40 years since its 1980 establishment, the BILD Awards returned last week to celebrate another year of winners in the design, construction, sales, and marketing of new homes in the Greater Toronto Area. Going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online event kicked off last Tuesday, September 15th at noon, with awards issued every day through September 18th. This year, awards were judged by 39 experts from across North America in 44 categories representing 947 entries.

Standing out from among the big winners this year, Great Gulf Homes took home both Home Builder of the Year Low-Rise and Home Builder of the Year Mid/High-Rise. This marks the first time that these two categories since having been created in 2016 from the previously single overall Home Builder of the Year award, were won by the same developer.

More of this year's big winners are included below, while a full list of finalists and winners can be found at the BILD Awards website.

Best High-Rise Building Design – Tridel at The Well

Tridel at The Well, image courtesy of BILD

Tridel's contribution to the multi-tower The Well project won out over a list of finalists including Lākhouse by Aalto, Tretti by Collecdev, Concord Canada House by Concord Adex, and Galleria on the Park (01 & 02) by ELAD Canada. Tridel also took home this year's Green Builder of the Year Mid/High-Rise award for The Well, as well as a Best Customer Care award.

Home Builder of the Year, Mid/High-Rise – Great Gulf Homes

Monde, designed by Moshe Safdie & Quadrangle for Great Gulf Homes, image by Marcus Mitanis

Great Gulf took home the Home Builder of the Year in both the Mid/High-Rise and Low-Rise categories. In the Mid/High-Rise category, other finalists included Collecdev, Tribute Communities, and Tridel.

Home Builder of the Year Low-Rise – Great Gulf Homes 

Great Gulf's Whitby Meadows, image courtesy of BILD

In the Low-Rise category, Great Gulf won over finalists Mattamy Homes, Opus Homes, and Pace Developments Inc.

People’s Choice Awards – Acorn Developments, Lookout on the Knoll 

Acorn's Lookout on the Knoll, image courtesy of BILD

The People’s Choice Award, selected by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to Acorn Developments for their Lookout on the Knoll project in the Oak Ridge Moraine area of northern Richmond Hill. Acorn Developments also won Best Semi-Detached/Townhouse Design for Lookout on the Knoll, The Cedar, and Green Builder of the year, Low-Rise.

“The People’s Choice Award is a unique honour because it is the public that decides the winner,” reads a statement issued by BILD President and CEO Dave Wilkes. “5,496 people cast votes for projects that competed for the best in city building. These projects demonstrate how the industry is providing a wide range of housing options for home buyers in GTA.”

Best New Community Planned/Under Development - Brightwater  

Port Credit West Village Partners (Diamond Corp, Fram Building Group and Kilmer Van Nostrand) -

Brightwater community, image courtesy of BILD

The Brightwater community, planned along the shores of Lake Ontario in Port Credit, won Best New Community, Planned/Under Development, topping finalists The Well by Tridel, Mobilio by Menkes, and Galleria on the Park from ELAD Canada.

Concert Properties was also recognized with this year's Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian award for their unique approach to corporate social responsibility. This award honours the developer's Concert Community Works program's charitable activities and event involvement with Covenant House, Youth without Shelter, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Bubble Hockey for Sick Kids Foundation, Ride to Conquer Cancer, the Scott Street Mission, and George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies.

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