Shape Properties is the young, dynamic Vancouver-based real estate investment and development company behind the re-development of Lougheed Town Centre and Brentwood Mall. They are poised to have a significant impact on Burnaby’s urban landscape with their signature mixed-use residential, shopping, dining and entertainment districts (conveniently connected to Sky Train Transit hubs). Their commitment to sustainability and having as small of an environmental footprint as possible will not only help make Burnaby a more sustainable community but has earned them a nomination for the 2014 Burnaby Business Environmental Excellence Award.
Oskar Kwieton, Director of Facilities, Operations and Maintenance discusses sustainability with the BBOT:
BBOT: When did sustainability become a consideration for your organization?
Since Shape’s conception in 2005 sustainability has been incorporated into its developments and property operations. In 2011 Shape adopted a strategic plan to manage its energy, water and waste with reduction targets for its developments and property operations.
BBOT: How did you choose what you should tackle first?
The focus has been on Shape’s developments in conjunction with finding operations efficiencies to achieve sustainable goals and reduction targets.
BBOT: What are the sustainable initiatives that your organization has undertaken that you feel have most impacted your organization and why?
Shape strives to create as small an environmental footprint as possible. The same key factors driving Shape design are also influencing Shape’s perspective on sustainability and environmental impact:
- Efficient land use is one of the most significant initiatives that can be undertaken. Shape is leading the retail industry in developing densified urban and suburban retail projects that function well and provide quality of life and experience
- Transit hub and pedestrian friendly focused design that encourages green transportation within and to Shape’s properties is fundamental to Shape’s environmental plan
- Shape strives to implement sustainable design and environmental standards consistent with industry best practices including incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) concepts and practices into projects and BOMA BESt principles and certification into its property operations
BBOT: Has sustainability had a favourable (or any other kind of impact) on your organization ?
Shape is dedicated to contributing to the vibrancy of the communities it operates in by:
- Providing quality of place with attractive architecture and design, outstanding tenant mix, new and exciting gathering places, and exceptional property operations
- Working closely with its municipal partners to create projects that are relevant to the communities they are located in, to bring about economic vitality and work with and enhance community plans that municipal authorities and community members want to see in effect
The resolve that Shape applies to all facets of its business model, combined with a passionate team, sets Shape apart. Their forward thinking and value based approach attracts progressive retailers, a following of like-minded partners, and ultimately, many loyal customers, who all collaborate and contribute to Making Places that Matter.
BBOT: What obstacles or barriers have you encountered and how did you overcome them (or how are you overcoming them)?
Time and resources can often be stretched when incorporating sustainable practices into the design of new projects.
Shape Properties is a member of the Pledge Community.