April 28, 2006 - Best builders, communities and people honoured

April 30, 2006

Best home builders, communities, people honoured

Date: April 28, 2006

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TORONTO -- The year's most outstanding home builders, communities, designs, promotions and personnel were honoured at the 26th annual home builder awards presented by the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and attended by more than 900 home builders, developers and associate members.

Great Gulf Homes garnered the coveted home builder of the year award - becoming the first builder to capture this award more than once since it was established nine years ago. Great Gulf also won the award in 2002.

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 is a key component of the judging process. Homeowners' responses to a ten question, 100 point survey covering everything from the sales process through to after-sales service, revealed Great Gulf's commitment to homebuilding excellence. 

"We had a very positive experience with this builder. This is not our first dealing with a builder and I was very pleased by our entire experience. The quality, promptness and customer satisfaction we received exceeds any other builder that we have come into contact with," said one Great Gulf home buyer. "Excellent - Their representative found things during the pre-delivery inspection that I hadn't even noticed, and I am very picky," said another. "With our builder, the entire process was smooth and hassle free," commented a third purchaser.

Great Gulf Homes is one of the largest builders in the Greater Toronto Area and is currently building low- rise neighbourhoods in Durham, Peel, and York regions, multiple high-rise developments in the city of Toronto, and resort property in Muskoka.

In other categories, Lanterra Developments won the award for community of the year for The Residences at Maple Leaf Square with Montana Steele Advertising, Shropshire Communications, Page + Steele Architects and Munge//Leung Interior Design. Once complete, this community next to the Air Canada Centre will consist of two condominium towers, a boutique hotel, daycare centre and retail and office space.

Cachet Estate Homes, Rosehaven Homes, Sequoia Grove Homes and Townwood Homes took the award for project of the year -low-rise for Riverstone Golf and Country Club, an upscale golf course community of 600 homes in Brampton. Riverstone, with ad agency Partnership Marketing, also won the best marketing campaign and best newspaper ad, low-rise awards.

Project of the year - high-rise was awarded to The Residences of the Ritz Carlton for a 53-storey point tower comprising 267 five-star hotel rooms and 135 condominium residences. The Ritz also garnered awards for best website - high-rise with advertising agency Montana Steele Advertising.

Camrost-Felcorp was another big winner on the evening sweeping the best suite design categories: best suite design - under 750 sq. ft and over 750 sq. ft. for iLoft and over 1,500 sq. ft. for The Avenue, plus the best high-rise sales office award.

Mark Cohen, vice-president of marketing and sales for Tribute Communities, was the recipient of the Riley Brethour award bestowed for outstanding and consistent professional achievement in residential sales and marketing.  Cohen also shared in the best sales and marketing team award - low-rise award while Tribute garnered additional awards for best low-rise sales office, under 1,800 square feet, and best new-home design, semi-detached, over 1,500 square feet.

Broker PMA Brethour Group won both awards for sales person or team with Krystyna Mah and Glen Buttigeg winning the award for the high-rise sector and Sue Ball and Heidi Taylor winning the low-rise award. Best sales person or team - high-rise went to Dinah Apens also from PMA Brethour. The award  for best sales and marketing person or team -low-rise went to Mark Cohen, Mary Liolios and Pat Lloyd from Tribute Communities, Andrew Brethour from PMA Brethour and Bryan Levman from Guidelines Advertising.
With more than 1,400 members, the GTHBA is the voice of the residential construction industry in the GTA.

Established in 1921, the association represents a full cross-section of the industry, consisting of home builders, developers, renovation contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, service, professional and financial firms. 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