It’s a spring tradition: BC’s annual Georgie Awards®. As gardens burst into bloom, British Columbia’s residential building industry experts gather in Vancouver to celebrate the best of the province’s builders, developers, renovators, and marketers – the people behind the innovations and designs that define our place among global trendsetters.
More than 600 people were on hand at the Hyatt Regency to applaud this year’s 49 winners. Projects ranged from compact condos to estate mansions but all shared a dynamic sense of creativity and forward-thinking vision. Once again, no single company or project dominated, and many first-time entrants took home a gold statue… or two.
The Two Sweeps
Naikoon’s Winton House, winner in the $750,000 to $1.5 million custom home category, helped propel the company to its second Custom Home Builder of the Year Grand Georgie Award. President Joe Geluch credits the client’s commitment to sustainable, green design and willingness to think outside-the-box as significant contributing factors. “It was a perfect alignment with our team’s values,” he says, adding that during the dog days of August’s water restrictions, the newly finished landscaping was maintained using rainwater that had been collected in a 4,200-litre underground cistern.
The Grand Georgie for Residential Renovator of the Year went to My House Design/Build Team in part for Hillside Splendor that included a $1 million kitchen renovation as one component of a down-to-the-studs rebuild in West Vancouver mansion. The 12-year-old home’s seismic upgrading, new heating mechanical throughout, and new open-concept floor plan gave the house BuiltGreen Platinum certification, an achievement Graeme Huguet explains is virtually unheard of in a renovation.
After being named Best Multi-Family Low Rise Development and taking top honours for Best Interior Design Display Suite, Royce by Forge Properties beat out stiff competition to take home the Grand Georgie for Residential Community of the Year. “We are a small company, but we’re passionate about building ‘conscious communities’,” explains Forge Properties president Cory Saran. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re big or small, when there is core alignment in the team’s philosophy, the intention will shine through.”
Passion was also a driving force behind Portrait Homes’ triple win of the evening. Once again honoured with a Grand Georgie for Single Family Production Home Builder of the Year, the Richmond-based company added another customer service accolade to their already lengthy list, this time for the Grand Georgie for Customer Satisfaction (Single Family). “For me, customer choice awards are always the most meaningful because they are based on direct customer feedback,” says Rob Grimm, president. “This is one way we know we are meeting the ever-changing needs and desires of our homebuyers.”
Kindred Construction was the evening’s final three-time winner. Projects spanned a luxurious mid-rise condominium (South Creek Landing), a $3 million custom home, and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, a senior’s community centre and affordable housing project that was named best Public-Private Partnership.
Other Notable Victories
Long-time participant Concert Properties received two Grand Georgies including their sixth Customer Satisfaction Award in the Multi Family category since 2008, while Zenterra Developments got the nod for the coveted Multi Family Home Builder of the Year Grand Georgie.
Jaheny Custom Builders was one of an exciting group of new Georgie entrants who took home gold this year. The dazzling Tuscan Reflections manor blew the completion away in both the landscaping and outdoor living categories by transforming an unsightly gravel pit into a one-of-a-kind private resort home with features including a two-acre, man-made trout pond, an outdoor amphitheater, open air dining room with stone pizza oven, and more than 2,000 lineal feet of terracing walls.
In Shaughnessy, Carol Faan Interiors Ltd replicated the glamour of an English estate home with lavish use of marble, 22-foot diameter foyer chandeliers and even an indoor swimming pool that use painted wall murals to create the illusion of being in an outdoor garden. The combination garnered this first time participant gold in the Best Interior Design Custom Residence category.
“The Georgie Award finalists are as diverse as our membership,” says Gordon Bliss, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC. “The strength of this association is in our members… over 1,600 strong in all areas of British Columbia.”
For a complete list of Georgie Award winners, visit www.georgieawards.ca.