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Merit Awards

2013 AWARDS FOR MERIT

McKenzie Walk

2013 MERIT AWARD FOR CONDOMINIUM

This project began in 2008, and went through a process of extensive discussion in the immediate neighborhood, which is not unusual but the effect to which this process impacted the final building form is. The first design attempted to position the building as close to the East property line to create a large separation to the neighbors to the West. These neighbors were not satisfied with that and wanted a stepped three to four storey building to make a scale transition. An internal landscape courtyard was combined with stepping form to gain neighborhood support. The final product is a 36-unit, four storey condominium complex with units ranging in size between 785 sq. ft. to 956 sq.ft.

The external treatment of a variety of materials and planes was used to break down the scale of the building. This was the first multi-family project in Saanich to utilize a solar hot water heating system. Green considerations incorporated into the project include a solar hot water system (60% capacity), solar powered exterior lighting, insulation on the roof and below the main floor slab was increased by 10% over the code requirement; use of recycled and locally sourced materials, 20% of the timber used was green source certified, 25% of construction waste was recycled; there are electric recharge stations for 10 cars and storm water is reused in irrigation.

Seaport West Shops & Residences

2013 MERIT AWARD FOR MIXED-USE

This project consisted of an infill mixed-use redevelopment of a former surface parking lot, including a full level of underground parking with dedicated garages and elevators for townhouses units above. There are 10 residential units – some two storey townhouse type and others single level walk-up apartments, all with street-friendly entrances and balconies or patios. There are two apartments on the back-side of the over-height commercial space. There is approximately 2,476 sq. ft. of commercial space, including extensive use of natural stone and wood on the exteriors, a cement-panel reveal wall system, street and lane way improvements along Seaport Place and a landmark lane in collaboration with the Town of Sidney. Green considerations included the redevelopment of a former parking lot which increased landscaped areas to replace asphalt surfaces. Dedicated parking and elevators to multi-level townhouse units supports “ageing-in-place” within the community. Continue reading

B.C. Ambulance Service – Dispatch/Communications Centre

2013 MERIT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY

This new state-of-the-art, purpose-built 13,610 sq. ft. facility in Langford is the first BC Ambulance station to be built as a post-disaster building. The centre has three functions: meeting rooms for BC Health Services and dispatch training, a call/dispatch centre for Vancouver Island, and an operating station housing four ambulances. In the fast growing Westshore community there was a pressing need for this facility, so it was constructed in a location that provides timely access to the Malahat and beyond for more efficient emergency response times. It has a natural backdrop and vaulted ceilings with ample windows to provide natural light within. The facility has its own generator so that it can run without hydro in case of disaster. All electrical is located in the flooring which makes it easily accessible for emergency operations, as well as a secondary battery system which provides an additional 72 hours of power. This building was constructed with green materials, focusing on health and wellness within the structure. Pine beetle wood was used for soffits and portions of the exterior cladding.

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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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