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Chabad Centre for Jewish Life & Learning

Inspired by the Rebbe – Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory, the Chabad Centre welcomes everyone who is seeking the wisdom and warmth of Judaism, regardless of their religious background, affiliation or financial means.

The contemporary style building comprises three floors. Its design includes natural ventilation, rain harvesting and LED lighting.

Lum Sam & Lee Chong

The Lum Sam building’s façade features both Italianate and Gothic influences derived from chinoiserie designs. Along the west side of the building is an alleyway that leads to two inner courtyards. There are two more narrow passages that form an internal passageway that goes through a small courtyard to link the private access from Pandora Avenue to Fisgard Street. It comprises nine residential units.

In 1901 Lee Chong and Lee Woy built the Lee Chong commercial and residential building on the western end of Fisgard Street. To this day the exterior of the Lee Chong building remains in its original form, including wrought iron balconies off the second floor apartments which are accessed from segmental windows and doors and feature ornate stained glass windows and high ceilings. The Lee Chong building offers sixteen residential and three commercial units.

The Heritage Houses at Capital Park

As part of the Capital Park development, these heritage designated houses were relocated to form a grouping at the corner of Government and Michigan Streets. The houses had been previously used by the Provincial Government.

Following relocation, the interiors of the houses were dismantled for seismic upgrading and the installation of sprinklers, ventilation, and other building systems. The conversion of the buildings to rental accommodation was achieved with only minor changes to the room layouts, and almost no exterior alterations. Full basements were constructed, with brick exterior finishes.

London Arbour

Positioned in the vibrant Oaklands neighbourhood, surrounded by lush trees and greenery, this traditionally inspired collection of twelve, three storey townhouses consists of three and four bedroom homes which offer between 1,640 and 1,700 sq. ft.

A variety of floor plans offer flexible living areas designed to suit changing needs and generous living space.

The Generations

The Generations is a 48 unit three and five storey rental residential building. The challenge was to fit this project into a predominantly one and two storey scale community and gain neighborhood support.

The five storey element was placed beside a large shopping center and the three storey portion makes a transition to the street. The shape of the building and the detail around the windows and decks add interest and break down the scale of the large building.

Hoylake Residential

This development consists of 147 residential suites, separated into two buildings.

The buildings were designed to accommodate large studio, one and two bedroom units for rent, a community fitness centre, secure bicycle storage and an onsite office space for a full-time property manager/concierge. Considerable attention was given to provide a lush landscaped parking area at the rear of the property that improves views for inhabitants and neighbours.

Construction materials were selected for their aesthetic appeal and their durability so these buildings will look great for years to come.

1001 Blanshard Street

This 7,700 sq. ft. adaptive re-use project’s objective was to take a derelict corner across from Victoria’s Royal Theatre and transform it into a vibrant cultural hub that enhances the arts district of downtown, anchors the urban neighborhood for the burgeoning residential population and promotes the talent of local businesses.

The two storey building was demised into four units, all leased to local entrepreneurs. Originally office space, the upper floor was converted into a rooftop restaurant that features an expansive south-facing rooftop patio with views of the heritage façade of the Royal Theatre. The ground floor was converted into three separate retail and office units with a core of common washrooms and shower facilities for tenant use. An architectural feature to note is the steel and glass covered stairway which serves as the main entrance to the second floor restaurant space.

Uptown Phase Three

Whole Foods at Uptown, located in the heart of Saanich, is the third phase of the successful Uptown project. The project consists of a 40,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods store, 5,000 sq. ft. of prime space for smaller retail tenants, and a multi-level parkade.

The project creates a pedestrian oriented streetscape that includes new bike pathways, sidewalks, extensive landscaping, water features and public art, as well as significant improvements to both transit and pedestrian access routes in the area.

Uptown Phase Three incorporates sustainable design features, and is in the process of achieving LEED Gold certification.

King Lasik Professional Building

This 20,000 sq. ft. three storey building was built on an empty site alongside the Island Highway for Dr. King and King Lasik. The modern building uses a mix of cedar siding and aluminum storefront glazing.

