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Merit Awards

2012 AWARDS FOR MERIT

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

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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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
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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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