TransLink finalizes sale of Oakridge Transit Centre lands for $440 million

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The transit authority announced Wednesday that the sale of the site on West 41st Avenue, east of Oak Street, had been finalized.

Operations at the Oakridge site had previously been moved over to the Hamilton and Burnaby Transit Centres in September, allowing the lot to be declared surplus land and put up for sale.

A total of $150 million from the Oakridge sale will go towards funding the pre-construction work for the Broadway Millennium Line extension and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford light rail projects. The remaining proceeds of the sale will fund other rapid transit projects outlined in the 10-Year Vision approved by the Mayors’ Council and TransLink’s board of directors earlier this year.

The Oakridge site, located at 949 West 41st Avenue, was the topic of community consultations before it was listed for sale. In late 2015, Vancouver City Council approved a policy statement that allows for the lot to be redeveloped as a primarily residential community. According to TransLink’s statement issued Wednesday, the city’s approval for residential redevelopment helped boost the land value of the lot.

Modern Green Canada donates $300,000 for vital medical equipment at Richmond Hospital

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Seconds count when a patient is experiencing catastrophic blood loss, quickly turning the situation into a matter of life or death. A brand new rapid infuser purchased for Richmond Hospital’s operating rooms quickly and safely pumps life-saving blood into a patient’s body to ensure survival.

A new anaesthetic machine also purchased for the surgical suites has vastly improved patient safety and made a huge impact on how patients feel and recover after surgery. Incorporating a ventilator and patient-monitoring functions to view blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs, this new innovative, state-of-the-art surgical equipment will ensure the highest quality of care.

Early colon cancer screening has become a provincial priority for British Columbia, especially for the needs of our residents over age 50. The purchase of two colonoscopes has increased Richmond Hospital’s patient capacity and efficiency to provide colon cancer screening services, which often detect non-cancerous polyps and colorectal cancer at an early stage, making a huge difference to help save the lives of many people.

Modern Green Canada and UBC partner to advance green building research with $3.5-million contribution

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The contribution, which results from discussions that occurred around the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will support UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) – expected to be the greenest building in North America when it opens in fall 2011 – and establish a research partnership between UBC and Modern Green Canada.

“Over the next 20 years, the world’s urban population is projected to increase by two billion people, so it is crucial that we dramatically improve the sustainability of the buildings we work and live in. This partnership helps place UBC and Modern Green at the forefront of these efforts, accelerating the development of sustainable urban infrastructure and green building practices.”

Stephen Toope
UBC President

With the partnership, UBC and Modern Green Canada will conduct applied research in sustainability policies and processes. The partnership also provides UBC a partner to help test and deploy advanced sustainable building technologies in an effort to provide market-based solutions to global sustainability challenges. Collaborations will take place at CIRS and Modern Green Canada sites worldwide, including its first North American development – a mixed-use green residential development planned in Wesbrook Village on UBC’s south campus that will include a sustainability research and development demonstration centre. Construction is planned to begin this summer.

“Modern Green, a leader in creating highly comfortable and energy-saving housing solutions, is looking forward to working with UBC researchers. The partnership will include opportunities for knowledge transfer, personnel and student exchanges and experiential learning and research. In collaboration with CIRS, Modern Green’s mixed-use residential building and demonstration centre at UBC will be a precedent-setting sustainable development for comfort and energy performance.”

Lei Zhang
Chairman, Modern Green Canada

By hosting investment programs during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Shanghai World Expo, the City of Vancouver leveraged its relationships with businesses, including Modern Green Canada, to advance investments in the green economy and strengthen Vancouver’s status as a leader in green enterprise.

“Bringing companies like Modern Green to Vancouver during the 2010 Games and showing them what we have to offer, was something we felt would pay off in the long run,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By attracting one of China’s leading green developers to Vancouver, the City has further strengthened its position as a global hub for the green economy. Modern Green’s investments will help stimulate the local economy and job growth, as they continue to engage a number of local firms and build expertise by implementing new greener building technologies.”

Gregor Robertson
Mayor, City of Vancouver

CIRS and the Modern Green Canada partnership are part of UBC’s ongoing transformation into a living laboratory for sustainability research and action. UBC’s Vancouver campus has set aggressive carbon reduction targets, including the elimination of institutional greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Related projects include the UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project, which will produce clean energy through biomass gasification; and the UBC Sustainability Initiative, which integrates sustainability teaching, learning, research and operations.

“CIRS will be more than simply the greenest building in North America when it opens. It will be an important hub for sustainability research and action, where scholars and partners work to find innovative solutions to the challenges of urban development faster and more effectively than ever before.”

John Robinson
Executive Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative, and Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

The Centre for the Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is at the cutting edge of sustainable building design and operations, sustainability-focused partnerships and the development of interactive community engagement processes. No other centre in the world is combining all three activities under one umbrella, making this $37-million centre a true leader in sustainability. For more information, visit: www.cirs.ubc.ca.