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Old World values, modern living ease Nolan Hill blends past and present with a healthy dose of family-friendly comfort

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The road ahead (Part II) Nagging issues between the City and industry puts growth at risk

Special Feature Check out what’s happening in Cochrane. Included in this issue of New Home Living

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Prime walkout lots offered by Cardel Homes in Chaparral Valley

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Here are your finalists for this year’s developer and single-family awards

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Northern lights Traffic reports on TV like to refer to Calgary’s southernmost communities as “the deep south,” and I’d like to submit that we call the northernmost communities “the far north.” Seems only fair, right? However, both, to me, denote a slight bias — like these suburban communities were somehow less accessible. They are a longer commute if you work downtown, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a perfectly fulfilling life in them. I should know; I’m a suburbanite myself. Take for example our cover feature of Nolan Hill. This United Communities development is just south of 144th Avenue N.W., and what is the northernmost edge of developed land in Calgary right now. When I started writing about this community two years ago, it really seemed like the setting for “Little House on the Prairie”, but now, it’s evolved into one of the most rapidly growing neighbourhoods with loads of recently opened amenities like the Symons Valley Ranch farmers’ market. It’s affordable, it’s quaint and quiet and with Stoney Trail so nearby it’s very accessible. Maybe “far north” isn’t the right descriptive, how about “new north” which has a more positive connotation that denotes growth and potential. I’ll be happy with that — now, what can we call the south… Regardless of which communities this month’s line-up of home builders are in, you can bet they will have some of the most distinctive show homes. Cardel Homes’ new houses in Chaparral Valley are the epitome of family-friendly suburban life, Innovations by Jayman in Riversong shows how affordability doesn’t mean you have to be less stylish, and McKee Homes in Canals Landing raises the benchmark in luxury living in Airdrie. Speaking of McKee Homes, they have a unique program called Build Futures that teaches Airdrie students the basics of home building — see more of that story in our Around Town section. We also announce the finalists in this year’s SAM Awards, which again features some of the best multi-family developments in town. We also continue the story of where Calgary’s home market is headed this year in “The Road Ahead – Part II.” New home starts are expected to hit a high in 2014, which bodes well for the buyers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges ahead. You can be sure that it’s something New Home Living will be keeping an eye on in the year ahead.

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Drum roll, please, as we announce the 2013 SAM winners.

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Sculpted into the pages of history, vases have had a special place in homes going back centuries. Even in this day and age, this simple creation still has a need and purpose, whether it’s simply a decoration, or used to hold flowers, vases adorn many homes. Although now there are so many different styles, shapes, colours, and materials to choose from, vases are still an irreplaceable addition to any home. NL

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Old world values, modern living ease Nolan Hill blends past and present with a healthy dose of family-friendly comfort

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modern lifestyle awaits in Nolan Hill, but it is one unlike any other new suburban community, as this northwest community holds fast to the traditional values of the past. The rolling prairie land found in Calgary’s north is the perfect setting that recalls the British Isles, a distinct character of Nolan Hill brought to life by the Celtic-styled castle-ruin entry features. Yet with abundant park space and nearby shopping, schools and recreation, the latest development from United Communities offers a modern, family-friendly lifestyle that combines the best of both worlds.

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“Old world charm and modern living come together to create an Irish theme in Nolan Hill. The castle ruins, rolling hills and architecture that focuses on stonework and deep rich colours all create a stunning sense of arrival and a place residents are happy to call home,” says Steve LePan, Marketing Director for United Communities. Nolan Hill is spread across 500 acres, with an abundance of green space, including a ravine, pathway system, parks and playgrounds. There’s a great space for every member of the family to enjoy, whether it’s the children playing at the park, or the entire family taking a stroll, or riding a bike through


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the greater network of community paths in the area. The wonders of Nolan Hill do not stop at recreational opportunities, however. There are plenty of shopping and entertainment venues around as well. “The Symons Valley Ranch market is now open, with over 40 local vendors,” says LePan. “This is an unbelievable amenity to have in the suburbs, and within walking distance to Nolan Hill!” he adds. There is also family-friendly programming throughout the year at Symons Valley Ranch, making it a great hub for local communities nearby. Not to mention an ideal place to buy fresh produce and enjoy a smorgasbord of international flavours. With quick access to Nolan Hill from both Sarcee Trail and Shaganappi Trail, residents have an excess of amenities within a few minutes drive. Beacon Hill Shopping Centre is one of these. Located one kilometre south of the community, this shopping hub includes Costco, Canadian Tire, Sport Check, Shopper’s Drug Mart and so much more. And for residents that use public transportation they will be happy to hear that Calgary Transit will have a bus route assigned

by the summer of this year, making commuting for everyone that much simpler. Nolan Hill is undoubtedly a great place to live, making it even better is the wide range of homes available that are guaranteed to suit every lifestyle need. From townhomes, to laned homes, move-ups and even spectacular estate-style homes, there is one for any budget. Nolan Hill’s Townhome Collection includes The Post from Avi Urban and Jayman Modus’ Trinity. The Post recently broke

