RBC and B+H Architects launch second annual Evolve Sustainable Design Competition for Canadian university students

RBC and B+H Architects launch second annual Evolve Sustainable Design 
Competition for Canadian university students 
Prizes total $20,000 to benefit students and schools 
TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC and B+H today announced the launch of the 
second annual Evolve Sustainable Design Competition for university students in 
Canada. This year, Evolve challenges student teams to design a net-zero energy 
and water-wise sports institute. 
The winning team will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with runner-up prizes of 
$3,500 and $1,500. In addition, each winning team will receive a matching 
donation to their university from the RBC Foundation. 
"B+H relies heavily upon student involvement within our practice," said Kevin 
Stelzer, principal and competition director, B+H. "We are continually inspired 
by the energy and rigour the students bring to their work. We are thrilled to 
be involved in a student-driven event again this year - and very much look 
forward to seeing the innovative submissions." 
Teams are encouraged to explore the design and function of a high performance 
sports research facility. The competition asks teams to develop ways to 
minimize energy and water use through site planning, building design, systems 
technology, and operations. 
Composed of at least two students, with interdisciplinary groups encouraged, 
teams can register anytime until November 15, and registered teams can submit 
their designs until January 15, 2014. Winners will be announced in February 
"We know that sustainability is an increasing focus in curricula across the 
country, and we're glad to provide students with opportunities to gain 
experience in green design," said Sandra Odendahl, director, Corporate 
Sustainability, RBC. "We are very proud of our partnership with B+H, as we 
both support the need for more sustainable communities." 
Submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of judges, including: 

    --  Douglas Birkenshaw, Design Principal, B+H Architects
    --  Christopher Hume, Architecture Critic, Toronto Star
    --  Debbie Low, CEO of Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario
    --  Brian Price, RBC Olympian and member of Canada's gold-winning
        Men's 8 Rowing Team
    --  Dr. John Straube, University of Waterloo
    --  Doug Webber, Director Halsall Sustainable Engineering

Last year's Evolve competition challenged university students to design a 
sustainable bank branch that incorporated innovative yet practical concepts 
for achieving extreme energy efficiency, included renewable power systems and 
minimized the branch's water use. For details on last year's winners and to 
register for this year's competition visit: www.evolvecompetition.ca.

About RBC and Sustainability
RBC employs approximately 80,000 full and part-timeemployees who serve more 
than 15 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. RBC is 
recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and 
has been named one of the world's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in 
the World, one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's 50 Most 
Socially Responsible Corporations and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. 
RBC is also listed on the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Nearly 
a quarter of RBC's global office space, 2 million square feet, is LEED 
certified, and we're committed to increasing that number. RBC WaterPark Place, 
currently under development by Oxford Properties, will be the first LEED 
Platinum office tower in Toronto. Learn more about RBC community and 
sustainability at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.

About B+H and Sustainability
B+H has been in the business of shaping the built environment for sixty years 
with award winning architectural, planning and interior design services 
delivering innovative sustainable design solutions to large scale, technically 
complex projects around the world. We believe in buildings that are 
intelligently planned, provide high returns for low cost, and focus on 
enhancing the relationship between, and the performance of, people and their 
environment. The work of our integrated global practice with offices in 
Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Ho Chi 
Minh City, Singapore, Delhi, Dubai and Doha spans all major sectors - 
commercial, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, institutional, 
mixed-use, residential, retail, sports and transportation.

Learn more about B+H and sustainability at www.bharchitects.com.

Media contacts: Jackie Braden, Director, Communications at RBC, 416 
974-1724,jackie.braden@rbc.com Jennifer Futol, Global Director of Marketing 
and Business Development,  B+H Architects, 416 
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