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443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron Facility

This three-year project located at Victoria International Airport is the largest single building on Vancouver Island. The finished structure is 220,000 sq ft of facility, which lands and houses seven helicopters for the 443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron branch of the Department of National Defence.

Built to post-disaster standards, the structure stands on a suspended concrete slab over a base of 1200 pilings socketed into the bedrock.

The facility is self-supporting for the helicopters and staff. Amenities include large industrial repair, service and paint shops, as well as offices for the Department of National Defence and flight crews.
Sustainability initiatives include an in-floor radiant heating system that provides energy efficient heat throughout the hangar.

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
Tel: (250) 385-7766 Fax: (250) 385-8773

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.