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OHBA names top builders

OHBA names top builders

Tridel captured top honours when it was named Ontario Home Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) at the association’s annual conference and Awards of Distinction in Collingwood in September, one of three awards for the builder.

“We are thrilled to be recognized again as the Ontario Home Builder of the Year, an honour we are most proud of,” said Andrea DelZotto of Tridel. “While we are a Toronto-based developer, this province-wide designation is particularly satisfying.”

Great Gulf was recognized with the coveted Project of the Year Lowrise Award for Summerlyn Village in Simcoe County.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized with this award. We are deeply committed to delivering outstanding residential offerings to discerning consumers,” said Great Gulf president Christopher Wein. “We’re always looking for new ideas, new innovations and a better way to build. We focus on research and development and what the future’s going to look like. We focus on product development and design and create living spaces with an emphasis on sustainability and ergonomics.”

Project of the Year Highrise or Midrise went to Minto Communities for Bside at Minto Westside, at Bathurst Street and Front Street West in Toronto. Minto also won for Most Outstanding Highrise Building (4-10 storeys) for Minto Yorkville Park.

Tridel was also awarded the Most Outstanding Highrise or Midrise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 square feet) for the L5T layout at Scala on Leslie Street in Bayview Village.

“We take great pride in providing outstanding homes for our purchasers, but we couldn’t do it without our excellent design teams,” said DelZotto. “Our designers work hard to ensure our suites provide spacious, functional layouts that cater to residents’ needs, with efficiency.”

Tridel’s SQ at Alexandra Park also took home the award for Best Video Highrise or Midrise Project (4+ storeys). Created by Tridel and its agency of record, The Brand Factory, the captivating video tells the story of the master-planned community at Spadina and Queen in the Alexandra Park neighbourhood. You can see at

Tridel was the recipient of the top award based on its commitment to building sustainable communities, its involvement and initiatives within its communities and its devotion to customer engagement and service. With over 80 years of experience as a leader in the new home and condo industry, Tridel has built their reputation on their core values of being a responsible global leader and places a strong emphasis on the importance of collaboration with stakeholders to ensure they meet the needs of those who live in and around their communities.

Tridel has built several complete communities that include residential and commercial space as well as community features that showcase the company’s commitment to long-term sustainability. Tridel buildings are designed and built to conserve more energy, water and resources than standard building code compliant buildings. In addition, Tridel is a strong advocate for community action and in 2009 Tridel initiated a program called B.O.L.T. (Building Opportunities for Life Today), a collaborative community and industry initiative to connect youth-at-risk to careers in construction. Tridel has raised more than $1.2 million to provide 168 scholarships for this program to date. In 2015, Tridel also sponsored a 1,500 milk crate farm behind the new YMCA Youth shelter adjacent to Tridel’s SQ development. The initiative produced almost 400 pounds of organic produce while engaging more than 30 youth and 100 volunteers.

Amsted Design-Build was awarded the Ontario Renovator of the Year Award. Based in Ottawa, Amsted Design-Build emphasizes the importance of customer satisfaction while designing and building up to the highest industry standards and places a strong emphasis on giving back to the communities where they renovate. Amsted recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with an initiative to undertake 25 community acts that give back to the neighbourhoods where they build and renovate homes. The company far exceeded their commitment and participating in programs including the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

Branthaven Homes won the People’s Choice Award for Lake House in Grimsby.

There are 39 categories in the 2016 OHBA Awards of Distinction program honouring innovation and excellence in the areas of design and sales and marketing and the companies.

The OHBA is the voice of the building, land development and professional renovation industry in Ontario representing 4,000 member companies organized into 30 local associations across the province. Its members have built over 700,000 homes in the last 10 years in over 500 Ontario communities. The industry contributes over $45 billion to Ontario’s economy and employs over 325,000 people across the province.

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