September 26, 2018
by Canadian Architect
For the first time in OHBA history, Great Gulf won the prestigious 2018 Ontario Home Builder of the Year award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA). A finalist in the Builder of the Year category in years past, 2018 was Great Gulf’s year in the spotlight. An industry leader and innovator in energy efficient, high-quality new homes for more than 40 years, Great Gulf utilizes leading technology in their residential construction, such as the H+ME Technology panelization system and Tucker HiRise, an integrated platform to manage and coordinate the design and construction of buildings. Great Gulf also has a long-standing tradition of serving the community with partners like The Daily Food Bank, and actively participates in fundraising initiatives to assist disenfranchised youth and families. Great Gulf also supports the industry as a founding member of the Canadian Active House Alliance, volunteers on the BILD Board, OHBA/EnerQuality Technical Committee, and Canada Green Building Council.
Designed by Foster + Partners with Core for Mizrahi Developments, Toronto’s ‘The One’ was an architectural winner in the high-rise category.
The 2018 Ontario Renovator of the Year award was merited by OakWood. This year, all category finalists hail from Ottawa, a city sweep that only occurred in 2015. OakWood is renowned for its technology-driven innovation, demonstrated in their partnership with Tesla MPOWER Powerwall for solar roofs, which stores solar energy for later use, thereby reducing reliance on the grid and lowering the electric bill. In addition, OakWood’s High Performance Initiative with Mike Holmes and The Homes Group leverages additional design-build expertise, allowing OakWood to provide energy-efficient, sustainable services and products exclusively available in Ottawa. Fourth-generation and family-run, the company participates in ongoing support for local organizations and charitable causes, including the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Algonquin College and several local sports teams.
OHBA holds the Ontario Home Builder of the Year and Renovator of the Year in high regard because both winners represent the highest standard for homebuilding and professional renovation, to date. They set the bar in leadership, community service, customer service, and innovation for the rest of Ontario’s industry.
The 2018 Prestige Award winners also include:
Project of the Year – Low-Rise: Minto Communities for Glen Agar – Etobicoke (credit to: Montana
Steele Advertising, NAK Design Group, RN Design Ltd.)
Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise: North Drive Investments Inc. for One Forest Hill – Toronto
(credit to: kg&a, The Walsh Group/Printserver Inc.)
People’s Choice Award: Paradise Developments for High Point – Brampton (credit to: Ryan Design
This year, there was a record 511 entries submitted in the awards program. Winners were recognized at the Awards of Distinction Pre-Reception presented by Delta, the Awards of Distinction Dinner and awards presentation co-presented by Rogers Communications Inc. and Federated Insurance, and celebrated at the Awards of Distinction Post-Reception presented by Moen.
The full list of winners is available via the OHBA, linked here.