Langley builders light up awards shortlist

A list of developers and contractors are finalists for the home builders’ annual Georgie Awards.

It’s like the Oscar awards for the housing industry.

The nominations have been announced for the Georgie Awards, awards given out by the Canadian Home Builders Association of B.C., and a few Langley developments have made the finalist list.

Fort Langley’s Modern Blend project by My House Design/Build Team Ltd. is a contender in the custom home category for homes valued between $900,000 and $1,299,999. (See photos below)

Likewise, the Larger than Life project in Langley, has earned Homestar Building Corporation and Sarah Gallop Designs a number of shortlist position, including in the category for custom homes valued at $1.9 to $3 million, the best single-family kitchen valued at more than $100,000, the best master suite (new or renovated), best renovation of any room, and best outdoor living space (new or renovation). (See more photos below)

Zetter Place in Willougby has also earned Lanstone Homes Ltd. and Area3 Design Studio a few finalist position, including for the best new multi-family kitchen, the best interior design display suite, and the best project identity. (See photos below)

Willoughby’s Everly Green, a project by StreetSide Developments (a Qualico company), has also been shortlisted for best project identity, best advertising campaign, best sales centre, best corporate/project website, and best marketing campaign of the year.

Also from Langley’s Yorkson neighbourhood, the Gabriola Park (phases 1 and 2) earned Royale Properties (and associates at Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing and Red 5 Design) a spot on the shortlist for best advertising campaign, best sales centre, best corporate/project website, beste marketing campaign of the year, and best residential community of the year.

While the finalists were announced last week, the winners won’t be crowned until mid March at a Georgie gala in Vancouver.

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Britco name changes

Speaking of the building trade, there’s a few other tidbits of news coming out of Langley.

Britco Construction announced that, after 40 years in the modular construction industry, they have changed their name to Metric Modular.

“We’re very excited about our new name. We’ve been through a lot of changes this past year and our new name is a fresh start that we can all rally behind,” said Metric Modular’s pPresident Stephen Branch.

Earlier in 2017, the permanent modular construction division of Britco became part of the Triple M Group of Companies under the name Britco Construction.

Meanwhile, the rentals division was purchased by the Black Diamond Group, and continues to do business as Britco.

Although they have a new name, the team at Metric Modular will continue to lean on its 40 years of experience to build hotels, townhouses, apartment buildings, permanent offices, classrooms and workforce accommodations with the same team of experts, Branch said.

“We chose the name Metric Modular because the word metric is synonymous with a system of precision and a focus on attention to detail, which aligns perfectly with our measured approach to modular construction,” he added.

“This meticulous methodology allows us to de-risk projects, carefully control project timelines and enables our customers to see a faster ROI on their building investment.”

With modular construction facilities in Agassiz and Penticton, Metric Modular is an innovative, award-winning company and is currently looking to hire additional production employees at both locations.

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Giving the gift of warmth

Another long-time trades company in Langley, Gandy Installations, has kicked off its fourth annual blanket drive.

Just a few weeks ago, I told you about all the winter woolies initiatives taken on by the local realtors and builders, well here’s one coming from Gandy.

This winter they’re once again partnering with Blanket BC and collecting blankets for more than 75 different shelters around the province.

Until Dec. 15, they’re collecting blankets at their local office on 62nd Avenue (just off 204th Street). In exchange, they’re offering a $5 discount off services.

“Help Gandy give the gift of warmth this winter and donate a blanket today,” said Shannon Gandy.

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Lauding good deeds

Speaking of kindness and giving, Mr. Mikes Steakhouse is once again wanting to hear of local organizations worthy of acknowledgement and reward.

For the fifth year running, their running their Deeds Well Done program in 37 communities across Canada.

Until Dec. 31, guests are encouraged to nominate a registered charity in their community that they feel deserves some extra love this holiday season.

One registered charity in each community receives $500 from the franchise.

Deeds Well Done was launched in 2013 to inspire people in each Mr. Mikes market to reflect on what’s truly important during the holiday season as well as give back to their community.

The 2016 Deeds Well Done program resulted in $16,000 donated to local charities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with 253 nominations collected from 32 communities.

“The holiday season is about supporting those in need, and Deeds Well Done highlights the wonderful people who give back to their communities,” said Mike Cordoba, CEO of RAMMP Hospitality Brands Inc. – the parent company behind Mr. Mikes.

“We remain dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work, and Deeds Well Done is an opportunity to highlight the charitable organizations that are helping those living in these communities thrive.”

Charity nominations can be made by visiting www.deedswelldone.com.

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New guy behind the wheel

There’s a new man at the helm of the province’s trucking industry – or he will be soon.

Dave Earle will take over as president and CEO of the Langley-based BC Trucking Association (BCTA) in early January.

BCTA is a province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers.

Founded in 1913, BCTA is recognized as the voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing more than 1,200 truck and bus fleets and more than 250 suppliers to the industry.

BCTA members operate more than 13,000 vehicles, employ 26,000 people, and generate more than $2 billion in revenue annually in the province.

Most recently, Earle was a vice president with the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC, and before that was with the provincial Ministry of Labour’s employers’ advisors office.

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Chamber visits escape rooms

Members of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce can test their problem-solving skills in one of Langley’s newest recreation and entertainment establishments.

The chamber’s frequent After Hours Mixer is being held next week at the Exit Room on Willowbrook Drive.

It has a series of escape room – a very popular pastime for people.

The mixer is being hosted by RBC, and will provide a unique networking opportunity.

Tours will be offered, and people can take selfies using Exit’s props and signs. These events feature complimentary appetizers and beverages. It is free, but pre-registration through the chamber office is required at 604-371-3770 or info@langleychamber.com.

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