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It’s finally spring, and that means it’s that time again for the residential building industry to pay tribute to itself and hand out awards for all the best it has to offer. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recently announced the finalists for the upcoming BILD awards.
One of the top awards is for Home Builder of the Year, and this year’s nominees are Tridel Corporation, Great Gulf Homes, Monarch Corporation and Mattamy Homes Limited. This award, says BILD, goes to the builder “who sets the standard for the rest of the industry” by showing the building and development industry in the best light. The winner is selected based on the design and construction quality of its buildings, its customer care, professional development of staff, contribution to the community and contribution to the industry.
To measure customer satisfaction with the nominees’ products, the judges poll 75 new occupants of homes built by each of the nominees. This is a major component of the judging process, according to BILD, carrying the greatest weight in the final tally. Tridel was the 2013 winner of the Builder of the Year Award.
Vote for the People’s Choice Award
Besides the juried awards, BILD also gives a People’s Choice Award for the top new home project of the year. The more people who vote, the more meaningful the award will be, so anyone with an interest in the kind of housing being built in our city is encouraged to vote. The finalists for the People’s Choice Award, which represent the best projects from both the high-rise and low-rise home sectors, are pre-selected by the judges, but the winner is selected by the public.
This year’s nominees include two Tridel projects: Aqualina at Bayside, and SQ at Alexandra Park.
Each of these projects is groundbreaking in its own way, and we mean that literally. Aqualina will be the first residential development in a brand new “smart” neighbourhood being built on the eastern waterfront. The building, designed by the renowned New York firm Arquitectonica, takes maximum advantage of the superb lakeside location. With a lovely new park—Sherbourne Common—on its western side, the lake and a beautiful new promenade along the south, and transit running past the north side of the building, the location could not be better. The trip to downtown Toronto takes minutes, but residents will have all the delights of lakeside living. There is no other condo building in the city with so “intimate” a connection to the lake, as Tridel VP of Sales and Marketing Jim Ritchie put it.
The other People’s Choice nominee by Tridel, SQ at Alexandra Park, is every bit as bold and forward-looking. SQ (for Spadina and Queen) also boasts award-winning architects: Teeple Architects of Toronto, and acclaimed interior design by UNION31. Its location in the heart of one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods, Queen Street West, makes it uniquely appealing to the urban crowd who want to be where the action is. From the front doors of SQ, many of the city’s best attractions—the Art Gallery of Ontario, Kensington Market, Chinatown, the theatre district, the Metro Convention Centre, the Rogers Centre, the Ripley’s Aquarium and the ACC, to name a few—are a short walk away. Not to mention the shops and restaurants of Queen West and King West and Spadina.
SQ is part of the redevelopment of the Alexandra Park community, Tridel was chosen to be the city’s commercial partner in the plan.