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ground for their 59 three-storey townhomes, more than half of which are already sold. “Nolan Hill is one of the most vibrant communities in Calgary’s northwest,” says Avi Urban president Charron Ungar, adding that this has been key to their success. Nolan Hill townhomes start from the $300,000s. Nolan Hill’s Laned Home Collection stars such home builder luminaries as Homes by Avi, Morrison Homes and Trico Homes — all award-winning builders. Laned homes start from the $350,000s. The Front Garage Collection has show homes from Shane Homes and Trico Homes who offer some of the best selling move-up homes in town. In Nolan Hill, they start from the $450,000s. The Estate-style Collection will have homes on some of Nolan Hill’s prime lots including walkout lots on the ridge. They are from Morrison Homes, Shane Homes and Sterling Homes and are nicely appointed from the $500,000s $800,000s. There will be a total of 2,000 homes upon build-out, and LePan says they are approaching the halfway mark, after just over two years of sales. Presently selling in newly released phases four and six, builders offer lots with frontages that range from 29 to 36 feet. Homes are also available in Phases three, five, and eleven. “Nolan Hill is now one of the fastest selling communities in the city with over 300 homes sold last year,” says LePan. United Communities has been developing some of Calgary’s favourite neighbourhoods for over 28 years. They also developed Sage Hill, which is right next door to Nolan Hill. Their philosophy is simple: build communities that lead by example, that are focused around buyers wants and needs, and add value to people’s lives. Nolan Hill is the classic example of their philosophy and innovation coming together to combine old world charm with new world luxury and amenities. It’s a creative approach to designing ‘people-friendly’ neighbourhoods that seems to be working.  n

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Nolan Hill is one of the fastest selling communities in Calgary. FAST FACTS: Community: Nolan Hill Developer: United Communities Builders: Multi-family — Avi Urban, Jayman Modus Single-family — Shane Homes, Sterling Homes, Trico Homes, Homes by Avi and Morrison Homes Price: Multi-family from the mid$300,000s, laned homes are from the $350,000s and front-attached-garage homes from the $450,000s to the $800,000s Directions: Take Sarcee Trail north from Stoney Trail and follow the signs Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays 12 to 5 p.m.

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Family function The Strangford Lough is built with every member of the family in mind Endless possibilities is one way to describe McKee Homes’ new show home, The Strangford Lough, designed with the intention of simply making people’s lives easier. Especially busy families. It’s about convenience, the natural flow, and a place to come home to and just unwind. At 2,485 square-feet, it certainly has the size to accommodate the needs of today’s families. You can literally see and feel the openness in this home, but the layout also allows privacy for all members of the family making this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home a comfortable retreat for everyone. “The footprint of this home is wide, at 36 feet,” says Kellee Davis, new home sales representative for McKee Homes, “making it feel open and large. Having the three-car garage, with the extended bay, gives buyers even more extra space to hold toys, or a summer vehicle.” The main entrance is grand and welcoming, with tall opento-above ceilings, a stunning staircase, and a partial open concept that breaks up some of the spaces within the home. The kitchen is large, dressed-up with two-tone cabinetry, a

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gorgeous stone feature wall, and upgraded quartz countertops. High-end kitchen appliances complete the ensemble and make this room a chef’s dream kitchen come true. With a large centre island, this truly is the heart of the home, making it the perfect place to gather and mingle, as well as dine. “The entire back wall is filled with side-by-side picture window frames, allowing in a tremendous amount of natural sunlight and creates a look that is peaceful, and picturesque,” says Davis. A flex room off to the side can be whatever what you want it to be: a study, a formal dining area, or even a playroom. In the show home this room is actually set up as an arts and crafts room. Of course, having a custom builder like McKee on board comes in handy, as you could eliminate that wall entirely and make your kitchen even bigger. On the upper level, just at the top of the staircase, there is a cozy bench, a nook really, to just sit back and relax in. With built-ins along the wall, this is an ideal location to delve into a good book.

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“...as perfect as this home (already) is, it’s moldable, there are so many things that we can do to this home to individualize it for families.”

Two fairly large bedrooms are located along one half of the upper floor, down the hall from the master suite, and make for a great personal space for children of all ages. There is a walk-in closet in one room, and they are both across from the main full bath, there is an option to add a second sink, as there is plenty of space in here. This home is equipped with the many essentials that every family needs, and lots of storage space certainly comes in handy for any family. The bonus room is very open and lavish, with nice large windows inviting sunlight in during the day and beckoning for fun family movie nights. The second floor laundry is perfect for getting this chore out of the way, without having to stray too far from your bedroom. The master suite is designed with relaxation and just taking it easy in mind. Here, too, there is an abundance of space, but it’s the master ensuite that can really change your day, going from lost to found in no time at all. With a standard six-foot soaker tub, you will see bubble baths in your near future, while separate his and her sinks take the need to share out of the equation. There is an additional vanity, a space catering to hold your accessories and a dedicated area for applying make-up and such. The walk-in closet is huge, and set up in such a way that there is space to move around in the centre, with your belongings hung along the rack around the perimeter. “And,” says Davis, “as perfect as this home (already) is, it’s moldable, there are so many things that we can do to this home to individualize it for families.” This model starts at around $585,000, which includes lot and GST. Located in Canals Landing, in the southwest corner of Airdrie, at 6 Canals Close, the Strangford Lough stands out with its curb-friendly exterior. Davis says buyers here really have the best of both worlds, with amenities nearby and all the comforts in their home, making this a choice that’s pretty easy to make. “Canals Landing is in the heart of Airdrie,” says Davis. “We are

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walking distance to K-8 education, both Catholic and public; we’re walking distance to grocery shopping, and recreational outlets are just out your backdoor.” McKee Homes have been constructing quality affordable homes for more than 25 years. Buyers can trust a company whose main goal is to build a structurally sound home, and who knows what family homes are about, because their family business is about building homes for families. NL

fast facts builder: McKee Homes Area: Canals Landing Developer: Genesis Land Development Corp. size: 2,485 sq. ft. Price: Starts from $585,000 address: 6 Canals Close Directions: North on Deerfoot Tr., take exit 282 – Yankee Valley Boulevard S.W., turn left onto Yankee Valley Boulevard S.W., turn right onto 8th Street S.W., turn left onto Bayside Blvd, take the 1st right onto Canals Landing, take the 1st left onto Canals Circle S.W., destination will be on the left. Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. Web: www.mckeehomes.com


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“We are unique as we are the only ones that offer these types of homes at affordable prices.”

