Our industry recently celebrated the many city builders whose projects, designs and campaigns are not only providing new homes but working to grow and improve our communities in the GTA.
At the 36th annual BILD Awards, we recognized 64 member companies for their excellence in sales, marketing, design and construction of new homes and communities. Prizes were handed out in 48 categories.
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 categories.
For Home Builder of the Year, our most coveted prize which recognizes the company that sets the standard for the rest of the industry, we celebrated two builders for the first time ever.
In the GTA today we are building as many mid and high-rise homes as low-rise homes due to provincial intensification policies, so it was appropriate to recognize the leading builders from both markets.
Great Gulf Homes won in the low-rise category for its commitment to exceptional architectural design and building quality, considerable philanthropic activities and customer service excellence.
For its contribution to industry innovation, exacting quality control process and outstanding employee engagement, Tridel was recognized for the mid and high-rise market. Tridel also won the inaugural award for Best Customer Care and was named Green Builder of the Year. In 2015, the company built 1,150 new homes in more than 10 million square feet of LEED certified buildings.
Best New Community – Built, another award introduced this year, was presented to Hullmark Developments and Tridel for Hullmark Centre in North York. The only award category that recognizes a finished development, it honours the best “complete community” that embodies provincial smart growth principles.
Two outstanding new GTA developments were crowned Projects of the Year. This distinction recognizes projects that best combine excellence in design and marketing while exemplifying quality and innovation.
The uniquely designed mixed-used condominium development Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos by Freed Developments and Capital Developments won the Project of the Year Mid/High-rise award. 35 Wabash by Zinc Developments received top honours for low-rise project. This was one of three awards earned by the modern townhome development.
Innovation was a major theme at this year’s BILD Awards, with an emphasis on recognizing architectural design that is increasing housing choices for entry-level consumers.
The award for Best Innovative Suite Design went to Building Capital Inc. for SmartStudios™, a modestly priced 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, part of its Courtyard Collection development in Port Hope. The inventively designed model offers the flexibility to be built as a detached home, semi-detached home or a townhome with a sale price starting at just $387,900.
This is just a small sample of the award winners and the great work being done by the entire home building and land development industry in the GTA. To learn more and see the complete list of winners click here.