Phil Algra (right) of Algra Bros. Developments accepted the Judges’ Choice Award for the Flatiron Building in Abbotsford during the 2017 Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards held Thursday night at the Cascades convention centre in downtown Langley. Troy Landreville Black Press

Flatiron big winner at Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards

Top developments in the region recognized at downtown Langley event on Thursday night

An Abbotsford development received huge accolades during a building awards event in downtown Langley Thursday night.

The Flatiron Building in Abbotsford won the Judges’ Choice Best Overall Entry at the seventh annual Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards, held on Nov. 2 at the Cascades convention centre.

Flatiron, at 2539 Montrose Avenue was an Algra Bros. Developments project, and also won the Retail Category.

The awards noted that the building’s distinctive design creates a landmark entrance to historic downtown Abbotsford.

“It is ‘infill’ on a long-empty site known as ‘the hole’ which brought the addition of four new shop fronts along South Fraser Way and Montrose Avenue that creates a walking corridor between South Fraser Way and (the) downtown core. The building has attracted two new businesses to historic downtown,” it’s noted.

Another Algra Bros. project, Brixton Station in Chilliwack, won the Award of Excellence in rowhomes.

There were categories in the annual celebration acknowledging the best in commercial, industrial and revenue-producing buildings from Delta to Chilliwack completed between Jan. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017.

There were 31 finalists.

Black Press is a Platinum Sponsor of the event, and Gold Sponsors are Re/MAX Commercial, MNP, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Commercial Division. Category sponsors are WoodWORKS!BC, Schreder Brothers Real Estate Group of Royal LePage Wolstencroft, Greensheet Construction Review and Invest Northwest Publishing Ltd.

Other Award of Excellence Winners in their categories were:

Apartments: Chorus Apartments – 2358 153 St., Surrey. Developer/General Contractor: Marcon Developments Ltd. Architect/Designer: Ankenman Associates Architects Inc.

• Industrial: Hayer Business Centre – 19180 – 36 Ave., Surrey. Developer: Hayer Builders Group. Architect/Designer: Taylor Kurtz. General Contractor: Integrated Construction.

• Institutional: Surrey Memorial Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit – 13750 96 Ave. Architect/Designer: Kirsten Reite Architecture. General Contractor: Kinetic Construction Ltd.

• Mixed Use: Sky Banquet & Convention Centre – 6680 152A St., Surrey. Developer/General Contractor: Jagpal Development Ltd. Architect/Designer: WG Architecture Inc.

Multi Family: The Place On Park Avenue – 20458 Park Ave. Langley. Developer: JMC Properties Ltd. Architect/Designer: Points West Architecture. General Contractor: MDM Construction (2012) Co. Ltd.

Retail Renovation: Fraser 206 – 20627, 20631, 20633 Fraser Highway, Langley. Developer/Designer: Elevate Development Corp. General Contractor: West Coast Building Restoration Inc.

Rowhomes: Brixton Station – 45554 Tamihi Way, Chilliwack. Developer/General Contractor/Architect/ Designer: Algra Bros. Developments.

Shopping Centres: Tsawwassen Mills Mall – 5000 Canoe Pass Way. Developer: Ivanhoe Cambridge. Architect/Designer: Stantec. General Contractor: Ledcor Construction Ltd.

Social Housing: Hearthstone Place – 2719 Gladys Ave., Abbotsford. Architect/Designer: CHP Architects. General Contractor: Mierau Contractors Ltd.

Townhomes: Parallel North – 1968 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford. Developer/General Contractor: Diverse Properties & Diverse Construction Ltd. Architect/Designer: Focus Architecture.

Wood Construction: Meridian Condominiums – 5363 201 St., Langley. Owner: L&R Joint Ventures Ltd. Architect/Designer: Keystone Architecture & Planning Ltd.

Awards of Merit (runner-up) went to:

Industrial: VIP Soap Products Ltd. of Mission and Peterbilt Surrey.

Multi Family: Lot Living of Langley.

Rowhomes: Cambridge Walk of Surrey.

Townhomes: Eagle’s Gate of Abbotsford.

Hearthstone Place in Abbotsford received accolades in the Social Housing category.

It’s noted in the awards booklet that, “CHP Architects worked closely with BC Housing to create a refreshing residence for marginalized members of the community. The contention of the low-barrier housing is mitigated by creating architecture that is pleasant and integrates into the adjacent built environment.”

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