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Construction industry recognizes top contractors
VRCA announces Silver Award winners of 24th annual Awards of Excellence
VANCOUVER, August 8, 2012 – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has announced the Silver Award winners for the 24th annual Awards of Excellence, a premier industry event honouring the region’s construction leaders.
Three winners were selected in most categories for their use of innovative techniques, new materials or exceptional project management and each will receive a Silver Award. The Gold Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual VRCA Awards of Excellence gala dinner on October 17, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
“The Silver Award winners are true leaders in the industry,” says Keith Sashaw, Vancouver Regional Construction Association President. “They all represent companies that were able to bring projects of the highest calibre in on time and on budget.”
The total number of entrants and projects considered in this year’s competition is up over last year, rising from 218 entrants and 43 projects in 2011 to 267 entrants and 67 projects in 2012. Over the 24 years the competition has been in place, the value of the projects has grown tremendously, and the total value of projects considered in this year’s competition represented $2 billion of construction throughout B.C., up 60 per cent from last year’s total, showing that the impact of the 2009 economic downturn on the competition is over with many top quality projects in contention.
“The judges were extremely impressed with the high quality of the projects nominated, and have decided to introduce a new category to the competition this year,” says Tony Everett, chair of the Adjudication Committee. “The Heritage Restoration Award will recognize outstanding accomplishments in the restoration of British Columbia’s heritage buildings, a truly important contribution to our province’s legacy.”
The judging panel announced that a special Gold Award in the category of Innovation will be awarded to Panther Constructors Ltd. for the implementation of the soccer screens at BC Place.
The 2012 competition also features two projects that have achieved The Living Building Challenge Standard certification, a new international standard in sustainability. Overseen by the International Living Future Institute and the Canada Green Building Council, the certification represents the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. Two of the first projects to achieve this certification in North America, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre and the UniverCity Childcare Centre at SFU are also nominated in the 2012 Awards of Excellence Sustainable Construction category.
Download the Full List of Silver Winners for the 24th annual Awards of Excellence.
Additional project-related awards will be granted in the trade contractor, electrical contractor, mechanical contractor, and manufacturer & supplier categories. At the October event, VRCA will also present awards for Member of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Educator, Innovation, Outstanding Woman in Construction and Sustainable Construction Award, and the WorkSafe BC Awards for companies that have developed significant safety-related programs or equipment.
With more than 700 members, VRCA is British Columbia’s largest and most inclusive regional construction association, representing union and non-union, general and trade contracting companies, manufacturers, suppliers and other professionals throughout the Lower Mainland from Hope to Whistler.
For more information, please contact:
Keith Sashaw, Vancouver Regional Construction Association - 604-294-3766
Tom Leslie, Edelman – 604-623-3007, ext.233
Download the original Silver Awards Press Release