Builder of Merit winner credits consistency
McKinley Masters has earned its ninth trophy for top performing small volume builder in the Calgary area.
The 27-year veteran in the Calgary market, which builds about 12 to 15 homes each year, has recaptured the Builder of Merit award. This is one of five Grand SAMs, which are the highest honours at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Urban Development Institute Calgary Region Association SAM (Sales and Marketing) Awards. Winners of the 2015 awards were announced during a gala at the Telus Convention Centre on April 16.
“It’s an honour,” says Mark Kwasnicki, founder and owner of McKinley Masters. “There’s fierce competition and we’re in an unbelievably competitive market.”
The 2014 Builder of Merit was Riverview Custom homes with McKinley as the runner-up. Between 1997 and 2009, McKinley won the award seven out of eight times.
“It’s consistency, a great team and great customers,” Kwasnicki says of how McKinley earned the win. “You can’t build houses like this without a customer first, a good team of designers, tradespeople and staff — everybody together.”
In addition to McKinley’s Grand SAM this year, the builder had one category win. Its Cambrooke Woodlands submission took the trophy for Best New Home $2.3 million and Over, which is the most expensive price range for a housing award at the SAMs. McKinley was also a finalist in the same category with a submission dubbed Bearspaw Lodge.
Kwasnicki describes the Cambrooke home as “very open.”
“There’s just such a great feeling in that house. There’s a lot of great features and a lot of glass,” he adds. “We designed it, built it — it was right from start to finish.”
Finalists for Builder of Merit include Wolf Custom Homes, Treehouse Developments, Lupi Luxury Homes and Astoria Homes.