April 24 - GTA's best builders, communities, projects, people celebrated

April 25, 2009

GTA's best builders, communities, projects, people celebrated

For a full list of winners please CLICK HERE.

April 24, 2009, Greater Toronto -- The year's most outstanding builders, communities, projects and people were honoured at the 29th Annual BILD Awards presented by the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) at an industry event attended by nearly 800 developers, homebuilders, design professionals and sales and marketing gurus.
            Mattamy Homes garnered the coveted Home Builder of the Year award, which goes to the builder who sets the standard for the rest of the industry in terms of quality, service and customer commitment. This award is based on BILD's independent survey of the nominees' homeowners (see separate news release).
TAS DesignBuild was named Green Builder of the Year, high-rise, while Monarch Corporation took Green Builder of the Year honours among low-rise builders. The Green Builder of the Year awards have quickly become among the most coveted of the 43 awards presented annually.
           The next most coveted awards are the Community of the Year awards and this year, BILD upped the ante by changing the criteria to recognize developments that are most reflective of the goals of the provincial Places to Grow legislation, including intensification and mixed use.  The inaugural trophies for this re-defined award went to Liberty Development for its high-rise eko at Markham Centre development and Tribute Communities for its low- to mid-rise Oak Park Community in Oakville.
           Freed Development Corporation achieved a very rare feat, capturing Project of the Year honours in both the high-rise and low-rise categories. From Fashion House on King West in Toronto to Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst, FREED demonstrated excellence in both the design and marketing criteria upon which the Project of the Year Award is based. Fashion House also scored the prestigious Best Building Design Award while Muskoka Bay earned the award for Best Home Design under 2,500 square feet. FREED, with LA Inc. also picked up three marketing awards for a grand total of seven awards, tops by far on the night.
          In another brand new award category, Empire Communities with Shropshire Communications, Montana Steele Advertising and Palmleaf Productions garnered the inaugural award for Best Public Relations Campaign (high-rise) for their "So you look like a movie star" campaign promoting the FLY Condos project. In the low-rise category the Heathwood Group of Companies and The Communications Group took well-deserved honours for their work with "The Mikey" campaign, which donates defibrillators to public locations all across the GTA.
         A special Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Mr. Alfredo DeGasperis for his immense impact as a contractor, developer, builder and philanthropist.  Mr. DeGasperis came to Canada as a young boy in 1952 and quickly seized on the opportunities available to anybody willing to work very hard, take risks, create jobs and give back to the community every step of the way.
         Jackie Hill, National VP, Real Estate with Trader Corporation was the recipient of the Riley Brethour Award bestowed for outstanding and consistent professional achievement in residential sales and marketing. 
If the BILD Awards are the Oscars, then the Best Supporting Cast Award goes to advertising agency LA Inc., which figured in ten of the awards on the evening on behalf of clients Concord Adex, Context Developments, FREED, Great Gulf and TAS DesignBuild.

With more than 1,400 member companies, BILD is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industries in the Greater GTA.  BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

Note to editors: A separate, more detailed release on the Home Builder of the Year as well as a full list of winners is posted at www.bildgta.ca/media_releases.asp.

Photos of winners and winning projects available on request.