The nomination deadline for the 9th Annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards competition is fast approaching, and organizers are anticipating the number of entries this year to exceed those of last year’s event.

New institutional, commercial, industrial building, multi/single family, recreational or renovation projects located within these regions and completed between July 31, 2016 and July 31, 2017 are eligible for a Commercial Building Award, with the Gala Celebration set for September 28 in Kelowna.

This event recognizes the winning efforts of the Thompson, Okanagan and Kootenay regions’ new institutional, commercial, industrial building, multi/single family, recreational or renovation projects located from Kamloops to Osoyoos, and from Revelstoke to Fernie. 

The deadline for accepting nominations is August 11, providing the project was completed by July 31 this year.

The Okanagan College Trades Complex building was the 2016 Judges’ Choice best overall entry.

“This has been a busier year for commercial and industrial construction in the region,” notes Mark MacDonald, President of Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan newspaper, which coordinates the event. “So we’re expecting to have a larger pool of entries, from which our team of judges will determine the winners. There are always some extra intriguing and fascinating projects that are entered.”

Sponsors include The Southern Interior Construction Association, Black Press and Greensheet Construction Data.

Each submission will now be judged by a team of independent judges on the categories noted below, using the following criteria: Does it complement the surrounding properties and area?; Is it esthetically pleasing?; Are there unique architectural features?; What is the level of finish (choice in construction materials)?; Does it answer a specific development need within the community?; Does it contribute to a healthy, sustainable community?; Does it have any environmentally friendly or green elements for possible consideration?

The categories for this year’s awards include: Mixed use (commercial/residential); Wood; Civil (roads, bridges and infrastructure); Community Institutional (includes Church/ Schools/Government Facilities); Retail/Shopping Centres; Office; Community Recreational; Senior’s Housing; Industrial; Multi Family / Single Family; Hospitality-Hotels/Motels; Recreational/Resort; Commercial renovation/Restoration; and Green.

For Nomination Forms, or for further information about the event or sponsorship, contact Mark MacDonald at Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan at

To download a nomination form, click here.