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Rising alongside the Bow River, with a stunning Rocky Mountains backdrop behind it, is the Cochrane community of Riversong. It’s a beautiful place to call home, and Innovations by Jayman is hitting a niche target with the Unite, an innovative home-style that offers all the luxuries of a larger home in less than 2,000 square-feet. This includes a two-car, front attached garage, a contemporary floor plan and a second-storey bonus room — all factors that have contributed to the Unite becoming Innovations by Jayman’s top-selling model for its size in Riversong. “This home is really popular with young professionals and growing families,” says Lorraine Hamilton, sales associate for Innovations by Jayman in Riversong. The Unite starts at $394,000 and, at 1,721 square-feet, makes great use of all available space to create a home with the family’s comfort in mind. “This model line-up was introduced to fill the price and size gaps where our traditional laned homes finish and our larger Jayman MasterBUILT homes begin,” explains Hamilton. “The introduction of these homes has satisfied a niche market that was missing in Cochrane. ” The Unite’s contemporary-heritage exterior exemplifies the high-standard of architecture found in Riversong, with dark blue siding, a gable-pitch pitch roofline and charming white trim. Once inside, the show home wraps you in the warmth of brown, green and grey earth tones woven throughout. “The Unite is very inviting, it feels like home,” Hamilton says. Streaked, Birchwood flooring complements the natural hues of the show home, covering all areas of the main floor, which is elevated three steps off the front foyer. “People really like the large open foyer. They also like that the main floor is open, yet with clearly defined spaces,” Hamilton adds. A gleaming kitchen immediately catches your eye on the main floor, attached to a central dining area by a large, brown Caesarstone counterspace, it also has an eating bar for three. “Visitors to the Unite love the openness of the kitchen and the large peninsula counterspace,” says Hamilton.

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The Unite’s contemporary-heritage exterior exemplifies the high-standard of architecture found in Riversong, with dark blue siding, a gable-pitch pitch roofline and charming white trim. A large, three-paned window stretches across the back wall in the kitchen, offering extra sunshine to an already cheerful space. Warm brown cabinets with steel pulls complement a stainless steel appliance package and an intricate tile backsplash of grey, green, brown and beige mosaic tile wraps around the kitchen, adding beautiful contemporary flair. Off the kitchen a dining room is backed by a wall of windows that allow for a feeling of utter spaciousness. Glass doors add to this effect, leading to an outdoor deck. The great room centers a stunning, floor-to-ceiling natural stone fireplace that is bookended by windows. Low-profile pot lights gently enhance the main floor, while contemporary pendant-style lights add style to the space. Plush, beige carpet leads to the second story, which features Hamilton’s favourite thing about the Unite — a sunken front bonus room. Rare in houses under 2,000 square-feet, the bonus room is perfect as a second gathering space for the family. “The sunken bonus room and the upstairs laundry really resonate with our clientele,” says Sharlynn McLeod, area sales manager for Innovations by Jayman in Riversong. Two equal-sized bedrooms are separated by a full bathroom and an owner’s retreat takes up the rear of the home, rounding out the checklist of what every modern family wants. With a spacious bedroom, walk-in closet and an ensuite with a soaker tub and walk-in glass-and-tile shower, the owner’s retreat is a peaceful place to get away at home. “His-and-hers sinks are included as a standard and everyone loves the oversized stand-up shower and large soaker tub,” McLeod says. As a member of the Jayman family, the Unite is constructed to BuiltGreen™

fast facts builder: Innovations by Jayman community: Riversong in Cochrane Developer: Tamani Communities Style: Double-front garage home size: 1,721 square-feet Price: Starts at $394,000 address: 585 River Heights Crescent Directions: Head south out of Cochrane on Hwy22, take a left on James Walker Trail, left on Riverheights Drive and right on Riverheights Boulevard. Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m.; weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. Web: www.jayman.com

standards with a 95 per cent high-efficiency furnace, programmable thermostat and low-e windows ready to keep heat in during the winter and out in the summer. Bordering the Bow River and nestled on 340 acres of land, the community of Riversong embraces active living with neighbourhood parks, tot lots and four kilometres of walking paths and a future landscaped pond. “Riversong is a stunning community, it is beautifully designed and well positioned — tucked away off the highway,” says McLeod. “It’s near the river with walking and biking paths and has 100 acres of woodlands set aside within the community.” NL

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Down a gentle hill alongside stands of poplars lies the quiet riverside enclave of Chaparral Valley. Area residents say they love the tranquility and slow pace of the neighbourhood, which can be tough to find with so many new ‘burbs buzzing with business and through-traffic. Located on the south side of Stoney Trail across from Fish Creek Park, Genstar Development’s Chaparral Valley is a mix of multi-family townhouses, duplexes, and single-family homes. Quiet streets wend around parks and pathways, and outdoor enthusiasts and active families have a multitude of recreational opportunities right out their doorsteps. The Bow River is a short walk away, and pathways lead to Sikome Lake and Fish Creek Park. The 18-hole Blue Devil Golf Club is adjacent to the neighbourhood, offering public greens and Lil Devil, a nine-hole, family-friendly par-3 course. This enchanting scene forms the backdrop for Cardel Homes’ final exclusive phase in Chaparral Valley underway now, most of which are walkout amenity lots.

