Award Categories

Award for Excellence in...

1. Mixed Use

A building or building complex containing residential and/or hotel, plus one additional use

2. Industrial

Predominantly industrial use. Can include strata

3. Commercial/Retail/Office

A building or building complex containing retail/commercial and/or office use

4. Ground Oriented Housing

Single, duplex, or townhouse (including stacked), typically 2-3 stories with individual exterior access to each home. This category must have a minimum of 10 homes to qualify

5. Urban Residential

Multi-family building (4-12 stories) in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, North Shore

6. Suburban Residential

Multi-family building (4-12 stories) everywhere else, including balance of Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley and the Okanagan.

7. Urban High-rise Residential

Multi- family building (13 stories or more) in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, North Shore

8. Suburban High-rise Residential

Multi-family building (13 stories or more) everywhere else, including balance of Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan

9. Multi-family Market Rental

This represents purpose-built market rental and may include ground floor commercial space

10. Multi-Phase/Master Planned Community

Phase 1 must be complete and the project must have 3 phases or more. Comprehensively designed community

11. Innovation

Any project featuring extraordinary and innovative social, economic and environmental components that go above and beyond the sustainability requirements imposed by legislation. May include heritage restoration

12. Non-market Housing

Any multi-family residential project designed in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, government health authorities and ministries and community groups that provides a residential assisted housing option for the social good. May include seniors housing, low income and/or assisted housing, co-op housing, SRO, student housing, and other alternative housing forms

13. Public Art

Any development project with a public art component that significantly enhances the use of public/private space

14. Best of the Fraser Valley

Surrey to Chilliwack and Pitt Meadows to Mission, including Harrison

Any category above

15. Best of Vancouver Island

Any category above

16. Best of the Okanagan

Any category above

The following special categories are not open for submission. The winners will be chosen by either a jury panel or by the readers of the Vancouver Sun

The Maureen Enser Future Leader Award

An individual under 40 years of age who has best shown leadership, vision and made significant contributions in the last two years which have improved their company, the industry and the municipalities they work in

Readers’ Choice Award

The Vancouver Sun will select several projects from the Awards submissions and its readers will vote for their favourite

Best in Show

The jury will select the most outstanding project from all the category winners