Graham Design Builders has been recognized for the excellent work constructing Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

Graham Design Builders has been recognized for the excellent work constructing Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

VJH builders earn award

Graham Design Builders earns silver construction award for Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Kelowna General

  • Aug. 12, 2012 4:00 p.m.

One of Vernon’s largest construction projects has won a silver medal of excellence.

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has announced the silver award winners for the 24th annual Awards of Excellence, a premier industry event honouring the region’s construction leaders.

Graham Design Builders has earned the award for the Vernon and Kelowna hospital projects in the General Contractor Over $40 Million category.

Three winners were selected in most categories for their use of innovative techniques, new materials or exceptional project management and each will receive a silver award. Gold winners will be announced at the 24th Annual VRCA Awards of Excellence gala dinner Oct. 17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“The Silver Award winners are true leaders in the industry,” said Keith Sashaw, Vancouver Regional Construction Association President. “They all represent companies that were able to bring projects of the highest calibre in on time and on budget.”

The total number of entrants and projects considered in this year’s competition is up over last year, rising from 218 entrants and 43 projects in 2011 to 267 entrants and 67 projects in 2012. Over the 24 years the competition has been in place, the value of the projects has grown tremendously, and the total value of projects considered in this year’s competition represented $2 billion of construction throughout B.C., up 60 per cent from last year’s total, showing that the impact of the 2009 economic downturn on the competition is over with many top quality projects in contention.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the high quality of the projects nominated, and have decided to introduce a new category to the competition this year,” said Tony Everett, chair of the adjudication committee. “The Heritage Restoration Award will recognize outstanding accomplishments in the restoration of British Columbia’s heritage buildings, a truly important contribution to our province’s legacy.”