Published On: Monday, 08 April 2019

Legasea wins 12th Annual VIREB Commercial Building Awards

COURTENAY – Legasea, a mixed use condominium project in Departure Bay in Nanaimo, was named the Judges’ Choice best overall entry in the 12th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards April 4 at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

There were 40 finalist projects in the competition, which celebrates the best in commercial, community and industrial buildings north of the Malahat on Vancouver Island, which were completed between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

“I was so honoured and humbled to accept these awards,” says Legasea developer Tony Harris, as the project also won the Mixed Use category. “It was my pleasure to work with so many on this project. Collaboration, thoughtfulness, patience and persistence drove the success of this project.”

This was the second time that Courtenay hosted the awards, which have taken place in Nanaimo and Parksville.

A team of independent judges chose the winners in the 10 categories of these awards: Renovation, Multi Family Townhome, Multi Family Apartment, Multi Family Non Market, Institutional, Civil, Community, Mixed Use, Industrial and Retail.

Gold sponsors of the event were Re/MAX CommercialMNP LLP and Coastal Community Credit Union. Category sponsors were NAI CommercialYellow Sheet ReviewHerold EngineeringColliers International, Invest Comox ValleyCIBCBDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) and Berk’s Intertruck. Black Press was the Media Sponsor.

2019 Award of Excellence Winners:

Renovation - Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn of Duncan.

Multi Family Townhome -  Glacier View Townhomes of Comox and Magnolia Apartments of Nanaimo.

Multi Family Apartment - The Lookout of Campbell River.

Multi Family Non Market - Nuutsumuut Lelum of Nanaimo.

Institutional – Vancouver Island University Centre for Health and Science of Nanaimo.

Civil - Campbell River Water Supply Centre of Campbell River.

Community - Centennial Park Covered Multi-Purpose Court Building of Nanaimo.

Industrial - Herring Gull Warehouse of Parksville.

Retail - Quality Foods Harewood of Nanaimo.

Awards of Merit went to:

Mixed Use: Inter Island Design Centre of Parksville.

Industrial: Parhar Business Park of Duncan.

Retail: Harbourview Autohaus of Nanaimo.

Renovation: Building Envelope Remediation Construction Service of Nanaimo.

Multi-Family Townhome: Brownstone Townhomes of Campbell River.

Multi-Family Apartment: Harbour City Flats of Nanaimo.

Multi-Family Non-Market: Tla-o-qui-aht Demonstration Container Housing of Tofino.

Institutional: Brentwood College Athletic Facility of Mill Bay, and Comox Valley Child Development Centre Autism Centre for Excellence of Courtenay.

Civil: Meade Creek Recycling Facility of Lake Cowichan.

Community: Arbutus Park Washrooms of Youbou.

Honourable Mentions went to:

Mixed Use: Lucky House of Tofino.

Retail: La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery of Nanaimo.

Renovation: Lions Valley View Estates of Courtenay.

Institutional: Berwick Comox Valley of Comox.

Community: Faye Smith Memorial of Qualicum Beach.

For further questions about the event, contact MacDonald at