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Tridel named OHBA Home Builder of The Year for fourth time

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2019 – Canada’s largest builder of condominium homes was named 2019 Ontario Home Builder of the Year at the OHBA’s Awards of Distinction ceremony last week. The victory marked the fourth time Tridel has walked away with the evening’s top prize, which highlights an OHBA member company that demonstrates excellence within their business, industry and community.

“It’s with great appreciation of the OHBA and what this award stands for that Tridel accepts this prestigious award. When Tridel puts our name on a new community or initiative it comes with an understanding that we’ve done all we can to deliver above and beyond expectations,” says Jim Ritchie, Executive Vice President, Tridel.  “Our relentless commitment to our customers, employees and community is what drives us. You could say this Award of Distinction is a testament to those groups and their ability to push us. We feel a deep responsibility to live up to the standards of this award and the people and communities we serve.”

Tridel’s reputation for seeking excellence in all aspects of its organization includes innovative designs and new building concepts, as well as holistic support of employee’s philanthropic efforts and community initiatives. Last year, through Tridel’s W.I.S.E CSR program, over 120 Tridel employees participated in 35 charitable events. In addition, Tridel’s charitable foundation BOLT, founded in 2009, has raised over $3.1 million for construction career youth engagement programs and has given out 342 scholarships.

Tridel leads sustainable residential condominium development in Canada, with more than 20% of the commercial certified LEED Multi-Unit Residential Buildings.  The prolific developer continues to expand its innovation through smart and sustainable elements like Tridel Connect, a suite of SMART home technology in the living spaces and common elements, designed to make life simpler for residents. Additionally, Tridel’s

Recent marquee launches for Tridel, include the condominium residences at The Well, Chateau Auberge on the Park and Edenbridge. Aqualuna at Bayside, a joint-effort between Hines and Tridel, and designed by the renowned Danish architecture firm 3XN was also recognized by the OHBA with a Project of the Year, High or Mid-Rise and High-Rise Building Awards of Distinction

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BILD GTA RECOGNIZES TRIDEL WITH TOP HONOURS AT 2019 BILD AWARDS

Canada’s Leading Condo Developer Claims Six Awards, including Home Builder of the Year, Green Builder of the Year and Stephen Dupuis CSR Award

Toronto, Ontario – May 10, 2019 – At the 39th annual BILD Awards Gala, the Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Association honoured Tridel with its most prestigious Pinnacle distinctions including Home Builder of the Year (Mid/High-Rise), Green Builder of the Year, the Stephen Dupuis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award and award for Best Customer Care.

Considered the most prestigious honour presented to a developer, the Pinnacle Award for Home Builder of the Year recognizes leadership in the industry and a dedication to innovation, quality and customer care, as determined by industry peers and direct customer feedback. As Canada’s leading condominium developer, Tridel takes this role and responsibility seriously, and is committed to building quality homes and resilient communities for today, and tomorrow.

“Our team continues to work for the good of our homeowners, their families and the communities we share. This award is recognition of our collective efforts and accomplishments, as well as the contributions we make to the industry, being a Best Place to Work for our employees, and exercising our influence to have a strong community impact” says Jim Ritchie, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Tridel. “We’re honoured to be recognized within the industry and by the homeowners we work so hard for, what a proud and exciting evening for our team!”

The Stephen Dupuis Award is one of BILD’s highest distinctions and is presented to an organization or individual that is committed to CSR, conscious of their social impact, and recognized for their efforts to enhance the industry’s reputation.

“We are deeply humbled to receive this once-in-a-lifetime award for our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility,” says Danielle Feidler, Senior Vice President, Brand Experience at Tridel. “This is a testament to the work with and in the communities we’re helping create, our dedication to raising awareness of opportunities for youth in construction, and our continued efforts to remain good corporate citizens.”

As the industry leader in sustainable development, Tridel’s reputation for environmentally-responsible building is unsurpassed. This is the tenth time the home builder has been awarded Green Builder of the Year. A pioneer to green building in Toronto, Tridel won the inaugural BILD Green Builder of the Year award in 2007 and has earned the distinction 10 times in the last 13 years – more than any other builder in the GTA – for its dedication to sustainability, high-performance building, using eco-conscious materials, and utilizing innovative green construction practices.

“We’re committed to always considering our environmental impact and strive to implement innovative building practices so that we can successfully meet the needs of today’s communities, while safe-guarding the well-being of future generations,” says Bruno Giancola, Senior Vice President, Project Management/Innovation and Sustainability at Tridel.

