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May 5, 2021

Local Construction Leaders Celebrated at 2021 VICA Awards


Victoria, BC (May 5, 2021) – The Vancouver Island Construction Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2nd Annual 2021 VICA Awards, which recognize the work its members do to build and regenerate our local communities: the universities, hospitals, historic sites, airports, and condominiums.

“While we could have postponed our awards for the second year in a row, we could not have done it in good conscious.” says Rory Kulmala, CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). “Having witnessed the resilience of the construction industry on Vancouver Island, the adoption of new health and safety regulations, and being one of the lone driving forces of the Island’s economy, we had to reimage what our awards could look like in pandemic times.”

Taking inspiration from other industry associations, the 2nd Annual VICA Awards were pivoted to a pre-recorded online broadcast, in-lieu of a live event and featured over 40 submissions and 14 category winners.

Among the categories was the VICA Member of the Year, won by Durwest Construction Management (DCM). DCM’s support of VICA through continuous membership, utilizing the association’s training and education offerings as well as their strong support of VICA’s Construct Your Future work employment program made them a stand-out nominee for the award.

“Durwest Construction Management strongly believes in the power of networking and community” says Devon Kray, vice president of DMC. “We have also always believed in promoting construction in general through our involvement with VICA and we are humbled and very proud to be the recipients of this year’s VICA Member of The Year award.”

The Prime Contractor Over $10 Million was awarded to Knappett Projects for their Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health & Wellness project at Camosun College in Victoria while the Subcontractor Over $5 Million was awarded to United Engineering ltd. for their Neptune Stacker/Reclaimer project.

“The Alex & Jo Campbell Building not only represents a significant project for Knappett Projects, but also represents a significant investment for the future of healthcare on Vancouver Island”, said Roger Yager, P. Eng., Vice President of Knappett Projects Inc. “When we get the opportunity to help create a building that will be producing the backbone of the Island’s healthcare industry, provides an open, bright, inviting and collaborative learning and teaching environment, and is aesthetically pleasing, it is a further reward for us and it’s wonderful when it’s recognized by your peers and the community”.


Owen O’Rourke, Marketing & Communications
Vancouver Island Construction Association

A recording of the broadcast is now available on VICA’s website,

For high-resolution photos and project descriptions, please contact Owen at