The eye-catching cantilevered roof, modern design and serene location tucked into the base of a hill combined to make 50th Parallel Winery in Lake Country the big winner at the 10th annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards.
50th Parallel not only won the winery category, but the Judge’s Choice award as best overall entry in the competition.
The monthly newspaper Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan presents the awards annually to recognize and honour the best in building during the previous year.
The program is sponsored by the Southern Interior Construction Association, Re/Max Commercial, and MNP accountants and consultants.
50th Parallel’s awards were for the Block One restaurant addition to the original winery building, which was finished in 2014.
The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and an incredible view over vineyards to Okanagan Lake.
The exposed concrete-polished metal-glass-and-wood expansion is in keeping with the winery’s contemporary-industrial esthetic.
The addition was designed by Sahuri and Associates Architecture of Kelowna and built by Silver Rock Land Corporation of Vernon.
A second winery was also recognized — Time, for its urban winery in the retrofitted former PenMar movie theatre building in downtown Penticton.
It was recognized in the wood category, the contractor was Solaris Group and the architects were HDR-CEI.
Trophies were also handed out in 11 other categories at the recent gala at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. Winners follow. In brackets, the builder is listed first and the designer/architect is second.
— Automotive: Turner Volkswagen in Kelowna (Bronag Contracting and GTA Architecture)
— Craft beer: Twisted Hills Cider Dome in Cawston (Fractal Geodesics and co-owners Kaylan Madeira and Joe Schneider)
— Hospitality: Eagle Pass Heli Skiing in Revelstoke (BPR Construction and Faction Architecture)
— Industrial: Geometrik in Kelowna (Sawchuk Developments and DiStefano Jaud Architecture)
— Institutional: Vernon Trades Training (Maple Reinders Construction and MQN Architects)
— Mixed use: The Strathcona in Kelowna (Sawchuk Developments and Meiklejohn Architects)
— Multi-family: The Vistas on Battle in Kamloops (AEPA Investments and Blue Green Architecture)
— Office: BC Hydro in Vernon (Omicron and Kasian)
— Renovation: Central Okanagan Food Bank in Kelowna (TKI Construction and Meiklejohn Architects)
— Retail: Orchard Walks Pharmasave in Kamloops (Orchard Walk Developments and GTA Architecture)
— Retail renovation: Shon’s Bike & Ski in Nakusp (Shon’s and Studio 9 Architecture).