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2011

2011 AWARD RECIPIENTS

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 Best International Project Award by PFI Magazine and leads north America in the area of evidence based design. Built to LEED Gold Standards.

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 with the design guidelines for redevelopment of the former Mount View School site.

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 need for safety and privacy, and provides services in an environment which contributes to their sense of dignity and self-worth. This project has been designed to LEED Gold standards.

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 need for safety and privacy, and provides services in an environment which contributes to their sense of dignity and self-worth. This project has been designed to LEED Gold standards.

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 block structure has been transformed into service bays for Campus Acura and Campus Infiniti.

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 to maximize natural light within the space and maintain the brick heritage theme that is so commonly seen along Fort Street. An interactive cooking school on the ground floor further creates vibrancy at street level.

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 exterior materials and the pedestrian-friendly frontage makes this project, at the southeast corner of Cook and Oscar Streets, a gateway to the Cook Street Village.

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 and axial alignment through the use of steps and plazas, flowing from the original Neptune stairs and landing created for Hatley Castle in 1908. Designed to LEED Gold standards.

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 parkade into underground parking, the creation of a new façade and the construction of two partial additional floors.

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 and welcoming, restoring an important piece of the city fabric. Designed to LEED Gold standards.

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 and contemporary lighting, this building now offers high street appeal and improved modern aesthetics.

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 it in with the surrounding buildings.

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 urban district. This project has pursued LEED Gold Certification in part through the use of passive energy saving and daylight strategies, made possible by the incorporation of a 7-storey internal atrium.

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