“They’re in hot, hot demand, these walkout lots, and they’re perfectly priced,” says Paul Schneider, community sales manager for Cardel Homes. Seven models are available in the final phase, starting at $456,578 including house, lot and architectural detailing. Schneider says the major appeal of the community is that it feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is no cut-through traffic or commercial development, and the surrounding areas of the river valley are protected and won’t be developed. Cardel’s two show homes here perfectly encapsulate the charms of the community as only the award-winning builder can. Both the 2,000-square-foot Yorkton, and the 2,033-square-foot Essence have front garages and

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Photos on this spread are of the Yorkton show home.

are thoughtfully designed with Cardel’s typical high-end flair and attention to stylish detail. Nine-foot ceilings are standard, lending a lofty feel to the spaces.Prices start from $460,000. The four-bedroom Yorkton has generous storage, a bright, open-concept main floor with a large granite island, artistic glass pendant lights, contemporary walnut cabinetry with chrome hardware, and a sliding door out to the good-sized back deck. Upstairs, the main bathroom has the fantastic feature of a pocket door separating the toilet and bath from the vanity area, allowing both areas to be used at the same time, with privacy for both parties. The bonus room over the garage is a grand size and perfect for movies, gaming, entertaining, or as a peaceful library and office area. Cardel did not skimp on closet space in the Yorkton, with nice-sized storage areas for the bedrooms, a huge walk-in in the master bedroom, and a second-floor laundry room with plenty of shelving. The Yorkton show home has a finished basement containing a rec room, full bathroom, and the fourth bedroom. It shows just how much house you’ve really got with this model — it’s

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“I really don’t know how this area can be beat...it’s going to be hard to find something like this as it gets tougher to find land to develop.” perfect for a family or owners that host frequent visitors. The Essence features a large walk-in mudroom closet off the front foyer and just steps from the door into the garage. Crisp white cabinetry with brushed nickel pulls contrast beautifully with weathered-style plank flooring, giving a Cape-Cod feel to the open-concept room. Numerous windows flood the great room and dining area with light. A large tile fireplace features on the great-room wall, adding a cozy ambience in the cold months. Upstairs, a generous master bedroom opens to a lush ensuite with a deep soaker tub and separate shower. Between the second and third bedrooms is a clever Jack-and-Jill bathroom, with the thoughtful pocket-door separation that means no battles over bathroom space; when one kid is bathing, another can still primp at the vanity. As all the models do, a good-sized bonus room is found over the garage at the front, with triple windows bringing in lots of light. The final phase of Chaparral Valley will start seeing people take possession around October or November. “Another advantage to living in Chaparral Valley is there are designated schools already developed, right up the hill in Lake Chaparral, about a five-minute school bus ride away. “I honestly don’t know how this area can be beat,” Schneider says. “It’s going to be hard to find something like this as it gets tougher to find land to develop.” NL

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fast facts builder: Cardel Homes Area: Chaparral Valley Developer: Genstar Developments Style: Two-storey, front-drive garage homes Price: Starts from the $460,000s address: 109 Chaparral Valley Mews S.E. Directions: South on Macleod Tr., left at 194 Ave. S.E., left at Chaparral Valley Dr. and follow the signs Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends Web: www.cardelhomes.com


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ast issue, we detailed Calgary’s blistering pace of growth in the home building market, which is predicted to grow at a record pace this year. But problems regarding land availability are looming and industry experts are warning that affordability may soon become an issue. Key to this is the seeming disagreement between City and industry on how much land is available. Here now is part II of The Road Ahead.

Land issues “Why is there a shortage of serviced land?” people may ask. The short answer is City Hall doesn’t think there is one. City planners anticipate Calgary to grow by 118,500 people over the next five years, with 94 per cent living in the suburbs. They say that new communities that are already in progress, planned or in the planning process will provide capacity for 407,000 more people. The city expects to add 2,400 hectares of serviced land by 2014, providing capacity for up to 160,000 new people. Home builders, maybe not so surprisingly, disagree with those numbers. The Calgary chapter of Urban Development Institute (UDI) — a home builder/land developer-affiliated think-tank — says that in 2012, some 1,620 hectares of planned land were still awaiting approval from the City. It is this backlog of applications for land development, and the tedious process of getting approval at City Hall, that has become a big thorn in relations between the City and the industry. Shane Homes Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dave Rickett says the new projects we see opening this year are projects that were approved two years ago. “There will be a land shortage if we don’t Dabe Rickett get new approvals soon.”

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Brookfield Residential Alberta’s Chief Operating Officer Trent Edwards agrees. “The perception that we have an abundant land supply maybe referred to lands that have an Area Structure Plan. However, in order for us to bring those lots to market, we still need to go through the steps such as having an outline plan approved, have engineering plans, and then servicing. That will take a minimum of two to three years. “If we don’t act soon, we will have a gap, and affordability and choices will decrease Trent Edwards significantly, which could ultimately drive people and companies to other destinations,” Edwards says. Rickett says getting any sort of home development approval now from City Hall is more than just difficult. “The approval process has never been easy to begin with, but now it’s just like pulling teeth.” Pushing builders, buyers away Another worry arising from the scramble for the remaining lots out there is that this could result in pushing the smaller players out of business. “It’s a real concern,” says Bob Carmichael who handles sales in Calgary for B.C.-based Stonecroft. “We’ll still be okay in the next couple of years, but after that, who knows.” Rickett agrees that bigger developers with access to multi-million dollar financing needed to acquire the remaining land will be the only ones left standing. “Ultimately, it will just further limit the choices for buyers. “Some 6,500 homes will be built in Calgary this year, but they will be spread over fewer builders. Smaller players will get pushed out, there will be lesser choices for buyers.” Edwards say there are a lot of reasons for concern. “Brookfield is concerned because the rising house prices and the lack of choices will impact those at the entry level the most, and we will start pushing people who want to live in the city out of the market, resulting in them seeking homes in surrounding communities where similar sized homes are more affordable.” He adds that this is already happening. “Chestermere has grown


