Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Size: 1.3 million square feet, 15 acres
LEED-NC and LEED-ND Platinum Certified
Special Jury Award, 2009
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Top Ten Green Projects, 2009
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE)
Excellence in Urban Sustainability, 2008
GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence
Dockside Green, the largest development in Victoria, British Columbia’s history, involves the reclamation and redevelopment of 15 acres of formerly industrial waterfront property. Dockside includes 1.3 million square feet of commercial, residential, live/work, work/live and light-industrial uses. With a LEED Platinum target for each building on site, this project is a global showcase for large-scale integrated sustainable development. In 2009, Dockside was awarded LEED for Neighborhood Development Platinum, making it one of a handful of projects worldwide that have received this certification.
In addition to the master plan, we have completed several phases of Dockside, including Phase 1: Synergy, the highest-scoring LEED Platinum Certified project in the world at the time of certification; Phase 2: Balance, also LEED Platinum Certified; and Phase CI1: Inspiration, which earned the highest LEED score for a Core and Shell building.
The site is oriented around a greenway running parallel to the coast with a village plaza providing a focal point at the western edge of the development. Mixed-use residential towers to the west reach up to ten storeys while the majority of development is three to seven storeys tall. Waste resulting from one use will provide the nutrients for other uses. From the project's inception our team recognized the unique opportunity the development represented, working with all stakeholder groups to create an exciting new community. The team's vision was a Dockside neighborhood that creates economic opportunities while promoting environmental responsibility and healthy, vigorous and dynamic urban living. As a result, the Dockside Green Development was selected as a model "Climate Positive Development" by the Clinton Climate Initiative, setting a compelling environmental and economic example for cities to follow.