Finalists Announced for 2014 Commercial Building Awards

The Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) has released the nominees for the 23rd annual Commercial Building Awards, which recognize developers, architects, designers, builders, owners and financiers for enhancing local commercial real estate stock, for stimulating urban renewal and for the risks they undertake to build and renovate within our community.


This year’s finalists are:

  • 1701 Island Highway
  • Emanu-el Synagogue
  • East Shore Village
  • 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
  • 35/39 Gorge Rd
  • Be Love and La Taquisa Restaurant
  • Hillside Mall Redevelopment
  • Porsche Centre Victoria
  • Central Saanich Fire Station No. 1
  • Broadmead Village
  • The New England Building
  • Songhees Wellness Centre
  • Hotel Zed
  • Carnaby Street Residences
  • Jacklin Gate
  • The Mondrian
  • Parker Johnston Manufacturing Facility
  • CPR Steamship Building
  • Island Savings – Mayfair Branch
  • Liquor Planet
  • The Sovereign
  • Tally-Ho Sports Bar & Grill
  • Union
  • Midtown Park
  • Hudson Mews


A statement from the award subcommittee pointed to the exciting range of projects within the nominees, from “beautifully restored heritage buildings to new and vibrant designs that complement and energize the city’s landscape,” and called the eclectic mix, “diverse, exciting, and progressive.”

Five judges for the awards will spend a day together visiting each nominated site to examine the overall exterior of each building or development project and how it fits into its surrounding area. Judges will base their final decisions on projects that are sensitive to the environment, are aesthetically pleasing and answer a specific developmental need within the community. This year’s judging panel, selected from Victoria’s business community, is made up of Karen Hillel of Hillel Architecture Inc, Glenn Balderston of D.R. Coell and Associates, and Dave Bornhold of with DTZ Victoria.

Winners will be announced at an awards event, which Douglas Magazine is proud to sponsor, on November 14 at The Union Club of BC. Over 150 guests are expected to join Dallas Gislason, Economic Development Officer at the Greater Victoria Development Agency in recognizing the finalists and winners.

For more information on the awards competition, visit