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Nagging issues between the City and industry puts growth at risk by 675.6 per cent between 1996 to 2011, while Airdrie has grown by 46 per cent the past five years,” Edwards says. It’s a troubling trend, as buyers are getting squeezed out of the Calgary market, as they tend to follow affordability. In 2013, according to CMHC, the average price of a new single family home in Calgary was $597,242; the average price of a single-family home in Airdrie was $428,749 (40 per cent less than Calgary’s) while in Cochrane, the average price was $450,180 (30 per cent less than Calgary’s). “Calgarians are still demanding single family homes and we need to find ways to provide those products to them,” Edwards says. “In three years, Calgary’s average home price has increased by approximately 14 per cent. In Edmonton, a city that is experiencing the same job growth and strong net migration, the average home price only increased by approximately four per cent in the same period,” he adds. More controversy We ask Dan Brazinha, president of CHBA – Edmonton Region, if the builders in the city north of us have the same land acquisition problems as Calgary. His reply is telling. “No, fortunately our council, although they may be new, has it figured out when you limit supply you increase home prices. “I don’t understand this seeming resistance to growth (in Calgary), controlling what consumers buy. It feels very anti-growth,” he says. “Partnership is key, the end goal should be the same for everybody.” Rickett, like most builders, believe that the land shortage is artificial and stems from a City policy to focus growth in the inner-city rather than in the outlying suburbs. The City’s Growth Management Framework calls for 30 per cent of growth to be in existing developed areas by 2039. City planners say this plan will curb urban sprawl and “help align growth areas and infrastructure investment” to the objectives of the city’s longterm development plan. Builders feel that it is a misguided attempt by City Hall to dictate demand, with a preference for inner-city developments rather than suburban.

“You can’t force people to live in the downtown and the inner-city, people in Alberta want their backyards,” Shane’s Rickett says. “Our buyers don’t want to live in high-rises and can’t afford to buy infills in the inner-city.” Partnership plea Homes by Avi’s Charron Ungar says that only by working together is there hope to avert a crisis. “There is significant work the be done by both policy makers and industry in order to continue to provide housing opportunities for Calgarians in the future.   Ungar, the former president of CHBA – Calgary Region, is calling for better dialogue with the city. “There is a looming shortage of serviced lots within the next two years if significant progress is not made to increase supply.  That can only occur through a respectful Charron dialogue that puts a lid on the Ungar rhetoric and emphasizes progress based on cooperation, collaboration and practical visioning for the future growth of our city,” he says.   Brookfield’s Edwards agrees. “We are committed to working closely with the City to be part of solution to solve the challenges.” He says the zero-lot line homes they have introduced are among the solutions they have come up with to meet the City’s densification goals. Zero-lot-line house are built very close to the property line in order to create more usable space. These have been done for years (25ft zero’s) and Brookfield is now looking to bring on 23 foot zero’s to address the demand by the consumer to have a single family home but minimize the land cost to address rising costs. The builders all express the willingness to continue to work together with the City to nurture Calgary’s growth without compromising affordability. NL april 2014 NE W HOME LIVING

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2013 SAM FINA D rum roll, please. We are proud to present this year’s crop of finalists for the 2013 SAM Awards for the developer and multi-family development categories. The SAM Awards, now in its 27th year, celebrate innovation and excellence in the Calgary and area’s residential construction industry. The winners will receive their awards at the SAM Awards Gala on March 29th, 2014 at the Telus Convention Centre. The top five entries in each category will be featured during the evening. “Once again, the new home industry in Calgary continues to amaze,” says Shane Wenzel, co-chair of the SAM committee for CHBA – Calgary Region. “No matter the economy, no matter whether builders are busy, the industry puts out their best year after year. It’s that winning combination of value and innovation, excitement and quality that makes the SAM Awards so coveted. When you have such a competitive industry like we have here in Calgary, everyone puts out their best — and the homebuyers are the winners.” A total of 776 entries were submitted by members competing for 57 awards in 10 different categories covering all aspects of the residential construction industry, from the sales professionals in the field, to renovations, new neighbourhoods, marketing and advertising, and the new homes and condos themselves. The finalists are chosen through a thorough, detailed process that involves industry judges awarding points, which are then authenticated by an accounting firm. The following are the finalists in developer and single-family categories.

Hopewell Residential Management, LakeFront Show Home Parade

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DEVELOPER AWARDS

Show Home Parade of the Year Brookfield Residential, Riverstone – The Portage Series, Cranston

Heritage Pointe Properties Inc., Artesia Show Home Parade, Artesia, (DeWinton)

Hopewell Residential Management LP, LakeFront Show Home Parade, Mahogany

Hopewell Residential Management LP, LakeSide Show Home Parade, Mahogany WestCreek Developments Ltd., Legacy Semi-Detached Show Home Parade, Legacy New Community of the Year Heritage Pointe Properties Inc., Artesia (DeWinton) WestCreek Developments Ltd., Legacy Community of the Year — City of Calgary Brookfield Residential, Auburn Bay Brookfield Residential, Riverstone Genstar Development Company, Walden Hopewell Residential Management LP, Mahogany WestCreek Developments Ltd., Legacy Community of the Year — Calgary Region Heritage Pointe Properties Inc., Artesia, DeWinton La Vita Land Inc., Fireside, Cochrane Tamani Communities, Riviera, Cochrane Watermark Development LP, Watermark at Bearspaw, Rocky View County


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Here are your finalists for this year’s developer and single-family awards

New Home Awards Best New Home — Up to $229,999 Baywest Homes Ltd., Mercato - Nolan Hill Homes by Avi (Calgary) LP, The Victor in Nolan Hill Landmark Homes (Calgary) Inc., Edson 2 in Fireside of Cochrane (Cochrane) Morrison Homes, Love Residence ReidBuilt Homes, The Sage in Fireside of Cochrane (Cochrane) Best New Home — $230,000 – $269,999 Homes by Avi (Calgary) LP, The Murphy in Sunset Ridge (Cochrane) ReidBuilt Homes, The Opus in Kincora Shane Homes Ltd., The Revel Stepper Custom Homes Inc., The Seaside, Mahogany Truman Homes, The Rundle Best New Home — $270,000 – $309,999 Brookfield Residential, Belvedere – Cranston SF

