Calgary Herald

Builder of Merit winner credits consistenc­y

- JOSH SKAPIN

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.

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 ?? PHOTOS: MCKINLEY MASTERS ?? McKinley Masters’ Cambrooke Woodlands home won Best New Home $2.3 million and Over in the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Associatio­n’s 2015 SAM Awards. Above, one of the home’s sumptuous bathrooms and left, the great room.
PHOTOS: MCKINLEY MASTERS McKinley Masters’ Cambrooke Woodlands home won Best New Home $2.3 million and Over in the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Associatio­n’s 2015 SAM Awards. Above, one of the home’s sumptuous bathrooms and left, the great room.

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