There’s gold in them thar Kamloops buildings
Members of the Canadian Home Builders Association-Central Interior won four gold Tommie Awards in Kelowna on the weekend.
Ground Sense Landscaping and the CHBA-CI/Thompson Rivers University School of Trades & Technology each won two gold awards.
Close to 400 people gathered to honour the best of the best in the residential construction industry in the Thompson-Okanagan region
Ground Sense Landscaping took the category Excellence in Landscape Design Under $50,000 — Single-Family New or Renovation for its Hillside Getaway project, as well as Excellence in Landscape Design $50,000 to $100,000 — Single-Family New or Renovation for Thompson Gardens.
Owner Jason Benson was on hand to receive his two trophies.
“It is thrilling to be acknowledged in this way,” said Benson.
“It validates my work and philosophy to provide the best most creative solutions in landscape design for my clients.”
CHBA-Central Interior and TRU won Best Public Private Partnership for the Green Dream Home in a tie with Philip MacDonald Architect Inc.
The Partnership also won for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Environmental Consideration and Energy Efficiency for the Green Dream Home.
CHBA-CI first vice-president Brian Hayashi said: “The Equilibrium Demonstration Home Project [Green Dream Home] was by far the most ambitious undertaking of CHBA-CI and TRU School of Trades and Technology.
“We were fortunate to have involved other university departments and our own members to ensure we had the technical expertise to successfully complete the project.
“Award wins like the two we won at the Tommies this year emphasize the innovative nature of not only the project, but also the partners,” Hayashi added.