Best of commercial building in Greater Vancouver honoured at inaugural event |

VANCOUVER, B.C. – September 27, 2010 – A sold-out event celebrated the ‘best of commercial building’ at the inaugural Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) Commercial Building Awards, September 23, at the Renaissance Hotel.

The Woodward’s Building Redevelopment, at 100 West Hastings, won the Judges’ Choice Award for best overall of the 36 entries. Woodward’s also won the excellence award in the mixed use commercial/residential category for owner/developer Ian Gillespie of Westbank and Ben Yeung, Peterson Investment Group. Westbank and Peterson Investment Group were also winners of the excellence award in the hospitality/hotel category for the Shangri-La Vancouver hotel at 1128 West Georgia.

“We were very pleased with the excellent entries into our first-ever Commercial Building Awards and want to congratulate all the award recipients,” said Jake Moldowan, REBGV president. “The quality of our commercial buildings is a significant reason why Metro Vancouver is considered to be a world-class area.”

Award Winners:
  • The False Creek Energy Centre, 180 Spyglass Street in Vancouver, received excellence awards in both the green and industrial categories.
  • The Alhambra, 8 Water Street in Vancouver, won the commercial renovation /restoration excellence award.
  • The Rennie Art Gallery & Offices, 51 East Pender Street, owned by Bob Rennie and Carey Fouks of Rennie Marketing Systems, earned an award of merit in the commercial renovation/restoration category.
  • West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, received the excellence award in the community facility category. An award of merit in the same category went to Mountain View Cemetery at 5455 Fraser Street.
  • Refrigerative Supply Ltd., 8028 North Fraser Way in Burnaby, took an award of merit in the industrial category.
  • Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place in Vancouver, received an excellence award in the legacy category to honour Winter Olympic related projects. An award of merit went to the Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road.
  • Millennium Water: Parcel 10, 1633 Ontario Street, and London Station Phase 2, at 6033, 6077 London Road in Richmond, both received awards of merit in the mixed use commercial/residential category.
  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, 9500 Glenlyon Parkway in Burnaby, received the excellence award for the office category. A merit award was presented to DiscoveryGreen, 3383 Gilmore Way in Burnaby.

RE/MAX Commercial was the event’s main sponsor, alongside sponsors Kim The Nguyen of Homeland Realty and Western Investor. Invest Northwest Publishing Ltd. and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s Commercial Division coordinated the event.

The REBGV Commercial Division is committed to providing members with the structure and services necessary to serve the commercial real estate needs of the community. In the interest of members and the public, REBGV Commercial promotes a high standard of business practices and ethics.


The Real Estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2009, 35,669 homes changed hands in the Board's area, generating $1.49 billion in spin-off activity. The total dollar volume of residential sales transacted through the MLS® system in Greater Vancouver totalled $21.19 billion in 2009. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is an association representing more than 10,000 REALTORS® and their companies. The Board provides a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®.

For more information please contact:
Craig Munn, Assistant Manager of Communications
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Phone: (604) 730-3146