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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

While far from its first real estate development on a global scale, M2M is Aoyuan International‘s initial project in Toronto, as well as its most ambitious to date. Planning for the multi-faceted community project first started in 2017, when Aoyuan International acquired the Newtonbrook Plaza and began to lay out plans for its largest residential complex in Canada.

When completed, the 8.6-acre master-planned community at Yonge and Finch in North York will be a fully integrated neighbourhood designed for living, working, and playing. Featuring five towers and two podiums, M2M’s all-encompassing community will be home to a total of 1,650 residential units, as well as hundreds of thousands of square feet of office and retail space, a community centre, children’s daycare, and even its own greenspace for a future park.

The Aoyuan International team is thrilled to have received the BILD People’s Choice Award at the 39th annual BILD Awards on May 3, where the award was presented by the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

The BILD Awards are an annual event held to highlight new real estate projects that standout taking place in the greater Toronto area and to celebrate “excellence in the GTA’s land development and new home industry,” With awards that recognize distinction in everything from marketing and sales to project design, BILD aims to recognize the myriad hard-working people behind the hundreds of new communities that appear on the market every year.

Aoyuan International shares the People’s Choice Award with key strategic partners who are equally responsible for M2M’s success, including Wallman Architects, U/31, Ferris + Associates Inc., Baker Real Estate Inc. and KG&A.

In a lengthy selection process, most winners of the BILD Awards are chosen by a jury of industry experts. However, for the People’s Choice Award, the power of selection is put into the hands of the general public, which makes the award one of the most coveted in the BILD Awards. This prize is considered massively important within the industry, as it represents the voice of the GTA people who will ultimately occupy the award-winning dwellings.

Initially shortlisted alongside seven other finalists, Aoyuan International’s master-planned community ended up snagging the award. The project was also nominated for the Best Suite Design award, thanks to M2M’s expansive square footage, smart home features, and thoughtful details, such as laminate wood flooring, Kohler fixtures, integrated appliances, and under-cabinet lighting.

Aoyuan International believes in and is committed to “building a healthy lifestyle” for its residents, and is thrilled that the M2M site has received its official approval from the city. With the BILD People’s Choice win drawing even more attention to the project, all eyes will definitely be on this exciting new community as the Newtonbrook Plaza is transformed over the coming years. The TTC Yonge subway expansion, which will soon bring downtown public transit access to M2M’s door, will make the master-planned community an even more attractive place to call home for daily commuters between the 416 and 905 area codes.

With such a positive start in the Toronto market, there’s no telling what successes await Aoyuan International and M2M, but the outlook so far is incredibly optimistic, and the team is excited to build out its master-planned community with its many amenities — from a yoga studio, infinity pool, and co-working space to a marketplace and park for families in the neighbourhood. It’s this very blend of modern development, design, marketing, and communications that Aoyuan International believes led to M2M’s victory at this year’s BILD award.

Aoyuan International encourages a healthy urban lifestyle. To learn more about the project, visit the M2M Presentation Centre and model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St.. The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends. For further information or an appointment, call 416.901.2720 or visit the website.


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BILD Renovation and Custom Home AWARDS

BILD Renovation and Custom Home AWARDS

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BILD Renovation and Custom Home AWARDS

by Dave Wilkes

Professional renovators help realize homeowners’ vision

Our modern lives are different from how we lived 20, 10, or even five years ago, and we want our homes and living spaces to reflect that. Instead of the small, enclosed rooms of many older homes, we are looking for open living spaces that invite in natural light. And thanks to professional renovators, we can stay in our current homes and neighbourhoods and still get the renewed spaces that accommodate our contemporary lifestyles.

GOLDEN BEE HOMES WINS THE RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD L - R Michael Rosset (HPG President), Abraham Mradian, Katherine Pollock, Pars Margarosyan, Jack Torossian, (Golden Bee Homes) Fay Splett, (HPG) & Darren Steedman (BILD Chair) Photography by Rodney Daw
GOLDEN BEE HOMES WINS THE RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD L – R Michael Rosset (HPG President), Abraham Mradian, Katherine Pollock, Pars Margarosyan, Jack Torossian, (Golden Bee Homes) Fay Splett, (HPG) & Darren Steedman (BILD Chair) Photography by Rodney Daw

I was reminded of this trend when BILD announced the winning projects at our Renovation and Custom Home Awards on March 9th, 2018 at the AllStream Centre, on the opening day of the National Home Show. Each of the “after” photos featured open, light-filled rooms. If you would like to see them all, search #BILDRenoAwards on Instagram.

