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 in BC. At the time of construction, there were 32 similar Retail Stores in Canada. This design is based on the future model of what banking looks like according to RBC, with big storefront windows instead of brick walls, offering free wi-fi and a large advice area for client information events. Many green initiatives have been implemented internally, including reduction of print materials through introduction of interactive brochure kiosks, the use of digital adboards and the installation of a water filtration system to divert the use of bottled water.