GTA's top builders and projects celebrated at annual awards

April 29, 2016

GTA's top builders and projects celebrated at annual awards

Greater Toronto, April 29, 2016 - The best of the GTA's home building and land development industry including top builders, communities, designs and campaigns were recognized at the 36th annual BILD Awards on April 28.

Awards for excellence in sales, marketing, design and construction of new homes in the GTA were handed out by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) in 47 categories. A group of expert judges from across North America determined the winners from more than 900 submitted entries.

This year's program featured many new modernized categories that reflect today's GTA housing market such as awards for innovation and the inclusion of mid-rise developments within several awards. For the first time ever, two Home Builders of the Year were recognized, Great Gulf Homes for low-rise and Tridel for mid and high-rise.

The coveted People's Choice Award, determined by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to Friday Harbour by Geranium Corporation and Pemberton Group. The resort-style development in Innisfil will feature walkable streets and inviting public spaces where residents will enjoy amenities like an 18-hole championship golf course, a nature preserve and a vibrant marina.

"This is a special award because it is completely decided by the public," said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey. "The eight projects vying for the title this year were all unique and show how the industry is providing a wide range of choices to new home buyers across the GTA."

In addition to the Home Builder of the Year title, Tridel was named Green Builder of the Year for its outstanding leadership in green building practices, and the company also won the inaugural Best Customer Care award for its many customer service initiatives.

The award for the Best New Community currently planned or under development was presented to Aspen Ridge Homes, CountryWide Homes and Lakeview Homes for Queensville - a new community just north of Newmarket. This award recognizes a community that embodies the smart growth principles of the provincial Growth Plan.

The inaugural award for Best New Community - Built was presented to Hullmark Developments and Tridel for Hullmark Centre in North York. This new award, the only one given out for a constructed project, honours the best existing "complete community" that embodies provincial smart growth principles. Completed in 2015, Hullmark Centre features residential, office and retail space with direct access to the Yonge-Sheppard subway station.

Two outstanding new GTA developments, one low-rise and one mid/high-rise, were crowned Project of the Year. This distinction recognizes projects that best combine excellence in design and marketing while exemplifying quality and innovation.

A townhome development called 35 Wabash by Zinc Developments won the prize for Project of the Year Low-rise and a uniquely designed mixed-use condo development at Yonge and Eglinton called Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos by Freed Developments and Capital Developments won the Project of the Year Mid/High-rise award.

A brand new accolade for Best Mid-Rise Building Design was presented to the VANDYK Group of Companies for The Craftsman Condominium Residences in Mississauga, which consists of three interconnected mid-rise buildings in the shape of a W, designed as an homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as to create more corner units and terraces.

The award for Best Innovative Suite Design, a new award which recognizes suites designed to increase housing choices for entry-level consumers, was presented to Building Capital Inc. for SmartStudios™, a 274-square-foot condo showcasing multi-purpose features within the University Studios project in Oshawa.

Best Innovative Home Design was awarded to Mason Homes for the Oakwood, one of its Courtyard Collection residences in Port Hope. At 2,122-square-feet, it was the Oakwood model's urban design that enabled it to be built as a detached, semi-detached home or townhome with a sale price starting at $387,900.

In a special presentation, Ignat "Iggy" Kaneff was honoured with the BILD Lifetime Achievement Award. The CEO and Chairman of the Kanefff Group of Companies has built thousands of family homes, high-rise residential apartment units, as well as retail commercial plazas and office buildings in the GTA.

"The GTA is home to some of the best projects in the world thanks to the hard work of local industry professionals," said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey. "Their hard work is a testament to the quality of our communities, which is what makes the GTA such a great place to live."

Additional news releases for Home Builders of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are available.

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With more than 1,450 members, BILD, formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario, is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area.  BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

A complete list of winners is available here.

For additional information or to schedule an interview, contact Andrei Zaretski, Manager of Marketing and Media Relations, at 416-391-3450 or 416-843-4898 or azaretski@bildgta.ca.