Office de l'éclectisme urbain et fonctionnel

Office de l'éclectisme urbain et fonctionnel

April 25, 2006 09:06 ET

'Green Energy Benny Farm' Project Takes Bronze Prize at Global Holcim Awards

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2006) - St. Lawrence Cement and L'OEUF (l'Office de l'eclectisme urbain et fonctionnel) - Pearl Poddubiuk et associes, Architects - in partnership with the firm of Martin Roy et Associes, are pleased to announce that the "Green Energy Benny Farm" project took the bronze prize at the global Holcim Awards yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand.

The "Green Energy Benny Farm" project, developed by Montreal-based L'OEUF, in partnership with the engineering firm of Martin Roy et Associes, took home the Gold prize in the North American Holcim Awards last September, thereby qualifying for the global competition among the 15 best projects from around the world. This international award was accompanied by a US $150,000 cash prize.

"I would like to congratulate the designers of the "Green Energy Benny Farm" project on this Bronze award, the crowning glory of their innovative journey to sustainable construction," said Philippe Arto, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Lawrence Cement. "This project is concrete proof that it is possible to take into account environmental, socio-economic and cultural factors in the construction of sustainable buildings. I am convinced that the approach put forward in Montreal by L'OEUF and its partners will become a benchmark in urban development and will inspire other creative minds around the world," he concluded.

The Bronze award winner, the "Green Energy Benny Farm" project, is a model of urban architecture and landscaping. It comprises the sustainable construction and renovation of 187 housing units on four properties, each linked to a common green infrastructure.

"This award is the culmination of 15 years of sustained efforts by the designers and their partners. These efforts were founded on genuine social and community values, fused with the project artisans' vision of viable urban development," said architect Daniel Pearl.

The Benny Farm project hopes to obtain LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification as a model of green architecture and the enlightened use of various technological innovations to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, potable water consumption and waste production, and to increase energy efficiency.

"This project was born from our desire to apply our shared expertise to the community of Notre-Dame-de-Grace. In the process, it occurred to us that Benny Farm could be applied to other urban environments and social realities around the world," added Mark Poddubiuk, Associate.

The Holcim Awards competition was launched by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, established in Switzerland with the collaboration of five of the most prestigious technical universities in the world. Judging of the sustainable construction projects was conducted by a jury of 15 independent and internationally recognized scientific, business and social experts. The selection criteria were based on environmental and aesthetic qualities, as well as ethical and economic considerations.

The presentation of the global Holcim Awards concludes the first three-year cycle of this competition. The next cycle will begin mid 2007.

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St. Lawrence Cement is a leading producer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry, namely cement, concrete, aggregates and construction. The Company operates four cement plants that are certified ISO 14001 and 9001, concrete plants, quarries and sand pits, and offers construction services. Sustainable development is an integral part of its business strategy and planning process. It operates in Canada and on the eastern seaboard of the United States, and employs 3,200 people.

St. Lawrence Cement is a member of the Holcim Group, based in Switzerland, one of the largest cement, concrete and aggregates suppliers in the world.

L'OEUF (l'Office de l'eclectisme urbain et fonctionnel), founded in 1992, is a firm with a broad and diversified architectural practice. Operating at the forefront of mainstream architectural practice and sensitive to political and ecological issues that are often excluded from professional concerns, L'OEUF has developed a style of architecture that attempts to adapt to the social and environmental features inherent to a specific context, to reveal them and utilize them as the basis for the project.

Martin Roy et Associes is a leader in Quebec in bioclimatic, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as energy efficiency, control and systems integration. Recognized as the "most efficient social housing in Canada in terms of energy use", the Benny Farm project, like the international award-winning TOHU initiative, confirms this Quebec firm's unique engineering expertise.

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