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Vancouver Island celebrates first tall wood building with groundbreaking ceremony

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Design Build will construct 12-storey mixed-use building in Langford

Victoria, BC, Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Design Build Services held a groundbreaking ceremony today to kick off construction on Teminus and Tallwood 1 at District 56, Langford’s newest mixed-use complex. At 12-storeys, the development will feature the first tall wood building on Vancouver Island.

“Tall wood buildings are fast becoming the sustainable choice for eco-minded builders around the world,” said Matthew McKay, Founder and Director of Development of for Design Build Services. “There are so many benefits to using mass timber, including a reduction in timeline for construction, meaning less impact on the community. When coupled with sustainable forest management, mass timber represents an altogether environmentally-friendly method of building.”

Tallwood 1 as phase 2 of District 56 will be a 12-storey mixed-use building, offering tenants and residents a much-needed alternative to the downtown Victoria core.

“Demand for suburban office space has hit record levels in Victoria,” said Tyler Dolan, Managing Director, Vancouver Island of Colliers International on Vancouver Island. “District 56 will offer tenants and residents an alternative to the downtown core with its low vacancies and also provide relief from a growing parking problem. More and more, people want to work closer to where they live: eliminating a long commute saves time, saves money, benefits the environment, and improves health and productivity. We are thrilled to partner with Design Build on this exciting development to offer solutions to businesses looking for space in Langford, a coveted live-where-you-work neighbourhood”

Teminus is scheduled for completion in summer 2020 and Tallwood 1 will open in late 2021. 

For further information, please contact:


Rebecca McKay

Special Projects & Marketing

Design Build Services

Office: 250-474-7020 Cell: 403-619-5600


Pamela Smith

Communications Manager I Canada

Colliers International

Office: 604-692-1461 Cell: 604-787-8872


For More Information, Please Contact:

Pamela Smith

Director Communications I Canada


As the National Director, Corporate Communications, Pamela covers national corporate communications for Colliers Canada and is responsible for the strategic development of internal and external communications to:

•                     Communicate Colliers’ strategic vision and priorities;

•                     Facilitate and ensure consistent messaging across service lines and among shared services;

•                     Enhance and protect the Colliers brand and reputation;

•                     Develop internal & external communications programs for senior leaders, including thought leadership, sponsorships and speaking opportunities.

Reporting to the VP, Marketing and Communications and collaborating closely with the Senior Manager, Content and key leaders across the business, Pamela is a key member of National Marketing and Communications team and the Global Communications team at Colliers International. 

Along with Executive Sponsor Lex Perry, Pamela manages the Communications Pillar for the North American Diversity and Inclusiveness program at Colliers.

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