Every year, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) presents the Willis Award for Innovation, which recognizes innovation and administrative excellence for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovative practices or meritorious initiative. With 57 applications received, this edition is the greatest level of participation ever seen in the CAMA awards program, making the winners even prouder of the resulting recognition.
This year, Westmount is the proud winner of this nationwide prize (in the 20,001 to 100,000 population category) for its Recreation Centre, constructed by Pomerleau. This $40-million project meant that the City of Westmount's aging facilities were replaced by an energy-efficient complex that integrates not only underground ice rinks (a worldwide first), but also a green roof park space, an outdoor pool, a wading pool, tennis courts, three multipurpose rooms and offices.
The Westmount Recreation Centre was recently awarded LEED Gold certification due to an array energy-efficiency features, including as a storm water management system. It is always a great honour for Pomerleau to be recognized by the industry.