Commercial Building Awards Finalists Announced For April 6th Gala

March 8, 2023

Buildings From The Malahat To Port Hardy To Be Celebrated At Coast Bastion Hotel In Nanaimo

NANAIMO – A total of 47 buildings will be vying for top honours at the 16th Annual Central/North Vancouver Island Commercial Building Awards, presented by VIREB, which will be held in person as a live event April 6th at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

For the past two years, the event was held virtually due to Covid pandemic restrictions on in-person gatherings.

“It is going to be a great event as we celebrate 47 outstanding finalist buildings that were  completed in 2022,” says John MacDonald of Business Examiner, which coordinates the event. “These are very important buildings in each community, and this event has always been about celebrating the hard work, commitment and ideas that go into each and every one of them.”

Gold Sponsors of the Awards are SignAge, Knappett Projects Inc. and Coastal Community Credit Union. Category sponsors thus far are Megson Fitzpatrick Insurance Services, IWCD, Nanaimo Airport, RE/MAX Commercial, NAI Commercial, Herold Engineering, RBC Royal Bank, Modern Purair, Waypoint Insurance, Integral Wealth Management, WA Architects, Avalon Mechanical, Yellow Sheet Construction Data, and RBC.

To be eligible for the Awards, commercial, industrial and revenue-producing projects, including renovation projects, from the Malahat to Port Hardy must have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2022.

“The buildings and projects entered this year are outstanding,” says MacDonald. “We are really looking forward to celebrating the fine work of the owner and builders.”

There will be at least 14 commercial categories:

  • Mixed-Use (commercial/residential)
  • Seniors housing
  • Community institutional
  • Community recreational
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Multi-family
  • Hospitality
  • Commercial renovation/restoration
  • Office
  • Civil
  • Green & Sustainability

Finalists are from:

Port Hardy – Canadian Coast Guard Base Hardy Bay.

Gold River – Grieg Aquaculture Recirculating System Expansion.

Campbell River – St. Patrick’s Church Expansion and Columbarium Project, Crestview at Seymour Village Phase 4, Oceanview Apartments, Pier 1.

Comox Valley – Comox Valley Dodge, Montage, Seal Bay Park Bates Road Parking Lot, Mission, Ocean Front Village, England Oaks, 17th Street Corridor Improvements, John Howard Society of North Island, Cliffe Avenue Base Building, Edgett Excavating, CVWMC Organics Transfer Station, Merville Fire Hall, Westisle Office in Royston.

Parksville – Pacific Palms RV Resort, Memorial Avenue Upgrade, Parksville Child and Family Centre, Parksville Outdoor Theatre, Berwick Parksville.

Port Alberni – CCCU Port Alberni Building, Rainbow Gardens 48.

Ucluelet – Marine Wild.

Tofino – Creekside.

Nanaimo – Sonepar Building at Oakwood Industrial, Brechin United Church, Fortis BC Warehouse Renovation, Norwell Corner, Uplands Terrace, Dover Bay Secondary School Renovation, Bowen Park Trailway and Utility Upgrade, Horang Restaurant and Market, Nanaimo Mitsubishi.

Ladysmith – Tidalwood, Madill Office and Warehouse.

Lake Cowichan – The Nest Collection.

Duncan – Modular Daycare Facilities, Boys Road Complex, Eyuhwum, 6-Plex on Jubilee.

There will also be a Judges’ Choice Award for the best overall entry. Last year’s winner were the Malahat Skywalk project on the Malahat.

The official Souvenir Book of last year’s event can be viewed here.

A video of the 2022 VIREB Commercial Building Awards can be viewed here.

Tickets to the awards are $199 plus GST, and organizers expect this to sell out quickly, they can be purchased here.

For information regarding sponsorship and the event, contact John MacDonald at 1-866-768-2684 or via email at:


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