Fraser Basin Council
Home  |  CONTACT US: Offices AND Staff  |  Site Map

banner_salmon-safe-bc.jpg

Design Competition Winners Announced!

The Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development

Salmon-Group

Salmon-Safe BC is pleased to announce that Dialog Design and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) have won the 2018 Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development.

Each of the two winners will receive $6,000 towards the cost of a Salmon-Safe assessment and certification, which includes technical support to implement low-impact development solutions and Salmon-Safe urban standards on their site to address land and water impacts. Criteria for the competition are below.

The core challenge was this: How can we reimagine our cities and design our urban buildings to adapt to climate change and address water quality, water quantity, and the restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitat?

Congratulations to Dialog Design and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) for their winning submissions and to North Shore Rain Garden Project, which received an honourable mention. Read on to see how innovative approaches can change our concept of urban development.

Winning Submission 1: Making an Office Building Site Salmon-Safe

ss-winner_office_building_400px.jpg

Project Name: 10 Story Office Building in East Vancouver, BC

Submitted by: DIALOG Design

Project Highlights

This office building will feature a number of stormwater treatment, water storage and water reuse elements including a green roof, large stormwater channel and rain garden which will maximize water infiltration.  An underground detention chamber will also be installed in the parking lot which will harvest water for other uses such as irrigation or toilet flushing. The site will also feature lots of green space and plants for biodiversity, habitat and drought tolerance.

We loved the use of biophilia with the adoption of a honeycomb shape for the building.


Winning Submission 2: Making a Retail Store Site Salmon-Safe

ss-winner_retail_building_400px.jpg

Project Name:  Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Flagship Store, Vancouver, BC

Submitted by: Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

Project Highlights

This site will be a new retail location for MEC and will feature a number of stormwater treatment, water storage and water reuse elements.  These include a green roof and blue roof to collect rainwater as well as an underground rainwater harvesting system for non-potable water uses such as toilet flushing.  This is the second MEC site to undergo a Salmon-Safe assessment process, which demonstrates MEC's broader commitment to the environment.  Not only do they encourage their customers to care for the outdoors but they bring this ethos to the construction of their buildings.

We are excited to work with MEC again!


Honourable Mention: Proposing a Rain Garden for a Retail Complex

ss-hon-mention_400px.jpg

Project Name: North Shore Rain Garden Project

Submitted by: North Shore Rain Garden Project in partnership with QuadReal Property Group

Project Highlights

Partnering with QuadReal Property Group on their Capilano Mall site, the North Shore Rain Garden Project proposes to construct a rain garden demonstration project in the current parking lot adjacent to Mackay Creek, which is a salmon-bearing stream.

We are pleased to see this proposed approach to bettering water quality for salmon.

 


 

About the Design Competition

The competition is now closed and this section is for information only. Learn more about how to make your own urban site Salmon-Safe by contacting us.

Stormwater run-off is one of the largest non-point sources of pollution in urban areas affecting the health of salmon and our watersheds. Stormwater often contains contaminants such as hydrocarbons and heavy metals derived from vehicle exhaust, brakes and leaked fluids as well as nutrients, pesticides and bacteria from urban and agricultural uses. During rainy days, these contaminants are collected by rainwater, flow over large paved, impervious surfaces and drain into local fresh and marine waterbodies through storm drains and pipes.

The Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development challenges you to answer: How can we reimagine our cities and design our urban buildings to adapt to climate change and address water quality, water quantity, and the restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitat?

The competition is intended to encourage visionary, progressive and innovative development champions and other landowners to bring design solutions for responsible land and water management to life. The winners receive $6,000 each towards the cost of a Salmon-Safe assessment and certification, which includes technical support to implement low-impact development solutions and Salmon-Safe urban standards on their site to address land and water impacts. For details, see the competition details and guidelines.

Do you have more questions? Please contact:

Theresa Fresco
Regional Manager, Greater Vancouver Sea-to-Sky
T: 604 488-5363
E:

 

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351
E: