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Albi Homes, 2016 SAM Award Winner

We’re turning the spotlight on our customers this week, as the 2015/16 awards season comes to a close. With the 2016 Builder 100 list announced, the Housing Leadership Summit about to kick off, and associations from Florida to B.C. announcing their top prizes, this awards season did not disappoint. While we tip our hats to award-winning builders everywhere, we would like to take a moment to single out a few special prizes won by Constellation customers.


2016 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association held it’s annual National Awards for Housing Excellence on May 6. The CHBA presented 33 awards this year, at its 73rd National Conference in Kelowna, BC. The prestigious awards recognize builders from across Canada, in categories from sales and marketing through custom renovations.

Albi Homes from Calgary received both the Design Excellence Award and the Marketing Excellence Award in a sweep of the two top awards given for cumulative results in the New Home Awards and Marketing Awards categories. Albi received four awards in total and 11 nominations in a highly competitive competition. Wow!

Congratulations to Albi Homes on this impressive double win — and see below for more honorable mentions from the CHBA Awards.

Read more about Albi’s win in The Calgary Herald.


2016 BILD Awards - Great Gulf Homes

2016 BILD Awards

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) of the Greater Toronto Area held their annual BILD Awards on April 28. The GTA’s top builders, developers, communities, designs, and campaigns were honored in 47 categories from over 900 submissions.

Great Gulf Homes took home Home Builder of the Year for Low-Rise. The award is selected with input from surveys of new homeowners — happy customers are a true testament of quality construction and service. Many buyers plan to consider Great Gulf first when it comes time for their next purchase.

“We are very proud and excited to have been recognized with this award and want to congratulate and thank the entire Great Gulf team on our win for the Homebuilder of the Year Low-Rise. I would also like to thank recent new home buyers for their trust and confidence in our ability to provide them with well-built, architecturally well-designed homes,” said Christopher Wein, President Great Gulf. “This is the third time in our company’s history that we have won this prestigious award and at a particularly fitting time as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.” [via The Star]

Congratulations, Great Gulf!

Read more from The Toronto Star, and click here for more photos from the BILD Awards.


Neal Communities, Professional Builder's 2015 Builder of the Year

Professional Builder 2015 Builder of the Year

Back in December, Professional Builder presented this prestigious and sought-after award to only one builder, who did not actively apply for the award, and whose innovative ideas and business results represent the best in home building.

“Our consistent goal is to combine the discipline, efficiency, skill and processes of a publicly owned homebuilder with the agility, customer care and attention to detail of a private builder,” says Pat Neal, founder and CEO of Neal Communities. “To be recognized for excellence with this respected award is a special honor that we are humbled and pleased to accept.” [via Neal Communities]

Neal Communities closed close to 1,000 homes in 2015, and was named #45 on the Builder 100 list. Congratulations to Neal Communities – winners of the “Academy Awards” of homebuilding!

Read more from Professional Builder.


Broadview Homes, Builder of the Year 2015 SAM Awards

2015 CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards

Last month, the newly amalgamated Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Urban Development Institute Calgary Region presented their annual SAM Awards for sales and marketing excellence.

Broadview Homes, part of the Qualico Group of Companies, was named 2015 Builder of the Year as well as taking home the New Homebuyers Choice Award. The latter award is based on feedback from new buyers – who may have been influenced by Broadview’s commitment to pushing boundaries. “We keep taking chances,” says Broadview Homes vice-president Peter-John Woolf. “We sit down in our design room and if we see something that’s innovative and new, we get excited that maybe some aspects of it haven’t been done. That’s what we want to do for our show homes.” [via Calgary Herald]

Congratulations to Broadview Homes! Read more in The Calgary Herald.


Honorable Mentions from the 2015/16 Awards Season

Sterling Homes, winners of two print marketing awards at the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Branthaven Homes, winners for Multi-Family Homes in the under 1000 Square Foot category at the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
SigNature Communities, winners of the Best Logo and Best Brochure, High-Rise at the BILD Awards
Geranium Homes, winners of a number of BILD Awards, including the People’s Choice Award
Empire Communities, winners of Best Sales video at the BILD Awards
Homes by Avi, Multi-Family Builder of the Year at the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards
Brookfield Residential, winners of multiple community and marketing awards at the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards
Hopewell Residential, winners of the Show Home Parade of the Year at the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards




Photo credits:
Albi Homes (Facebook)
BILD (Facebook)
Neal Communities
The Calgary Herald

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Neal Communities is the 2015 Builder of the Year

Professional Builder, North America’s leading business publication dedicated to the home building industry, has named Neal Communities its 2015 Builder of the Year. The Sarasota-Fla.-based firm is the 49th builder to be honored as Builder of the Year by Professional Builder.

“With closings approaching 1,000 homes in 2015, Neal Communities did better coming out of the downturn than many companies did during the boom,” says Professional Builder Editorial Director Denise Dersin. “Neal’s focus on acquiring the best land and creating sustainable communities, along with its ability to hire—and keep—one of the best teams in the business has made it one of Florida’s fastest-growing home builders.”

