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Victoria International Marina

The Marina has been 30 years in ideation and is the first of its kind in North America. Purpose-built for large yachts, the project features a facilities building, a restaurant and 28 slips for superyachts. The Marina was built using sustainable materials and technologies including carpet tiles manufactured from fishing nets and custom furniture salvaged from deadfall wood sourced on Vancouver Island. The facility also features ongoing shoreline rehabilitation efforts including the introduction of new reef balls.

OWNER Victoria International Marina
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Farmer Construction Ltd.

Ilaria at Hatley Park

Ilaria at Hatley Park has 14 townhomes constructed to EnerGuide 84 rating. The buildings use natural stone exteriors and low maintenance exterior finishes.

OWNER / DEVELOPER / CONTRACTOR Bronte Heights Developments Ltd.

Meridian Row

Meridian Row is a four-building development with 13 townhouses in total.

DESIGNER Outline Home Design
DEVELOPER Cynthia Gyuk, Rajkanwar Nanva, Jeannine Gagnon and Lawrence Gagnon

Sidney Community Safety Building

At three storeys tall and 26,000 square feet, the Sidney Community Safety Building is the largest public infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Town of Sidney. The facility includes an emergency communications centre, crew quarters and bays for firetrucks and ambulances. The complex also features a large training tower with a mock apartment. The ground floor is V-shaped for water runoff and is seismically post-disaster rated.

OWNER Town of Sidney
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Bradley Shuya Architect Inc.
CONTRACTOR Kinetic Construction

Sherman Jen Building

This is both a renovation and new construction project. The 1905 barn was seismically upgraded along with features to bring it to today’s conveniences and standards while respecting its heritage. The new build is two storeys with floor to ceiling smart glazed windows that darken the window tint based on sun intensity. All windows have been upgraded with today’s materials to make them as energy efficient as possible.

OWNER / DEVELOPER Royal Roads University
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER HCMA Architecture + Design
CONTRACTOR Durwest Construction Management Inc.

Portage West

Originally a motel, Portage West is now a renovated waterfront community located on the Gorge Waterway. The property is comprised of studio, one bedroom, one bedroom + den and three bedroom units with 4,300 square feet of commercial space. The property features an outdoor waterfront pool, outdoor kitchen and barbecue space, waterfront dock and has two designated outdoor pet areas.

ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Hillel Architecture Inc. and GMC Projects Inc.

Verdier House

Built in 1911 and designated of Heritage Importance in 2015, the house was converted into eight rental units after relocating the building to the opposite side of the property and adding a basement. The building was brought up to code with seismic updates while preserving architectural elements and heritage character. The original stone cladding was taken down and cataloged, the stained glass and wood windows were restored and then the stone was re-installed. Each unit is HRV energy efficient.

OWNER / DEVELOPER Stride Properties
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Finlayson Bonet Architecture Ltd.
CONTRACTOR Sargent Construction Ltd.

Island Views Condominiums

Island Views Condominiums consists of two contemporary buildings with a total of 14 units. The three-storey buildings are long and narrow. Strategic angling of the walls and balconies allows each unit a view of the Haro Strait. During construction a pedestrian path was restored to connect the buildings to a pre-existing path to the waterfront. All units have high efficiency triple-pane windows and HRV systems. The larger units have on-demand hot water and radiant in-floor heating.

OWNER Baumeister-Haus
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Finlayson Bonet Architecture Ltd.


OTTO is a development that allows owners to choose between a condo, loft or townhouse. The complex takes its cues from the neighbourhoods that surround it. The exterior façade combines a material palette of natural cedar, architectural concrete, acrylic stucco and dark gray brick. The landscaping is designed to be low impact with raised bed garden plots and a central courtyard. OTTO was built using Built Green Canada sustainability practices.

DEVELOPER Casman Group of Companies

Travino Landing

Travino Landing is a four-storey concrete and wood frame building with 46 units. The building has a unique roofline and uses long lifespan exterior materials. It is the second building on the South Island to use Acoustitech soundproofing, which eliminates a layer of concrete between floors, reducing building load and lumber. It is built to Green Gold High Density New Construction, with a rectangular shape that sits North/South for simultaneous heating and cooling. It uses central solar-assisted hot water and excess heat is sent to the underground parkade.

OWNER / DEVELOPER Mike Geric Construction
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER KPL James Architecture Inc.

