Past Awards

2017

Excellence Awards

  • Chabad Centre for Jewish Life & Learning

    Inspired by the Rebbe - Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory, the Chabad Centre welcomes everyone who is seeking the wisdom and warmth of Judaism, regardless of their religious background, affiliation or financial means.

    The contemporary style building comprises three floors. Its design includes natural ventilation, rain harvesting and LED lighting.

  • The Heritage Houses at Capital Park

    As part of the Capital Park development, these heritage designated houses were relocated to form a grouping at the corner of Government and Michigan Streets. The houses had been previously used by the Provincial Government.

    Following relocation, the interiors of the houses were dismantled for seismic upgrading and the installation of sprinklers, ventilation, and ...

  • London Arbour

    Positioned in the vibrant Oaklands neighbourhood, surrounded by lush trees and greenery, this traditionally inspired collection of twelve, three storey townhouses consists of three and four bedroom homes which offer between 1,640 and 1,700 sq. ft.

    A variety of floor plans offer flexible living areas designed to suit changing needs and generous living space.

  • Hoylake Residential

    This development consists of 147 residential suites, separated into two buildings.

    The buildings were designed to accommodate large studio, one and two bedroom units for rent, a community fitness centre, secure bicycle storage and an onsite office space for a full-time property manager/concierge. Considerable attention was given to provide a lush landscaped parking area at the ...

  • 1001 Blanshard Street

    This 7,700 sq. ft. adaptive re-use project’s objective was to take a derelict corner across from Victoria’s Royal Theatre and transform it into a vibrant cultural hub that enhances the arts district of downtown, anchors the urban neighborhood for the burgeoning residential population and promotes the talent of local businesses.

    The two storey building was ...

  • Backfit Clinic

    How to transform a 1950s bank building into an eye catching and dynamic health services clinic was the design and build challenge for this project. Located at the intersection of Cook and Cloverdale, the site is a highly visible location.

    The building was designed with stepped roof heights to denote the different functions of the ...

  • Rosalie’s Village

    Rosalie’s Village consists of 42 housing units in three buildings: one four storey apartment building, and two, four unit townhouses. The units include 18 two bedroom units for single mothers with children, 20 one bedroom units for older women at-risk, one housemother unit, and three emergency shelter units.

    The Village includes Mary's Place, an ...

  • Starline Windows – Warehouse and Sales Office

    Designed in a modern style, this two storey facility is home to Starline Windows distribution warehouse and sales centre. The occupancy on the main floor is the warehouse and loading docks with an adjoining sales room and reception/administration. The partial second storey houses open office space, boardroom, and private offices.

    80 per cent of ...

  • Travino Square

    Travino Square is six storey concrete/wood frame condo building with 58 suites. The 72,000 sq. ft. building is the third of five at Travino. The building is unique for many reasons: dramatic roofline, range of suites from 450 to 2,100 sq. ft., oversize balconies and vaulted ceiling penthouses. The Built Green Gold building includes ...

  • Element

    Element is a three story, 15 residential and two commercial unit mixed-use condominium located in the heart of Cadboro Bay Village. Element offers true west coast living in a seaside neighbourhood.

    Built to Built Green Gold Certification, Element beachside residence’s warm, west coast architecture accented with natural details in wood, stone, and glass blend seamlessly ...

Special Awards

  • 1001 Blanshard Street

    This 7,700 sq. ft. adaptive re-use project’s objective was to take a derelict corner across from Victoria’s Royal Theatre and transform it into a vibrant cultural hub that enhances the arts district of downtown, anchors the urban neighborhood for the burgeoning residential population and promotes the talent of local businesses.

    The two storey building was ...

  • Uptown Phase Three

    Whole Foods at Uptown, located in the heart of Saanich, is the third phase of the successful Uptown project. The project consists of a 40,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods store, 5,000 sq. ft. of prime space for smaller retail tenants, and a multi-level parkade.

    The project creates a pedestrian oriented streetscape that includes new ...

  • Rosalie’s Village

    Rosalie’s Village consists of 42 housing units in three buildings: one four storey apartment building, and two, four unit townhouses. The units include 18 two bedroom units for single mothers with children, 20 one bedroom units for older women at-risk, one housemother unit, and three emergency shelter units.

    The Village includes Mary's Place, an ...

Merit Awards

  • Lum Sam & Lee Chong

    The Lum Sam building’s façade features both Italianate and Gothic influences derived from chinoiserie designs. Along the west side of the building is an alleyway that leads to two inner courtyards. There are two more narrow passages that form an internal passageway that goes through a small courtyard to link the private access from ...

  • The Generations

    The Generations is a 48 unit three and five storey rental residential building. The challenge was to fit this project into a predominantly one and two storey scale community and gain neighborhood support.

    The five storey element was placed beside a large shopping center and the three storey portion makes a transition to the street. ...

