Riverwalk Centre in Courtenay Features Loft-Style Condos and Commercial Space

Posted on Jan 5, 2018

Courtenay’s new Riverwalk Centre is a mixed used building, featuring 16 unique modern condominiums with lofts all featuring views of the mountains or of the river and ocean. These loft-style homes are located on the upper floor of the building. The ground and mezzanine floor are zoned to accommodate commercial and office space.

The unique design of this building makes it a first of its kind in Courtenay. The developer, Highstreet Ventures Inc. (Scott Butler) along with partners Don Bell and Matt Butler of Traine Construction Ltd and one other investor have built four projects in Courtenay, including The Tides, a 45-unit condo project alongside the river, a Holiday Inn Express on Cliffe Ave and the recently constructed and sold out 71-unit residential condominium project called Riverstone.

Highstreet Ventures Inc. has jsut been honoured by PROFIT 500 on its 29th annual ranking of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.

The residential units are all designed differently, ranging in size from 551 sq. ft. to 1,101 sq. ft. There are 16 floor plans to choose from and the prices range from $229,000 to $399,900. Some of the features include: 15’ ceilings; large 7’ tall windows in every home; loft bedrooms that open to the living room below; open concept kitchen, dining, and living space, quartz countertops in the kitchens and bath; large format tile flooring throughout; and Energy Star stainless steel appliances and range hood exhaust fan.

Sliding barn style bedroom doors are featured in premium suites. There is a large shared rooftop patio for all residents to share. These units are expected to be released for sale on Jan. 6, 2018, with occupancy expected in February 2018.

Tenants who have purchased office/commercial space on the main floor include chiropractors, therapists and mortgage
brokers. Other tenants have expressed interest in the building. To date, there are three spaces left, ranging in size from
881 sq. ft. to 2,900 sq. ft., with prices ranging from $242 to $252 per sq. ft. to purchase the office space.

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Two New Hospitals Opening This Fall on the North Island

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Residents of the North Island will be visiting their new hospitals soon as both campuses in Campbell River and Courtenay are set to open in the next few weeks.

The 153-bed Comox Valley campus in Courtenay will have an expanded emergency room, surgical care space and University of BC academic teaching space.

In Campbell River, the 95-bed campus will include larger single-patient rooms with more private space for patients and their families, a larger emergency department and a bigger maternity ward, with two large birthing rooms to accommodate extended family.

The new hospitals in Campbell River and Courtenay were opened to the public for open houses in August and approximately 4,000 people turned out for self-guided tours of the North Island Hospital campuses. There is an excitement about the new hospitals for residents, staff and volunteers.

The $606.2 million North Island Hospitals Project includes a $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay on Lerwick Road near Ryan Road, and a $274.5 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital on the existing hospital site.

Construction of the new hospitals created an estimated 2,200 direct jobs and more than 1,400 indirect jobs over the life of the project.

The economic and social benefits of the North Island Hospitals Project extend well beyond job numbers, said NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow.

He notes the project to date has purchased $165 million worth of equipment, products and services from a wide range of Island suppliers.

The North Island Hospitals Project has been recognized as one of BC’s ‘Champions of Apprenticeship’ by the Industry Training Authority, which funds skilled trades training in BC. The North Island Hospitals Project won another award for innovation excellence. The project’s design builder, Graham, won Gold in the ‘Builder/General Contractor Commercial over $500 million’ category at the Constructech Vision awards in Chicago August 18, 2016.The award is from Chicago-based Constructech Magazine, which celebrates the places “where construction and technolog converge.”

The North Island Hospital’s Campbell River campus is projected to open on September 10, 2017 and the Comox Valley campus on October 1, 2017.

Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links.
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Graham Cooke and Associates to Redesign the Campbell River Golf and Country Club

Posted on Aug 5, 2017

The new owners of the Campbell River Golf and Country Club, formerly Sequoia Springs, are focusing on what they are calling The Grand Plan 2018.

The course redesign is underway and is being undertaken by one of Canada’s leading golf course design firms, Graham Cooke and Associates.

2017 will see the start of the revitalization process, including the opening of the new SANDTRAP Restaurant & Lounge.

Spring of 2018 will see the grand opening of the redesigned course, a new state-of-the-art driving range and practice area, elegant banquet facilities, meeting rooms, and multiple dining options.

Staff are available in the pro shop to discuss the proposed changes and to receive feedback from the public.

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Investment in Non-Residential Building Construction up in Q2 2017

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Investment in non-residential construction totalled $12.4 billion in Canada in the second quarter, up 0.3% from the previous quarter. This increase follows three consecutive declines. Nationally, the gain was the result of an increase in spending on the construction of industrial and commercial buildings.

Overall, six provinces posted increases in the second quarter, with Ontario reporting the largest upturn, followed by British Columbia and New Brunswick. In British Columbia, the gain in non-residential construction was mainly the result of higher spending on commercial buildings. Spending on commercial buildings increased by 0.4% to $7.2 billion in the second quarter, led by office building and retail building construction.

Read the full report from Statistics Canada.

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VIREB Commercial Building Awards Finalists Announced

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

The 10th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards Finalists have been announced. The awards are set for April 20 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

More than 50 projects were eligible this year for the awards, which celebrate the best in commercial, community and industrial buildings north of the Malahat on Vancouver Island which were completed between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016. There are 30 finalists in 12 categories in these awards: Community, Institutional, Multi-Family Apartment, Multi-Family Townhome, Non-Market Housing, Retail, Retail Automotive, Retail Renovation, Industrial, Industrial Renovation, Hospitality and Green.


The 2016 Judges’ Choice Award Winner for Best Overall Entry was the Blue Grouse Winery building in Duncan.

Finalists are, by community:

Port Hardy: Port Hardy Inn.

Campbell River: Evergreen Senior’s Housing Phase 3, FYi Doctors Renovation, Willow Point, Mariner’s Landing.

Comox Valley: Greaves Crescent Custom Restoration Shop, City of Courtenay Fire Training Facility, Mayorsthorne Lane, The Ambleside Phase I, and Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church.

Duncan/Cowichan Valley: Galaxy Motors, Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, The Aerie Resort.

Nanaimo: Cassidy Country Kitchen (Cassidy), BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Community Animal Centre, BCAA Auto Service Centre, Dickinson Crossing Restoration, Dover Ridge, JRE Hardware Inc. Building, K.D. Beausoleil & Company office, Landing Liquor Store, Pacific Station Townhomes Phase One, St. Paul’s Centre for Ministry and Community Service, Timberwood Trail, Tulsa Views, Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill Offices, Quality Foods Northdridge, Stirling Heights.

Parksville: Chinook Scaffold Warehouse, Guy Garages.

Port Alberni: The Thunderbird, Port Alberni Friendship Centre.

This event sells out early, so tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 17. Tickets for the awards are $125 and are available at www.businessexaminer.ca/events.

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