We salute Neal Communities’ ability to weather the housing downturn by recognizing the trend early, finding a sold strategy, and putting a plan into action with strict controls to ensure success. The competition has noticed. Neal Communities was able to not only survive, but thrive through the downturn, and now sits on thousands and thousands of acres of prime land in Florida, without the typical bank loans to go with it. They are positioned for growth as the market rebounds toward a new normal. And they did it all while remaining loyal to their team – the Neal “family”.

“At Neal Communities, our entire team is deeply committed to improving the lives of the people we serve with superior customer service, products and value,” says Patrick Neal, owner and chairman of Neal Communities. “I could not be more proud of our dedicated team of exceptional home building professionals who inspire me to work harder every single day. To be recognized for excellence with this prestigious award is a special honor that we are humbled and pleased to accept.”

Congratulations to Neal Communities!

Continue reading via Professional Builder magazine.

To learn more about Neal Communities, visit their website.

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PCBC 2015

PCBC 2015 is just a few short weeks away, at the San Diego Convention Center June 24-25. As you can see, PCBC has been packing in the bells and whistles, and this year’s show will feature hundreds of keynotes, workshops, and events.

We would like to highlight one in particular: a keynote by Scott Sedam, President of True North Development and Contributing Editor of Professional Builder Magazine. Scott will be presenting “Overcoming the Labor Shortage: Becoming the Builder of Choice” on Thursday June 25 at 11:00 am. Scott presented a similarly anticipated session on Lean Building at our 2013 Customer Conference. Here’s a sneak peek:

The shortage of qualified trade contractors is a problem that vexes the entire industry and finally people are waking up to it, but not for the right reasons. Suddenly trade shortages as an obstacle to growth is appearing in articles and blogs and occasionally even cited by industry market researchers and engineers. Here’s the bottom line: We have tremendous structural demand at all price points yet there is ample evidence that in each segment and especially entry-level, sales prices are too high. Compounding the problem, what retail prices a builder can push through are not covering the across-the-board increases in cost of land, labor, material and overhead. The result is increased sales volume, with decreased profit margins. The biggest single component of this increase in most markets is the trade shortage.


PCBC 2015PCBC 2015 (Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference)
June 24-25, 2015
San Diego, CA
San Diego Convention Center
Booth 436

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Introducing our industry keynote speakers Scott Sedam, Nick Bontis, Charlie Scott, and Denis Leonard!

These speakers, from various home building backgrounds, will kick-start each day’s events with keynote sessions designed to challenge you to consider your business in a new light. Generate ideas and discussion topics for the rest of the day. Get to know our speakers below.


Scott Sedam, HousingZone.com


“The Lean Building Revolution: What You Need to Know”

Scott Sedam, president of TrueNorth Development, spends most of his time working in the trenches with builders, suppliers and trade contractors. His Lean Builder blog appears weekly at HousingZone.com.

Scott’s Lean Builder LinkedIn Group
TrueNorth Development
Scott’s Housing Zone Blog


Dr. Nick Bontis


Dr. Nick Bontis is recognized internationally as a leading strategy and management guru. With humor and passion, he empowers individuals, teams and organizations to build their brainpower for high performance and sustainable competitive advantage.

Nick’s Website
Nick’s Book Information Bombardment
Watch Nick Speak


Denis Leonard


“Steps to Performance Excellence”

For over 25 years the National Housing Quality Award and its Criteria for Performance Excellence have been important tools for hundreds of home builders to assess and improve their business performance. This presentation will show just how the criteria functions, can be used as stepping stones to performance excellence, and how Benchmark can be the launching pad for your journey to excellence.

Business Excellence Consulting
Denis Leonard via NAHB


Charlie Scott


“Top 20 Home Building Lessons Learned”

With two successful careers: first as a Systems Analyst followed by over 25 years in the homebuilding industry, Charlie Scott is in a unique position to share his top 20 business and life lessons learned in 25 years of home building, management, leadership and life.

Woodland, O’Brien & Scott
Charlie Scott via NAHB



Our speakers will challenge you to think differently!

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear them among fellow Constellation builders.



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Build More... Constellation 2013 National Customer Conference

You are invited!

We are thrilled to invite all Constellation home building customers to our 2013 National Customer Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona!

Customer conferences give us a chance to listen to our builders and improve ourselves and our products. We’ve put together learning sessions and events that we hope will send you home more efficient with your software and process.

Scottsdale is known for its spectacular golf courses – join us for a round on Monday, November 4th prior to the start of the conference. An additional charge will apply, click here for Golf Day details.

We are also thrilled to be partnering with Professional Builder Magazine, who will be hosting their annual Benchmark Awards and Conference on Thursday following the “Build More” Awards.

Build More… 2013 National Customer Conference
November 4-6, 2013
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona

with Professional Builder Magazine
Benchmark Awards and Conference
November 7, 2013

Sample keynote sessions for all customers:

Scott Sedam, TrueNorth
Blayne Parrish, Center6
Michael White, G1440

Sample software training sessions:


We hope you’ll join us!



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