Who Will Win Tonight?
We're pretty sure Joan Rivers won't show up, but it is awards time in the industry, kicking off with the NAIOP/BIV Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence tonight at the Fairmont Waterfront. (On the red carpet, be sure to show your building's skin.)
We've covered a number of the nominees over the past few weeks, but we give last word to Fairchild Group CEO Thomas Fung, whose company’s Aberdeen Square project is nominated in the Office Development category. The project is the first fully-enclosed strata retail and office development to get built in Richmond in over a decade—in fact it’s the largest Asian-themed enclosed shopping mall outside of Asia.
It's become a "market testing ground" for lots of Asian retailers new to North America, Thomas tells us. Aberdeen Square has three levels of retail and three levels of office space—two accessed via the Canada Line platform. “The rapid transit station makes it unique and convenient to workers and customers, coupled with the strata office units above the retail mall,” he says. The other nominated office projects are Wesgroup’s Brewery District (Building One) and The Prescott. Things kick off tonight at 6pm. (Which means call your bookie to pick a winner by 5:30.)