  • King Lasik Professional Building

    This 20,000 sq. ft. three storey building was built on an empty site alongside the Island Highway for Dr. King and King Lasik. The modern building uses a mix of cedar siding and aluminum storefront glazing.

    Visible on four streets, this building had to deal with the site grades and four visible sides. The ...

  • Cottage Grove

    Cottage Grove provides affordable rental housing in the form of studio suites and one bedroom accessible suites for homeless and at risk seniors. It is built on land that was sold by the estate of Herman Rebneris, a well known local developer of affordable and special needs housing, and is named for his development company - Cottage Grove ...

  • Emerson

    The Emerson’s four storeys are home to 14 residences, situated in vibrant downtown Victoria. Emerson comprises one and two bedroom residences, offering a collection of curated floor plans that suit individual needs and blend elegant design with everyday functionality.

    Emerson was built to Built Green Silver Certification.

  • Eagle Creek Village

    The development of Eagle Creek Village was a ten-year exercise of working at a high level of involvement with the municipality to develop a long-term plan that accommodated the immense influx of density.

    Proposed and delivered was a balanced neighbourhood village that combines retail, office, commercial and residential uses with beneficial employment, recreational and transportation ...

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2016

Excellence Awards

  • Scansa Construction Ltd.

    The pre-engineered metal building is a combination of office / retail areas and a workshop area. Total building size is 1,752 square metres and there are two units. The second floor is the current head office for Scansa Construction. Design details include glass fronts to offices, a large boardroom, full kitchen, open concept administration ...

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Victoria

    This 80-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites was the first to open in Canada with the Holiday Inn Express brand’s new formula design solution.

    The 50,000 square foot hotel is a five storey wood building with 335 surface and underground parking spaces. The hotel is a part of Westridge Landing Centre, a mixed-use ...

  • Union Club of British Columbia

    This signature 1912 building is of significant heritage value to Victoria and the Province of BC. It underwent a painstaking restoration of the exterior building envelope. All work was carried out in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

    Major items include the complete rebuild and ...

  • Island Community Mental Health

    The project involved the complete renovation of the building’s exterior envelope including a new rain-screen cladding system and new windows. The building, which was designed as head offices and trade school for the Mental Health Association, was experiencing severe staining as well as water ingress and mould issues. For the sake of the health ...

  • Royal Bay Secondary School

    The vision for the Royal Bay Secondary School is that of a vibrant, modern, high-tech educational centre that fosters community spirit. The school’s 12,000 square metres support 800 students from grades 9 to 12, with flexibility for future expansion, and include a 350-seat theatre, an athletic track and an artificial turf field.

    Unique ...

  • Westhills YMCA/YWCA Langford Aquatic Centre

    The aquatic centre is a partnership between the Westhills Land Corporation, the YMCA/YWCA and the City of Langford. This five storey, 75,294 square foot facility houses a 25 metre, five lane lap pool, a lazy river, warm water therapy pool and two waterslides. The facility also includes a gymnasium, health and fitness facilities, youth ...

  • Ashley Furniture

    The previous building footprint of the Six Mile Furniture building was an L- shape. This layout did not provide a continuous street wall which is needed to add interest and help define the Western Gateway Corridor edge. The intent of the addition was to give the existing buildings a facelift by filling in the ...

  • Dominion Rocket

    The Dominion Rocket is extensive renovation of the historic Dominion Hotel. Now 97 micro-apartments above 13,000 square feet of retail, the Dominion Rocket offers modern design and convenience set against the backdrop of Victoria's storied past and the hotel's unique Edwardian architecture. While each 160 to 425 square foot apartment includes a wall-mounted bed, ...

  • Victoria Floating Seaplane Terminal

    This 5,000 square-feet floating terminal is the first new building in the highly regulated Victoria Inner Harbour in 30 years and is the centerpiece of the harbour and city.

    The two-storey building was brought in by tugboat after a 90 kilometre journey from Bamberton where it was constructed. The building’s glass and wood structure ...

  • Uptown Place

    Uptown Place is a Build Green Silver two-phase 76-unit residential development located in the growing Uptown region of Victoria. It contains oversized windows that accentuate the outdoor views of Mt. Douglas and Swan Lake to the east and the setting sun in the west. West coast cedar siding and soffits were placed on the ...

  • Lord Harley

    This building was built in the 1970's. It is a 112 unit purpose-built apartment building. The owner that built it still owns it today and they gave the building a face lift by removing the dated Mansard roof, installing new cladding with rain screen, replacing the windows and installing a new energy efficient boiler ...

  • The Clive

    The Clive is a three-storey LEED certified rental apartment building in the Oak Bay Village neighbourhood of Victoria. The 17-unit building achieves a number of programmatic, urban design, and sustainability targets while it respects the scale and historic mixed commercial/residential typology of the Village. Improvement and beautification of the pedestrian and street frontage on ...

