AWMAC BC winners: Commercial over $500K

Grace Tatigian

On September 23, AWMAC BC announced their 2021 Awards of Excellence Winners. Categories included: commercial over $500K, commercial under $500K, export, and private residences. The organization also recognized three design students from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and three from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In this feature, we’ll introduce the winners from the commercial projects over $500K. Check back in next week for more information on other categories!


The winner of the Ed Fielder Award for Overall Quality and Service in a Large Commercial Project and the Silver for Quality in a Large Commercial Project was Towne Millwork Ltd. The project in question was the TABles food court at The Amazing Brentwood shopping mall in Burnaby, BC. The food court has a modern, light, open aesthetic. The general contractor was EllisDon Construction and the designer was IBI Group.

Greg Hesketh founded Towne Millwork Ltd. in 1987. The company quickly and strategically grew from a small shop operating out of a single car garage to Canada’s largest and most sought–after architectural millwork manufacturer. Along with long–term partners and clients, Towne Millwork builds some of the largest and most prestigious projects across North America.


The winner of the Gold Quality in a Large Commercial Project was Artek Group – Vancouver for their Concert Properties project. Concert develops and manages rental apartments and seniors’ active aging communities, condominium homes, commercial properties, and public infrastructure projects across Canada. Artek has worked extensively with Concert, but in this case, they did the casebook and millwork for the head office. The general contractor was TotalPlan Inc and the designer was MCM Interiors Ltd.

Established in 1945, Artek is a premium woodworking company that draws on traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques to produce the highest-quality architectural millwork. With locations in Vancouver and Portland, Oregon, Artek has earned its reputation by attention to detail and focus on customer service.


The winner of the Gold Service in a Large Commercial Project was Acorn Wood Designs Ltd. for their JOEY Shipyards project. The new location of the JOEY chain will cultivate an interactive atmosphere with something for everyone while maintaining its elevated yet comfortable dining ambiance. The second-level lounge and dining space is designed with flexibility in mind, suitable for private functions both large and small. The general contractor was Anjinnov Construction and the designer was JOEY Restaurant Group.

In 1983, Acorn Wood Designs started as a one-person woodshop that operated out of a garage in the Vancouver neighborhood of Kerrisdale. Over the years, Acorn has grown to become an award-winning architectural millwork company by focusing on quality craftsmanship and relationships. Acorn’s high-quality woodwork can be seen in many top hospitality brands throughout Canada and the USA.


The winner of the Silver Service in a Large Commercial Project was Wanes Custom Woodworks Inc. for their Spear Street Capital project. Spear Street Capital is an owner and operator of distinctive office properties located in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The millwork in the project included ceiling slats, built-in furniture, cabinetry, and more. The general contractor was Reotech Construction and the designer was SSDG Interiors Inc.

Wanes Custom Woodworks has been providing exceptional architectural woodwork since 1984. Their extraordinary team has extensive experience in all aspects of the field, including integrating a wide array of specialty materials and finishes.


Check back next week for more information on the commercial projects under $500K category. Congratulations to all the winners!

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