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TREB President's Column as it appears in the Toronto Star.

TREB Recognizes Commercial Builders

June 18, 2012 -- Canada has received high marks in a number of studies conducted by various international consulting firms that include Forbes, FutureBrand and Reputation Institute. 

When it comes to doing business, branding, and reputation, Canada has been top rated in the world. As Torontonians, we should be proud of our contribution to such rankings.

One key element that contributes to Toronto’s outstanding international reputation is development.  We have for example, more condominium buildings currently under construction in Toronto than in any other city in North America. Trends like this one demonstrate the confidence that developers and consumers have in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

To recognize innovative Commercial buildings that contribute to our city, Greater Toronto REALTORS┬« have established the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Commercial Building Awards and to tell you more about them, I have invited the Chair of our association’s Commercial Division Larry Purchase to share this column.

Developers, architects and Greater Toronto REALTORS® will have nominated projects as part of the TREB Commercial Building Awards. There will be projects nominated in various categories such as Green, Industrial, Commercial Office, Commercial Residential, Multi-Residential and/or Institutional.

Nominated buildings, which must be located in the GTA and have been completed between January 2009 and November 2011, will be evaluated based on various criteria.  These include the project’s sensitivity to the environment, its design and innovation, and its success in answering a specific developmental need in the community.

A panel of five judges will visit each of the nominated projects to assess overall exterior design and determine how each fits into its surrounding area. Once each of the sites has been visited, the judges will meet to select one new and one retrofit building for a TREB Commercial Building Award.

The selected projects will be announced at a special awards ceremony that will take place at the Toronto Real Estate Board offices November 21, 2012.

By recognizing outstanding accomplishments in new and retrofit Commercial buildings we hope to inspire others to continue to strive for excellence, as doing so contributes to the quality of life throughout the GTA and to our city’s strong international reputation. When we work together to make ours a better city, and take the time to recognize such efforts, we all win.

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