For 23 years, it’s been one of the premier events in BC’s residential construction industry: a province-wide competition where builders, developers, renovators and marketers vie for top honours in more than 40 categories. And on February 27, 2015, the celebration of the 2014 Georgie Awards was no exception. More than 500 industry members and experts gathered to find out who was the best of the best in BC.
Entries were up by 30 per cent over the previous year, so the three-day judging process was intense. As always, the judges were industry experts who come from outside BC to ensure the anonymity of each entry during the competition.
“No matter where I travel, the professionalism I see from our BC builders is unparalleled,” said Rob Capar, immediate past-president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-BC (CHBA-BC) in his opening remarks to the gala. And as the evening progressed, that professionalism, innovation and sheer creativity drew enthusiastic cheers and more than the occasional “wow” from the gathered crowd.
And the Winners Are…
The undisputed leader at the 2014 Georgie Awards was North Vancouver’s Naikoon Contracting Ltd., which struck gold a total of seven times including being named Custom Home Builder of the Year. Four of Naikoon’s seven awards were for Midori Uchi, an exquisite infill property with distinctive Japanese design influences, state-of-the-art technology throughout, and “out of the box” thinking that meant all wood used was 100 per cent from reclaimed sources. Midori Uchi also lays claim to being not only the only Metro Vancouver house to incorporate a rammed earth wall but also one of only a handful in the Lower Mainland to boast net-zero energy use.
Long time Georgie heavyweight Adera garnered five Georgies spanning three communities: Breeze, Sail and remix. Located in South Surrey, UBC and North Vancouver respectively, these developments showcased Adera’s commitment to great design and building homes that live well — a combination that helped them snag two Grand Georgie Awards: the prestigious Multi-Family Home Builder of the Year and Residential Community of the Year for Sail.
Hot on their heels with four awards – including Single Family Production Home Builder of the Year – was Richmond-based Portrait Homes. Its project Hampstead 2 at Silver Ridge in Maple Ridge got the nod in three categories. Each phase of this impressive masterplanned community has achieved a lengthy list of honours including numerous accolades for the outstanding customer service that has long defined this family-run builder/developer.
Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing’s creative blend of high tech and old fashioned country – including a celebratory Harvest Festival in the project’s restored barn – wowed the judges for The Ridge at Bose Farm. Almost a decade in the making, this one-of-a-kind reimagining of the historic Meadowridge Farm on 64th Avenue in Surrey is the brainchild of developer John Remple and was only possible with intense, time-consuming collaboration between the Bose family who owned the property, the City of Surrey and a dedicated group of heritage restoration experts. Awards included Marketing Campaign of the Year and best Sales Centre.
Proving the breadth of their talent, Tavan’s wins included renovation, marketing, and custom home building categories – from an über-sophisticated, 7,300-square-foot Shaughnessy mansion with full karaoke lounge and gold tiling on the fireplace surround to a Port Moody townhouse makeover costing under $100,000.
Other winners included: Concert Properties for the Salt high-rise, their runaway success story in downtown Vancouver; My House Design/Build, which was named Residential Renovator of the Year; and Vancouver Island’s TS Williams Construction, which took home two awards including Best Outdoor Living Space.