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2012

2012 AWARD RECIPIENTS

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 project presented many logistical challenges such as the remediation of contaminated soils, acquisition of adjoining properties, work with Saanich and relocation of municipal statutory right-of-ways. While the primary purpose of the building is that of an automotive dealership, which occupies the lower three floors, offices occupy the upper three levels. The building is constructed to LEED Silver standards and has incorporated geo thermal technology, energy efficient windows, leading edge automotive waste disposal systems and extensive landscaping. In the design stage similar new properties were visited in Tokyo, Beijing, Vancouver and Toronto in order to inform best design practices. Continue reading

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 of the other trades and skills involved, some of the old structure was able to be used, equipping it with the most current technologies, modern designs and green features. The design of the new facility had to represent the dynamism of BMW while also capturing the fun and hip character of what makes MINI. The on-site rain garden reduces rain runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground rather than flowing into storm drains and surface waters, helping to improve the water quality in the surrounding area. With a green roof and thermal insulation, energy usage is reduced, and a state-of-the-art air conditioning and lighting system allows the company to control the schedule of the lights. Continue reading

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 and on-site/off-site services work. It was conceived from the beginning as a ‘Green Building’ – a LEED Gold project. Continue reading

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 reincarnation of the lightwell linking the two phases of the original construction into a new daylight entranceway to the new 32 residential units. The predominant street front bay windows (both interior and exterior) were rebuilt to their original architectural integrity. Continue reading

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 and a development permit in the winter/spring of 2008 and launched to the public on May 2, 2009. It is an 82,000 sq. ft. mixed-use building with 14 storeys and 115 units. Continue reading

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 logistical challenges such as the remediation of contaminated soils, acquisition of adjoining properties, work with Saanich and relocation of municipal statutory right-of-ways. While the primary purpose of the building is that of an automotive dealership, which occupies the lower three floors, offices occupy the upper three levels. The building is constructed to LEED Silver standards and has incorporated geo thermal technology, energy efficient windows, leading edge automotive waste disposal systems and extensive landscaping. In the design stage similar new properties were visited in Tokyo, Beijing, Vancouver and Toronto in order to inform best design practices. Continue reading

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 includes a restaurant and six-lane section with refreshment bar. The National Hockey League size ice arena includes seating for 500 and features an innovative ice river that connects the arena to the existing outdoor skating area at City Centre Park. Continue reading

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 reduce the debt for the development, achieving a financially viable project at below market rents. Innovation is also expressed in architectural design including the angular site plan, “kinked” building plan, creative use of space, high ceilings, natural lighting, thoughtful storage options and low maintenance materials. The project has been built to LEED Canada for Homes Silver certification level and includes enhanced window performance and insulation values, energy conservation incentives through individual water and electrical metering, rain garden and storm water control, filtration and retention and low VOC paint and floor coverings. Continue reading

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 years. A unique roof design, an energizing colour palate, expansive windows and the use of natural cladding materials make this new commercial building a great example of how a thoughtfully designed structure can revitalize the atmosphere of a somewhat unassuming location. An interesting, welcoming and community minded streetscape is achieved by the unique outside sports court which is accessible for customers and ample parking is located at the rear of the building. The structural elements of the building are all wood, while the exterior finishes include west coast cedar (a renewable resource) and Galvanized corrugated steel and pre-finished sheet steel siding, both nearly 100% recycled content. Continue reading

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 entire interior has been refit and remodelled to include custom millwork, wall paneling and exceptional lighting and interior finishes to make customers feel warm and welcome. The existing building has been renovated and the transformation is truly a work of art both on the exterior and interior of this new Romeo’s Restaurant.

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 was constructed to direct the public to the entry courtyard, and major upgrades including a raised patio were constructed on Bevan Avenue. A substantial amount of the upgrade dealt with energy conservation, including new HVAC rooftop units, roof insulation to R40 standards, and an exterior wall insulation/stucco panel system to R30 standards. Continue reading

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 blends auto-use and pedestrian walkways. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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 months, with nine months of construction from conceptual design to occupancy. Inspired by the dream and vision of Jeneece Edroff, a young girl (aged seven when the project started and 18 upon completion) living with neurofibromatosis, this $6.5 million project was designed to create a home away from home for families of children in hospital or treatment. Continue reading

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, with nine months of construction from conceptual design to occupancy. Inspired by the dream and vision of Jeneece Edroff, a young girl (aged seven when the project started and 18 upon completion) living with neurofibromatosis, this $6.5 million project was designed to create a home away from home for families of children in hospital or treatment. Continue reading

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 facility in the neighbourhood and to attract families living in the downtown area. As a large school complex, this remodelled facility is welcomed by community and its neighbourhood. Continue reading

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 in BC. At the time of construction, there were 32 similar Retail Stores in Canada. Continue reading

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 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.

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