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Coventry Homes, Cantiro, Encore Master Builder, Ackard Contractors and Park Lighting and Furniture won top overall awards.

Coventry Homes' Kalliope won Best Single Family $600,000 to $700,000 at the Canadian Home Builders' Association-Edmonton Region 2022 Awards of Excellence in Housing presented April 2, 2022, at the Edmonton Convention Centre. Coventry Homes’ Kalliope won Best Single Family $600,000 to $700,000 at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Edmonton Region 2022 Awards of Excellence in Housing presented April 2, 2022, at the Edmonton Convention Centre. jpeg

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More than 30 different Edmonton-area home builders, developers and renovators walked away with at least one award as the 2022 Awards of Housing Excellence returned to its in-person gala format.

“After two years of celebrating virtually (due to the pandemic), we were thrilled to host an in-person gala at the Edmonton Convention Center with more than 1,100 guests,” said Laura Bruno, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Edmonton Region, of the event held April 2.

While there was no clear runaway winner on the night, both Cantiro and Coventry Homes led the way with seven awards each and winners of two of the top five awards: Builder of the Year-Multi-Family (Cantiro) and Builder of the Year- Large Volume (Coventry). Add in the three awards given to Impact Homes, part of the Coventry Group of Companies, and perhaps you could say Coventry came out on top.

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“It was pretty dramatic, it was just about heart stopping,” said Coventry CEO Henri Rodier, as the Coventry team awaited the announcement of the Builder of the Year-Large Volume winner. “The Edmonton Home Builders’ Association did such a good job, to put that all together in such a short period of time. It just felt like you were at an Oscar presentation or gala.”

Coventry also won for Best Radio Commercial Campaign, had the Rookie of the Year in the Sales People portion, took the Industry Leadership Award, added two more awards in the Single Family Housing categories, and one Sales Volume award. Impact won the new Best Greenfield Garden/Secondary Suite award and took two in the single-family housing segment.

“I’m still a little bit in shock that we did as well as we did,” added Rodier. “We’re very grateful.”

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Cantiro, meanwhile, was a repeat winner in two key multi-family categories. As it did last year, Cantiro was once again named as Builder of the Year-Multi-Family, while its 100 West Block project in Glenora — luxury condos on the edge of downtown — won as Best Apartment building once more, making it the third straight time it has garnered this honor.

“We have an amazing team here at Cantiro,” said Ryan Smith, president of Cantiro Homes, pointing to the team’s commitment to challenging the acceptable, being innovative and their entrepreneurial spirit. “So to be rewarded for those efforts in front of a group of your peers is special, it speaks volumes.”

Humbled and honored to have won the top multi-family award for the second year in a row, Smith added that it’s not just about building a home but rather building a home that enriches the lives of the people who live in those homes.

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Additional Cantiro awards included Best Email Campaign, Best Design Centre/Show Room, two sales awards including Best Sales Person/Team of the Year for Multi-Family and Best Community for the Hills at Charlesworth in southeast Edmonton.

Meanwhile, Averton, which won four awards on the night, won for Best New Community for its Midtown development, a master planned community in St Albert. Actually, all four awards were tied to its Midtown project, including one for Best Townhome/Duplex Project.

The other major winners were Encore Master Builder as Builder of the Year-Small Volume, Ackard Contractors as Renovator of the Year and Park Lighting and Furniture as General Member of the Year.

“The awards night was a wonderful evening and it was so great to finally be back in person and get to reconnect with people in the industry,” said Kim Gibbons, executive vice-president of Encore Master Builder. “Encore obviously had a very special night and are extremely proud of our dedicated staff and sub-trades for helping us win Small Volume Builder of the Year. We are also proud of winning the award for Best Multi-Family $400,000 to $500,000 for our Blatchford show home model, The Brooklyn.”

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For Renovator of the Year, a familiar name found its way to the podium once more.

“It was extremely exciting and nice to win being our 10th Renovator of the Year win,” said Ackard Contractors’ Richard Plamondon. “Especially with the competition getting tougher and tougher every year, it seems.”

Ackard had one other win, for Best Renovation under $150,000.

“We are very proud of all our projects and all seven finalist spots we had in our renovator awards,” added Plamondon.
Rounding out the top awards of the night, Park Lighting and Furniture was named General Member of the Year.

“We wouldn’t be able to achieve this without the hard work and commitment of our incredible staff,” said Park’s Jenna Johannesen. “Our family has always been dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and we feel honored to be recognized for this within our industry. We are blessed to work with so many talented builders, renovators and designers and are grateful for the relationships we have built over the past 45 years.”

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Industry showcase

For this 2022 edition of the awards, 64 categories were up for grabs and there were multiple winners in the Sales Volume portion of the evening. New categories this year included garden and secondary suites awards, recognition for the most homes sold, and a best email campaign addition.

Pacesetter Homes won this initial Most Homes Sales award, and a total of six. Haynes Homes won two awards including the first Best Infill Garden/Secondary Suite.

In other awards, Rohit Group of Companies won for Best Show Home Parade (Woodhaven Edgemont) and Best Social Media/Digital Campaign for a total of five, and the Environmental Recognition Awards saw Habitat Studio (Single Family-Small Volume Builder), Jayman Built (Single-Family-Large Volume Builder) and Landmark Homes (Multi-Family Builder) emerge as winners. Habitat added a second award, Jayman three more and Landmark also took three more awards.

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Meanwhile, Alair Homes snagged six awards, Brookfield Residential and Sterling Homes had five each while Blackstone Homes, Canada Lands Co., Carrington Communities, Cassel Properties, City Homes Master Builder, Daytona Homes, Force Civil Solutions, Igloo Building Supplies Group, Justin Gray Homes, Kanvi Homes, Morrison Homes, Montorio Homes, Pals Geomatics, Parkwood Master Builder, Qualico Communities, Ridgeline Improvements, Sterling Homes, StreetSide Developments and Urbis Infill Homes all received at least one award.

“I am pleased to congratulate all of the winners and finalists who truly exemplify the best our industry has to offer,” added Bruno. “The Awards of Excellence showcase an industry and membership that the association is extraordinarily proud of, and we are excited to honor our members who continue to develop and build beautiful places to call home.”

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See the full list of winners here.

Indicators looking good

While Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Edmonton Region members had to make adjustments over the past few years due to the pandemic, it has seen an uptick in activity.

  • It saw permits pulled for more than 8,500 units, representing both single and multi-family homes, in the region in 2021 compared to just over 7,000 in 2020.
  • Single-family permits increased by 42 per cent from 2020.
  • Single-family housing starts increased by 37.8 per cent from 2020.
  • Looking at 2022, the CHBA-ER anticipates another busy year, on par with what it saw in 2021.

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