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Rewarding Excellence

For over 20 years the Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Division’s Annual Commercial Building Awards competition has been dedicated to the advancement of excellence in commercial property development throughout the Greater Victoria area. The awards recognize developers, architects, designers, builders, owners and financiers for enhancing commercial real estate stock, for stimulating urban renewal, and for the risks they undertake to build and renovate commercial space in Greater Victoria.

Each year, judges selected from the local business and real estate communities visit each site and look at the overall exterior design of each nominated building or development project and how it fits into the surrounding area. Judging criteria (below) are based on projects that are sensitive to the environment, are aesthetically pleasing and answer a specific developmental need within the community.


Investment, commercial or industrial building, development, or renovation projects located within the Capital Regional District and completed between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 are eligible for an award.

Judging & Categories

Each nomination will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is it built in an environmentally sensitive manner?
  • Does it complement the surrounding properties and area?
  • Is it aesthetically pleasing?
  • Are there unique architectural features?
  • What is the level of finish (choice in construction materials)?
  • Does it answer a specific development need within the community?

A panel of judges will visit each nomination individually. Once all sites have been visited, the judges will decide on the winners. Award categories are developed each year based on nominations received.

Award Winners

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November 2014. All completed nomination forms must be received no later than 4:30 pm, Monday, June 16, 2014.

Submission Guidelines

Projects can be nominated by anyone and there is no cost.


Kirby’s Source for Sports

Winner of the 2012 Commercial – Retail Excellence Award

awardA locally owned company that has operated as a mainstay institution in the Victoria sports community for years. Completed in May 2012, the new Kirby’s Source for Sports is an eye–catching, impressive and aesthetically pleasing building located in a mixed commercial, industrial and residential corner that had not seen redevelopment for years. A unique roof design, an energizing colour palate, expansive windows and the use of natural cladding materials make this new commercial building a great example of how a thoughtfully designed structure can revitalize the atmosphere of a somewhat unassuming location.

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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.