6 Gold Awards and 9 Silver; A Great Night at the 2015 Care Awards

Excitement and inspiration filled the room at the Empress Hotel this past Saturday night as more than 50 awards were presented to 275 members of the Victoria Residential Builders Association at the 2015 Care Awards.

Abstract Developments and other industry leaders gathered to celebrate this year’s most noteworthy residential projects. “We were honored to not only partake in the evening but to be a finalist in fifteen different categories this year,” states Sam Ganong, Abstract’s VP of Development. Abstract won a total of six gold awards and nine silver in single and multi-family categories such as Best Interior Design – Residential – Condo for Village Walk and Best Single Family Detached Spec Home over 2500 sq. ft. for Vue Four – West Coast Contemporary Homes. “We are exceptionally proud of our projects and would like to thank all the partners involved. Receiving a Care Award is a remarkable distinction. Congratulations to all the 2015 finalists and winners!” continued Ganong.

The VRBA Care Awards Night is the premier industry event showcasing Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction. Attendees include the best builders, developers, designers and tradespeople of Vancouver Island. Coveted awards such as Project of the year – Single Family was awarded to “Hawks Nest” by KB Design and Jason Powell Construction and Project of the Year – Multi-Family going to “Retirement Community in Campbell River” by Denford Construction Management Ltd. Abstract’s leadership team, Mike Miller, Sam Ganong and Kyle Ryan were on hand to accept Abstract’s honours during this annual celebration.

For more highlights of the evening: http://careawards.ca/2015-finalists/



2015 Care Awards Winners Announced; Abstract Named Finalist In 15 Categories.

On Thursday the Vancouver Island Residential Builders Association (VRBA) announced its roster of finalists for the2015 Care Awards, a celebration of Canada’s leaders in sustainable west coast design and construction. This year our team at Abstract is esteemed to be recognized as a finalist in fifteen (15) categories for five different projects; the most of any builder, developer or designer.

“The Abstract Developments brand has a proven reputation built on a residential portfolio of award-winning projects, “ said Mike Miller, President & Founder. “This year looks to set the tone for a new record for our company, not only in terms of the number of categories, but also for the nomination of our first mixed-use condo development, Village Walk. We couldn’t be more humbled about this news.” said Miller.

Over the years Abstract has received 34 gold awards in national, provincial and regional categories, with seven gold awards each in 2007 and 2008 for our Armada and Radius homes, which have since become internationally recognized.

The CARE Awards showcases exemplary work in new builds and renovations, from commercial multi-family developments, to smaller scale kitchen and bathroom remodelling projects. The winners will be announced at the CARE Awards Gala on Saturday, October 17, taking place at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The public will select the winner of the People’s Choice Award from finalist photos displayed at Hillside Centre from September 4-18, and online at www.careawards.ca from August 24 to September 27. We invite you to check out the contenders and make your vote!

View the CARE Awards Media Release



Village Walk Is Now Sold Out!

With a variety of developments underway, our team at Abstract is working constantly to create the right homes in the right neighbourhoods around Greater Victoria. With more than 65 single and multi-family developments to date, there are a lot of great successes to look back on, but one is near and dear to our team more than any other; the now sold out Village Walk.

The seeds were planted for this recently completed mixed-use development nearly seven years ago when President and Founder Mike Miller, received confirmation he had successfully purchased three consecutive lots on the prominent corner of Foul Bay Road and Oak Bay Avenue. A long but worthwhile process; Mike had big plans for this property. Initially two buildings became home to Abstract’s staff offices. Fast forward six years and today, to what has recently become an award-winning development called is complete. Home to 34 residents, this landmark stands proudly, adding complement and new vibrancy to the surroundings of Oak Bay Village.

As our first condominium offering, Village Walk has become the standard to which other Abstract developments are compared. “Coming from a long background developing and building custom homes, it was natural for me to apply as much effort in choosing the highest quality materials and placing the same attention to detail into each decision, as if it were my own,” said Miller. “Village Walk is our first condominium development and we are extremely pleased with the end product”.

Village Walk residents Glen and Marisa Swendseid echo that sentiment:

“Village Walk initially appealed to us for its boutique low rise design with just 22 residences, combined with the convenient Oak Bay Avenue location and neighbourhood setting, perfect for walking. After experiencing the inside of the building and residences, our interest was solidified; the quality and attention to detail was like nothing else we had seen in new condos in Victoria. In considering our new home, Danielle and the rest of the sales team were phenomenal to work with. They were prompt, professional and knowledgeable with our initial questions, through to move-in and beyond. If we ever decide to move from Village Walk, we would definitely consider another Abstract home.” said Glen and Marisa

Our entire team at Abstract wants to thank our Village Walk homebuyers; the surrounding Oak Bay and Victoria communities and the City of Victoria for their support in making this dream a reality. Marking the the end of what has been a long and exciting venture is bittersweet for Mike and our staff.  Every project we complete fuels our passion to build iconic living spaces that change the way people live.

Abstract currently has two developments under construction: The Emerson and Element. Location is always the main consideration in our development planning. We want to offer the convenience to their lifestyle with the possibility to walk to all the necessary amenities. We seek to develop in vibrant neighborhoods where you can find some peace and quiet but still be close to your everyday needs.


Next up for Abstract is Maddison, a 22-residence boutique condominium development also located on Oak Bay Avenue, at Richmond Road. With several new local restaurants and specialty retail shops including Red Barn Market emerging around the area, Maddison will again be an exceptionally positioned home for many new residents. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting development over the coming weeks.

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Fort Street Parklet Pilot Project

June 19, 2015

Our Vice-President of Development, Sam Ganong, was onsite today for the official launch of Victoria’s first parklet initiative, located on the 700 block of Fort St. in the downtown core. Fabulous Fort, a collection of Fort Street businesses have come together with several Victoria businesses volunteering their time and expertise to create a beautiful urban outdoor public space.

A parklet is essentially a small urban oasis created by replacing several parallel parking stalls with a patio and seating. Often you will find a combination of greenery such as trees, flowers, and shrubs in order to bring a serene feel to the space. Parklets are intended to provide a space for people to stop, sit and enjoy the city around them. They foster a sense of community and add natural landscapes and bio-diversity to the heavily paved downtown environment.

The ribbon cutting ceremony led by Mayor Lisa Helps, Teri Hustins and Suzanne Bradbury, co-chairs of the Fort Street Business Association brought numerous downtown residents and professionals to the street side for a glimpse at this new project

Sam shared his excitement about the parklet: “From the moment we were approached, we’ve been passionate about this initiative. Urban place making is a key consideration in smart development and we, at Abstract, recognize the value it has in contributing to a vibrant, healthy, happy and ultimately livable city. We were honoured to have been one of the key contributors to this project.”

Parklet programs have been very successful in cities like Vancouver, San Francisco, and Portland as a way to make streets friendlier to pedestrians and to generate economic vitality. Fort Street as a whole is flourishing with more and more businesses being drawn this location for its vibrancy and dynamic energy.

As a new member of the Abstract team, this experience allowed me to see first hand how Abstract invests in, and values being an active part of the community. It was great to see the community come together to support this initiative and hopefully the Fort Street Parklet will inspire other districts and neighbourhoods to follow suit.

I recommend stopping by to have a cup of coffee and a treat from The Dutch Bakery if you are in the area.

-Sara Poutanen, Marketing Coordinator

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