Special Awards

  • Westhills YMCA/YWCA Langford Aquatic Centre

    The aquatic centre is a partnership between the Westhills Land Corporation, the YMCA/YWCA and the City of Langford. This five storey, 75,294 square foot facility houses a 25 metre, five lane lap pool, a lazy river, warm water therapy pool and two waterslides. The facility also includes a gymnasium, health and fitness facilities, youth ...

  • Victoria Floating Seaplane Terminal

    This 5,000 square-feet floating terminal is the first new building in the highly regulated Victoria Inner Harbour in 30 years and is the centerpiece of the harbour and city.

    The two-storey building was brought in by tugboat after a 90 kilometre journey from Bamberton where it was constructed. The building’s glass and wood structure ...

  • Uptown Place

    Uptown Place is a Build Green Silver two-phase 76-unit residential development located in the growing Uptown region of Victoria. It contains oversized windows that accentuate the outdoor views of Mt. Douglas and Swan Lake to the east and the setting sun in the west. West coast cedar siding and soffits were placed on the ...

Merit Awards

  • Belmont Secondary School

    The new Belmont Secondary School is home to 1,200 grade 9-12 students. Its prominent location links to an established community to a rapidly growing area.

    Belmont Secondary supports current and forward looking education best practices.The principal academic spaces are each home to approximately 150 students. These smaller units personalize learning, assist collaboration and ...

  • Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre

    The Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre is a bold and significant investment in downtown Victoria that offers residents access to a world class urban climbing centre. To create an open interior space, this building was designed with 50’ perimeter insulated precast concrete wall panels. Story Construction’s crew had the challenging task of erecting and ...

  • Promenade on Jacklin

    Promenade on Jacklin is a 52 unit purpose-built rental apartment building in Langford.
    It was designed with crisp lines and colours to offer a fresh take on the multi-family building. It offers larger than average units, including one bedroom, one plus den, two bedrooms and even three bedroom units. It is within walking distance ...

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2015

Excellence Awards

  • Midtown Court

    Midtown Court uses quality finishing to create a Class A office, retail and warehouse
    space. Built on an infamous site in Victoria this new development leads the way
    for the redevelopment of the Burnside-Gorge area. With 100,000 sq. ft. of mixed
    use space, the building covers eight stories plus one level of underground parking.

  • McCauley Lodge

    The McCauley Lodge redevelopment replaced a building that was in service from
    1906 through the mid-70’s. The building is classified as a group home and is
    compliant to the current VIHA standards. The building was modeled using the LEED
    checklist and BOMA BEST® guidelines. Sustainable elements include a north/south
    building orientation that allows for ...

  • CARSA UVic

    CARSA is a world-class venue with more than 190,000 sq. ft. (the equivalent of three
    football fields) of floor space to house training, recreation, research and learning
    facilities. CARSA was built to LEED Gold standards and includes technologies to
    reduce water consumption by 40 per cent (this represents approximately 7.5 million
    liters of drinkable ...

  • Public Safety Building

    The new four bay state-of-the-art fire hall includes a four-storey hose tower, a twostorey
    administration wing, four future suites and a large training ground. The rocky
    site has been carved away to set the fire hall into the tiered landscape which allows
    second floor access from the tiered parking lots. The hall’s exterior is ...

  • 4 Mile Estates

    4 Mile Estates is a 23 unit townhome development in View Royal. Phase one
    introduced a wall of townhouses that separate the interior of the site from the busy
    roadway. These units have a front door and deck facing the street with a garage off
    the rear. The entrance leads into a paved courtyard ...

  • The Speed Street

    The Speed Street - Brizo 19 design is driven by its context. The site is at the end of a
    dead end street which was once residential but is now surrounded by service and
    industrial developments. The design needed to provide a visual terminus for the street
    and establish an appropriate relationship to the ...

  • Herons Landing

    Herons Landing is Greater Victoria’s first purpose-built rental apartment building
    in almost 30 years. This privately funded, six storey, wood frame, 104 unit building
    achieved BUILT GREEN® Platinum status. Herons Landing was designed with the
    future in mind – many repairs and maintenance are possible without the need to
    disturb the building envelope. Windows ...

  • Tall Tree Physiotherapy Clinic

    This single storey, 4,982 sq.ft. physiotherapy clinic and ceramics studio complements
    the existing services provided by Mattick’s Market. Designed by LEED accredited
    professionals, this project incorporates a wide range of sustainable features as
    fundamental components of its central concept. Its curvilinear “V” shape was
    conceived to minimally disturb existing mature trees, while its granite ...

  • The Roundabout Square Commercial Building

    The Roundabout Square Commercial Building offers 3,400 sq.ft. of high visibility
    retail space and is a modern and aesthetically pleasing update to the commercial
    offerings of Brentwood Bay’s main village core. One of the region’s original villages,
    the walkable main core was in need of some commercial revitalization as the face
    of Brentwood Bay ...