Radius at Royal Oak

Radius at Royal Oak is a six-storey, 66-unit apartment building designed to invite the outdoors inside. The wood-frame development is built to Built Green Gold standard and takes a West Coast modernist approach to architecture.

DEVELOPER Tri-Eagle Development Corporation and Jawl Residential
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Homewood Constructors Ltd.

Danbrook One

Danbrook One is an 11-storey, 90-unit residential complex. Made primarily of concrete with large glass windows, it is the tallest structure in Langford’s downtown core.

ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Jack James Architect
DEVELOPER Matthew and Margaret McKay and Danny Lahnsteiner
CONTRACTOR Victoria Construction


Verve is a five-storey, 95-unit purpose-built rental complex with ground floor commercial space. The concrete and wood frame development sits on a sloped site. The building offers electric car charging stations.

ARCHITECT / DESIGNER KPL James Architecture Inc.
DEVELOPER Abstract Developments

Le Sequoia on Watkiss

Le Sequoia on Watkiss is a mixed-use 44-unit rental building. There are two office spaces on the main level with a mix of bachelor, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments above. The style, colour and name of the building were inspired by the neighbouring forests. The rocky sloping site presented a challenge, but with creative design the project fits into the site well.

OWNER Denfor Investments Inc. and Groupe Denux
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Daryoush Firouzli Architecture Inc.
DEVELOPER Denfor Investments Inc.
CONTRACTOR Windley Contracting Ltd.

The Jukebox

The Jukebox is a nine-storey, 215-unit condominium with 12 commercial retail units on the lower floor. The unique design features three glassed-in elevators which are highlighted by an innovative LED light show. The exterior finishes are modern and use metal cladding, porthole windows, coloured glass railings and a rounded turret.

ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Gustavson Wylie Architects Inc.
DEVELOPER Mosaic Properties Inc.
CONTRACTOR Farmer Construction Ltd.

Belmont Market

Belmont Market is under development in the heart of Langford on the site of the former Belmont Secondary School. The 160,000 square foot centre includes retail and commercial office space including a new Thrifty Foods that opened in May 2019. This mixed-use development has been designed featuring contemporary West Coast architecture.

CONTRACTOR Island West Coast Developments Ltd.

Brentwood Crossing

Formerly Trafalgar Square, Brentwood Crossing’s design approach was to improve the visibility of each leasable area. The original brick turrets were removed, the façade was modernized with durable building materials and signage and landscaping were incorporated to separate the pedestrian walkway and parking for a softer edge. The undulating brick walls at either end of the L-shaped building were painted black for a fresher look. The new design also improved fire separations between existing suites and facilitated necessary code updates.

OWNER / DEVELOPER Hugh & McKinnon Realty Ltd.
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Finlayson Bonet Architecture Ltd.
CONTRACTOR C&W Campbell Homes Ltd.

1515 Douglas Street

1515 Douglas Street is a six-storey class AA LEED Platinum office and retail building showcasing thoughtful architecture and urban design. The architecture is intended to resonate with the patterns, scale and materiality of the historic context. A glazed concourse links the building with 750 Pandora Avenue providing easy connectivity. The building is complete with a skylit rotunda designed as an informal meeting place.

OWNER / DEVELOPER Jawl Properties Ltd.
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER D’AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism
CONTRACTOR Campbell Construction Ltd.

376 Harbour Road

376 Harbour Road is a commercial/retail building located within the Dockside Green development. The building has three storeys with 5,000 square feet of retail on the main level and 10,000 square feet of office space above. It features a contemporary maritime industrial aesthetic and its visual character keeps with the architectural landscape of the larger development. The development is targeting LEED gold standard.

OWNER Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota LLP
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER HCMA Architecture + Design
DEVELOPER Dockside Green


Helios is a four-storey, 82-unit affordable housing development in Colwood. The property has outdoor public space and a playground for children.

OWNER BC Housing
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Low Hammond Rowe Architects
DEVELOPER Pacifica Housing Advisory Association

The Aranza

The Aranza is a five-storey, mixed-use affordable housing development with ground floor retail space. It is a concrete and wood constructed building with 56 units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The building features large windows and plank flooring to allow bicycles inside.

OWNER Greater Victoria Rental Development Society
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER Low Hammond Rowe Architects

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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.