Homebuilding awards honours best in the business

  • May. 8, 2013 4:04 p.m.

Hundreds of local homebuilder leaders, stakeholders and innovators turned out for the Central Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing this past weekend at the Sheraton Hotel. The annual event honours members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Alberta.

“Tonight is about the leaders and innovators, and what they’ve done,” said Dave Hooge, president of Central Alberta Home Builders’ Association – Alberta.

“Many industries have great leaders, and the passion to do things very well. I may be biased, but I think that the developers in the homebuilding industry have some of the best leaders. Some grassroots, ‘mom and pop’, family-oriented businesses that inspire all of us.

“They’ve also inspired a healthy competition like we see here tonight.”

The major awards of the night went to Larkaun Homes for Builder of the Year (Small Volume). “I need to thank our team at Larkaun Homes and their families first and foremost,” said Cory Kaun, the company’s co-owner. “We also want to thank our suppliers and trades who are out there making this happen, and our customers without whom we would have nothing.”

Sorento Custom Homes was named Builder of the Year (Large Volume).

“I just want to say thank for the production tonight it’s an exciting night for all of us. We are super proud to win this award. We helped a lot of great customers last year; we had great trades people,” said Mark Macleod of Sorento Custom Homes. “I think we are up against the greatest homebuilders there are, so I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

Renovator of the Year went to Bowood Homes.

Other highlights include Sorento Custom Homes’ ‘Reva’ named as the winner of Best New Home Up to $224,999.

Bowood Homes took the top spot in the category of Best New Estate Home over $1,000,000 for ‘Birchcliff Retreat.’

Falcon Homes won in the Best New Multi-Family Home – Town House/Duplex Style under $199,999 for The Blinkhorn Residence. Sorento Custom Homes took the top spot in the same category for homes over $200,000 for the ‘Marcelo’.

Bruin’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd. took the Safety Leadership Award while Platinum Homes won in the Excellence in Interior Design category.

Canadian Closet won the Trades of the Year award (Small Category) while Northland Construction Supplies won Supplier of the Year in the Small Category.

Lisa Buckingham, CHBA-CA president, said she was thrilled that so many exemplary members were onhand to celebrate the event.

“My time as a board member and as president has been such an amazing and wonderful adventure,” she said. “My year has been ideal. I was lucky to have followed so many strong and capable presidents who have led the CHBA into the thriving and well-run association it currently is.

“With their commitment and the commitment of our staff, we’ve been able to create new ways to give back to the membership.”