RENO & DECOR magazine is the founding sponsor of the Custom Reno awards and participates in the event every year. All professional renovators behind these award-winning projects are GTA-based members of the national RenoMark program.

Best Renovation Under $75,000 BRAMSON CONSTRUCTION
Best Renovation Under $75,000 BRAMSON CONSTRUCTION

The photos and the project description of each winning project illustrate the quality of work and careful thought that the RenoMark renovator invested in making the client’s vision of a bright, airy home, a reality. Bramson Construction, the winner of the award for Best Renovation Under $75,000, removed walls to transform a kitchen, dining and living area into a unified, streamlined space.

Best Renovation $75,000 - $150,000 GOLDEN BEE HOMES
Best Renovation $75,000 – $150,000 GOLDEN BEE HOMES

TOP HONOURS

Golden Bee Homes changed a floor plan with a small, enclosed kitchen and dining room into an open family space that takes advantage of natural light from an existing skylight. The company received the award for the Best Renovation $75,000 to $150,000, as well as the Renovator of the Year award, which is based on survey results from clients.

Best Condominium Renovation W.C. MEEK DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Best Condominium Renovation W.C. MEEK DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Urbanline Architecture reconfigured interior spaces in a dated house, merging the kitchen and dining room into a space for entertaining guests, and using a glazed wall to connect to light and greenery outside. They received the award for Best Renovation $150,000 to $300,000. The company also won for Best Renovation $300,000 to $500,000, for the transformation of a mid-size, three-storey house into flexible, multi-purpose spaces for a growing family.

Best Custom Home SEVERN WOODS CONSTRUCTION
Best Custom Home SEVERN WOODS CONSTRUCTION

Lewitt Construction converted a 1920s house with small, dim spaces into an open home with large windows and high-end finishes such as walnut floors, a steel-and-glass staircase, and custom millwork. They won the award for Best Renovation $500,000 or more.

Best Renovation $150,000 - $300,000 URBANLINE ARCHITECTURE
Best Renovation $150,000 – $300,000 URBANLINE ARCHITECTURE

W.C. Meek Design and Construction transformed a condo suite by removing interior walls to open up the main living spaces, and let in natural light from the south end of the unit. They also installed low-maintenance flooring for the client’s dogs. The company won the award for Best Condominium Renovation.

Best Renovation $300,000 - $500,000 URBANLINE ARCHITECTURE
Best Renovation $300,000 – $500,000 URBANLINE ARCHITECTURE

SevernWoods Construction created an architecturally significant home with comfortable living spaces for family life and large events, paying attention to providing pleasing views for this ravine house. They were presented with the award for Best Custom Home.

Best Renovation Over $500,000 LEWITT CONSTRUCTION
Best Renovation Over $500,000 LEWITT CONSTRUCTION

If you have been inspired to update your home, start by speaking with a RenoMark renovator. He or she will be your partner in a successful home renovation. You can find one in your area by searching on renomark.ca

BILD would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists.

A complete list of winners can be found in the GTA section of renomark.ca.


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GTA’s top builders and projects honoured at annual BILD Awards

GTA’s top builders and projects honoured at annual BILD Awards

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GTA’s top builders and projects honoured at annual BILD Awards

Mattamy and Great Gulf named as GTA Homebuilders of the Year, Hugh Heron wins Lifetime Achievement Award.

The GTA’s home building and land development industry recognized its top builders, projects and marketing initiatives at the 38th annual BILD Awards on Friday, May 4, 2018.

More than 1,300 industry professionals attended the event, which honoured achievements in planning, design, sales, marketing and city building in 51 categories. A group of 30 expert judges from across North America determined the winners from more than 900 submitted entries.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Hugh Heron, principal and co-founder of Heron Homes. This recognition is the association’s highest honour and was presented to Heron for his 50 years of leadership in the building and land development industry.

