Each year, developers vie for prestigious honours that laud innovation in the design, construction, sales and marketing of new homes
For Ken Zuckerman, president of Zinc Developments, winning a Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) Award is first and foremost a recognition that a great project team accomplished something special.
Zinc, the company behind The Webley luxury boutique condo project in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, has won several BILD awards in the past, including in 2016 when its 35 Wabash in the city’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood won Project of the Year Low-Rise.
The deadline for entries for this year’s awards was March 23, and winners will be announced at the BILD Awards gala event on June 22.
“The significance is it’s nice to be recognized for your hard work,” Zuckerman says. “I think it’s the most important thing as a developer that you put forward a great team, since it’s a team effort on everything. It’s not just one person doing something; at the end of the day that award shows you have put the right team together, that you concentrated on details and pinpointed a message that you wanted to have delivered. And then [BILD] acknowledges you’ve succeeded in conveying the message. It also drives you to continue to do great work.”
The BILD Awards have been around since 1980 and recognize excellence and innovation in the design, construction, sales and marketing of new homes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). More than 50 judges from across North America and Europe, each of whom has a minimum 15 years of experience in the industry and have senior roles within their firms, evaluate all the nominations. Last year, BILD introduced a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for the first time, recognizing a member company that promotes equity and inclusion within its operation.
“For over 40 years, the BILD Awards has not only celebrated marketing excellence, they have also celebrated the innovation our builder/developer members push for in architectural design, housing type and in the planning of complete communities across the GTA,” says Dave Wilkes, BILD’s president and chief executive officer. “In particular, Project of the Year (high-rise and low-rise) and Best New Community Planned/Under Development showcase how BILD members design communities where new homeowners will live, work and play. These projects demonstrate how the industry is providing a wide range of quality housing options for home buyers in GTA.”
North Drive is another developer that has had a lot of success at the BILD Awards. Most recently, its boutique condo project 10 Prince Arthur won Best Mid-Rise Building Design, Best Long Video and Best Amenity Rendering at last year’s awards.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to win in key categories at BILD over the years and it is always a terrific feeling to be recognized by our peers in an industry of such talented giants,” says Jana Korim, head of sales at North Drive.
“A BILD Award can enhance a project’s image. For some buyers, it represents an added seal of excellence, so we’re always proud to show off our wins and, yes, we’ll continue entering.”
Frank Mazzotta, president of Armour Heights Developments, says the BILD helps companies advance and learn, educating members through new policies and enhancements to buildings and delivering a better and more sustainable product.
“The significance of these awards is very important and respected in the building and development industry,” he says. “The BILD association connects the industry together and educates its members through training programs and workshops. Armour Heights is an active member of BILD and continues to learn and grow from the access to information provided through the association.”
Armour Heights won a BILD Award in 2021 for Best Brochure for its 89 Avenue project in Yorkville. The company also received a mention in the category for Best Suite Design for a full-floor suite that was submitted. The company entered this year’s awards for 89 Avenue and for its urban townhome development in Richmond Hill Ont., called The Hill.
Armour Heights will be entering in categories such as Best Innovative Suite Design, Building of the Year and Best Salesperson for its lead salesperson, Michael Mazzotta, at 89 Avenue Yorkville.
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