Landmark Homes (Calgary) Inc., Edson 2 Best New Home — $310,000 – $349,999 Douglas Homes Ltd., Barcelona, Kinniburgh (Chestermere) Homes by Avi (Calgary) LP, The Yorkshire in Evansridge

Brookfield Residential, Carlisle – Cranston Single Family

Morrison Homes, Sierra Showhome

Genesis Builders Group Inc., The Roosevelt in Evansridge

NuVista Homes Ltd., Mainville Residence

Homes by Avi, The Wellesley in Evansridge

Trico Homes, The Berkley (Cochrane)

NuVista Homes Ltd., The Banbury (Cochrane)

Best New Home — $350,000 – $399,999 Douglas Homes Ltd., Koh Samui (Chestermere) Douglas Homes Ltd., Mykanos 2 Showhome (Chestermere) Jayman Group of Companies, The Lamont in Auburn Bay Sabal Homes LP, Adero in Heron Pointe (Airdrie) Stepper Custom Homes Inc., The Conrad – Legacy Best New Home — $400,000 – $459,999 Jayman Group of Companies, The Inverness in Riviera (Cochrane) Jayman Group of Companies, The Venture in Auburn Bay Morrison Homes, Everett Showhome ReidBuilt Homes, The Normandy in the Canals (Airdrie) ReidBuilt Homes, The Ridgeway in Westmere (Chestermere) Best New Home — $460,000 – $534,999 Canterra Custom Homes Ltd., The Vienna in Kinniburgh (Chestermere) Homes by Us Ltd., The Ashton in Aspen Woods Estates Jayman Group of Companies, The Windermere in Auburn Bay

Brookfield Residential, Belvedere

Morrison Homes, Apex Showhome ReidBuilt Homes, The Rockyview in Rainbow Falls (Chestermere)

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Morrison Homes, The Savannah

ReidBuilt Homes, The Rockyview

Best New Home — $535,000 – $599,999 Augusta Fine Homes, a division of NuVista Homes, Demo Residence Canterra Custom Homes, The Riviera in Kinniburgh (Chestermere) Morrison Homes, Vista Showhome Prominent Homes Ltd., Cheema Residence Trico Homes, The Newport, Legacy Best New Home — $600,000 – $699,999 Augusta Fine Homes, a division of NuVista Homes, Kowal Residence Brad-Mar Homes, Elbow Valley West Canterra Custom Homes Ltd., The Murano (Airdrie) Homes by Avi (Calgary) LP, The Tewksbury in Timberline Estates Trico Homes, The Birchwood – Legacy Best New Home — $700,000 – $849,999 Ashton Luxury Living Inc., Vail Residence in Rock Lake Estates Astoria Homes Ltd., Lafontaine Residence, Willow Creek at Bearspaw

Albi Homes Ltd., Elgin Estates

Capstone Custom Homes, Private Residence in Elboya Maillot Homes, Chinook Park Transitional

Calbridge 2010 Ltd., The Birkdale in The Hamptons

Morrison Homes, The Savannah Showhome

Canterra Custom Homes Ltd., The Armani

Best New Home — $1,500,000 – $2,299,999 Calbridge 2010 Ltd., Private Residence in Artesia of Heritage Pointe

Truman Homes, Custom Fusion Best New Home — $850,000 – $999,999 Albi Homes Ltd., Elgin Estates Private Residence

Empire Custom Homes Limited, Sifton 1 Empire Custom Homes Limited, Sifton 3

Baywest Homes Ltd., Hemingway V – Mahogany

McKinley Masters, The Laurier

Lupi Luxury Homes Inc., The Lambrusco II, Rock Lake Estates

McKinley Masters, The Roseview

Manor House Crafted Homes Inc., The William in Rosedale

Best New Home — $2,300,000 and over Empire Custom Homes Limited, Cedar Estates, Lakeview Estates

Savoy Custom Homes Inc., The Orleans

Empire Custom Homes Limited, Trophy House, Elbow Park

Best New Home — $1,000,000 – $1,499,999 Albi Homes Ltd., Riverstone Private Residence

McKinley Masters, Circle P Estate

Baywest Homes Ltd., Private Residence, Watermark

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Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre Success is measured one graduate at a time

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he Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) has been helping adolescents from ages 12 to 21 fight and beat their addictions to drugs and alcohol for the past 22 years. The Calgary-based centre is dedicated to helping these youths cope with and conquer their addictions, by transforming their regular daily habits, giving them a different outlook and a different way to live their lives. “We have graduated 519 adolescents,” says Donna Edwards, Director of Development at AARC, proudly. “Including the graduates and their families, we’ve touched the lives of over 2,000 people,” she adds. AARC is a long-term care program, where the adolescents are generally in treatment an average of about eight months to a year. “We treat the kids that have tried every other alternative to get help, and have been unsuccessful. AARC is kind of like the last house on the block,” says Edwards. The program involves the entire family; not just parents, but siblings too. All are an important part of the process. Another rather unique feature to this program is that the at risk youth actually are hosted out to a home in the evenings with a family that is further along in the program. “Clients don’t sleep at the centre, so this is a huge commitment on the family because eventually you have to take kids in to your own home,” says Edwards. Here, kids can really get the attention they need to persevere, through peer counseling, from people who have been there. “Every one of our staff members on the clinical team have been through the program, so they have an insight as they have been in the same position that these young people have,” says Edwards. “And they’ve come through it, which is another reason why our program works,” she adds. The philosophy at AARC is that they don’t turn any client away due to their inability to pay for treatment, which is $150 per day. “Over 90 per cent of our families are subsidized, in order for us to be able to do that, we have a Gala and a golf tournament, the funds raised go towards off-setting those treatment fees,

and accommodate the philosophy of ours,” says Edwards. The Gala event is going to be held at the Telus Convention Centre, on May 22, 2014. “Our event is put on by an events team that we have internally, however our volunteers, parents who currently have family members in treatment, and our alumni are a huge part of pulling off the event. We couldn’t do it without them,” says Edwards. There are about 75 to 100 volunteers for this event alone. Tickets for the Gala are $250 each, with between 800 to 1,000 people expected, and anyone can attend. “We also have sponsorship opportunities available for the event,” says Edwards. There is a silent and live auction held at the Gala, a formal program that includes a variety of speakers, including past graduates and their parents, sharing their very personal stories of success. “The benefits of having our graduates participate in the event, not only as speakers but as volunteers, is that the community has the opportunity to meet our kids,” says Edwards. “And we’re sending the message that addiction is treatable, and that AARC is successful at treating addiction,” she adds. “That people have somewhere they can go for help.”  n

AARC’s 500th graduate, Evin Akpinar speaks at last year’s Gala.

