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Alberta builders and developers held their breath in anticipation as the Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Alberta chapter announced the finalists in the 2023 BILD Alberta Awards recently. The winners will be unveiled at the awards ceremony gala Sept. 16 at the Fairmont Banff Springs, which will take place during BILD Alberta’s Beyond the BILD Conference.
The awards, presented by Travelers Canada, recognize the best of the best in Alberta’s new home construction industry. This year, 365 submissions from across the province were received. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the submissions were whittled down to 105 finalists, spanning 35 award categories, encompassing best in new home design for both single and multi-family homes, in professional renovations, community development, safety, leadership and innovation.
“We are thrilled to announce the finalists of the BILD Alberta Awards. These exceptional projects reflect our members’ dedication to building outstanding homes and communities that enhance the lives of Albertans. Congratulations to all the finalists for their outstanding contributions to Alberta’s residential construction landscape,” says Scott Fash, executive director of BILD Alberta.
Of the 105 finalists, Edmonton area companies took 49 nominations, while Calgary and area companies garnered 48, with the remainder allocated to companies that either operate across Alberta or in centres outside of the Edmonton and Calgary area.
Calgary builders dominated the Townhome or Duplex categories — $425,000 to $500,00 and $500,000 to $600,000 —with Edmonton builders earning all of the nominations in the Infill Homes categories — Infill Home Under $750,000 and Infill Home Over $1.2 million and the single-family $350,000 to $375,00 categories.
In Calgary, Jayman Built and Brookfield Residential took six nominations each, while Douglas Homes, a top scorer from last year, picked up five nods.
In Edmonton, Cantiro earned eight nominations spanning multi-family, single-family, urban re-development, energy efficiency and best community feature categories, while Alair Homes, Habitat Studio and Vicky’s Homes sit with seven, five and four nominations respectively.
In the community development sphere, Calgary neighbourhoods took two out of the three nominations — Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities jointly earned a finalist nomination for Harmony, its multi-award winning lake and golf development in Springbank. Livingston in Calgary and Chapelle Gardens in Edmonton both developed by Brookfield Residential also joined the list of Best Community finalists.
But the big news player in the awards finalist nominations this year is Calgary-based Ultimate Renovations, which took 11 nominations, 10 for projects in Calgary and one for its Sophisticated Modern Flair project in Edmonton. Its winning projects span the gamut — kitchens, bathrooms, exteriors and entire home renovations. Not only that, it’s also a slam-dunk for Winner of the Renovator’s Choice Award, taking all three finalist nominations for its Eagle’s Nest, Lavish Outdoor Living and Urban Retreat projects in Calgary.
At the gala event in September, an additional four awards of the utmost prestige — the Pinnacle Awards — will recognize the top-scoring small and large builders, along with the top developer and renovator. The Pinnacle Awards recognize top-scorers, who also demonstrate plenty of leadership and success in areas like safety, customer satisfaction, community service and association involvement. Last year, three of the four top Pinnacle Awards went to Calgary businesses: Morrison Homes for Large Volume Builder, Ultimate Renovations for Renovator and University of Calgary Properties Group for Developer. Edmonton’s Vicky’s Homes took the title of Small Volume Builder, a two-year consecutive win for the company.
BILD Alberta is the unified voice for Alberta’s land development, home building and renovation industry. BILD Alberta represents more than 1,300 industry members from eight constituent associations committed to building communities throughout Alberta. BILD Alberta members are part of an industry that represents $9.9 billion in economic activity and nearly 135,000 jobs.
A complete list of finalists and a photo gallery is posted at bildalberta.ca.