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Big Wheel Burger


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 its carefully and purposefully designed interior/exterior space, to its packaging, signage, and advertising. Building Big Wheel involved completely renovating an old laundromat in Victoria’s popular Cook Street Village. The renovation included seismic building upgrades, a complete rebuild of the building’s façade, and the installation of a new kitchen. While not built to a particular environmental standard, the reductive design of the space avoided unnecessary ornamentation, structures and finishes and therefore greatly conserved materials in contrast to typical restaurant renovations. All materials and services were sourced locally, and all appliances and fixtures are energy-smart. 95% of all waste product produced by the restaurant is either recycled or composted and the business expects to be 100% carbon neutral by 2013.

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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.