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Tridel, Canada’s pre-eminent condominium developer, was named Ontario Home Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association at its twenty-fifth annual Awards of Distinction last week. The designation “Home Builder of the Year” is the highest honour the industry can bestow, and it is not the first time Tridel has earned it. The award reflects the high value placed on community service, community building, customer care, and professional involvement in an industry that is uniquely defined by its community-building ethos.
In selecting the winner, judges consider the nominee’s performance in sales and customer service, its innovation in building design and sustainability, its involvement in the wider community through charitable organizations and community events, and its support of the home building industry through mentoring programs, educational outreach and participation in local home builder associations. In each of these areas, Tridel excels.
Tridel leads the industry in researching and developing innovative, sustainable technologies in partnership with Tower Labs at MaRS. Tridel “Built Green” buildings are built to conserve more energy and resources than standard Code-compliant buildings, and more than 25 per cent of all high-rise residential LEED projects in Ontario are Tridel condominiums.
The company’s strong leadership position in the industry is best seen in its B.O.L.T. (Building Opportunities for Life Today) program, launched in 2009. This outreach program that connects at-risk youth with careers in construction has provided more than $1.2 million in scholarships to young people pursuing studies in the construction industry so far. George Brown College named its new school of construction management after Tridel Chairman and CEO Angelo Del Zotto, after the company made a $3 million donation to the college’s fundraising campaign.
When it comes to street-level community involvement, Tridel is there as well. The company has supported an innovative urban agriculture program called The Bowery Project, which temporarily converts vacant space into productive gardens through the use of milk crates and soil. One of these Bowery Project initiatives was set up adjacent to Tridel’s SQ Condominiums at Alexandra Park in downtown Toronto and produced hundreds of pounds of organic produce for local residents.
In addition to the Home Builder of the Year Award, Tridel’s Scala Condominiums won the award for Most Outstanding High-Rise or Mid-Rise Suite (801 square feet and over), and SQ Condominiums at Alexandra Park won Best Video for a High-Rise or Mid-Rise project (The Brand Factory).
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