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by Stephen Dupuis, President & CEO, BILD



Tridel has night of a lifetime at BILD Awards

When the BILD Awards were first held in 1980, there was a grand total of zero categories for high-rise building.

When the 31st annual BILD Awards were held last Friday night, with nearly 1,000 industry guests in attendance, half of the47 awards were dedicated to high-rise marketing or design.

It's not that high-rise building wasn't around 31 years ago, but it was definitely a niche product. Today, high-rise represents better than half of all new home sales in the GTA on a monthly basis.

If there has been one consistent force in the high-rise construction sector from the get-go, it has been Tridel, and the company was in the spotlight in a big way last Friday night. Tridel principals Angelo, Elvio and Leo DelZotto received the rare Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution of more than 70,000 homes and condos to the housing stock, following in the footsteps of their father, Jack DelZotto, an immigrant stonemason cum builder from Northern Italy.

Tridel also maintained its near lock on the Green Builder of the Year award, capturing it for the fourth time out of five years since the award was introduced while adding wins in the best web-site (condo.ca) and best sales manager categories.

As good a night as Tridel was having, Mod Developments and Graywood Developments were right up there, picking up four awards including high-rise Project of the Year and Best High-Rise Building Design for Five St. Joseph.

The other major high-rise award on the evening went to Liberty Developments who garnered the Places to Grow Community of the Year Award for the massive, mixed-use World on Yonge redevelopment project.

For complete results, visit bildawards.com.

Stephen Dupuis is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). You can read more from Stephen and BILD by visiting the Association's official blogTwitterFacebook and Youtube accounts.