VRCA Recognizes Construction Excellence

By August 14, 2014Business News

Vancouver Regional Construction Association announces Silver Award winners and ticket availability for 26th annual Awards of Excellence

Release. The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has announced the Silver Award winners for the 26th annual Awards of Excellence, a premier industry event honouring the region’s construction leaders.


Each year, the VRCA recognizes the province’s best companies, individuals and projects in the construction industry through Silver Award announcements in August. Three Silver Award winners are selected in most categories for their use of innovative techniques, new materials or exceptional project management. One Silver Award winner from each category will be chosen as the Gold Award winner during the 26th Annual VRCA Awards of Excellence gala dinner on October 16, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.


“The Silver Award winners this year truly represent the finest of our industry. These companies were able to bring projects of the highest calibre in on time and on budget, and we are proud to honour them at this year’s event,” says Fiona Famulak, president of Vancouver Regional Construction Association.


In this year’s competition, there were 149 total entrants and 31 projects considered. Over the 26 years the competition has been in place, the value of the projects has grown, and the total value of projects considered in this year’s competitionrepresented $1.5 billion of construction throughout B.C.


With the growing number of trade companies competing for the awards, this year’s organ­izing committee cre­ated more categories to recognize their contributions to projects. The three new categories that have been created are trade con­tract work on projects valued at up to $1 million, contract work valued at between $1 million and $3 million, and contract work valued at greater than $3 million.


“In addition to the rise in trade companies competing for awards this year, we were surprised by the increasing interest from manufacturers and suppliers – we had over double the number of companies competing in this category than we have had in the past,” says Dolphe Hoffman, chair of the Adjudication Committee.


The judging panel has also announced a Gold Award in the category of Heritage Restoration for the 564 Beatty project in Vancouver. The award is shared by ITC Construction Canada Inc., Dominion Masonry Ltd., Sentrax Mechanical Contracting Ltd. and Chambers Electrical Corp.


Silver award-winning contractors and projects include:

  • General Contractor over $55 Million

EllisDon Corporation                                                          Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower

Ledcor                                                                                   Guildford Town Centre Redevelopment

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.                                     Surrey Pretrial Services Centre Expansion Project

  • General Contractor $15 Million to $55 Million

EllisDon Corporation                                                          TRIUMF ARIEL Main Construction

Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.                                               Marine Terminal El Boleo Mine

Graham Design-Builders                                                   Chilliwack Secondary School

  • General Contractor up to $15 Million

Ledcor                                                                                   UBC Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility

Manley Design & Construction Management Ltd.        Tonari Gumi Community Centre

Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.                                               Seabus Berthing Structures and Maintenance Facility Rehabilitation


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, Education Leadership, Safety, Outstanding Woman in Construction, Innovation and Productivity, Construction Workplace Health & Safety Innovation and the U40 Excellence in Construction Award.


Registration for this year’s Gala event opens today. VRCA members and their guests are encouraged to come celebrate and acknowledge excellence in construction on Thursday October 16th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are available now at: www.vrca.bc.ca/awards


With close to 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.

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