  • Jim Pattison Lexus & Jim Pattison Toyota

    Victoria’s Jim Pattison Auto Group’s new flagship dealership is a three storey Toyota
    dealership and a two storey Lexus dealership. The 75,000 sq. ft. building is clad in
    glass and metal panels. As many as 30 cars can be showcased through 22 foot high
    showroom windows that look out onto the corner of Finlayson ...

Special Awards

  • McCauley Lodge

    The McCauley Lodge redevelopment replaced a building that was in service from
    1906 through the mid-70’s. The building is classified as a group home and is
    compliant to the current VIHA standards. The building was modeled using the LEED
    checklist and BOMA BEST® guidelines. Sustainable elements include a north/south
    building orientation that allows for ...

  • Tall Tree Physiotherapy Clinic

    This single storey, 4,982 sq.ft. physiotherapy clinic and ceramics studio complements
    the existing services provided by Mattick’s Market. Designed by LEED accredited
    professionals, this project incorporates a wide range of sustainable features as
    fundamental components of its central concept. Its curvilinear “V” shape was
    conceived to minimally disturb existing mature trees, while its granite ...

  • 2950 Jutland

    2950 Jutland Road is a six storey Class AA office and retail building that sits on the
    water’s edge on the Selkirk Waterfront. The building features curved architecture,
    robust and high quality materials and an expansive glass curtain wall which
    showcases stunning views of the Gorge Waterway. The main floor features retail
    space and ...

Merit Awards

  • Hope Centre

    Hope Centre in Sooke’s downtown core is a mixed-use development made possible
    through a partnership between the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver
    Island and the M’akola Housing Society. The project maximizes land use and density
    in its urban location. The Centre includes 3,122 sq. ft. of commercial space and 14,982
    sq. ...

  • District of Highlands Community Hall

    The new District of Highlands Community Hall is a versatile and elegant facility
    aimed at serving the needs of Highlands residents. The District is a rural
    municipality, and as such site servicing is minimal. To lessen the reliance on the
    municipal infrastructure, the building makes use of green initiatives such as roof top
    solar ...

  • Aura Townhouses

    Nestled between green fields and picturesque valleys, the Aura Townhouses offer the
    best of country “village” life combined with a modern, urban style. Three clusters of
    five units back on to each other and create a house-like form that faces all directions.
    A unique colour palette identifies the individual homes, and the unit clusters ...

  • Village Walk

    Village Walk’s exterior architecture offers contemporary appeal with traditional
    influences that remain true to the neighbourhood’s historic surroundings. The
    four-storey landmark building features progressive building technologies and was
    designed and built to BUILT GREEN® Canada standards. The high quality exterior
    consists of a combination of brick, concrete, wood, metal cladding and glass with
    open ...

  • Station Street Apartments

    Station Street Apartments is a 94 unit rental building situated at the nexus of Jacklin
    Road and Station Avenue in the municipality of Langford. The project responds to the
    growing demand for rental properties in the Capital Regional District area. Station
    Street Apartments offer the luxuries and conveniences of a condo lifestyle with
    high ...

  • 2950 Jutland

    2950 Jutland Road is a six storey Class AA office and retail building that sits on the
    water’s edge on the Selkirk Waterfront. The building features curved architecture,
    robust and high quality materials and an expansive glass curtain wall which
    showcases stunning views of the Gorge Waterway. The main floor features retail
    space and ...

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2014

Excellence Awards

  • Porsche Centre Victoria

    Once sharing a space with Volkswagen and Audi, the dealership was sold in 2012 with the intent to give each brand its own home.

    The new building was designed for Porsche to reflect the features associated with the brand - clean, sleek and innovative. In order to accomplish this, the 16,000 sq ft facility ...

  • 1701 Island Highway

    This project is owner-occupied and contains 4,000 sq ft of offices for medical practitioners and a Montessori pre-school on the ground floor. The second floor contains 3,500 sq ft of commercial space.

    As part of a larger commercial development at the corner of Wilfert Road and the Old Island Highway, this project responds ...

  • 35/39 Gorge Road

    The Greater Victoria Housing Society and the Greater Victoria Rental Development Society partnered for construction of a 68-unit rental apartment building on the same property as five high end townhomes. A model of a self sustaining business plan, this location has both affordable and market rentals along with a home ownership module.

    The four-storey ...

  • Hudson Mews

    As the developer’s second of five projects in downtown Victoria’s Hudson district, The Hudson Mews addresses the area’s need for centrally located, purpose-built rental housing with over 120 rental units as well as over 8,000 sq ft of commercial space.

    Throughout the design process, the developer utilized local consultants whose insight and knowledge of ...

  • 443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron Facility

    This three-year project located at Victoria International Airport is the largest single building on Vancouver Island. The finished structure is 220,000 sq ft of facility, which lands and houses seven helicopters for the 443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron branch of the Department of National Defence.

