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On February 7 the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) Lethbridge Region hosted their 21th annual Awards of Excellence in Housing and presented 30 awards including, Best Development, Custom Builder of the Year, and Builder of the Year. They also presented volunteer awards for Member of the Year and Hall of Fame.

The Awards of Excellence in Housing celebrates the achievement of BILD Lethbridge Region members that continue to advance the goals of the residential construction industry and who offer quality, affordability, and choice of housing in well planned communities for Lethbridge region consumers.

The award categories included new home design categories, community development, safety, energy efficiency, renovations, marketing, best trade, best supplier, best service professional and custom builder and builder of the year. Criteria for each award is complex and multi-faceted to ensure the absolute highest standards are recognized. Industry professionals from across the country rigorously judged the 70 entries to determine the winners.

Perry Neufeld, BILD Lethbridge President commented, “The product that is being produced by our land developers, homebuilders, renovators, trade and supplier members are at the forefront of innovation and technology and it is truly exciting to be a part of it, congrats to all the winners!”


Bridget Mearns, Executive Officer of BILD Lethbridge, remarked on the degree of competitiveness in all categories “it is truly inspiring to see the level of quality, attention to detail and customer service, and commitment BILD Lethbridge members have in designing, building, and supplying the best products for Lethbridge citizens and region. The judges had a very difficult job.”

Some highlights of the evening included Ashcroft Master Builder being awarded Builder of the Year for 2019. They also won five single family design awards, and Megan King took home the Best New Home Sales Person. Greener Homes won the Custom Builder of the Year and were also awarded the Best Energy Efficient Housing. Avonlea Homes won Best Development for BlackWolf along with four other awards. Empire Home Renovations swept all three renovation categories with their renovation of the “Wicher Residence”, and a single family design award.

Other highlights included awarding John Wickey, of Avonlea Homes, the Hall of Fame award for his 25 years contributing to the home building industry and the community. He was recognized for building the first STARs home in southern Alberta and built 17 in total. John takes great pride in every home he builds and has been recognized for this passion by receiving the H.O.M.E award last year for Best Customer Experience and was awarded builder of the year in 2016. Avonlea has won countless design and safety awards in not only Lethbridge but also on a provincial and national level.

Member of the Year Award was presented to Abby Slovack, Lethbridge Land, in recognition of her contribution to the association through her volunteerism and work on committees.

See all the award winners below:

New Home Single Family Category

$200K and under                           “The Royce”- Ashcroft Master Builder

$200-230K                                        “The Daphne” – Ashcroft Master Builder

$230-260K                                        “The Pablo” – Ashcroft Master Builder

$260-290K                                         “The Blakiston” – Galko Homes Master Builder

$290-320K                                         “The Akamina” – Galko Homes Master Builder

$320-350K                                        “The Carter” – Ashcroft Master Builder

$350-400K                                        “The Aery” – Ashcroft Master Builder

$400-500K                                         “The Hamilton” – Empire Home Renovations

$600-700K                                         “The Karsten” – Bezooyen Contracting

Over $1Million                                 “The Johnson” – Bezooyen Contracting


Energy Efficient Housing              “The Westminster” – Greener Homes


New Home Multi-Family Category

Multi-Family 3+ Units                   “The Row” – Avonlea Homes

Multi-family duplex                       “10th Avenue” – Avonlea Homes


Design Award Category

Best Ensuite                                     “The Perth” – Stranville Living Master Builder

Best Kitchen                                     “The Blakiston” – Galko Homes Master Builder


Renovation Awards Category

Best Kitchen Renovation             “Wicher Residence” – Empire Home Renovations

Best Ensuite Renovation             “Wicher Residence” – Empire Home Renovations

Best Overall Renovation              “Wicher Residence” – Empire Home Renovations


Safety Awards Category

Builder Safety                                  Stranville Living Master Builder

Best Trade / Supplier Safety      Neu-Lite Electric Inc.


Industry Awards Category

Best Trade                                         KB Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning

Best Supplier                                    All Weather Windows

Best Service Professional            WSP Canada Inc.


Marketing Awards Category

Best Residential Sales Office      Avonlea Homes

Best New Home Sales Person   Megan King – Ashcroft Master Builder

Best Website                                   NewRock Developments

Best Community Event                BlackWolf “Annual Block Party & Auto Show” – Avonlea Homes


BUILDER OF THE YEAR – Ashcroft Master Builder




BEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR – BlackWolf – Avonlea Homes


The following sponsors made the 21th annual Awards of Excellence in Housing possible:

 Juice 94.1 FM & 2Day 98.1 Lethbridge Playlist

Lethbridge Herald

Alberta New Home Warranty Program

Lethbridge Basement Ltd.

Melcor Developments

Neu-Lite Electric Inc.


Avonlea Homes

Lethbridge College

Timber-Tech Truss Inc.,

Cooper Equipment Rentals

City of Lethbridge

Ashcroft Master Builder

Country Meadows

Ply Gem Building Products

Logic Lumber Leth Ltd.

Shaw & Associates Chartered Accountants

KB Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning

Durabuilt Windows & Doors

Inland Concrete

Lealta Building Supplies


Today’s Country 95.5 and B-93.3

National Home Warranty Program

WSP Canada Inc.

Economic Development Lethbridge “Lethbridge Brighter Together”