LSTAR Celebrates Excellence in Commercial Real Estate with the Don Smith Commercial Building Awards

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2017 Don Smith Commercial Building Awards. Recipients were honoured on April 23, 2018, at the London Convention Centre.

The biannual reception and awards ceremony recognize the top commercial, industrial, multi-family and community buildings across the LSTAR region. The program was named after the late Don Smith, legendary co-founder of EllisDon, a world-renowned construction company with deep roots in London, Ontario.

"The awards were established in 2009 to inspire the architectural and construction community to honour commercial building excellence across the region," said John Geha, LSTAR. "This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize the outstanding talent, innovation and design by the developer, construction and architectural businesses who create these amazing buildings across the region," he added.

Categories include Commercial (retail and office), Industrial, Multi-family and Institutional (community). A judging panel evaluates the projects, with the following criteria:

  • Building, development or renovation located within LSTAR’s jurisdiction
  • Design and innovation
  • Addresses a specific developmental need within the community
  • Sensitive to the environment
  • Completed between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2017

The 2017 winners are:

  • Multi-FamilyVillas of Wortley (Architect: The TRICAR Group; Developer/Owner: The TRICAR Group; General Contractor: The TRICAR Group)
    Villas of Wortley Entrance

  • Industrial NewSodecia Global Technology and Innovation Centre (Architect: Endri Poletti Architect Inc.; Developer/Owner: Sodecia GTAC; General Contractor: Prime Design Build)
    Sodecia Global Technology and Innovation Centre

  • Industrial RenovationElemex Architectural Façade Systems (Architect: James Macdonald Architects; Developer/Owner: ALM Building Limited; General Contractor: ALM Building Limited)
    Elemex Architectural Facade Systems

  • Commercial GreenWest Five – The Sifton Centre (Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects; Developer/Owner: Sifton Properties Limited; General Contractor: D. Grant Construction Limited)
    West Five - The Sifton Centre

  • Commercial NewGoodLife Home Office (Architect: Petroff Partnership Architects; Developer/Owner: ESAM Construction Limited; General Contractor: McKay-Cocker Construction)
    Good Life Home Office

  • Commercial Retail RenovationMasonville Place Renovations (Architect: Petroff Partnership Architects; Developer/Owner: Cadillac Fairview Corporation; General Contractor: EllisDon Corporation)
    Masonville Place Renovations

  • Commercial RepurposeThe Cube – Talbot Street (Architect: zed Architecture; Developer/Owner: York Developments; General Contractor: York Developments)
    The Cube - Talbot Street

  • Institutional EducationSt. John Catholic Elementary French Immersion (Cornerstone Architecture Incorporated; Developer/Owner: London District Catholic School Board; General Contractor: Norlon Builders London Limited)
    St. John Catholic Elementary French Immersion School

  • Institutional Education Post-SecondaryFIMS and Nursing Building, Western University (Architect: Tillmann Ruth Robinson Inc.; Developer/Owner: Western University; General Contractor: Norlon Builders London Limited)
    FIMS and Nursing Building - Western University

  • Community InstitutionalViolence Against Women, Services Elgin County (Architect: Cornerstone Architecture Incorporated; Developer/Owner: Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County; General Contractor: Bronnenco Construction Ltd.)
    Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County

This year the program featured a new award, the Legacy Award, which recognizes any building that is unique and/or significant to the London and St. Thomas jurisdiction. The Legacy Award winners are:

  • Public SectorThe Elgin County Courthouse (Owner: The Ministry of the Attorney General)

    Elgin Court House

  • Private SectorThe London Life Building (Owner: The London Life Insurance Company)

    London Life Insurance Company

The 2017 Don Smith Commercial Building Awards were made possible through LSTAR's sponsorship partners, who included: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), CBRE Limited, CIBC, Colliers International, County of Elgin, Dancor Construction, EllisDon Corporation, Fanshawe College, Lennar Corporation, Lexus of London, Libro Credit Union, London Hydro, London Life, MMSI, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), Pillar to Post, RBC Royal Bank, Royal LePage Triland Realty, Supra, TD Canada Trust, Teranet, Tricar Group and Zillow. 

About LSTAR Regional Commercial Council

The Regional Commercial Council (RCC) of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® is committed to assisting its Members to succeed in commercial real estate. The Council came into effect on March 24, 2004.

The Council's mandate is to:

  • Represent the interests of its membership;
  • Contribute to the Council Members' professional development and expertise;
  • Develop recommendations on matters of public policy of a commercial nature and forward to appropriate authorities; and
  • Foster co-operation in the exchange of information among Council Members.

In pursuing its mandate, the Council recognizes that the Board of Directors has the primary responsibility and authority to manage LSTAR's affairs and agrees to conduct its activities in such a way as to avoid conflict or duplication.