Currie Barracks in Calgary Goes Green: Low-impact development turns fields into greenscape



Currie Barracks

“Currie Barracks. The name conjures images of asphalt parade squares and utilitarian buildings — not rain gardens and recreation fields engineered to retain stormwater,” writes Trent Edwards in a story published by the Calgary Herald on September 10, 2010

“But developers of a residential neighbourhood in southwest Calgary have turned part of the former military base into a model of eco-friendly innovation: the 81-hectare future neighbourhood includes an award-winning urban stormwater management system.”


First LEED-ND Community in Canada

“The project has also helped Currie Barracks become the first Canadian community — and the largest to date worldwide — to receive gold certification LEED-ND (Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design for Neighbourhood Development) Stage 2 for its City of Calgary-approved plan, which is the first of its kind in Canada for a major residential development.”


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About Currie Barracks

The Canadian Army opened the Currie Barracks on the southwestern edge of Calgary in 1933, occupying a property on the level plateau above the south slope of the Bow River valley. The facility was named after thedeceased General Sir Arthur William Currie, commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during World War I.

The Currie Barracks were redesignated Canadian Forces Base Calgary (CFB Calgary) on March 14, 1966. In 1998, CFB Calgary was officially decommissioned. The base closure offered a rare opportunity for Calgary to experience a comprehensive redevelopment and land use planning strategy for a large continuous property.

After participating in an extensive pilot program involving more than 240 communities across North America, Currie Barracks is the first community in Canada to receive gold certification under the new LEED-ND (Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design for Neighbourhood Development).


Posted September 2010