    Built to post-disaster standards, the structure stands on a ...

  • Hotel Zed

    The Blue Ridge Inn building, built in the 1960’s, was in need of a full-scale renovation after over 50 years of use. This gave the company’s CEO the opportunity she had been looking for: to create a hotel that breaks the mold - something truly different and something truly fun.

    With styling influenced by ...

  • The New England

    Originally built in 1892 as a 40-room luxury hotel, this building is a hybrid of Victorian Romanesque architecture and Sullivanesque design.

    Originally designed by noted architect John Teague, the value of this
    design lies in its narrow verticality, made possible by the early use of
    cast iron structural piers. Also prominent in the ...

  • Hillside Mall Redevelopment

    This multi-phase renovation, redevelopment and seismic upgrade of Hillside Mall rejuvenated and expanded the existing facility. 

The reinvention of the Hillside Mall began in October 2009 with Phase 1 - a 55,000 sq ft addition. This created space for 30 new tenants and provided a new and upgraded home for existing tenants.

    Phase 2 ...

  • Midtown Park

    Midtown Park is a five-story, 43 unit, wood frame condominium building, the first in Saanich to be built under the new six-story building code. A small neighbourhood coffee shop that looks across Rutledge Park is also included in the corner of the building.

    Green initiatives include erosion and sediment control during construction, regional sourcing ...

  • The Songhees Wellness Centre

    The Songhees Nation realized their long-held dream for a community gathering place with space for sports and recreation programs when the Wellness Centre facility officially opened in December of 2013. The Centre provides a wide variety of community activities and events.

    The Wellness Centre has a full size gymnasium with change rooms, a fitness ...

Special Awards

  • Midtown Park

    Midtown Park is a five-story, 43 unit, wood frame condominium building, the first in Saanich to be built under the new six-story building code. A small neighbourhood coffee shop that looks across Rutledge Park is also included in the corner of the building.

    Green initiatives include erosion and sediment control during construction, regional sourcing ...

  • The Songhees Wellness Centre

    The Songhees Nation realized their long-held dream for a community gathering place with space for sports and recreation programs when the Wellness Centre facility officially opened in December of 2013. The Centre provides a wide variety of community activities and events.

    The Wellness Centre has a full size gymnasium with change rooms, a fitness ...

  • Be Love and La Taquisa Restaurants

    1019 Blanshard Street was constructed in the early 1900’s as a storefront retail building that included alleyway access for wagon deliveries. Over the following century, numerous renovations divided the space into smaller units, which covered over the original character features.

    The goal for this renovation was to recreate and reinterpret the original character features ...

Merit Awards

  • Union

    Union is located in the heart of downtown Victoria’s historic Old Town and blends the traditional brickwork facade found in the neighbourhood with the more contemporary designs of the neighbouring attached condominiums.

    The project consists of two, five-storey wood frame residential buildings that feature 133 one and two bedroom homes with an elevated, landscaped ...

  • Parker Johnston Manufacturing Facility

    Built on the former site of an auto wrecker’s yard, Parker Johnston invested almost 2 years of environmental work before they erected their new building.

    The new facility, made up of over 22,000 sq ft of warehouse and over 7,000 sq ft of office space, consolidates their operations and administration sites, and provides the ...

  • Central Saanich Fire Hall No. 1

    The new 20,000 sq ft fire station serves as the Fire Department’s headquarters and accommodates both volunteer and career personnel, in addition to operating as the district’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

    The station houses 8 trucks (4 tandem drive-through bays) with a deliberate separation between firefighting facilities and the administration areas to allow for ...

  • Broadmead Village

    The completion of an $8.2M sustainability-focused renovation resulted in a revitalized Broadmead Village. A single storey open-air retail centre of 134,775 sq ft, the 22 year old centre was transformed, beginning with upgraded storefronts and signage. The central breezeway was upgraded extensively into an interactive public realm with features that include an outdoor fireplace, ...

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2013

Excellence Awards

  • Oak Bay Beach Hotel

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR HOTEL

    The original Oak Bay Beach Hotel (OBBH) was built in 1927. The old building was deconstructed in 2007 due to universal accessibility issues and the impracticality of seismic upgrades. The new 142,550 sq. ft. OBBH is Victoria’s first full-service luxury hotel with private residences. It includes 100 guest rooms, and ...

  • Uptown Shopping Centre

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SHOPPING CENTRE

    Uptown Shopping Centre is an 875,000 sq. ft. world-class, mixed-use, sustainable urban development, situated on an 18 acre brown field site. It’s a high-density development that sets a new standard for environmental responsibility and sustainability for a project of its size. The tenant mix includes retail, restaurants, daycare, class ...