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Aaliya Essa

ow do you open and close blinds in the upper windows of a great room with a 20-foot vaulted ceiling? With an iPad, smart phone or remote control, of course. Motorized blinds are the latest trend in the world of window coverings, and not just for those hard-to-reach places, but throughout the home. Just ask Connie Drake, owner of Concept Coverings in Calgary. Concept Coverings is a Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer in southeast Calgary that specializes in this latest technology; blinds controlled by remote, or programmed to suit the lifestyle of the user. Connie and her husband, Barry, started the company five years ago, when they saw that there was a need for experts in the specialized field of motorized blinds. Their established electrical company, Total Concept Wiring, was approached to partner with Hunter Douglas dealers to work on motorized blind hookups. With their background in electrical and home automation, opening a window covering company that taps into this niche market seemed like the perfect complement for their growing business.

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Bottom and bottom left photos courtesy Hunter Douglas.

Teaming up with a reputable industry giant like Hunter Douglas, a company that has been manufacturing a wide array of window coverings for over 60 years, gives them another refined edge over their competitors. “We started the company to specialize in hard-wired motorized coverings,” says Drake, “but our business has evolved into so much more than that.” Concept Coverings is now one of six Hunter Douglas Galleries in the Calgary area, and one of a select group of motorized dealers in the province. Their focus is not just on motorization. “We added a line of drapery fabrics, wall coverings and woven rugs this year. We are very excited to hold the Grand Opening of our new location on the first weekend in May to showcase all the new products and services we offer. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” New homes are a big part of their business, but many homeowners and businesses are renovating and taking a keen interest in updating their window coverings as well. “Changing out blinds or adding drapery is a great way to give your house or rooms a facelift. We carry quality products that suit everyone’s taste, lifestyle and budget.” Concept Coverings’ client base includes homeowners, interior designers, automation integrators, and builders. “When you work with us, you get the entire package — we offer electrical, home automation, home audio, home theatre and window coverings,” says Drake. “Our clients love the convenience of visiting one showroom and taking care of multiple components of their building or renovating process.” The Concept Coverings philosophy is simple: Give the customer an excellent experience — from initial consultation through installation to after sales follow up — and have fun doing it. Providing a quality product that transcends over time and is just as stylish years after the client bought it is key to having a satisfied customer. “People want value for their purchase, and when you can back it with exceptional service and warranty, they know they made the right decision.” And there you have it, the Concept Coverings recipe for success: quality products, innovative technology, and exceptional service. You can discover Concept Coverings for yourself just off 130th Avenue and Deerfoot Trail South, at #109, 5126 126th Avenue S.E., or visit their website at www.conceptcoverings.com.  n

“When you work with us, you get the entire package — we offer electrical, home automation, home audio, home theatre and window coverings.”

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Calbridge unveils $2.3 million Foothills Lottery grand prize home Tickets for the largest Foothills Hospital Home Lottery ever are going fast, topping 50 per cent sales already in the two weeks since it launched. Of course, having Calbridge Homes’ majestic $2.3 million home as the grand prize could have helped inspire more ticket buyers to grab their chances to own this over 5,000-squarefoot beauty. “This year’s lottery is our largest and most impressive ever including two spectacular grand prize show homes and over 10,000 prizes,” says Jill Olynyk, CEO of Calgary Health Trust. Located in Artesia at heritage Pointe, this one-of-of a kind luxury home by Calbridge Homes is open for viewing weekdays from 2-8 p.m. and weekends from 12-5 p.m. Although winning is not guaranteed amazement at the home’s spectacular style and design is a assured. The second grand prize show home is located mountainside in Canmore and is valued at over $1.7 million. The home is built by Spring Creek and will be open for viewing on weekends beginning April 5th. Both grand prize show homes will be awarded fully furnished, professionally decorated and landscaped along with $50,000. Details of all prizes and ticket information is available on the lottery website www.FoothillsHospitalHomeLottery.org. Foothills Hospital Home Lottery estate home.

Sabal opens doors to new Mahogany show homes Sabal Homes kicked off its 20th anniversary celebrations with the opening of the Syntax and Sonik, two never-before-seen show homes in Mahogany, Calgary’s Community of the Year.

The award-winning home builder’s SabalSmart attached homes offer uncommonly brilliant design, attainable price points, a range of floor plans and features, and Sabal’s signature uncommonly stylish Sabal Homes’ appeal. Syntax and Sonik “This is an exshow homes. citing opening for Sabal Homes,” says marketing manager Nicole McLaws. “These homes epitomize smart living — we offer an incredible location, which provides long-lasting value, and we also provide

fantastic items with each attached home, including nine-foot ceilings, mix-and-match elevations, stucco and James Hardie siding, USB chargers, the chance to personalize your interior at Sabal’s designSense Studio, and so much more.”

 SabalSmart homes are available from the low $300,000s, and feature a wide range of floor plans, options, finishing selections and more.

