Saywell Contracting Builds Another VIREB Award Winner

November 3, 2020

COURTENAYSaywell Contracting Ltd. captured an Award of Excellence in the Townhouse category of the 13th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards on September 30.

Azalea in Courtenay

Karl Binder, Operations Manager for Saywell Contracting, notes Azalea, at 215-31th Street in Courtenay is similar to a project called Magnolia they built in Nanaimo for the same development group. “The counterpart is very similar. It’s two-storey rural housing which fits pretty nicely in the area.”

The project offers the Courtenay region a unique townhome style rental product allowing occupants more privacy than a conventional apartment. The floor layouts are all two-storeys, providing occupants an enhanced level of privacy as they are not living above or below one another. Each unit features their own exterior front door patio entrance, further enhancing occupants privacy.

The 34-unit project is constructed into two separate two-story buildings and is centrally located featuring access to all amenities, walking distance to shopping, restaurants, transit and 5-minute drive to downtown.

Units range in size between 925 square feet to 1,300 square feet with suite layouts varying from one to two bedrooms plus a large den and 1.5 baths to 2.5 baths. All appliances including in-suite laundry are available in every suite. The main floor consists of powder room, storage, open concept living room and kitchen with 9’ ceiling heights. Bedrooms and a full bathroom are located on the upper floor.

The suites are accessible via common area hallway on the main floor as well in addition to their own private landscaped patio suite entrance space which are delineated with privacy screens and lush landscaping.

Saywell Contracting Ltd. was founded in 1998 by Sheldon Saywell, the year he was approached by a client who asked if he could tender the remediation of a “leaky condo.” Sheldon’s efforts were very successful, and in 1999 he undertook his first full remediation project. At that time, the “leaky condo” crisis was still unheard of on Vancouver Island and was just beginning to become public elsewhere.

Saywell Contracting was one of the first General Contractors on the Island to undertake such projects. The company continues to excel at the forefront of this industry and to date, has completed hundreds of building remediations.

Saywell Contracting became known not only for the quality and excellence of our work, but also for relationships we have built with strata owners and management firms. Our philosophy of building relationships first and foremost extends to everyone we come into contact with.

After substantial growth between 1998 and 2005, Sheldon Saywell decided to diversify the company, and Saywell Contracting undertook their first new multi-residential project, a 35-unit condominium. Since then, the company has expanded to two locations in Nanaimo, and Courtenay.

Today, the firm continues to construct numerous multi-residential projects, commercial buildings, tenant improvements, as well as undertaking building envelope remediations.


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