  • CFB Esquimalt Base Fire Hall & Emergency Response Centre

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY

    This $27.3 million project was designed and constructed as a dual purpose facility for two critical operational groups – the Base Fire Department and Emergency Response Centre. The Emergency Response Centre is responsible for responding to environmental and civil emergencies in a post-disaster scenario and the Fire Hall provides firefighting ...

  • Coho

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR CONDOMINIUM

    The Coho development consists of 98 market condominiums with approximately 96,000 sq.ft. in gross building area. The condos are located in two, four storey, wood-framed buildings located at the top of a hill on the corner of Wilfert Road and Old Island Highway in View Royal. The development is constructed ...

  • 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 ...

  • The Paragon Building

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR OFFICE/RETAIL

    This brand new Class A, three storey mixed-use building, is targeted for LEED Gold certification. The concept in its design, was to shift the centre from a suburban strip mall into a small scale urban plaza and to set the stage as a landmark building in the Shelbourne Corridor, as ...

  • Bin4 Burger Lounge

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR RESTAURANT

    This location holds a lot of history within the Langford community. Initially home of Langford’s first fire hall built in the mid 1900’s, in 1978 when Langford’s second fire hall was built, the location was converted into a bank. When Bin 4 Burger Lounge took over the space in 2012 ...

  • Langford Centre

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR RETAIL - RENOVATION

    This 127,000 sq.ft. retail space was in dire need of an upgrade. Exterior renovations gave the façade a new look that is now more in keeping with the rest of the improvements that have been happening in Langford. The use of glass and steel canopies keep the ...

  • Tyndall Village

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR MIXED-USE

    This project features an unusual combination of uses in a low rise, low density suburban community with commercial below residential, making the neighbourhood more walkable and attractive. The building form is unique in that each of the four townhouses is expressed as distinct from their neighbour and each unit is ...

  • Thrifty Foods Retail Support Centre

    2013 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR INDUSTRIAL

    The distribution centre is a 152,000 sq. ft. facility which services all Thrifty Foods locations as well as over 45 Independents. The facility contains chambers for dry, frozen and chilled products including a large chilled dock. Aesthetically pleasing, the warehouse was built to LEED principles and includes several ...

Special Awards

  • Oak Bay Beach Hotel

    2013 JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD

    The original Oak Bay Beach Hotel (OBBH) was built in 1927. The old building was deconstructed in 2007 due to universal accessibility issues and the impracticality of seismic upgrades. The new 142,550 sq. ft. OBBH is Victoria’s first full-service luxury hotel with private residences. It includes 100 guest rooms, and 20 ...

  • Uptown Shopping Centre

    2013 VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD GREEN AWARD

    Uptown Shopping Centre is an 875,000 sq. ft. world-class, mixed-use, sustainable urban development, situated on an 18 acre brown field site. It’s a high-density development that sets a new standard for environmental responsibility and sustainability for a project of its size. The tenant mix includes retail, restaurants, daycare, ...

  • CFB Esquimalt Base Fire Hall & Emergency Response Centre

    2013 TIMES COLONIST COMMUNITY AWARD

    This $27.3 million project was designed and constructed as a dual purpose facility for two critical operational groups – the Base Fire Department and Emergency Response Centre. The Emergency Response Centre is responsible for responding to environmental and civil emergencies in a post-disaster scenario and the Fire Hall provides firefighting ...

Merit Awards

  • McKenzie Walk

    2013 MERIT AWARD FOR CONDOMINIUM

    This project began in 2008, and went through a process of extensive discussion in the immediate neighborhood, which is not unusual but the effect to which this process impacted the final building form is. The first design attempted to position the building as close to the East property line to ...

  • Seaport West Shops & Residences

    2013 MERIT AWARD FOR MIXED-USE

    This project consisted of an infill mixed-use redevelopment of a former surface parking lot, including a full level of underground parking with dedicated garages and elevators for townhouses units above. There are 10 residential units – some two storey townhouse type and others single level walk-up apartments, all with street-friendly ...

  • B.C. Ambulance Service – Dispatch/Communications Centre

    2013 MERIT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY

    This new state-of-the-art, purpose-built 13,610 sq. ft. facility in Langford is the first BC Ambulance station to be built as a post-disaster building. The centre has three functions: meeting rooms for BC Health Services and dispatch training, a call/dispatch centre for Vancouver Island, and an operating station housing four ambulances. ...

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2012

Excellence Awards

  • Jaguar Land Rover Building

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL – AUTO

    The Jaguar Land Rover Building is a 38,000 sq. ft., 6-storey multi-use building that was built on three parcels of contaminated land formerly occupied by a gas station and an autobody shop. The three parcels were consolidated and the land was rezoned to allow for this development. The ...

  • The 834

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR MULTI-FAMILY

    The 834 was designed to be downtown Victoria’s favourite new neighbour, with a green wall and attractive copper cladding outside, along with space-savvy interiors. It was developed with a west coast modernist-inspired design and generous shared spaces, proving that buyers don’t have to sacrifice value for looks. The 834 received rezoning ...

