On September 28th, the winners of the 2015 Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) Awards of Distinction were announced at the prestigious Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, with awards being given out across 39 different categories, honouring the design, sales, and marketing aspects of land development. 

The top honour for 2015 Ontario Home Builder of the Year was awarded to developer Empire Communities, due to their commitment to customer service and building environmentally-friendly communities. Over the course of Empire's 20 years in business in the condominium industry, the developer has participated in several fundraising initiatives like Habitat for Humanity, plus a $250,000 sponsorship to Brantford’s Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, $33,000 to David Hornell Jr. School for an outdoor classroom and $40,000 to the Brantford Home Builders’ Association (BHBA) Annual Luncheon.

Empire's flagship community, Eau du Soleil, is now under construction in Humber Bay Shore

Other Prestige Award recipients include Project of the Year (Low Rise) winner Aspen Ridge Homes for their Upper West Side project in Thornhill, Project of the Year (High or Mid-Rise) winner Fusion Homes for The Metalworks development in Guelph, and People's Choice Award winner Marz Homes Holdings Inc. for their South Coast Village development in Crystal Beach.

Upper West Side, image courtesy of Aspen Ridge Homes

11 winners were awarded in the Architectural Design category, including a few projects that may be familiar to UrbanToronto readers, like Great Gulf's One Bloor East. A list of the Architectural Design winners is included below.

Most Outstanding Production Built Home (One Storey)

Rinaldi Homes for: Westhaven – St.David's 

Most Outstanding Production Built Home (Two Storeys up to 2500 square feet)

Devonleigh Homes for: Settler's Ridge "Yorkton II" – Huntsville

Most Outstanding Production Built Home (Two Storeys 2501 square feet and over)

Mattamy Homes Limited for: St. John's Forest "The Snapdragon" – Aurora 

"The Snapdragon", St. John's Forest, Aurora, image courtesy of Mattamy Homes

Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Homes (Semi/Town/Stacked)

Granite Homes Inc. for: Arkell Lofts "Monterey" – Guelph

Most Outstanding Custom Home (Up to 3000 square feet)

Doug Tarry Homes for: Roy Country Residence – Talbotville 

Most Outstanding Custom Home (3001-5000 square feet)

Woodcastle Homes Ltd. for: Old Muskokan – Muskoka

Most Outstanding Custom Home (5001 square feet and over)

Timberline Custom Homes for: Rustic Stoney Lake Home – Douro-Dummer 

Most Outstanding Mid-Rise Building (4 - 10 Storeys)

Tribute Communities for: Varley Condominium Residences – Unionville 

Varley Condominium Residences, image courtesy of Tribute

Most Outstanding High-Rise Building  (11+ Storeys)

Great Gulf for: One Bloor – Toronto 

Rendering of One Bloor East, image courtesy of Great Gulf Homes

Most Outstanding High or Mid-rise Condo Suite (4+ Storeys up to 800 square feet)

FRAM Building Group for: 150 Fairview Mall Soul Condos "soul 5" – Toronto 

Most Outstanding High or Mid-rise Condo Suite  (4+ Storeys 801 square feet and over)

Minto Communities for: Minto@Lansdowne "2002" – Ottawa 

Related Companies:  Andrea Kantelberg Design, Aspen Ridge Homes, Baker Real Estate Inc., Cecconi Simone, Conservatory Group, CountryWide Homes, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, Dream Unlimited, Empire Communities, First Capital Realty, Great Gulf, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Janet Rosenberg + Studio, Ketchum, Kramer Design Associates Limited, L.A. Inc., Montana Steele, PRO-BEL, Regal Crest Homes, Richmond Architects, Studio Munge, The MBTW Group | W Architect Inc, Townwood Homes, TUCKER HIRISE Construction, Vicbar Marketing, Zeidler Partnership Architects