April 6, 2018
Built to win
By Shawn Conner
Never mind the Oscars. For B.C.-based builders and renovators, the biggest night of the year is the Georgie Awards gala.
Owned and produced by the Canadian Home Builders Association of BC, the Georgie Awards recognize the best in the province’s housing industry. This year’s winners were announced on March 10 by MC Todd Talbot, co-host of Love It or List It Vancouver, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.
In all, Georgie Awards were given out in 43 categories ranging from construction and design to marketing and energy-efficiency. Entries had to have been built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed between Jan. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Awarded to B.C.’s top builders and developers in over 40 categories, the Georgies—now in their 26th year—help set the standard for home-building in the province. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of out-of-province industry professionals.
Miracon Development Inc., Adera Development Corporation, RDC Fine Homes, My House Design/Build Team Ltd. and Bercum Builders took home some of the night’s biggest awards, the Grand Georgies. Bercum won the final award of the evening, Custom Home Builder of the Year. Multi-Family Home Builder of the Year and Residential Community Builder of the Year went to Vancouver-based Adera.
Like Adera, My House Design/Build Team was one of the evening’s multiple-award winners. Among the South Surrey company’s biggest achievements was winning, for the fourth year in a row, the title of Residential Renovator of the Year. Miracon won for Single Family Production Home Builder of the Year. RDC won for Customer Satisfaction in the Renovator category.
RDC president Bob Deeks expresses his satisfaction with his company’s second consecutive win in the Customer Satisfaction—Renovator category. The award marks Georgie number 12 for RDC since 2006. “The Customer Satisfaction award has been a company priority for the last three years,” Deeks says. “It’s the result of a team effort to live our core values of positive, reliable performance.”
Though based in Whistler, RDC operates from Pemberton to Vancouver. Besides renovation, the company is also in the custom-home business. Most of its awards, Deeks says, have come from the new home side. (Bellamy Homes Inc., out of Kelowna, won this year’s Grand Georgie for Customer Satisfaction—Custom Home Builder
The awards recognition has helped win contracts, Deeks says. “I find that most people respect awards and consider an award-
winning builder as a more reliable choice.”
The biggest haul of the night went to Surrey’s My House Design/Build Team. The company won five awards out of its 14 nominations. The builder added awards for Best Certified Whole House Renovation, Best Kitchen Renovation over $125,000, Best Residential Renovation $800,000 and Over, and Best Residential Renovation under $100,000 to a two-decades-spanning collection that includes over 30 Georgies.
You’d think the awards would have become old hat by now. “Not at all,” says MHD/BT managing director Graeme Huguet. “You still need to evolve and become better every year. There’s no way we’d win two years in a row if we weren’t reviewing and learning from our mistakes.”
This was the fourth consecutive year the company has won a Grand Georgie for Renovator of the Year. “That speaks to our team, our process and the consistency we provide to our clients,” he says.
The Custom Home Builder of the Year title marks the second Georgie for Bercum Builders. The Vernon-based operation won for a project in Vernon. Bercum owner Darren Witt cites the design detail on the home as a winning factor.
“It’s a full-on modern design incorporated onto two lots on one of the local lakes,” he says. “It’s fully automated and completely engineered—structural, electrical, mechanical and civil—from top to bottom.”
Concrete, steel and glass give it an ultra-
modern sheen. “It resembles more of a commercial build than a residential home,” he says. “We’ve done a few like it.”
For a builder like Bercum, which operates mainly in the Kelowna-Vernon Lake Country area, a Georgie can help get the company name out beyond its immediate operating territory.
“We’re looking at opportunities to increase our business and marketing, and the Georgies help with that,” Witt says. “More than that, it solidifies that the local trades we use at all times are very skilled at what they do.”
Asked what award he’d like to win next year, Witt says, “I’d like to repeat the one we just won: Custom Home Builder of the Year.”