Never faltering from its corporate commitment to enhance the lives of its residents, AvalonBay Communities Inc. has earned a leading position among multifamily residential real estate corporations operating in the United States. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., AvalonBay focuses on acquiring, developing, redeveloping and managing best-in-class apartment communities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California.

At the 2012 Aurora Awards – sponsored by the Southeast Building Conference – WCI Communities took home three awards: best detached single family home, best attached for-sale home and best recreational facility. As a 60-year-old developer that emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 as a reorganized company, the recent recognitions signal to all of Florida that the masterplan developer with nine communities in its current portfolio is just as viable as ever.

In fall 2009, Concord, Ontario-based real estate firm Aspen Ridge Homes began construction on one of its most unique properties to date – 77 Charles West situated in downtown Toronto. Typical mixed-use projects feature a combination of residential and commercial, such as condominiums with hotel or retail spaces. But combining an educational space with high-end residential makes 77 Charles West anything but typical, Project Manager Peter Szlichta says.  “People tend to equate condos with retail or a hotel/condo as an acceptable format,” he acknowledges. “This in itself is something new.”

Homebuilders operating between Abbotsford and Delta, British Columbia, understand that land value drives the market in this region. Land is, and always will be, at a premium in a geographic area bounded by an ocean to the west, an international border to the south, and mountains to the north.

Morningstar Homes was founded on the premise that more can be done with less to deliver luxury single-family homes in the Fraser Valley, lower mainland region of British Columbia with the right combination of innovative design and efficient use of space. After building 16 homes in its first year of operation in 1999, Morningstar Homes now closes on about 150 homes annually that range between 1,500 and 3,000 square feet.

As the first multifamily homebuilder to be certified in the Alberta Built Green Program in 2002, Avalon Master Builder has a reputation for being a quality, sustainable homebuilder. In addition to multifamily developments, the company builds single-family homes in Calgary and central Alberta.

“Our decision to build energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable housing has had a profound effect on our business model and represents the platform for our future home building,” the company says. “To date, it has set Avalon apart and distinguished us as a leader in sustainable building.

Because of various financial issues from previous owners, Regalia Beach Developers LLC decided to start construction of its eponymous luxury high-rise condominium tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., before sales started to show that it was going to happen.


When Stephen Ross founded Related Companies in 1972, he focused on developing affordable multifamily housing for long-term investment. Over the next 40 years, Related developed over $22 billion in real estate and today owns real estate assets valued at more than $15 billion, These are comprised of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets.   As a fully integrated, highly diversified leader in the development industry, it is capable of taking any project from inception to finish, expertly handling all facets.

With its All-America City Award, National Civic League recognizes 10 communities each year for “outstanding civic accomplishments,” such as for job creation, neighborhood revitalization and crime reduction, or improving housing and education and engaging youth. Albany, N.Y., has won this award twice – most recently in 2009, when it was recognized for improving the region’s economy and creating numerous opportunities for youth in its neighborhoods.

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