HOMEBUILDERS OF THE YEAR

Taking home the night’s most prestigious awards for Homebuilders of the Year were Mattamy Homes for Lowrise and Great Gulf for Mid/Highrise.

The Homebuilder of the Year titles recognize the builders who set the standard for the rest of the industry through their professionalism and dedication to excellence.

The winners are leaders committed to quality, caring for their customers and contribution to their community. A key component of the judging process is a customer satisfaction survey completed by the builders’ purchasers.

The Great Gulf Group has been in business for over 40 years and includes Great Gulf, Ashton Woods, First Gulf, H+ME Technology, and Tucker HiRise. It has grown into one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. They have built their reputation by continually seeking to marry design, technology and experience in exciting new ways.

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America with a nearly 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. The company started in 1978, building one home in Burlington. Today they have over 90,000 homeowners in hundreds of master-planned communities. Mattamy is continually in touch with each homeowner from the first touchpoint at their sales centre, to when a purchaser moves in, to long after they have settled into their new home.

Hugh Heron
Hugh Heron

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For the past 50 years, Hugh Heron has been a “builder” in every sense of the word in the province of Ontario. Today, he is one of the most active and influential professionals in the new home industry, as well as an avid media spokesperson for the building and land development industry in the GTA.

In 1967, Heron came to Canada and got his first job with Costain, a company that he had worked for in Scotland. In 1979, Hugh went off on his own to co-found Heron Homes with a group that he is still in business with today. Heron’s building entities has gone on to build over 8,000 homes in 50 communities across Ontario and has built over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

“For 50 years Hugh has given back to the industry that gave so much to him and his family,” said Wilkes. “He has served in leadership positions at some of the industry’s most important institutions, including chair of the Ontario New Home Warranty Program, past president of both the Greater Toronto and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations, and former senior board member of Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC).”

Heron is also well known for his community and charity work, establishing the Mikey Network in memory of Michael Salem, a partner at Herity who died of cardiac arrest on a golf course in June 2002. The Mikey Network helps place Mikeys (public access defibrillators) in schools, workplaces and public access areas across Canada. These defibrillators have been used to save 39 lives to date and many more to come.

“Hugh Heron’s goal has always been to make the new homebuyer feel comfortable during the building process,” said Wilkes. “Hugh has always made the journey of new homeownership a positive experience. When someone buys a home from Hugh and moves in, he makes sure they feel ‘Home at Last,’ ”’ said Wilkes with a smile.

TOP AWARDS

The People’s Choice Award, determined by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to CentreCourt Developments and SmartCentres for their Transit City development in Vaughan.

“People’s Choice is a unique award because it is the public that decide the winner,” said BILD president and CEO Dave Wilkes. “Nearly 6,000 people voted for projects that competed for the best in city building that demonstrated how the industry is providing a wide range of housing options for GTA homebuyers.”

For community building, BILD has two categories for outstanding projects that embody the province’s smart growth principles: Best New Community (Planned/Under Development) for a project currently planned or under construction; and Best New Community (Built) which recognizes a completed project.

The Daniels Corporation won Best New Community (Planned/Under Development) for Lighthouse Tower East, located at Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay East. For its work on Harbour Plaza and One York, Menkes Development won the award for Best New Community (Built).

The Berkley by Arista Homes took home the award for Best Innovative Home Design, which recognizes cutting-edge design in lowrise homes that increase buying choices for entry-level consumers.

Best Innovative Suite Design went to Collecdev’s Unit E8, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that maximizes living space.

Curated Properties and Windmill Developments won the award for the Best Midrise Building Design for The Plant, which seeks to bring new standards of sustainability and urban agriculture to Queen West.

For their outstanding leadership in the implementation of green building practices, Dunshire Developments was named Green Builder of the Year, Lowise, and Tridel was named Green Builder of Year, Mid/Highrise.

The Project of the Year, Lowrise title went to TACC Developments, Arista Homes Limited, DECO Homes, Fieldgate Homes and OPUS Homes for their Richlands development in Richmond Hill, while Curated Properties and Windmill Developments’ The Plant was selected as the Mid/Highrise Project of the Year.

