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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

Senior Director, Communications I Canada


As the Senior Director, Corporate Communications I Canada, Pamela  leads and motivates the team responsible for executing external and internal communications, ESG  and diversity and inclusion strategies. She provides leadership to the communications team and advises senior leadership to ensure the successful execution of communications strategies and objectives. With more than 20 years of experience working with national and global media outlets, Pamela understand the importance of building relationships and developing consistent messaging to elevate and protect Colliers' brand.

A key part of the National Marketing and Global Brand & Communications teams, Pamela  is responsible for developing & implementing internal and external communications strategies for Colliers Canada to: 

• develop and ensure consistent messaging across all business lines - brokerage, real estate management services, Colliers Project Leaders, Valuations and Advisory, Strategy and Consulting Group, and shared services; 
• enhance and protect the Colliers brand and reputation through proactive media relations, issues management, and crisis communications, serving as a spokesperson for the company with media;
• engage our people from coast to coast - developing creative communications plans, and communicate cohesive messaging across internal channels to foster a diverse culture based on inclusion and equality. 

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