FortisBC Victoria Area Regional Operations Centre (VAROC)

2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR OFFICE

This new development houses the FortisBC regional operations centre and fleet vehicles and is a replacement facility for their previous leased building. Since the majority of their staff lived in the vicinity of Langford, the owner decided to build their new facility 14 km east of the previous location to help shorten staff commutes. The main uses of the building and site are as an office space for staff to receive and report their work, which is performed in the surrounding community, a warehouse to fix and maintain company fleet vehicles, and a secure yard to store the fleet. The total site area is 56,371 sq. ft. in a neighbourhood of light industrial and retail buildings. The 21,808 sq. ft. building is comprised of a two storey office component connected to a one storey warehouse component. The warehouse portion houses light manufacturing of components required for natural gas services. There is also a seminar and training area within the one storey area. VAROC is a great example of a sustainably designed light industrial building with a focus on energy efficiency. As FortisBC is a publicly owned energy and power supplier in BC, the company wanted to incorporate new and alternative technologies, including geothermal exchange loops, sunshading, solar hot water and natural ventilation, to act as a demonstration project for the community. Under the LEED New Construction 2009 rating system the building has received a Silver rating.

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
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Historically speaking

The Commercial Building Awards were started in 1991 by a group of REALTORS® who were concerned that commercial development within the Greater Victoria area was not receiving the recognition it deserved.

The Commercial Building Awards competition is recognized among architects, builders and developers and the real estate community as a prestigious event dedicated to the advancement of excellence in construction and design. Because of its success, the Victoria Commercial Building Awards program is now being emulated by various real estate boards throughout BC and across Canada.

The Commercial Division of the Victoria Real Estate Board is dedicated to advancement in quality developments and to encouraging a better environment within our community and is proud to sponsor this annual competition.

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