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North Saanich Middle School


This $23 million project consists of a two storey hybrid glulam, structural steel and tilt-up concrete building. The new replacement middle school includes classrooms, gymnasium, theatre auditorium, multi-purpose room, music and applied industrial arts room and administration offices. The site works consists of playing fields, hard and soft landscaping and on-site/off-site services work. It was conceived from the beginning as a ‘Green Building’ – a LEED Gold project.

The building’s orientation maximizes available natural light while limiting glazing on the south to minimize solar gain. It exceeds Model National Energy Code by over 35% through use of building automation, energy efficient T5 lighting technology, geothermal heat-pump and solar hot water systems. Low water consumption plumbing fixtures have been included as well as an integrated storm water management program of underground detention and green parking bioswales.

The expectation is that by providing a more dynamic, healthier environment, the building itself can better support the students’ learning and demonstrate environmental design principles. At the time of its completion, this school was also being operated in partnership with the Peninsula Recreation Commission, the Town of Sidney and the Municipality of North Saanich to provide increased recreational and educational programs in the evenings or weekends.

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
Tel: (250) 385-7766 Fax: (250) 385-8773

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.