The award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign went to the team of Graywood Developments and Community for their campaign for Peter & Adelaide.

The Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award was given to The Daniels Corporation and the Riley Brethour Leadership Award was given to Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco of OPUS Homes.

For a full list of winners, go to bildawards.ca.


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BILD Renovation & Custom Home Awards

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Celebrating quality and professionalism at the annual ceremony

On March 10, BILD members gathered at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place where the top renovators and custom home builders in the GTA were recognized at the Renovation and Custom Home Awards by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

Created by BILD in 1999, the awards program recognizes professional renovators for professionalism, quality of work and industry leadership. Nominees are evaluated by a team of industry professionals and the Renovator of the Year award is also decided based on survey results from clients.

“This year’s winners demonstrate the importance of working with professional renovators and custom builders while raising the bar for the rest of the industry,” said BILD vice-president of membership and RenoMark program manager Helen Batista. “As the RenoMark program grows, so does the quality of the submissions we receive every year.”

MEN AT WORK DESIGN/BUILD WIN RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

L TO R: John Cera, Natalie Venalainen, John Tsafaroff (Men at Work), Darren Steedman (BILD Chair), Daniel Oliveria, Keith O’Brien (Men at Work), Michael Rosset (HPG President), Samantha Sannella (Urban Retreat Homes)

The Renovator of the Year award, which recognizes the renovator who sets the standard for the rest of the sector in their leadership and commitment to customer service and their contribution to the overall image of the renovation industry, was presented to Men at Work Design Build Ltd.

Besides receiving the top honour of Renovator of the Year title, Men at Work Design Build Ltd. also earned two other prestigious awards this year in both the $75,000 to $150,000 best renovation category as well as the $300,000 to $500,000 competition.

There was also a tie in the $500,000+ category this year. Jim Cunningham of Eurodale Developments was named Member of the Year. Cunningham has been a member of the BILD for over a decade and has been the recipient of the Renovator of the Year award three times since 2010.

Lou Frustaglio of Dreambuilders Inc. and Frank Cohn of Cohn Construction were inducted into BILD’s Hall of Fame. Frustaglio is a longstanding member of the renovation community and actively engaged at the local, provincial and national levels, Tuckey noted.

Frank Cohn has received the prestigious Renovator of the Year award three times over a span of 25 years.

“His leadership and efforts have helped raise the standard for all renovators and have contributed to enhancing the public image of renovators in the GTA,” Tuckey said in introducing Cohn. “He runs a one-man show and with the collaboration of trusted suppliers continues to meet and exceed customer expectations.”

BEST RENOVATION UNDER $75,000 BINNS KITCHEN + BATH DESIGN ~ An outdated kitchen was transformed into a large contemporary space featuring an open-concept design
BEST RENOVATION $75,000 – $150,000 MEN AT WORK DESIGN BUILD LTD ~ A dark and dated kitchen is converted into a bright and open eating and entertaining area.
BEST RENOVATION $150,000 – 300,000 SUPER 7 GROUP ~ A complete interior demolition of an existing house on Lake Ontario is transformed into a unique renovation.
BEST RENOVATION $300,000 – $500,000 MEN AT WORK DESIGN BUILD LTD. ~ A small, cramped semi was extended into a spacious family home.
BEST RENOVATION MORE THAN $500,000 LEWITT CONSTRUCTION. ~ Maintaining the façade of a 1940s Tudor while completely gutting and transforming the interior to a modern space.

      IT’S A TIE!

BEST RENOVATION MORE THAN $500,000 TIPEQ INC ~ Reinvented a 1905 beach home as a light-filled, energy-efficient modern home.
BEST CONDOMINIUM RENOVATION KEYSTONE RIDGE DEVELOPMENTS ~ A dated 1,800-squarefoot Toronto condo was renovated and given an elegant, modern look’
BEST CUSTOM HOME CHATSWORTH FINE HOMES ~ Created a beautiful, luxury home, which included many sustainable features.

BILD would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists. A complete list of winners can be found in the GTA section of renomark.ca.

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