Victoria Home Builders Association

September 18, 2013 11:00 ET

2013 Care Awards Celebrate Finest West Coast Homes

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2013) - Members of the Victoria Home Builders Association (VHBA) gathered to celebrate the finest in West Coast design and construction at the 2013 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence Awards (CARE Awards), Fairmont Empress Hotel on Saturday, Sept 14. The event was attended by about 230 builders, renovators, designers, trades and suppliers.

MC's Astrid Braunschmidt and Andrew Johnson from CTV Vancouver Island announced the winners of 51 awards including the popular Project of the Year and People's Choice Award.

The night's big winner was The 'Dwell' on Despard by Urban Core Ventures winning six Gold CARE Awards including Project of the Year.

James View Residence by GT Mann Contracting Ltd captured the People's Choice Award, chosen by consumers casting ballots for their favourite CARE Awards project on display during the summer at Mayfair Shopping Centre, The Bay Centre and online at

"Congratulations to the CARE Awards Gold winners combining exceptional craftsmanship with environmental sustainability," says Cam Hayward, Chair of the 2013 CARE Awards. "All of these projects demonstrate the range of possibilities for today's consumers considering a new home or renovation."

Other multiple Gold winners include Zebra Design, Città Group, BTH Construction Ltd., Method Built Homes, Christopher Developments Inc., Terry Johal Developments Ltd., GT Mann Contracting Ltd., Maximilian Huxley Construction Ltd., Falcon Heights Contracting, and Coastal Construction.

Green Builder of the Year - Large Volume was awarded to Limona Construction Ltd. and Green Builder of the Year - Small Volume was won by BTH Construction Ltd. Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bob Harris, R.N. Harris Homes Ltd. for many contributions to the industry including expertise in energy efficient and sustainable housing. Best Heritage Project was awarded to Princess Avenue by Mike Graham Construction Ltd. for preserving Victoria's architecture and craftsmanship. VHBA President Wilf Gorter won the Building Better Futures Community Award for leadership promoting professionalism, interests of consumers, and housing affordability.

The Herman Rebneris Student Carpentry Award was presented this year to two students - Patricia Marx and Quinn Mottershead. A new Student Design Award to recognize the importance of residential design went to Vanessa Lloyd. Each student receives $500 to further their education.

"The CARE Awards is the premier housing awards event celebrating the very best in West Coast design and construction," says Casey Edge, Executive Director, Victoria Home Builders Association. "The public will enjoy viewing all of these exceptional projects."

Gold winners will appear in the upcoming 2013 CARE Awards colour supplement in the Times Colonist on Saturday October 12 and the November edition of Western Living Magazine. Gold and Silver projects will appear online starting October 4 at

The Gold winners are, in the opinion of the judges, the very best projects incorporating specific criteria including unique design, function, creative use of space, compatibility with the environment, energy efficiency, effective land use, and cost.

The Victoria Home Builders Association is an independent association of builders, renovators, designers, trades and suppliers. For a complete list of CARE Awards winners visit

The Victoria Home Builders Association appreciates the generous support of the following 2013 CARE Awards Sponsors:

GOLD Coast Capital Savings; FortisBC; McLaren Properties Ltd.;
National Home Warranty Group Inc.; Telus; Travelers Insurance Company of Canada
SILVER Victoria Real Estate Board
MEDIA CTV; Shaw Communications; Times Colonist; Western Living Magazine

Contact Information

  • Victoria Home Builders Association
    Casey Edge
    Executive Director

    Victoria Home Builders Association
    Debra Dahlgren
    Manager of Events and Administration