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CFB Esquimalt Base Fire Hall & Emergency Response Centre


This $27.3 million project was designed and constructed as a dual purpose facility for two critical operational groups – the Base Fire Department and Emergency Response Centre. The Emergency Response Centre is responsible for responding to environmental and civil emergencies in a post-disaster scenario and the Fire Hall provides firefighting services for both CFB Esquimalt and the immediate surrounding communities.

It has a total area of 38,804 sq. ft. and is designed to remain fully functional following a major earthquake for a minimum of one week. The facility is segmented by a gallery, which establishes a distinctness and identity for each of the two functions, while also functioning as a control point for visitors.

The 1st floor contains five truck bays, workshops, an administrative area and offices for fire officials and support staff. The Emergency Response Centre on the 2nd floor is designed as a coordination and operations centre that will respond and coordinate with other Government agencies in the event of a natural disaster. Dorms for 20 firefighters, a fully equipped kitchen and dining room, a lounge area, gym and lecture room are located on the 3rd floor. The project was designed selectively incorporating certain aspects of the LEED Silver guidelines for construction waste management, including construction indoor air quality and water use efficiency, low VOC carpet and CFC, HCFC and Halon free HVAC equipment.

Uptown Shopping Centre


Uptown Shopping Centre is an 875,000 sq. ft. world-class, mixed-use, sustainable urban development, situated on an 18 acre brown field site. It’s a high-density development that sets a new standard for environmental responsibility and sustainability for a project of its size. The tenant mix includes retail, restaurants, daycare, class A office, spas, and medical facilities. Uptown’s strategic location makes it a natural hub for the Capital Regional District including extensive bus service, bus links, as well as interurban pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Continue reading

Oak Bay Beach Hotel


The original Oak Bay Beach Hotel (OBBH) was built in 1927. The old building was deconstructed in 2007 due to universal accessibility issues and the impracticality of seismic upgrades. The new 142,550 sq. ft. OBBH is Victoria’s first full-service luxury hotel with private residences. It includes 100 guest rooms, and 20 private residences in an eight storey concrete structure, with three levels of underground parking for 184 cars, 22,000 sq. ft. of public commercial space and administrative offices and a Spa in two buildings. Several features of the old building were identified as “Legacy” elements, and were faithfully re-created in the new OBBH under covenant, including: The Snug pub, the Grand Lobby and the original hotel entrance porch and door. The new stone, brick and stucco-finished hotel acknowledges its “tudor” roots in a contemporary style.

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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.