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The excitement was palpable as the Building Industry and Land Development-Calgary Region Awards gala unfolded on April 22 at the Telus Convention Centre.
More than 1,100 members and guests attended the annual event, many with fingers crossed in anticipation that they’d be walking the stage and taking home an iconic stylized bird trophy.
Headlining the evening were six top achievers, earning Grand Awards, determined by a tally of results as set by the BILD-CR awards committee. The 2022 Builder of the Year Grand Awards went to Morrison Homes, Single Family Large Volume; Logel Homes, Multi-Family Large Volume; Urban Indigo Fine Homes, Single Family Small Volume; and Rarebuilt Homes, Multi-family Small Volume. Kay 2 Contracting Ltd. walked the stage for Renovator of the Year, while Breckenridge Concrete earned Partner of the Year.
This is the 16th time that Morrison Homes has earned the title of Builder of the Year, Large Volume, consecutively winning the Builder of the Year Award for the past three years. Logel Homes also earned its third consecutive Grand Award, walking into the evening with 12 finalist nominations in categories spanning the gamut from Best Apartment Style, to Best New Multi-family Home Design, Best New Sales Team and Best Sales and Information Centre.
“This year, the judges had the very difficult task of selecting the grand award winners, as all entries and finalists delivered fantastic projects. The smallest margins separate the winners and runners up and in close competitions like the BILD-CR Awards, this often motivates the industry to continue to strive to be the best collectively, year in and year out,” says Brian Hahn, CEO of BILD Calgary Region.
The annual awards celebrate the best in new homes, renovations, community development, design, innovation and residential sales and marketing.
The winners — there were 59 in total — were whittled down from an initial pool of over 570 entries and a subsequent list of 239 finalists, adjudicated and chosen by more than 100 judges.
Morrison Homes also picked up awards for the Best New Home $350,000 to $389,999 for its Tsumagari Residence project, Best New Home $729,000 to $827,999 for The Ellsworth and the Best Print Marketing Award for its 15 Time Builder of the Year print advertisement, while also earning 10 finalist nods across several categories.
Similarly, Logel Homes stood out with four category wins — Best New Multi-Family Home Design 600 to 899 sq. ft. for The Pratt; Best New Multi-Family Home Design, 900 to 1,199 sq. ft., The Cohen 2ES; Best Apartment Style, up to $230,999 for The Carr 2; and, Best Apartment Style $331,000 to 430,999 for The Cohen 2.
Showcasing their design excellence, Urban Indigo Fine Homes and Rarebuilt Homes notched up category wins that contributed to earning top accolades for Builder of the Year. Urban Indigo Fine Homes earned three Best New Home Awards for its custom brother/sister designs in Killarney — Willix ($445,000-$509,999) and Wilma ($510,000 to $594,999), and for its custom home design, Windhorse, in the category $1,775,000-$2,400,999. Rarebuilt Homes took home the win for Best Townhome/ Villa in two categories — $352,000-$449,999 (The Rae) and $450,000-$525,000 (The Reef).
When it came to accolades for best communities, Glacier Ridge by Anthem Properties Group came out on top for New Community of the Year, while multi-time winners Hopewell Residential picked up the award for Community of the Year-City of Calgary for its Mahogany development, and Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities jointly earned the top nod for Community of the Year-Calgary Region for its golf and lake community of Harmony. Harmony also took top prize for 2022 Show Home Parade of the Year.
Other gala highlights included presentations to luxury homebuilder Riverview Custom Homes, which garnered two awards for Best New Home in both the $972,000-$1,122,000 and $2,401,000 and over categories — a two-time consecutive win for the builder.
The Industry Achievement Award for Best Innovation, an award that highlights and celebrates enterprise, innovation and creativity, went to Crystal Creek Homes for NterNow, an on-demand access service for real estate.
With a mandate to create the most liveable communities in the world, BILD-Calgary Region is the voice of the residential construction industry in Calgary and surrounding areas, including Airdrie, Balzac, Cochrane, Chestermere, High River, Strathmore and the counties of Rocky View, Foothills and Wheatland. Members include developers, builders, renovators, trades, consultants, manufacturers, service professionals and suppliers.
“BILD-CR congratulates all the organizations who entered this year’s awards competition. All entries reflected the enterprise, creativity and innovation BILD members are known for. Through the constant innovation, collaboration and the pursuit of excellence from our industry, this has translated to Calgary and the region being ranked as one of the best places to live in the world,” says Hahn.
All 2022 BILD-CR award winners are posted at bildcr.com.