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New Westminster names nominees of Royal City Builders Awards

Buildings in neighbourhoods from Queensborough to Sapperton are in the running for Royal City Builders' Awards.

Buildings in neighbourhoods from Queensborough to Sapperton are in the running for Royal City Builders' Awards.

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Westminster have announced nominees for the 41st Annual Royal City Builders Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in modern development, heritage preservation, accessibility improvements and sustainability.

The Heritage Awards recognize efforts to preserve New Westminster's heritage through restoration and renovation of existing homes, as well as new construction.

Four properties are in the running for the Exterior Heritage Restoration, also known as the Heritage Shield: 218 St Patrick St.; 230 Third Ave; 309 Pine St.; and 626 10th St.

Nominees for Exterior Heritage Renovation are: 53 Seventh Ave.; 214 Sixth Ave.; 429 Second St.; 1026 London St.; and 1402 10th Ave.

The Royal City Builders Awards also recognize New Home Construction that Respects New Westminster Heritage. The nominees in this category are: 214 Regina St.; 216 Anthony Crt.; 247 Eighth Ave.; 307 Fourth Ave.; and 624 10th St.

The Modern Awards acknowledge architects, designers and builders of residential, commercial, and institutional development in New Westminster.

Nominees in the Modern Residential category are: 213 Fourth Ave.; 225 Francis Way (The Whitaker at Victoria Hill); 230 Salter St. (Flow at Port Royal); 240 to 290 Ross Dr. (The Grove at Victoria Hill); 210 to 252 Brookes St. (Marmalade Sky at Port Royal); and 39 Sixth St. (The Quantum).

In the Commercial Renovation category, the nominees are: 202 East Columbia St. (Take Five Caf); 530 Columbia St. (The Columbia); 350 Gifford St. (the VIP room at Starlight Casino); 280 East Columbia St. (TD Canada Trust); 649 Front St. (The Wine Factory); and several business in River Market at 810 Quayside Dr. (Crepe Des Amis; Network Hub; Paddle Wheeler Liquor Store; Wild Rice; Pattison Architecture; and Tre Galli Gelato Boardwalk Caf.)

The Modern Commercial category features four nominees: 200 East Columbia St. (Brewery District Building #2); 846 20th St. (7-Eleven); 805 Boyd St. (Building C at Queensborough Landing); and 1085 Tanaka Crt. (Lowe's).

Six projects are vying for the Modern Institutional award: Douglas College concourse (700 Royal Ave.); Douglas College green roof and greenhouse (700 Royal Ave.); Fraser Health New Westminster Community Health Services (second floor of Royal City Centre at 218 - 610 Sixth St.); Graham Montessori (116 - 76 Jamieson Crt.); Honour House (509 St George St.); and Urban Academy (101 Third St.).

Since 2002, the Royal City Builders Awards have also included a Universal Access Award, which recognizes businesses and institutions that have contributed uniquely and significantly to improve access for all New Westminster residents and visitors. In addition to Universal Access, all of the nominees in this category have been nominated in other categories: Douglas College green roofs and greenhouse; Honour House; Fraser Health New Westminster Community Services; Douglas College concourse; Take Five Caf; TD Canada Trust; The Wine Factory; and Lowe's.

The Sustainability Award acknowledges cleaner and healthier communities by recognizing developments that incorporate various sustainable features and initiatives into their projects. This year's nominees in the Sustainability category are: Honour House; Brewery District Building #2; The Whitaker at Victoria Hill (225 Francis Way); The Grove at Victoria Hill; The Wine Factory; The Quantum; Fraser Health New Westminster Community Health Services; Lowe's; and the Douglas College green roof and greenhouse.

All awards will be presented at the Royal City Builders Awards gala dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Inn at the Quay. This year's guest speaker is Allan DeGenova, director and president of Honour House Society.