Victoria Real Estate Board

Oak Bay Beach Hotel takes top award for excellence

November 27, 2013

VICTORIA, BC - The Oak Bay Beach Hotel took the Judges' Choice Award for overall excellence at the 22nd Annual Commercial Building Awards on November 27, 2013.

This was just one of the 16 awards presented, honouring excellence in new and renovated commercial developments completed in the past year.

"We had an excellent selection this year, with 22 nominations from across Greater Victoria," said Mike Lagadyn, Chair of the Commercial Division. "The Oak Bay Beach Hotel showed exemplary creativity in design and architecture for best use of a challenging property footprint. This project is a stunning improvement over the old hotel, while maintaining its former charm and serving the community."

The Times Colonist Community Award was presented to CFB Esquimalt Base Fire Hall & Emergency Response Centre at CFB Esquimalt, while the Victoria Real Estate Board's Green Award was awarded to Uptown Shopping Centre, 3531 Uptown Boulevard.

To be eligible, all commercial new or renovation projects must have been completed between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Competition judges, who are selected from Victoria's business community, look at the overall exterior of each building or development project and how it fits into the surrounding area. They base their final decisions on projects that are sensitive to the environment, are aesthetically pleasing and answer a specific developmental need within the community.

This year's judges were: Dan Parker, President of Parker Johnston Industries Ltd.; Bob Pearce, Vice President of Development with Townline Group; John Peebles, designated appraiser with D.R. Coell & Associates; and commercial REALTORS® Ken Featherby, NAI Commercial (Victoria) Inc. and Mike Lagadyn, DFH Real Estate Ltd.

The Commercial Building Awards competition, now in its 22nd year, continues to promote advancement of excellence in commercial construction and design within Greater Victoria. For more information on the awards competition, visit http://cba.vreb.org.

Special award recipient photos available by deadline.

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