Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Wins Prestigious Award
Windsor, Ontario — Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) continues to be recognized for their work on one of the premier public-private partnership projects in the world – the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The Canadian Crown corporation was honoured with the Environmental, Social and Governance Performance of the Year award at a virtual ceremony hosted by P3 Bulletin.
A new category for 2020, the Environmental, Social and Governance Performance award recognizes an organization’s policies and their benefits for stakeholders, operators, users, and the wider community. The Gordie Howe International Bridge project includes a comprehensive environmental program that addresses over 450 conditions identified in the bi-national environmental assessment process. It also includes a Community Benefits Plan that creates opportunities to enhance economic, social and environmental conditions. Both plans were developed as a result of hundreds of consultation meetings with Michigan and Ontario residents, Indigenous Peoples, business owners as well as community and municipal leaders.
The P3 Awards recognize and reward the best in Public-Private Partnerships (P3) throughout the Americas. Entries in 18 categories are judged by a panel comprised of more than 80 industry professionals representing both the private and public sectors.
This is not the first time the Gordie Howe international Bridge project has been recognized by P3 Bulletin. At the 2019 awards ceremony, the Gordie Howe International Bridge project was named Best Road/Bridge/Tunnel Project and WDBA won the Government Agency of the Year award, presented to a government agency that has provided exemplary project leadership in promoting innovative deal structures and timely, efficient delivery of infrastructure projects in Canada, the United States or Latin America.
“We are honoured to be acknowledged by P3 Bulletin with its first ever Environmental, Social and Governance Performance of the Year award. WDBA has placed a high priority on the environmental, sustainability and social components of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project recognizing that in addition to a new bridge, we can generate further positive outcomes and opportunities for the Windsor-Detroit region.”
- Bryce Phillips, CEO, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
- The Canadian and US Port of Entry facilities are designed to meet LEED v4 Silver rating and the bridge and Michigan Interchange are designed to meet Envision Silver rating, both of which will ensure longevity while minimizing environmental impact.
- Based on consultation, the project includes $20 million in direct community investments including trail connections, road and park improvements, home repairs, arts and culture initiatives and a contribution to a wild-life eco-passage.
- WDBA and the Gordie Howe International Bridge has received numerous industry-related awards and the project has been highlighted in case studies around the world and used as a model for other infrastructure projects for its positive impact on host communities.
About Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction and operation of the new crossing. For more information visit www.GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com and follow the project on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GordieHoweBrg.
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