VICTORIA, B.C. — The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) has announced the winners of this year’s VICA Awards. The awards celebrate the highest achievements of the Island’s construction industry
“We are proud to showcase and celebrate the contributions and achievements of VICA member companies with our inaugural awards,” said Rory Kulmala, CEO of VICA, in a statement.
“This year, we saw over 50 exceptional submissions. The 2019 VICA Award recipients have demonstrated their commitment to our industry and local communities by embracing quality, innovation, and client satisfaction.”
The VICA Member of the Year award went to Victoria-based Rob Tournour Masonry (RTM) for its international charity efforrts like, Another Brick in Nepal. The company sent a small team assist Nepalese rebuild schools after a crippling 2015 earthquake. The company also gives to local programs and clubs throughout the year.
“Rob Tournour Masonry strongly believes that it is our responsibility to support the arts, community sports teams and, for over 15 years, the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria,” said Rob Tournour, president of RTM, in a statement. “We have also always believed in promoting the masonry trade and construction in general through our involvement with VICA and we are humbled and very proud to be the recipients of the first ever VICA Member of The Year award.”
Kinetic Construction snagged the top award for General Contractor over $10 Million for the Yello on Yates apartment project in Victoria. The General Contractor Up To $10 Million was awarded to Saywell Contracting for the Nuutsumuut Lelum (Nanaimo Passive House) project. The Trade Contractor Award was presented to Olde Country Masonry for the Union Club Building Renovation.
“As constructors, everything we do, the energy we expend, and the efforts we make, are converted into a physical entity that remains for many years to come,” said Tom Plumb, president of Kinetic Construction, in a statement.
“When we get the opportunity to help create a building that adds to the city, provides a great use, and is aesthetically pleasing, it is a further reward for us and it’s wonderful when it’s recognized by your peers and the community.”