  • The Oriental

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR HERITAGE

    Originally built in 1883, the Oriental Hotel was a John Teague design and was named for its location adjacent to Oriental Alley (which no longer exists). The restoration of the Oriental Hotel by Le Fevre & Company included seismic upgrade, maintaining the integrity of the original exterior of the building and ...

  • City Centre Sportsplex

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY - RECREATION

    This $14,152,400 project was made possible through a Building Canada Fund grant involving the City of Langford and the Federal and Provincial governments and includes Langford Lanes, a 20-lane family bowling centre, and Westhills Arena. Langford Lanes is the only 10-pin bowling centre in the Capital Region, and ...

  • Vergo Affordable Family Townhouses

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY HOUSING

    Vergo provides 14 affordable rental housing units for families of moderate income, plus four one bedroom, ground floor, accessible secondary suites. In a difficult funding environment with few such projects proceeding, the Capital Region Housing Corporation achieved this project through the innovative refinancing of its older housing stock to ...

  • Beacon Plaza

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RETAIL RENOVATION

    This project involved a major upgrade to an aging strip mall in downtown Sidney. Facing three streets in a highly visible area, particular attention was paid to exterior design elements and cladding, finishes, lighting, signage and the incorporation of historic photos onto the façade. A large steel arch ...

  • Kirby’s Source For Sports

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RETAIL

    Kirby's Source for Sports is a locally owned company that has operated as a mainstay institution in the Victoria sports community for years. The new store is an eye-catching, impressive and aesthetically pleasing building located in a mixed commercial, industrial and residential corner that has not seen redevelopment for ...

  • Romeo’s Restaurant

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RESTAURANT

    This project showcases a new brand of Romeo’s Restaurant by introducing current technologies and equipment with the latest design trends and material selections. The exterior façade is a collaboration of two-tone stucco cladding with rock facings, large aluminum windows and entrances with landscaping and outside patio areas. The ...

  • BMW Victoria/MINI Victoria

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - AUTO

    This development transformed an abandoned warehouse into a one-of-a-kind project on the island. Many would not have thought the lonely building, formerly home to PSC Natural Foods, could result in much but the owners had great visions for it. With the help of project architects, contractors, sub-contractors and all ...

Special Awards

  • Jeneece Place

    TIMES COLONIST COMMUNITY AWARD

    This 10,000 sq. ft., 10 bedroom building located on the property of the Victoria General Hospital was designed under the leadership of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (then known as the Queen Alexandra Foundation), Durwest Construction Management and Alan Lowe Architect Inc. The project was completed within 18 months, ...

  • North Saanich Middle School

    VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD GREEN AWARD

    This $23 million project consists of a two storey hybrid glulam, structural steel and tilt-up concrete building. The new replacement middle school includes classrooms, gymnasium, theatre auditorium, multi-purpose room, music and applied industrial arts room and administration offices. The site works consists of playing fields, hard and soft landscaping ...

  • Jaguar Land Rover Building

    JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARD

    The Jaguar Land Rover Building is a 38,000 sq. ft., 6-storey multi-use building that was built on three parcels of contaminated land formerly occupied by a gas station and an autobody shop. The three parcels were consolidated and the land was rezoned to allow for this development. The project presented many ...

Merit Awards

  • Jeneece Place

    MERIT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY HOUSING

    This 10,000 sq. ft., 10 bedroom building located on the property of the Victoria General Hospital was designed under the leadership of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (then known as the Queen Alexandra Foundation), Durwest Construction Management and Alan Lowe Architect Inc. The project was completed within 18 ...

  • The Granderson

    MERIT AWARD FOR MULTI-FAMILY

    This mixed-use project includes 59 residential suites and five commercial units. It features distinctive architectural design and a pedestrian friendly urban environment at this gateway site in the heart of Langford's city core. The development creates an integrated urban experience utilizing at-grade residential units facing on to a new streetscape that ...

  • The Churchill

    MERIT AWARD FOR HERITAGE

    The Churchill is distinguished as a venerable heritage redevelopment of a once under-utilized and derelict asset which has been re-gentrified; preserving the old world features and charm of the building. The white terra-cotta bricks, exclusive to late 19th century-early 20th century times, were stripped of paint, repaired and re-pointed. On the ...

  • Central Middle School

    MERIT AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL

    This school is located close to the City of Victoria’s downtown core where its prominent location has a commanding view of the City. The building was renovated and seismically upgraded to respond to today’s educational needs and technologies using current building standards. The facility was upgraded to become a designated educational ...

  • Royal Bank – Hillside & Scott Branch

    MERIT AWARDS FOR COMMERCIAL - RETAIL

    Built on the RBC Retail by Design model - a new format and new way of introducing banking. The property was a former Blockbuster Video and underwent extensive renovations of the interior and exterior. This location was the first Retail by Design Store on Vancouver Island and the third ...

