Awards and Recognition

UniverCity receives a great deal of attention for its innovative approach to sustainable community building, earning many awards and honours for SFU Community Trust and its development partners.

UniverCity’s winning reputation attracts national and international media attention, including coverage in BC Business Magazine, Granville Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Shared Vision, Sunday New York Times, Maclean’s Magazine, Grist Magazine, Dialogue Magazine, Business in Vancouver Green Edition, the Toronto Star, and the Vancouver Province and Sun. David Suzuki’s television program the Nature of Things highlighted UniverCity as a healthy, walkable community on ‘The Weight of the World’, as did Metro Vancouver on their program ‘Our Livable Region’.

UniverCity is also often featured as a leader in sustainable development at workshops and conferences across Canada, the USA, and beyond.

2013 Canadian Green Building Award
UniverCity Childcare Centre

2013   QUEST Community Energy Builder Award
Quality Urban Energy System of Tomorrow

2013 Canadian Society Landscape Architects Award
Award of Excellence: UniverCity Childcare Centre

2013 FortisBC Award for Excellence
Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction: Origin

2013 CaGBC National Leadership Awards – Green Building Champion Award 
UniverCity Childcare Centre

2013 Great Vancouver Home Builders’ Association Ovation Award
Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development: Origin

2012 Vancouver Regional Construction Association Award of Excellence
Silver Award: UniverCity Childcare Centre

2012 City of Burnaby Environment Award
Planning and Development: UniverCity Childcare Centre

2012 Urban Development Institute Award of Excellence
Most Sustainable: UniverCity Childcare Centre

2012 Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Silver Award of Excellence, Sustainable Construction: UniverCity Childcare Centre

2012 City of Burnaby
Environment Award: Planning and Development for the UniverCity Childcare Centre

2012 Planning Institute of British Columbia
Award of Excellence: Planning Practice, City & Urban Areas

2011 Canadian Institute of Planners
Award for Planning Excellence: Neighbourhood Planning

2011 Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Sustainable Communities Award for Integrated Neighbourhood Development

2009 Urban Land Institute
Award for Excellence: The Americas for Best Practice in Design, Architecture and Development

2008 CMHC
Best Practices in Affordable Housing Award for the Verdant @ UniverCity

2008 LivCom Awards
Gold Award and third place-ranking overall in the Sustainable Projects Category

2008 City of Burnaby
Environment Award for Planning and Development for the Verdant @ UniverCity

2008 American Planning Association
National Excellence Award for Innovation in Green Community Planning

2007 Urban Development Institute
Award for Innovations in Creating a More Livable & Sustainable Region

2007 Urban Development Institute
Award to the Verdant @ UniverCity for Innovations in Creating More Sustainable Development

2007 Urban Development Institute
Award to the Verdant @ UniverCity for Innovations in Creating More Affordable Housing

2007 City of Burnaby
Environment Award for Planning and Development

2006 Planning Institute of British Columbia
Award of Excellence for Site Planning and Design

2005 Canadian Home Builders’ Association
SAM Award for Best Community Development in Canada

2005 Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Georgie Award to The Cornerstone for Best Environmental Consideration and Energy Efficiency

2005 Association of University Real Estate Officials (AUREO)
Award of Excellence

2005 City of Burnaby
Environment Award for Planning and Development for The Cornerstone

2005 Urban Development Institute
Award for Excellence in Urban Development for the Cornerstone

2005 Burnaby Board of Trade
Newsmaker of the Year Award

2005 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award
Residential Building Developer for The Cornerstone