Kamloops stood out as a beacon among the construction industry's shining stars during the prestigious Georgie Awards gala held by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of B.C. on Saturday night in Vancouver.
Three Kamloops projects took home awards during the 21st annual event, which are provincial in scope and aim to showcase the high standards of CHBA B.C. member companies.
Local developer Mibroc Group, which has won Georgie Awards in the past, beat several large companies, including Genex Development Corporation and Hungerford Group, to win the 2012 best multi-family low-rise development award for its Paloma development, a Sun Rivers golf resort community.
Mibroc was also a finalist for a Grand Georgie this year, the custom homebuilder of the year category.
Nicki Rhonner, executive assistant to Mibroc Group president Darryl Caunt, said the company employs fewer than 20 staff members at both its main office and sales centre.
And that staff accomplishes visionary feats with hard work.
"This is the first time Kamloops has ever offered resort-style condominium living. It was an unmet need in the market," she said.
"It's nice to receive recognition for our hard work. A Georgie Award also shows recognition for building a superior product."
With more than 500 entries, this year's awards attracted so many high-calibre projects, it was hard for judges to choose the finalists and winners, stated a CHBA B.C. press release.
"This just goes to show that British Columbia's residential construction industry — whether big business or small — continues to raise the bar of quality and excellence in B.C.'s homes," said CHBA B.C. president Nathan Stone.
Also lauded for best public-private partnership was CHBA Central Interior's 2012 Training House with Thompson Rivers University's School of Trades and Technology.
The 21st annual partnership provided hands-on opportunities for first-year students in construction, electrical and plumbing. The students do the foundation and rough work and the Canadian Home Builders' Association member contractors finish the home.
For the last 18 years, the finished home was sold to the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA for its Dream Home Lottery fundraiser benefiting community endeavours.
And finally, Kamloops outfit DW Builders won the best residential renovation $300,000 to $499,000 for the Isfeld Residence.
"This year's Georgie Awards winners showcase the culture of imagination and ingenuity that only grows stronger throughout our province each year," said Stone.
"From Vancouver Island to Whistler, from the Okanagan to the Interior, the winners and the finalists continue to show us that B.C. is a true leader when it comes to excellence in the residential construction industry."