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Developers experience many rewarding moments when building a new community. For example, the initial acquisition of a large piece of land or the creation of the concept of the community, the first shovels to touch the ground and the first family to settle in the new community.

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And the rewards are good too.

Several developers recently won major awards for their communities at the 2021 Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Calgary Region Awards.

Brookfield Residential’s Rockland Park was named New Community of the Year. Seton, another Brookfield development, was named Community of the Year, Calgary, for the second year, and Harmony by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities received Community of the Year, Calgary Region, for the fifth time .

A downtown condo community, First and Park by Graywood Developments, won the award for Best Multi-Family Community Concept.

Rockland Park is a quaint northwest community. It is built on a salvaged quarry and is the first planned community in this area for several years. It will include a homeowners association. An outdoor pool and hot tub are two of the promised features at the HOA facility, which is slated to open in fall 2023.

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“Phase 1 sold out incredibly quickly and was completed within months,” says Duane Popplewell, senior director of development at Brookfield. “There are limited ridge lots for estate homes with incredible views of the river valley. These are in high demand and more will be available in later stages.

Rockland Park has townhouses by Avalon Master Builder; duplex, lane, front garage and estate homes by Brookfield Residential; land and real estate product by Morrison Homes; and front garage homes by Cedarglen Homes.

Seton of Brookfield Residential won Community of the Year – City of Calgary.
Seton of Brookfield Residential won Community of the Year – City of Calgary. Photo by Fourni /Postmedia

Seton is south of the Seton Urban District and South Health Campus Hospital in southeast Calgary. Brookfield’s senior development manager, Deb Glover, says homes are selling fast and more land will be released soon.

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“The Seton Homeowners Association will be a stunning facility, set to open in June with an expected spring 2023 opening,” she says. “We are incredibly honored that Seton has been recognized two years in a row. We are passionate about creating and building healthy communities where residents feel at home and put down roots. It is an honor that others can too to see him.

Seton has condos by Cedarglen Living, Rohit Communities and Logel Homes; townhouses by Avalon Master Builder, Jayman Built and Rohit Communities; the duplex and lane homes of Brookfield Residential; garage homes with lane and front by Trico Homes; and front garage homes by Jayman Built and Cedarglen Homes.

Harmony — by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities — won Community of the Year – Calgary Region.
Harmony — by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities — won Community of the Year – Calgary Region. Photo by Fourni /Postmedia

Harmony in Springbank was a BILD award favorite as the best community outside Calgary’s city limits. The master plan is a partnership between Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities, with equipment that is difficult to offer in urban areas.

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The community was founded in 2016 and features a 40-acre freshwater lake with another 100-acre lake coming soon. There are 12 miles of trails, an adventure park and the Michelson National Golf Club where the clubhouse is currently under construction. Grading has begun on the commercial site in the center of the village and the first community garden will be planted this year.

Housing options include townhouses, single-family front and back homes, single-story villas, estates, and lakefront homes.

“Harmony’s rolling foothills backdrop and views of the Rocky Mountains combined with the many amenities already in place make this a truly unique place to live. It brings together the best of urban and rural experiences to create a remarkable community,” says Laurel Campbell, Marketing Manager Bordeaux.

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Located in downtown Calgary, the 18-story First and Park by Graywood Developments won a 2021 BILD award for its multi-family concept.

“This was our third time participating in the awards. We were happy to be recognized as this is our first win,” says Patrick Briscoe, Vice President of Development at Graywood.

The award was recognition of the challenge the developer faced in designing the building’s location over a full city block between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue SW

“This was the first project in Eau Claire since The Concord, which was a high-end luxury building. We saw this place across from Eau Claire Park and the Peace Bridge and wondered how to build something that was, I wouldn’t say affordable, but accessible to buyers, so that the average person could live in Eau Claire says Briscoe. .

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Suites at First and Park range from 500 square feet to over 1,500 square feet at the penthouse level. Prices start at around $300,000 and the soon-to-be-built building is 90% sold.

Another design challenge was fronting the road on both sides of the unique 18-storey tower and creating an attractive streetscape on one side while maximizing views on the other. Graywood solved it by drawing a porte-cochere, similar to a hotel entrance, and building a public park into the design.

“I think ultimately it will be different from a lot of other downtown venues,” Briscoe says.

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