By Ivana Stojanovic
The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recognized the GTA’s best home building and development industry members on April 28 at the 36th Annual BILD Awards. A group of expert judges across North America chose winners in 47 categories associated with sales, marketing, design and the construction of new homes ranging from detached single-family units to high-rise developments.
There were several changes in this year’s awards, as many new modernized categories were created to reflect today’s housing market including Best Marketing Innovation and the inclusion of mid-rise developments within several awards.
For the first time in the history of the award ceremony, two Home Builders of the Year were recognized, Great Gulf Homes for low-rise development and Tridel for mid and high-rise development. (Tridel also won several other awards.)
“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.”
Award winners include:
Home Builder of the Year – Mid/high rise: Tridel
Home Builder of the Year – Low rise: Great Gulf Homes
Green Builder of the Year: Tridel
Project of the Year – Mid/high rise :
Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos – Freed Developments, Capital Developments, Brandon Communications Inc., Cecconi Simone Inc., DesignStor, Montana Steele Advertising, PSR Brokerage Ltd.
Project of the Year – Low rise :
35 Wabash – Zinc Developments, BA Consulting Group, Bousfields Inc., The Brand Factory, Brandon Communications Inc., Design Agency, exp, Firm Capital Corporation, PSR Brokerage Ltd., RAW Design, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
People’s Choice Award :
Geranium Corporation and Pemberton Group, Friday Harbour – The Brand Factory, The Morrison Group
Best New Community – Built
Hullmark Centre – Tridel, Hullmark Developments Inc., The Brand Factory, Brandon Communications Inc., Drive Agency, Mike Niven Interior Design Inc.
Best New Community – Planned or under development
Queensville – Aspen Ridge Homes, CountryWide Homes, Lakeview Homes Inc, BAM Builder Advertising and Marketing Inc.
Riley Brethour Leadership Award: Hunter Milborne, Milborne Real Estate Inc.
Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award: Steve Stipsits, Branthaven Homes
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ignat “Iggy” Kaneff, Kanefff Group of Companies
Best Logo – Mid/high-rise: Signature Communities, East United Condos – Blackjet Inc.
Best Logo – Low-rise: Kettlebeck Developments, Brick&Oak
Best Signage: Tridel,Bowery
Best Direct Mail: Tridel, SQ2 – The Brand Factory
Best Print Ad: Geranium Corporation and Pemberton Group, Friday Harbour – The Brand Factory
Best Brochure – Mid/high-rise: Signature Communities, East United Condos – Blackjet Inc.
Best Brochure – Low-rise: Zinc Developments, 35 Wabash – The Brand Factory, Brandon Communications Inc.
Best Radio Ad Campaign: Geranium Corporation and Pemberton Group, Friday Harbour – The Brand Factory
Best Website – Mid/high-rise: Great Gulf Homes, Trafalgar Landing – DesignStor, weare1188
Best Website – Low-rise: Mattamy Homes Limited, Mattamy Homes Website Redesign – Bensimon Byrne
Best Sales Video: Empire Communities – Pureblink
Best Non-sales Video: Geranium Corporation, Construction & Craftsmanship – Builder Insight Group Inc., The Morrison Group
Best Rendering – Mid/high-rise: Geranium Corporation and Pemberton Group, Friday Harbour – The Brand Factory
Best Rendering – Low-rise: Sorbara Group of Companies, Crafthouse at St. Andrews – Paul Johnston: Unique Urban Homes, Pureblink
Best Public Relations Campaign: Signature Communities, East United Condos – Blackjet Inc., Kim Graham & Associates Inc.
Best Digital Marketing Campaign – Mid/high-rise: Aspen Ridge Homes, Aspire – The Brand Factory
Best Digital Marketing Campaign – Low-rise: Lancaster Homes Inc. and Zancor Homes Ltd., Pine River – BAM Builder Advertising and Marketing Inc.
Best Marketing Innovation: Minto Communities, Minto Bside – Kim Graham & Associates Inc., Montana Steele Advertising
Best Overall Marketing Campaign: Geranium Corporation and Pemberton Group, Friday Harbour – The Brand Factory
Best Suite Design: Adi Development Group Inc., Nautique Lakefront Residences, Norte – Cecconi Simone Inc.
Best Innovative Suite Design: Building Capital Inc., University Studios, SmartStudiosTM – McOuat Partnership
Best Luxury Suite Design: North Drive Investments Inc., The High Park, The High Park Penthouse – Cecconi Simone Inc., Quadrangle Architecture and Interiors
Best Model Suite: Camrost Felcorp Inc., Yorkville Private Estates – Montana Steele Advertising
Best Mid-rise Building Design: VANDYK Group of Companies, The Craftsman Condominium Residences – U31 Design
Best High-rise Building Design: Signature Communities, East United Condos – Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects
Best Single Detached Home Design: Tribute Communities, Gates of Nobleton, Wedgewood – Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists, Guidelines Advertising Inc.
Best Innovative Home Design: Mason Homes, Parklands, The Oakwood Model – Builder Insight Group Inc.
Best Semi-detached or Townhouse Design: Minto Communities, Minto Oakvillage, Castlerock – RN Design Ltd.
Best Luxury Home Design: Sorbara Group of Companies, Crafthouse at St. Andrews, Crafthouse Model E Paul Johnston: Unique Urban Homes, Symbolics Architecture + Design
Best Model Home: Menkes Developments Ltd., Pears on the Avenue, TH 1 Best Salesperson or Team – Mid/high-rise: Tridel – Juliana Tsui and Chili Yung
Best Salesperson or Team – Low-rise: Minto Communities
Best Sales Office – Small: Zinc Developments, 35 Wabash – The Brand Factory, Brandon Communications Inc., Design Agency, PSR Brokerage Ltd.
Best Sales Office – Large: Curated Properties, CABIN – Paul Johnston: Unique Urban Homes, RAW Design
Best Marketing Person or Team: Minto Communities Best Design Team: Fieldgate Homes and Hullmark Developments Inc. – Quadrangle Architecture and Interiors
Best Customer Care: Tridel