 As part of its 20-year anniversary celebrations, anyone who purchases a Sabal home before July 19th will be automatically entered into a draw for a $20,000 grand prize. Further, everyone who purchases a Sabal home between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015, will receive a $2,020 gift card to be used towards upgrades for their new home, along with a custom Sabal front door lockset.

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New in King’s Height

Home starts surge in February

Melcor Developments announces the latest addition to their hit King’s Heights community in Airdrie, as they welcome six new show homes from Shane Homes, Homes by Avi and Innovations by Jayman. These front-attached garage homes start from the $420,000s, and have a regal style that won’t cost a king’s ransom. King’s Heights has been one of the hottest communities in Airdrie, growing at an astonishing rate. Its popularity stems from its wide variety of home options at an affordable price and an enviable location on the east side of Airdrie, with a quicker access to Highway 2 than any other new community.

Housing starts in the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 14,993 units in February compared to 14,322 the previous month, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of total housing starts. “The trend in total housing starts in February increased from the previous month, due to gains in both single-detached and multi-family construction,” said Richard Cho, CMHC’s Senior Market Analyst for Calgary. “Continued growth in employment, strong net migration, and declines in new home inventories has supported the rise in new construction.” CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of the housing market. In some situations, analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading in some markets, as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets which can be quite variable from one month to the next. The standalone monthly SAAR was 15,506 units in February, down from 17,505 in January. Despite the reduction, overall housing starts remain elevated and are consistent with our recent forecast that builders will increase production in 2014. Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English.

McKee Homes building futures McKee Homes believes in starting them young. The award-winning builder and one of Airdrie’s biggest community-building partners has launched the Building Futures project that teaches high school students the basics of the homebuilding trade. In partnership with George McDougall High School, and the Rockyview School District, the Building Futures project brings the students to a teaching environment away from the classroom. “We have 32 Grade 10 students learning all required Grade 10 curriculum and building two homes all at a location in Reunion,” says McKee Homes President Elaine McKee-Doel. “We built a double-detached garage classroom behind one of the homes they are building with our trades and supervisors.” Doel adds that there is no cost to the school other than the items inside the class, the

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teachers, and the transport. “We, together with our trades and some suppliers, have done the rest. The homes will be sold when finished and the kids will help to market them and learn the business and sales side, too.”

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Rainbow Falls · Westcreek · Westmere

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Concept Coverings page 44

Baywest Homes page 4

DS Homes page 49

Brookfield Residential pages 16-17

Dundee Developments Evansridge page 52

Cardel Homes Chaparral Valley page 33 Cedarglen Homes page 29 CHBA page 52

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Hopewell Communities Mahogany page 53 Innovations by Jayman page 2 Jayman MasterBUILT page 27

Emerald New Homes Sovereign Court pages 36

Kinette Club Golf for Girls page 37

Genesis Land Development Evansridge page 7

Landmark page 36

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Mattamy Homes page 54

Trico Homes page 22

McKee Homes page 21

United Communities Nolan Hill FC, pages 12-15

Melcor Developments Sunset Ridge page 55 Sabal Homes page 3 Tamani Developments Riversong page 23

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Jay’s way Jayman MasterBUILT’s Jay Westman brings passion to home building Talk housing with Jay Westman, and it takes all of two minutes for the unbridled passion to bubble to the surface — and he doesn’t apologize for it. After all, he has sawdust in his veins. For more than three decades, Westman, chairman and co-founder of Jayman MasterBuilt, has been housing Albertans. He learned much of what he knows about the industry from his father and mentor, Al, and what Al didn’t teach him he learned on the job and in the classroom. It was this passion to learn and to provide an opportunity for others to learn about the housing industry that was the stimulus behind the $5 million donation Westman has made to the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. “I’ve had a lifelong passion to continue to improve the professionalism of the residential housing industry,” says Westman. The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies will be a “vehicle to allow other people to learn about this industry.” Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary, says the centre will promote leadership development and fill a need in Calgary by training future leaders in the real estate industry. Course work will be specific to the industry and will include construction, public policy, finance, development, and marketing. Westman’s donation will support the Haskayne School’s aim to offer full undergraduate and MBA degrees in the next two years. Westman’s passion, though, goes beyond just talking about housing, it goes to

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improving the industry through education. “I have a firm belief that education is a silver bullet, but I didn’t always grasp this. In fact, I postponed my secondary education until I was married with children, opting instead to learn on the job. But once I was accepted into SAIT, I couldn’t get enough education,” he says. Jay Westman

He is driven. Driven to continue to improve himself, his business, and this industry through a deep involvement. Westman was a founding member of the Professional Home Builders Institute of Alberta; a founding contributor to the new trades and technology complex at SAIT and is involved, along with other industry players, in developing a curriculum for building trades. He was also at the helm of both the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region and CHBA – Alberta for a pair of one-year terms. Westman says the idea of associating himself with the Haskayne School of Busi-

ness was an easy one to make because of the level of passionate leadership provided by Dick Haskayne and the school’s dean Jim Dewald. Having Dewald as Haskayne’s dean provided further impetus for Westman to put his family name to the centre. They have known each other for years, when Dewald was president of Hopewell Residential Communities and Jayman was building in some of their communities. “Being able to talk with him about his plans and my plans was an important element in the funding decision because he has very extensive knowledge and background about real estate from his days at Hopewell,” says Westman. He calls the donation an investment in the future for the good of the industry and for the good of students. “You may not realize this, but real estate is the third largest industry in North America, behind only health care and energy,” says Westman. In Canada, receipts from the housing industry total approximately $114 billion — with Alberta accounting for $15 billion. Westman wears his passion on his sleeve — and he walks the talk. NL

Marty Hope. For more than two decades Marty Hope has been reporting on the housing and development industry in Calgary, throughout Alberta, and across Canada. In March, he was presented with the Maple Leaf Award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association which is given annually to a non-builder member in Canada for contributions to the industry.


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