Thompson Rivers University

Trades wins another Georgie Award

  Posted on: March 16, 2017

Georgie Award 2017

The Georgie Award for 2016 Best Public-Private Partnership.

Georgie Award 2017

Georgie with the main entrance to trades in the background.

Trades' trophy case

Trades has a nice problem on its hands—a case of overcrowding in the trophy case.

It’s getting crowded in the trophy case.

The long-standing friendship between the School of Trades and Technology and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBA CI) has led to another golden statue for the display case in the main lobby of the Trades and Technology Centre.

The two friends received the 2016 Best Public-Private Partnership award at the CHBA British Columbia Georgie Awards in Vancouver on March 11, making it the fifth Georgie the two have teamed up to win, along with numerous Tommie and Keystone awards.

This year’s Georgie recognized the 2016 edition of the Training House project, a collaboration where a CHBA CI contractor oversees the building of a house, while students under the guidance of TRU trades faculty are involved in various stages of the building process.

The partnership spans more than 25 years and during that time has allowed a few hundred students to gain real-project experience while giving them a sense of pride in giving back to the community.

In most of those years, the home has eventually become the grand prize in the Kamloops Y Dream Home Lottery. Video of the 2016 Dream Home.

“We are particularly thrilled that our Training House project continues to be recognized as a unique initiative at the provincial level,” said Rob Lemire, president of CHBA CI.

The winners were announced by emcee Todd Talbot, co-host of Love It or List It Vancouver, in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 600 industry professionals. It was the 25th anniversary of the Georgie Awards.

CHBA CI has about 200 active members and is made up of builders, contractors, developers and professionals related to residential construction. A number of members are TRU alumni or have ties to TRU.