The annual BILD Renovation and Custom Home Awards represent recognition for excellence in the GTA’s (Greater Toronto Area) vibrant residential marketplace. Created by Building Industry and Land Development Association in 1999, the awards recognize renovation general contractors for professionalism, quality of work and industry leadership, as evaluated by a team of industry professionals.
Two companies in particular stood out among the winners this year, each taking away two awards, and reinforcing a business model that is taking hold among the country’s leading contractors — Design-Build.
Golden Bee Homes
BILD Renovator of the Year
Best Renovation $75,000 to $150,000
Jack Torossion, a third generation builder who worked his way up through his family’s construction business, formed Golden Bee in 2005. “We’re not a big company and we don’t overwhelm ourselves with too much work,” Torossian told Canadian Contractor. Golden Bee has found great success to this point by working with designers with whom they have developed a relationship. However, the company plans to move into larger offices soon and incorporate their own in-house design team.
As company owner, Torossian’s prime function is to ensure the rotation of his two construction teams through projects smoothly. “We usually run three projects at a time per team. One should be at the beginning, another in the middle and the third at the finishing stage. That way, the crew rotates, so you can more easily manage the labour, the trades and sub trades so no one will be on top of each other.” With two teams, each with a project manager overseeing three jobs at their various stages, means Golden Bee can in fact handle six jobs simultaneously. “I don’t give the project manager a fourth job until he finishes the third.”
Winning two awards, included Renovator of the Year, has been a huge company morale boost and validation of Golden Bee’s business strategy. “I thank everyone on my team,” said Torossian. “This is a result of the hard work they’ve put in. I may have the dream and management skills, however they did the job, and they deserved this.”
Best Renovation $150,000 to $300,000
Best Renovation $300,000 to $500,000
Ali Malik-Zadeh runs two parallel practises as part of his design-build strategy, Urbanscapes and Urbanline. It’s a 10-person operation established in 2004 that has evolved and grown. “Our line of work has changed since we started. Our focus now is on modern homes and modern architecture,” Malik-Zadeh told Canadian Contractor.
All BILD award winners are members of the national RenoMark program, which connects homeowners with professional renovators who have agreed to abide by a renovation-specific Code of Conduct. Helen Batista, BILD’s vice-president of membership and RenoMark program manager explained the significance of the annual awards. “This year’s winners truly exemplify the quality and integrity that home owners can expect when working with professional renovators and custom builders.”