green roof has earned recognition as one of the best in North America. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will present PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc. with a 2010 Award of Excellence in the Extensive Institutional category. The ceremony will take place at CitiesAlive: 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Tradeshow in Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday, December 2, 2010, honouring innovative green roof design in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"Our team saw an opportunity to improve the functional and aesthetic properties of the Vancouver Convention Centre's roof and we could not be happier with the result," said Bruce Hemstock, BCSLA, CSLA, LEED AP, Partner in PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc. "We are honoured to accept this award as recognition for a contribution to this emerging sustainable industry."

The Vancouver Convention Centre's West building expansion, along with its 284,650-square foot (2.4 hectares) extensive green roof, was completed in April 2009. The West building served as the International Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Located on the waterfront of Coal Harbour, it is the final touch to a 20-year transformation of this previously industrial neighbourhood.

The coastal grassland habitat of the Vancouver Convention Centre green roof is an integral part of the nature-based, green stepping stone network that encourages birds, honeybees and other insects to move between the existing natural areas within urban Vancouver. Awards of Excellence judges said they were particularly impressed by the project's seamless design and stormwater management profiles.

"This project is a fantastic example of how integrated design can help revitalize the natural ecosystem and improve the urban environment," said Steven Peck, HASLA, GRP, President and Founder of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. "This green roof redefines Vancouver's waterfront by emulating nature and incorporating a sophisticated runnel system that creates an efficient and elegant stormwater solution."

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) are co-hosting CitiesAlive: 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Trade Show from Nov. 30 to Dec 3, 2010 at the Pan Pacific Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre. More than 50 expert speakers will share the latest design integration, economic, social and environmental research - including acoustical benefits, green wall thermal benefits, life cycle cost/benefit studies and solar PV/green roof integration.

www.citiesalive.org
www.greenroofs.org
www.vancouverconventioncentre.com
www.pwlpartnership.com