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Union is located in the heart of downtown Victoria’s historic Old Town and blends the traditional brickwork facade found in the neighbourhood with the more contemporary designs of the neighbouring attached condominiums.

The project consists of two, five-storey wood frame residential buildings that feature 133 one and two bedroom homes with an elevated, landscaped central courtyard above the ground floor retail space.

A significant part of the project includes the restoration of the historic Finlayson Building facade and recreation of the historic midblock pedestrian connection called Theatre Alley. Careful work was done to restore the heritage facade on the Pandora side – reclaimed brick was recycled into other elements on the property. The project also features over 10,000 sq ft of retail fronting Fisgard Street and Pandora Avenue, including a flagship restaurant space with a private courtyard terrace along Theatre Alley.

Parker Johnston Manufacturing Facility

Built on the former site of an auto wrecker’s yard, Parker Johnston invested almost 2 years of environmental work before they erected their new building.

The new facility, made up of over 22,000 sq ft of warehouse and over 7,000 sq ft of office space, consolidates their operations and administration sites, and provides the capacity for growth that their business requires.

The new facility, made up of over 22,000 sq ft of warehouse and over 7,000 sq ft of office space, consolidates their operations and administration sites, and provides the capacity for growth that their business requires.

The eye-catching design on the front of the building is comprised of composite aluminum panels with a mirrored finish— the first of their kind used on Vancouver Island. The remainder of the building uses concrete tilt-up panels with patterned reveals to give the building’s finish a textured design.

Broadmead Village

The completion of an $8.2M sustainability-focused renovation resulted in a revitalized Broadmead Village. A single storey open-air retail centre of 134,775 sq ft, the 22 year old centre was transformed, beginning with upgraded storefronts and signage. The central breezeway was upgraded extensively into an interactive public realm with features that include an outdoor fireplace, water feature, covered seating area and free Wi-Fi.

Improved directional signage, widened and expanded sidewalks and raised crosswalks offer a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

The West Coast Contemporary design that defines the shopping centre reflects the natural landscape and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Central Saanich Fire Hall No. 1

The new 20,000 sq ft fire station serves as the Fire Department’s headquarters and accommodates both volunteer and career personnel, in addition to operating as the district’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

The station houses 8 trucks (4 tandem drive-through bays) with a deliberate separation between firefighting facilities and the administration areas to allow for decontamination.

Amenities include separate locker and washroom facilities for male and female firefighters, as well as gender neutral dormitories and training rooms.

A conference room was designed to work in conjunction with the EOC as a media or family room.

Solar panels were placed on the roof to help power the facility, and a large-volume rain catch system was incorporated to use in the training and testing of the pumper truck. This project is targeting Silver Certification for LEED.

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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.