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Amsted Design-Build, Ottawa, named OHBA Renovator of the Year

The Ontario Home Builders' Association "Awards of Distinction" Program honours companies that "demonstrate outstanding professionalism and integrity within their business, industry and community."


October 1, 2015
By Steve Payne
Steve Payne

Here is a Sept. 28 press release from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA)…

OHBA presented Amsted Design-Build with the 2015 OHBA Ontario Renovator of the Year Award. Based in Ottawa, Amsted Design-Build emphasizes the importance of customer satisfaction while designing and building up to the highest industry standards.  With over 25 years of experience, Amsted has established itself as one of the most recognized custom residential specialists in Ottawa. Amsted has received accolades in areas such as green building, heritage preservation, distinctive kitchen design and overall design-build projects. Amsted also believes in the importance of giving back and is an active member of the Ottawa community, supporting organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and Hospice Care Ottawa.

Empire Communities captured top honours when it was named 2015 Ontario Home Builder of the Year by the OHBA. The GTA-based company won the award as a result of its commitment to building high-quality Energy Star qualified homes, corporate responsibility initiatives and an exceptional customer-service experience. With over 20 years of experience as a leader in the new home and condo industry, Empire has built their reputation on their core values of caring, optimism, confidence and trust their customers come first and they are constantly striving to create desirable and green communities for families to live work and play. Empire employees are active volunteers throughout the province and have participated in several fundraising initiatives including: Habitat for Humanity, $250,000 sponsorship to Brantford’s Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, $33,000 to David Hornell Jr. School for an outdoor classroom and $40,000 to the Brantford Home Builders’ Association (BHBA) Annual Luncheon. Empire’s commitment to build environmentally-friendly communities has placed the firm at the top-tier of the industry in Ontario. Empire Communities is a member of BILD, Brantford HBA, Durham Region HBA, Hamilton-Halton HBA, Niagara HBA and Waterloo Region HBA.

Other Prestige Award winners include:

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Project of the Year – Low Rise: Aspen Ridge Homes for Upper West Side – Thornhill, Ont.

Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise: Fusion Homes for The Metalworks – Guelph, Ont.

People’s Choice Award: Marz Homes Holdings Inc. for South Coast Village – Crystal Beach, Ont.


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