Visible on four streets, this building had to deal with the site grades and four visible sides. The roof line is playful and reflects the image of eyebrows – the sunshade reflects the image of eyelashes for the Lasik Eye Care Facility.

Backfit Clinic

How to transform a 1950s bank building into an eye catching and dynamic health services clinic was the design and build challenge for this project. Located at the intersection of Cook and Cloverdale, the site is a highly visible location.

The building was designed with stepped roof heights to denote the different functions of the interior space. Varied exterior shading treatments (corten steel and perforated corrugated metal screening) were used to generate an intimate interior space given the highly glazed façade. A curved brick façade and landscaping soften the project’s relationship with the street corner.

Additional features include curved perimeter walls, a round skylight well and continuous curtain wall transoms around the west addition.

Some salvaged Bank of Montreal structure (floors structural supports, T&G ceiling) was incorporated.

Rosalie’s Village

Rosalie’s Village consists of 42 housing units in three buildings: one four storey apartment building, and two, four unit townhouses. The units include 18 two bedroom units for single mothers with children, 20 one bedroom units for older women at-risk, one housemother unit, and three emergency shelter units.

The Village includes Mary’s Place, an on-site, licensed daycare for 37 infants and school-age children. The Village also has a community kitchen and Rosalie’s Centre for Women and Children provides on-site assistance as required by tenants, including a Woman’s day program, work training programs, life skills training, emergency relief, vouchers, and workshops

Rosalie’s Village is designed to meet the requirements of the Built Green Gold standard of sustainability.

Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove provides affordable rental housing in the form of studio suites and one bedroom accessible suites for homeless and at risk seniors. It is built on land that was sold by the estate of Herman Rebneris, a well known local developer of affordable and special needs housing, and is named for his development company – Cottage Grove Developments.

Designed to achieve a level of sustainability consistant with the requirements of LEED for Homes Midrise Gold, the project achieves a reduction in energy useage that is 16 per cent better than the ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard.

Starline Windows – Warehouse and Sales Office

Designed in a modern style, this two storey facility is home to Starline Windows distribution warehouse and sales centre. The occupancy on the main floor is the warehouse and loading docks with an adjoining sales room and reception/administration. The partial second storey houses open office space, boardroom, and private offices.

80 per cent of the building’s exterior uses Starline products: the building is essentially a business card for their operations. Numerous green features are included in the build.

Travino Square

Travino Square is six storey concrete/wood frame condo building with 58 suites. The 72,000 sq. ft. building is the third of five at Travino. The building is unique for many reasons: dramatic roofline, range of suites from 450 to 2,100 sq. ft., oversize balconies and vaulted ceiling penthouses. The Built Green Gold building includes an Acoustitech soundproofing system and no layer of concrete between floors to reduce building load and lumber. Travino Square offers a rooftop patio with outdoor seating, gas fire pit and 360 degree views, Garry Oak dog walk/indoor pet washing station.

Travino Square is part of a master planned project that preserves 70 per cent of 7.2 acres for green spaces, which includes restoration of a Garry Oak meadow.


The Emerson’s four storeys are home to 14 residences, situated in vibrant downtown Victoria. Emerson comprises one and two bedroom residences, offering a collection of curated floor plans that suit individual needs and blend elegant design with everyday functionality.

Emerson was built to Built Green Silver Certification.


Element is a three story, 15 residential and two commercial unit mixed-use condominium located in the heart of Cadboro Bay Village. Element offers true west coast living in a seaside neighbourhood.

Built to Built Green Gold Certification, Element beachside residence’s warm, west coast architecture accented with natural details in wood, stone, and glass blend seamlessly with the tree-lined streets and sandy beaches of Cadboro Bay.

Eagle Creek Village

The development of Eagle Creek Village was a ten-year exercise of working at a high level of involvement with the municipality to develop a long-term plan that accommodated the immense influx of density.

Proposed and delivered was a balanced neighbourhood village that combines retail, office, commercial and residential uses with beneficial employment, recreational and transportation adjacencies that align with the intent of the Official Community Plan. The combination of office, retail and residential was essential for both tenant success, and the success of the centre. The resulting development is a walkable attraction in the community which services and draws visitors into the town of View Royal.

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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.