Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) Awards

Established in 1929, the VRCA represents 700 general contractors, specialty trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and other professionals active in the multi-billion dollar non-residential construction industry in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Each year, the VRCA recognizes the best companies and projects in the construction industry through its programs.

  • VRCA Awards of Excellence:  These project-specific awards recognize the construction industry’s finest companies and projects from across BC.  The judging committee shortlists three Silver Award winners in several categories through interviews and sometimes a site tour. The shortlisted Silver Winners then compete for one Gold Award in each category.
  • VRCA Innovation & Productivity Award:  The award recognizes a VRCA member that has developed an innovative product or service that is having proven economic, environmental, and/or social benefits.
  • VRCA Member of the Year Award:  The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a company in the construction industry that has prioritized quality, safety, and team collaboration in job performance and displays pride in their work.
  • VRCA Safety Award: The award honors contractors who have maintained a superior safety record during the year.  Houle submits the nomination under the Trade Contractor with 200,000 or more person-hours category.

Houle submits projects in the Electrical Contractor categories for projects up to and over $2 million.

VRCA Gold Award of Excellence

• 2021 – VGH Operating Room Renewal Project, Vancouver, BC
• 2020 – Nanaimo Airport – Terminal Expansion Phase One, Nanaimo, BC
• 2017 – North Island Hospital Project – Comox Valley, Comox, BC
• 2017 – Prince Rupert Airport Terminal Upgrade, Prince Rupert, BC
• 2016 – Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre, Prince George, BC
• 2014 – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, Surrey, BC
• 2013 – Canadian Forces Base Fire Hall, Esquimalt, BC
• 2012 – Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops BC
• 2011 – BC Hydro Operations Facility, Port Alberni, BC
• 2010 – Victoria General Hospital, Fire Alarm Upgrade, Victoria, BC
• 2008 – Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre, Abbotsford, BC
• 2008 – Nanaimo Regional Hospital and Perinatal Centre, Nanaimo, BC
• 2007 – UBC Dentistry Building, Vancouver, BC
• 2002 – Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC

VRCA Innovation & Productivity Award of Excellence

• Project Planning Services (2021)

• Connected Snow Removal Camera Solutions (2016)
• High Purity Water Purification Turnkey Treatment Skid Design (2013)
• Knight Street Bridge Mobile Platform for Lighting Upgrade Proprietary Design and Implementation (2011)

VRCA Special Recognition Awards 

• Environment & Sustainability Award –  Implementation of Photovoltaic Systems (2020)

• Member of the Year Award (2014)

VRCA Silver Award of Excellence

• 2021 – Clayton Community Centre, Surrey, BC
• 2020 – BZAM Management – Midway Security Design, Midway, BC
• 2019 – BC Place – Field of Play Lighting Replacement Project, Vancouver, BC
• 2019 – Penticton Regional Hospital – Patient Care Tower, Penticton, BC
• 2018 – Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
• 2018 – Fairview Container Terminal – Phase II North Expansion, Prince Rupert, BC
• 2018 – Parq -Vancouver Urban Resort & Casino, Vancouver, BC
• 2018 – Victoria International Airport – HBS Recapitalization Project, Victoria, BC
• 2017 – BC Hydro Nanaimo District Office, Nanaimo, BC
• 2017 – Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre, Vancouver, BC
• 2017 – TFN – Tsawwassen Mills Mall, Tsawwassen, BC
• 2015 – Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Prince George, BC
• 2014 – Cargill Dust Mitigation Program, North Vancouver, BC
• 2013 – Saanich Peninsula Hospital – Electrical Upgrade – Saanichton, BC
• 2012 – 4000 Seymour Place, UPS Upgrade, Victoria, BC
• 2011 – Canada Place Roof Rehabilitation, Vancouver, BC
• 2009 – Dockside Green Residential Complex, Victoria, BC
• 2007 – Women’s & Children’s Hospital – New Data Centre, Vancouver, BC
• 2007 – Centerm Berth Expansion, Vancouver, BC
• 2005 – UBC Life Sciences Building, Vancouver, BC
• 2002 – Lions Gate Bridge Upgrade, Vancouver, BC

VRCA Safety Award of Excellence

• Consecutive recipient since 2013
• Recipient from 2000 to 2009



2021 Best of the City Award

The 27th Annual Victoria News Best of the City award in Greater Victoria is hosted by Black Press Media which allows the community to vote for their favourite businesses.

Best of Kamloops

The Best of Kamloops highlights and gives recognition to outstanding businesses in Kamloops. The award, presented by the KamloopsNow newspaper, enables the general public to vote for their favourite business, person, or place.

• 2021 Best Electrician in Kamloops Silver Winner.

BC Top Employer

BC Top Employer is a special designation that recognizes BC employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

• 2021 BC Top Employer

Great Place to Work® Certified Since Aug 2020

Great Place to Work® Canada recognizes companies of all sizes from all industries whose employees think they have an especially trustworthy, appreciative, and attractive workplace culture.

Best Managed Companies of Canada

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is Canada’s leading business awards program recognizing excellence in Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million.  Recipients are awarded the prestigious award based on factors including overall business performance and sustained growth, efforts of the entire organization, and financial performance.

• Consecutive recipient since 2012. Currently at Platinum status.

Best of Kamloops

The Best of Kamloops highlights and gives recognition to outstanding businesses in Kamloops. The award, presented by the KamloopsNow newspaper, enables the general public to vote for their favourite business, person, or place.

• 2020 Best Electrician in Kamloops Gold Winner


Builders Code Champion Awards

The Builders Code Champion Awards recognize companies that are taking proactive measures to eliminate discrimination, hazing, bullying, and harassment on worksites in BC, and to create a safety standard that prioritizes the importance of psychological as well as physical safety for all workers.

• 2020 Community Champion


Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Awards

The Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) is a member-based organization made up of construction industry leaders who believe in promoting excellence in everything they do. The SICA Industry Awards of Excellence are designed to honour and pay tribute to the outstanding contributions of the construction industry.

Trade Excellence Award 

• 2022 – Trade Excellence Award for First West Credit Union TI

Safety Award

• 2019 – Safety Award for a Trade Contractor

SP&T Security Integrator of the Year


The annual Integrator of the Year award, sponsored by Anixter Canada, recognizes security system integrators that have demonstrated dedication, professionalism, innovation and customer service. Nominations for security integration projects big and small are considered for the award, provided they are conducted in Canada for a Canadian customer in the last 12 months.

• 2017 – North Island Hospitals Project
• 2016 – Port of Vancouver Southshore Corridor Project

Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) Awards

The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) serves the construction community on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and other coastal areas of British Columbia. The VICA awards celebrate the highest achievements of the Island’s construction industry and recognize the work its members do to build and regenerate the local communities.


2022 Safety Excellence Award

2021 Safety Excellence Award


Electrical Contractor Award

• 2022 – Nanaimo Airport Terminal Expansion
• 2019 – North Island Hospitals (Comox Valley Hospital)
• 2019 – Victoria International Airport – HBS Recapitalization


Innovation and Productivity Award

• 2019 – Construction Site Video Monitoring


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