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Special Awards

2012 SPECIAL AWARDS

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

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

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

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
Tel: (250) 385-7766 Fax: (250) 385-8773
Email: commercial@vreb.org

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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