Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s office in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

VIREB looking to spotlight the year’s best commercial buildings

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board seeks nominations for 13th annual Commercial Building Awards

The nomination deadline coming up fast for the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s 13th annual Commercial Building Awards and VIREB is looking for nominations.

Organizers are expecting a higher than normal number of nominations for this year’s awards, which are set for April 23 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

Commercial, industrial and revenue-producing projects, including renovations, from the Malahat to Port Hardy, completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, are eligible.

“We have already received a number of nominations for this year’s event, so we’re anticipating another large number of buildings to enter,” said Mark MacDonald of the Business Examiner, which coordinates the event, in a press release.

Nomination deadline is March 19.

There will be at least 11 commercial categories: mixed-use (commercial/residential), seniors housing, community institutional, community recreational, retail, industrial, multi-family, hospitality, commercial renovation/restoration, office and green. There will also be a Judges’ Choice Award for best overall entry.

A select team of independent judges from the real estate industry will adjudicate.

Award sponsors include Black Press as a platinum media sponsor. Gold sponsors of the awards have been MNP LLP, Re/Max Commercial and Coastal Community Credit Union. Category sponsors have been Business Development Bank of Canada, Colliers, NAI Commercial, Canadian Western Bank, CIBC, Herold Engineering and Yellow Sheet Review.

Tickets to the event are $125 plus tax, and are available at For information and nomination forms, contact Sue Lessard of VIREB at 250-390-4212 or visit
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