April 27 - GTA’s best builders, communities and design honoured

April 28, 2007

GTA's best builders, communities and design honoured

April 27, 2008

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Toronto -- The year's most outstanding builders, communities, building design and people were honoured at the 27th annual home builder awards presented by the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association - Urban Development Institute and attended by more than 900 home builders, developers and associate members.

Mattamy Homes garnered the home builder of the year award - becoming only the second builder to win this award twice. This prestigious award goes to the builder who sets the standard for the rest of the industry in terms of quality, service and customer commitment. An independent survey of all home builder of the year finalists' homeowners is a key component of the judging process (see separate news release).
Mattamy Homes also took home awards for best community development - low-rise for Hawthorne Village in Milton and best townhome design under 1,500 sq. ft. for Summerside in Scarborough.

The inaugural green builder of the year awards went to Tridel Corporation (high-rise) and Mason Homes (low-rise) for pioneering work in environmentally-friendly development (see separate news release).

TAS Design Build's M5V condominium won the award for best community development (high-rise) as well as and best building design, best suite design over 1,500 sq. ft. and best high-rise sales office over 1,800 sq. ft. The TAS team included 52 Pick-up, The Communications Group and Core Architects.

Rivertowne, part of the revitalization of Toronto's Regent Park, earned Intracorp Projects Ltd. four low-rise awards including project of the year, best sales office under 1,800 sq. ft, best marketing campaign and best project logo, along with agencies BAM Builder Advertising & Marketing and Guidelines Advertising and architects Kearns Mancini Architects/Montgomery Sisam Architects.

Project of the year - high-rise was awarded to 550 Wellington West Hotel and Condos, located in Toronto's fashion district.  550 Wellington also garnered the award for best brochure - high-rise and best magazine ad - high-rise with agency L.A. Inc.

Other big award winners included Baywood Homes with agency Montana Steele, who claimed four high-rise awards for The Bohemian Embassy:  best direct mail; best newspaper ad; best project signage; and best marketing campaign. 
Berkley Homes with RN Design took best new home design, single over 2,000 sq. ft and single over 3,000 sq. ft. for The Estates of Gordon Woods and best townhome design over 1,500 sq. ft. for Brownstone Lane. RN Design scored two additional design awards with clients Eden Oak and Emery Homes.
Great Gulf Homes also captured three awards winning best model suite, best suite design under 750 sq. ft and over 750 sq. ft. for X The Condominium

Advertising guru Lawrence Ayliffe was the recipient of the Riley Brethour award bestowed for outstanding and consistent professional achievement in residential sales and marketing.  Ayliffe has been involved in marketing more than 75,000 homes and condos in over 300 projects in his 30 year career.

Other award winning new homes sales and marketing people were Jenny Pan and Shawn Richardson from broker PMA Brethour for eko Markham Centre by Liberty Development Corporation, Shannon McGee and Nick Hill from Norman Hill Realty Inc. for Hawthorne Village and Hawthorne Village on the Escarpment by Mattamy Homes North Halton Division and the Monarch sales and marketing team.

With more than 1,500 members, GTHBA-UDI, formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario is the voice of the residential land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. We are proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.


Note to editors: Photos of winners and winning projects available on request

For further information:
Suzanna Cohen
Director of Communications
416-391-3450 or 416-453-3214

Stephen Dupuis
Chief Executive Officer
416-391-3453 or 416-948-8654