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UniverCity's Cornerstone wins three environmental awards

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Contact:
Michael Geller, president, UniverCity, 604.291.3138, mgeller@sfu.ca
Zolynne Sykut, 604.291.4202, sykut@univercity.ca


July 6, 2005
The Cornerstone, the first mixed-use building in the village centre of UniverCity, the new community at Simon Fraser University, was recently honoured with three significant awards recognizing its environmental sustainability and eco-friendly features such as geothermal heating and cooling of retail and office spaces, water conserving two-flush toilets and waterless urinals, a ventilation system which recovers heat from building exhaust, and a green roof.

The Cornerstone was the only residential builder/developer project to receive an award at a special gala dinner hosted by BC Hydro's Power Smart program. BC Hydro praised the SFU Community Trust for its leadership in taking responsibility for the development, which is a model for other developers of how energy efficiency and environmental responsibility can be achieved at reasonable costs.

The building also received a 2005 Environmental Award in the planning and development category from the City of Burnaby. SFU Community Trust president Michael Geller accepted the unsolicited award, which had been adjudicated by a jury comprised of environmental experts. Geller also thanked the Burnaby City staff in the environmental, planning and engineering departments for their role in the design of the building.

Finally, the Cornerstone was recognized with a 2005 Award for Excellence by The Urban Development Institute. BC Hydro Power Smart sponsored the UDI award, and the jury included representatives from BC Hydro, the GVRD, and those experienced in green buildings. In accepting the award, SFU Community Trust Board chairman David Gillanders noted that environmental sustainability is one of the hallmarks of UniverCity.

The Cornerstone building has been registered with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building program, and designed with the LEED certification system in mind.

In addition to The Cornerstone's family-owned retail outlets and 115 rental apartments, the UniverCity neighbourhood now includes approximately one thousand apartments and townhouses, either occupied or under construction, along with an extensive pedestrian and bicycle path system. A centrally located elementary school, community centre, and neighbourhood park are also proposed. When completed, UniverCity will accommodate up to 10,000 residents surrounding the SFU campus.

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Websites:
UniverCity: www.UniverCity.ca
LEED: www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19