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Special Awards

Westhills YMCA/YWCA Langford Aquatic Centre

The aquatic centre is a partnership between the Westhills Land Corporation, the YMCA/YWCA and the City of Langford. This five storey, 75,294 square foot facility houses a 25 metre, five lane lap pool, a lazy river, warm water therapy pool and two waterslides. The facility also includes a gymnasium, health and fitness facilities, youth centre, a number of multipurpose spaces, and a licensed child care program. Lease space in the building includes a public library, music conservatory, and offices.

The project was designed with both passive and active green systems. Green initiatives include the use of low VOC, natural, renewable, post-consumer and long-life materials, exhaust air heat recovery which extracts heat from the pool hall for hot water and heating, air and water heat pumps and low flow fixtures with electronic metering for efficient water consumption. The annual natural gas use reduction compared to a conventional pool heating system is the approximate equivalent of taking over 180 cars off the road for a year.

Victoria Floating Seaplane Terminal

This 5,000 square-feet floating terminal is the first new building in the highly regulated Victoria Inner Harbour in 30 years and is the centerpiece of the harbour and city.

The two-storey building was brought in by tugboat after a 90 kilometre journey from Bamberton where it was constructed. The building’s glass and wood structure captures the flavour of West Coast modern architecture. Its sloping profile and green-roof is planted with hardy, colourful plants to enhance the sightlines in the harbour. Concrete floors, paneled fir ceiling with laminated wood beams and exposed air ducts give the building’s interior an industrial and West Coast vibe, while the huge windows provide amazing views of the harbour and the city.

The new terminal boasts many environmental and sustainable features including regionally made and manufactured core products, high efficiency heat pump systems, green roof and solar panels. Other important benefits of this project include a reduction in noise pollution by establishing operations further away from the downtown core, improved viewing and sightlines of the Inner Harbour and reduced taxiing time for seaplanes, which reduces exhaust volumes and fuel consumption costs.

Uptown Place

Uptown Place is a Build Green Silver two-phase 76-unit residential development located in the growing Uptown region of Victoria. It contains oversized windows that accentuate the outdoor views of Mt. Douglas and Swan Lake to the east and the setting sun in the west. West coast cedar siding and soffits were placed on the exterior to promote a continuous west coast modernist aesthetic. Every home on the main level has a self-contained patio, yard and own front door creating a townhouse feel that lessens the insular condominium building feeling and enhances the interaction with the streetscape and neighbours.

Uptown Place contains additional details that promote environmentally sensitive building practices and green lifestyles. To lessen the impact on the stormwater system, there are five strategically located rain gardens that circumnavigate both buildings. An apple tree was protected and resident-only community garden was built in order to increase local food production. Lastly, a secure bicycle room with a workbench was installed in the underground parkade to encourage cycling on the nearby Galloping Goose Trail and Lochside Regional Trail.

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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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