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October 1, 2020

VICA Members win big at VIREB Commercial Building Awards

The Vancouver Island Construction Association would like to congratulate its 10 members who were recognized at the 13th Annual VIREB Commercial Building Awards on September 30th. Out of the 10 VICA Members recognized, 6 were named winners of their respective categories with Westmark Construction Ltd.MKM Projects Ltd., and Island West Coast Developments taking home multiple awards. 

Tourism Tofino was named the Judges’ Choice best overall entry this year. MKM Projects Ltd. was the General Contractor.

A team of independent judges chose the winners in the 11 categories of these awards: Apartments, Hospitality, Industrial, Institutional, Mixed-Use, Office, Retail, Retail-Renovation, Seniors, Social-Community and Townhouse.

The winners of each category received an Award of Excellence, with runners-ups receiving an Award of Merit. 

  • Apartments –  Award of Excellence: Village on Third, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Westmark Construction Ltd. Merit: The Arbutus, Nanaimo. General Contractor: WestUrban Developments Ltd.; The Hub at Pacific Station, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Westmark Construction Ltd.; 575 Residences, Campbell River. General Contractor: Crowne Pacific Development Corp.
  • Hospitality – Award of Excellence: Ucluelet Brewing Company, Ucluelet. General Contractors: Woodenworks Construction and Tidewater Timber Frames.
  • Industrial – Award of Excellence: 1851 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Windley Contracting Ltd. Merit: Island Pacific Transport, Ladysmith. General Contractor: Island West Coast Developments; P & R Truck Centre, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Windley Contracting Ltd.
  • Institutional – Award of Excellence: Tourism Tofino. General Contractor: MKM Projects Ltd. Merit: Tofino RCMP. General Contractor: Island West Coast Developments; Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh School, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Kinetic Construction Ltd.
  • Mixed-Use – Award of Excellence: Cardea, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Tectonica. Merit: 91 Chapel, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Island West Coast Developments.
  • Office – Award of Excellence: Portsmouth Professional Centre, Nanaimo. General Contractor: Westmark Construction Ltd. Merit: The Learning Clinic, Lantzville. General Contractor: R.W. (Bob) Wall Ltd.
  • Retail – Award of Excellence: Snaw-Naw-As Market, Lantzville/Nanoose. General Contractor: Ecklundson Construction Group.
  • Retail Renovation – Award of Excellence: RE/MAX Mid Island Realty, Port Alberni. General Contractor: CANBuild Smart Solutions.
  • Seniors – Award of Excellence: Berwick, Qualicum Beach. General Contractor: Denford Construction Management.
  • Social-Community – Award of Excellence: Braidwood Supportive Housing, Courtenay. General Contractor: AFC Construction Inc.
  • Townhouse – Award of Excellence: Azalea, Courtenay. General Contractor: Saywell Contracting Ltd.

The Official Souvenir Award Book for the 2020 VIREB awards, which includes photos and descriptions of every finalist building, is available for viewing at:​

The video of the event is also viewable through the and websites.