Saanich construction firm nets commercial award

Speed Street’s Brizo 19 named best new condo at Victoria Real Estate Board’s Commercial Building Awards

Speed Street’s Brizo 19 condominium development earned a Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award for Saanich’s Mike Geric Construction.

A pair of Mike Geric Construction projects were recognized for their innovation and community contribution at the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Commercial Building Awards earlier this month.

Though Geric generally builds within the boundaries of Saanich, its 606 Speed St. (Victoria) development, Brizo 19, was named the best in the condominium/new construction category. It beat out Geric’s major development underway in Royal Oak, the Travino, a finalist in the same category.

“We’re a growing company with a lot of exciting projects on the go, so it’s wonderful to take a moment and celebrate some recent achievements,” said Ed Geric, president of Mike Geric Construction.

Brizo 19 was completed in 2014, a 19-unit, low-rise building that uses wood construction that sits about one block south of Saanich on Speed Street, off of Douglas Street.

It’s four storeys high with three townhomes and 16 condo units of studios and two bedroom, plus den.

All sold in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.

Brito has been celebrated for kicking off a revitalization of the Speed Street neighbourhood. The lofts, condos and townhomes are uniquely positioned at a 45-degree angle to create a seamless connection with neighbouring properties and streetscape. It also has an irregular roof line to give six of the units a rooftop deck. All of the units have spacious outdoor decks or ground-floor patios, with a common area rooftop deck.

The dead-end, tree-lined street falls in the Mayfair area within walking distance to the Mayfair shopping centre and several other shops, services, restaurants and transit.

“I’m very proud of Brizo 19 and I’m honoured the careful design and planning that went into this unique building has been recognized,” Geric said. “I’ve expressed my sincere thanks to the whole team at Mike Geric Construction for their commitment to our vision of building inventive, high-quality homes that make our community vibrant.”

The Travino completed its first phase in early 2015 and phase two (of five) is currently under construction.

Mike Geric Construction has been building homes and developments in Saanich and Victoria since 1968, with more than 1,500 homes in total.

VREB’s Annual Commercial Building Awards competition recognizes developers, architects, designers, builders, owners and financiers for enhancing commercial real estate stock, for stimulating urban renewal, and for the risks they undertake to build and renovate commercial space within our community.

 

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