Apr. 30, 2004 - Home builders honour best of the best

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Home builders honour best of the best
2004 GTHBA Home Builder Award Winners

TORONTO— Tridel Corporation and North Star Homes were named low- and high-rise home builder of the year respectively by the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association tonight.

More than 850 home builders, developers and associate members attended the 24th Annual Home Builder Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in community planning and development, building design, and marketing and sales.

The prestigious home builder of the year award goes to the builder who sets the standard for the rest of the industry in terms of quality, service and customer commitment. In a rare decision, the judging panel decided that superlative customer survey results for both finalists justified two awards.

An independent survey of all home builder of the year finalists is a key component of the judging process. The commitment both builders make to customer service was evident in homeowners responses to a ten question, 100 point survey covering everything from the sales process through to after-sales service.

One Tridel customer stated “This is my second Tridel condo purchase. I would buy a Tridel home any time, sight unseen, due to my confidence in the quality of their homes and overall integrity.” With respect to after-sales service, another Tridel purchaser stated “It was very fair, but I have to give them nine so they will keep looking for improvement. They deserved a ten.”

North Star Home’s customers were equally positive. One purchaser commented “I really liked the fact that they care about what makes a home buyer happy. They have great staff and customer service. I can’t stress enough how helpful the sales representatives were from the start.” Speaking of that great customer service, another North Star homebuyer wrote “Our pre-delivery inspection and 30 day list were both dealt with promptly and efficiently. We have a good rapport with the on-site staff and they have gone out of their way to assist us.”

In other categories MacLeod’s Landing by Aspen Ridge Homes, Brookfield Homes and The Kaitlin Group with Viljoen Architect and ad agency The Brand Factory was named community of the year. The award goes to the community that represents the best overall combination of environmental preservation, innovative site planning and architectural features, recreational amenities and open space.

The judges noted that the MacLeod’s Landing development is restricted to the outermost edges of the Oak Ridges Moraine, while the lands in the centre will form a park three times the size of Toronto’s High Park. The developer will also be implementing a series of hiking trails and nature-friendly look-out points that will blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Each MacLeod’s Landing homebuyer will receive a “Maintain the Moraine” guide book published by the developers that will educate the homebuyers as to the sensitive environment that surrounds them and teach them how to live and act with ecological responsibility while living in the moraine.

The project of the year (low-rise) was bestowed upon Landmark Building Group’s The Townhouses of Hogg’s Hollow, an upscale development of townhouses with Kirkor Architects & Planners, Gluckstein Design, advertising agency L.A. Inc. and public relations firm The Communications Group. The project also garnered low-rise awards for best direct mail, best newspaper ad and best sales office over 1,800 sq. ft.

A retro-fit and addition to the historic Tip Top Tailors building in downtown Toronto earned tiptoplofts by Context Developments and agency LA Inc. the award for project of the year (condo), as well as best newspaper ad (condo), and best project logo (condo). With additional awards for best direct mail (condo) for Radio City and best brochure (condo) for SPIRE the condominium, Context Developments was the most successful condo builder on the evening, winning a total of five awards.

Developer Marco Muzzo was the recipient of the Riley Brethour Award for outstanding and consistent professional achievement in residential sales and marketing. Known for his intense work-ethic and attention to detail, Muzzo’s developments are always well-located, well-conceived and well-built. He quietly oversees every aspect of each of his many projects, including marketing and sales, from the beginning to the end of the process. In the course of his lengthy career, Muzzo has been responsible for the development of tens of thousands of high-and low-rise homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

In a special tribute, architect Ken Viljoen was the inaugural recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. In his 33 year career, Viljoen has created award-winning designs for every major home builder while his practice has served as a training ground for virtually every designer specializing in low-rise residential construction in Toronto. In addition, he has personally designed homes for many of the city’s prominent builders.

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 Suzanna Cohen
Director of Communications
Stephen Dupuis
Executive Vice President