Homebuilding industry honours its best

Broadview, Avi Urban big winners at SAM Awards

Broadview Homes and Avi Urban walked away as the big winners Saturday night as the newly amalgamated Canadian Home Builders’ Associaton – Urban Development Institute Calgary Region Association held its 29th Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards at the Telus Convention Centre.

Broadview Homes, which is part of the Qualico Group of Companies, took home Builder of the Year honours, while Avi Urban, a division of Homes by Avi, captured Mult-Family Builder of Year.

Broadview also won in three categories for single-family homes, while Avi Urban won in two individual categories.

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From soup to nuts

Behind-the-scene details of how communities in Calgary come to life

For casual observers, it might appear that new neighbourhoods just sprout from the ground overnight.

In fact, those first show homes only come after years of planning and negotiation.

“When people see the graders out there, people think that’s the start of a community, but it starts long before,” said Brookfield Residential senior manager of strategic initiatives Grace Lui.

In the case of Brookfield’s up-and-coming Livingston development in north Calgary, for example, grading might have started this year, but land acquisition took place 15 years ago. The new community, which will be comprised of 10,000 homes on 514 hectares of land just north of Stoney Trail, will welcome its first show homes in 2017. (more…)

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Pop The Question: Guy Huntingford

As the newly appointed chief executive officer for Calgary’s Urban Development Institute (UDI) – the not-for-profit association “focused on the development of innovative, efficient and sustainable communities” — Guy Huntingford is one of those tasked with helping determining the future of our city. CREB®Now caught up with the former publisher of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun to talk about where our city is headed. (more…)

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