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Pacific Centre Family Services Association

The Pacific Centre Family Services Association’s key design goal was to create a welcoming and safe environment for clients. Inside there are private easy-to-find entries and clear wayfinding and multi-directional exits. Its two floors are connected by a bridge over a courtyard to reduce the building’s mass and provide a residential appearance.

On the outside, the wood frame building has expansive gable roofs that recall both First Nations longhouses and 20th century bungalows. Cedar siding and exposed fir timbers were used to celebrate the local tradition of craftsmanship and extensive landscaping helps create an atmosphere of safety, beauty and tranquility.

Tudor House Liquor Store

Located on the site of the old Tudor House Pub, the Tudor House Liquor Store provides a retail space equipped with a tasting bar and an upper mezzanine level multi-functional event space.
Inside the 9,000 square foot building, wood elements and a living plant wall are used to warm the industrial looking space. On the outside, a 21 foot glass accordion wall makes it a bold statement piece on the corner of Admirals and Esquimalt Road, signaling the potential of creative development in the area.

Sooke Brewing Company

Located in the centre of town, the Sooke Brewing Company facility has a West Coast design inspired by its surroundings. The front entrance features a large tree trunk and stone is used as an accent to the red and black steel exterior.

The facility houses both the brewery and a tasting room.

BCAA Auto Service Centre Victoria

After a successful development in Nanaimo, BCAA looked at Victoria for their next Auto Service Centre location.

Situated on Bay Street, the building’s sharp looking design is based around the same concept as its Nanaimo counterpart.

The team involved rose to the challenge of fitting the required program efficiently on a compact site.

Leigh 14

Leigh 14 takes a unique approach to combining commercial and residential space. Each unit is comprised of commercial space on the lower level and legal two bedroom residential suites upstairs.

This all-in-one approach allows small businesses to enter the market and become their own landlord.

Craigdarroch Castle Visitor Centre

The work at 1070 Joan Crescent retained and restored a 1913 residence and converted it into a visitor centre for the Craigdarroch Castle Society.

The project enhances the visitor experience by allowing better flow to the Castle and supporting functions such as ticketing, access to washrooms and a gift shop.

Character defining elements were kept during the conversion as the residence is listed on the City of Victoria’s Heritage Registry. Envelope upgrades were a substantial portion of the renovation work. The new addition also includes a green roof.

Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre

The Training Centre in Langford was developed in partnership with Rugby Canada, the Government of Canada and City of Langford.

The 1,900 square metre, two storey facility was designed to create the best daily training environment possible and features a state of the art gymnasium, onsite therapy and treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pools, locker rooms, meeting rooms set up for video analysis, kitchen and dining lounge and three double occupancy studio units.

Environmental features include the use of rainwater leaders and a storm drain system to drain water into rock pits.

SunTerra Townhomes

SunTerra Townhomes is a three storey, 24 resident townhouse complex located in Langford. The complex features West Coast architecture accented with stone, hardboard siding and low maintenance green space. Interior spaces have 9’ ceilings, large bright windows and vaulted ceilings in select bedrooms. Native plants, a patio area and a gated yard complete the outside of the townhomes.


Maddison is a four storey condominium building offering 18 residences and four penthouses. The building features traditionally inspired architecture with an articulated brick and stucco façade, classical detailed landscaping and triple-pane windows.

The building is targeting Built Green Silver designation.

On the Park

On The Park consists of two, four storey buildings with 32 units in total. The modern contemporary building allows for highly functional living spaces with low maintenance materials used for interior and\ exterior finishes. The buildings cater to an urban lifestyle with large floor to ceiling windows and patios and decks with tempered glass and steel railings.

Madrona Affordable Housing

Madrona at Dockside Green offers 49 below-market rental units across two, three storey buildings. The elegant building forms and materials respond to the marine, industrial and residential aesthetics of its surrounding area. Bright accent colours that reference industrial and port machinery are used in shared spaces of the buildings.

A number of green building strategies were adopted including the use of locally sourced building materials, a minimization of harmful chemicals in building materials, a sanitary sewer system with water reused for toilet flushing and irrigation and a connection to Dockside Green District Energy Utility to support the LEED Platinum Neighbourhood Development certification.

Lakepoint One Condominiums

The Lakepoint One mixed use project is the first phase of the 30 acre Lakepoint District. The artistically designed 46-unit building features commercial and retail space on the two lower levels. The building includes a shared electric car charging station and bicycle and kayak storage.

Located just steps from Langford Lake and local shops, Lakepoint One is created to be part of the Lakepoint District.


Legato is a 17 storey high-rise condominium in downtown Victoria. The building is a reflection and celebration of West Coast beauty designed with steps joined together by gently curving balconies, southern sun exposure, ocean and mountain views from all units and the use of natural colours and materials.

Green features include a high performance building envelope, minimized thermal bridging of balconies, concrete external shear walls to provide thermal mass, a storm-water management system integrated into the rooftop garden and dedicated electric car charging stations.

Yello on Yates

Yello on Yates is a 209 residential unit apartment complex with ground level retail. Its unique design rises 16 storeys above Yates Street and steps down to 12 storeys above View Street. Brightly coloured awnings combine with randomly placed boxed architectural details to add visual interest and break up the building’s mass.

Environmental considerations include LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures and EnergyStar appliances.


Urbanité is a mixed use four storey building that adds to the commercial vitality of its emerging neighborhood. Building materials including specialty cladding materials of composite concrete board and V-Line metal cladding were selected for longevity, aesthetics and low maintenance upkeep. An irrigation drip system in the landscaping and deck planters minimizes water consumption while maintaining green spaces.

Other environmental features include bike storage, an electric car charger, a MODO car share membership for every tenant and a central hot water tank which eliminates the need to operate 15 separate tanks.

Applied Bio-nomics

Located in the Saanich Peninsula, this wood frame three storey mixed use building has an 1,800 square foot garage and storage area, 2,800 square feet of office, storage and laboratory space and a 2,300 square foot “farm worker” apartment.

Local materials were used extensively in the build to compliment the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

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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.