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Focus Equities’ capabilities are suited for commercial mixed-use developments. « Canada | FOCUS EQUITIES • Headquarters: Victoria, British Columbia • Specialty: Large-scale development Focus Equities A Focused View FOCUS EQUITIES CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT ON THREE MAJOR PROJECTS ALL LOCATED IN WESTERN CANADA. BY JAMIE MORGAN wo wi “We also like to canrktrustthto someone who we ion.” understand our vis –Kenneth Mariash, founder A 176 developer’s intuition can be its most trusted asset. Intuition about location, design and timing can make the difference between a successful community and a hard-to-sell bargain. In the case of Focus Equities, its intuition about 10 acres it purchased on the Inner Harbor waterfront in Victoria, British Columbia was so strong that the company went back to purchase more. “It’s very seldom that you get an open site located by the ocean, within walking distance to a very interesting downtown core,” says Kenneth Mariash, founder of Focus Equities. “When we saw the first 10-acre parcel it was very compelling. We bought that in the 1990s and later on we purchased another 10 acres.” The 20-acre property is known as Bayview Place and represents the last developable piece of land on Victoria’s Inner Harbor. Focus Equities has developed a master plan for Bayview comprised of residential towers interspersed with retail, hospitality and office space. The site was originally zoned for 10story towers, similar to what is already in the vicinity. However, the company wanted to make a unique mark on the area’s skyline and is approved to build 21-story residential towers on the site. Development for the luxury community is well under way and some components are complete. The road infrastructure is halfway complete, and the company has completed a 2acre public park. One of the planned residential towers, Bayview One, is finished and occupied. Bayview One is a 10-story world-class building with the highest level of design and construction that was completed in 2009 and has been a success in the community. Mariash says that only five or six of the 140 units remain. In addition to the sleek and modern design of the residential units, Bayview One offers amenities such as concierge service, a business center with a 14-seat meeting room, fitness center, oversized whirlpool and sauna, an outdoor barbecue and entertainment space, and indoor lounge set in a picturesque backdrop that includes the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker and the Sooke Foothills. While these residents enjoy their current living space, another luxury residential tower – the 21-story Promontory – is to begin construction this year. Focus Equities is the master developer for Bayview Place and has developed components such as Bayview One, but offers opportu- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - October/November 2011
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
Last Look

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