  • Big Wheel Burger

    MERIT AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RESTAURANT

    Big Wheel Burger is a "fast food with a conscience" project conceived and executed by a group of local restauranteurs. The project aimed to combine classic American fast-food style burgers (and associated dishes) with an ethical approach to food-sourcing and preparation. The project also focused heavily on design, from ...

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Excellence Awards

  • 351 Cook Street

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR MIXED USE

    This project is the result of a team effort combining the skills and dedication of developer, consultants, and construction team towards a common goal to develop a mixed commercial/residential building that fits into its environment, is aesthetically pleasing and incorporates sustainable features. The low profile, articulated form, palette of quality ...

  • Learning & Innovation Centre – Royal Roads University

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR INSTITUTIONAL

    This new academic building complements the character and form of the historic buildings and heritage attributes of Hatley Park in a contemporary manner. The strategic location of the building establishes it as a gateway to the academic core of Royal Roads University’s campus. The structure is reinforced by the four-storey atrium ...

  • The Hudson

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR HERITAGE RENOVATION

    This project was a complete restoration and full seismic upgrade of one of the most significant historical buildings in Victoria that was home to an iconic Canadian business: The Hudson Bay Company. It involved the conversion of a commercial-only building into mixed use, the conversion of the existing attached above-ground ...

  • Camas Gardens

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY

    Camas Gardens provides 44 units of supportive housing to those at-risk of homelessness. Humboldt Street is a dichotomy of architectural typologies, from high end modern condominiums and colourful heritage buildings, to seniors’ residences and 1970’s apartments. This project sought to translate this diversity with a contemporary architectural solution that is durable ...

  • Campus Infiniti

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RETAIL

    This building features a signature glass showroom wall that has energetic and modern forms that are solid, but seem to glow within. The butt glazed system has a white fritted pattern and areas with frosted diffusers. Aluminum composite metal panels, stucco, and stone veneer complete the building and tie ...

  • Colonial Countertops

    EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RENOVATION

    The project goal was to modernize the outdated feel of this building’s exterior while maintaining high green standards. The concept was to update the fascia design, modernize the colour palette, incorporate domestic cedar and add some texture with real stone veneer. Along with the addition of new awning designs ...

Special Awards

  • Royal Jubilee Patient Care Centre

    TIMES COLONIST AWARD FOR COMMUNITY

    A $285 million hospital delivered on time and on budget, the Patient Care Centre was the largest institutional project ever built in the CRD (as at May 31, 2012). It is a 500 bed, state of the art inpatient facility located at Royal Jubilee Hospital. The building won the 2010 ...

  • Olympic Vista Apartments

    VICTORIA REAL ESTATE BOARD GREEN AWARD

    This project provides supported housing for persons who are homeless or homeless-at-risk. Supported by the local community and neighbourhood association, this project re-used 2010 Olympic Village housing with innovative construction combining modular units and conventional wood frame construction. The design is complementary to the existing neighbourhood and consistent ...

  • The Atrium

    JUDGES' CHOICE

    Establishing a mid-rise green building as a viable form for a downtown office building; The Atrium gives weight to urban fit, sustainability, and occupant well-being as well as to profitability. Turning an entrance lobby into both an environmental control strategy that saves energy and a semi-public urban room is helping to revitalize an ...

Merit Awards

  • École Doncaster

    MERIT AWARD FOR INSTITUTIONAL

    This is the new home of Cool Aid’s Shelter and Transitional Housing. It was designed with a colourful industrial architectural theme and with an interesting arrangement of forms. Such durable materials as masonry, Galvalume, Swiss Pearl, and coated steel create a colourful display. The design for this shelter addresses the resident’s ...

  • Rock Bay Landing

    MERIT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY

    This is the new home of Cool Aid’s Shelter and Transitional Housing. It was designed with a colourful industrial architectural theme and with an interesting arrangement of forms. Such durable materials as masonry, Galvalume, Swiss Pearl, and coated steel create a colourful display. The design for this shelter addresses the resident’s ...

  • Campus Acura

    MERIT AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RETAIL

    This renovation and addition to a building devastated by fire in 2007 creates a modern building complementing the other two car dealerships in the area. The new curtain wall and composite aluminum panel showroom with aluminum rooftop louvers creates a new look for a tired building. The existing concrete ...

  • 947 Fort Street

    MERIT AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - OFFICE

    This 45,000 square foot, six-storey, Class-A office tower was designed to a LEED Gold Standard. The building includes two green roofs; secure bike storage, 2.5 levels of underground parking, multiple exterior balconies, and a fitness centre equipped with showering facilities. The architects utilized brick and glass panels throughout ...

  • Thrifty Foods

    MERIT AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL - RENOVATION

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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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