Tridel also won Best Customer Care, for the third time in four years, for its Inspired Committed and Extraordinary Service promise and dedication to provide the best homeowner experience.

Over 1,200 people gathered at the 39th Annual BILD Awards Gala on Friday, May 3rd to celebrate the very best in real estate, construction, design, marketing and sales as BILD recognized the most innovative work in the GTA building industry today. For a complete list of this year’s BILD winners, visit bildawards.com/2019winners.

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark opens new architecture exhibit at Bayside Toronto

Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context is free to attend and will run until late spring

TORONTO, March 4, 2019 – His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visited Bayside Toronto this morning as part of the opening of a new architecture exhibit by Danish firm 3XN. Located inside the Hines Tridel Bayside Toronto Presentation Centre, Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context is an exploration of harbour cities and the dynamics between buildings, public spaces, urban circulation and the water’s edge.

Flanked by the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Ambassador to Canada Thomas Winkler, as well as Minister Steve Clark, and representatives from Hines, Tridel and Waterfront Toronto, the Crown Prince also helped unveil plans for a new office tower at Bayside Toronto.

Designed by 3XN, T3 Bayside is conceived as a 10-storey, timber-constructed office tower by master developer Hines. A new scale model for the building is on display as part of the exhibition.

“We are very excited about the continuous collaboration and value creation among Danish and Canadian companies in respect to creating sustainable and livable cities,” says Danish Consul General Niels Tanderup Kristensen.

“From the beginning, the world has taken note of Waterfront Toronto’s unprecedented 2,000-acre revitalization plan—the largest such initiative currently underway anywhere. We are humbled to have His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark here to mark the opening of this exciting exhibit and the announcement of the first office project at Bayside Toronto. It’s a testament to the sustained attention Toronto’s waterfront revitalization is receiving worldwide that we are able to have the Crown Prince here with us today,” says Avi Tesciuba, Senior Managing Director, Hines Canada.

Nearly a decade has passed since Hines was named the master developer of Bayside Toronto, following an international competition by Waterfront Toronto. Hines brought Canada’s leading condominium developer Tridel on as its exclusive residential development partner at Bayside. Hines and Tridel are responsible for the successful launch of four residential projects: Aqualina, Aquavista, Aquabella and Aqualuna. 3XN’s notable design for Aquabella marked the Danish firm’s first project in North America and was quickly followed up by a striking, undulating form for Aqualuna.

“Tridel takes pride in helping introduce 3XN’s unique brand of contextually responsive design to North America with their work on two standout projects at Bayside,” says Leo DelZotto, President and CEO, Tridel. “It’s an honour to stand alongside the Crown Prince, as well as the Danish Ambassador to Canada, Minister Steve Clark, and Waterfront Toronto as we open this exhibit. We invite the public to the Bayside Presentation Centre to experience these designs firsthand and see how 3XN is helping shape waterfronts around the world.”

Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context highlights 11 completed and in-progress waterfront projects by 3XN in Toronto, Sydney and Denmark. Each project is designed to amplify the best aspects of the local site and make a positive impact on the people that live and work there.

“Over half of 3XN’s work worldwide relates to water. Our own office is on the water and in Denmark there is more than 2,000 km of waterfront, so it’s almost impossible to have a site that doesn’t connect with the water in some ways,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founding Principal of 3XN. “In harbour cities, the waterfront is always the most valuable and desirable area. This exhibit is meant to explore how we as designers can create multifunctional spaces that make the most of where everyone wants to be.”

The decision to have 3XN helm the design for T3 Bayside came after the studio emerged as the winner of a design competition set up specifically for the commercial component of Bayside’s master plan. While T3 Bayside is still in planning, with a scheduled appearance before the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel later this month, the impact 3XN has had on Toronto’s waterfront to-date is unmistakable.

“3XN’s work is guided by the belief that a project should provide a backdrop for shared interactions, and integrate social spaces that benefit all kinds of people, not just those that live and work there,” says Nielsen.

The exhibit will run until late spring and is free to the public. Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. The Hines Tridel Bayside Presentation Centre is located at 261 Queens Quay East.

For more information on T3 Bayside, please visit: http://t3bayside.com/

Photo credit: Arthur Mola
(From left to right) Mark Bromiley, Rockwool; Meg Davis, Waterfront Toronto; MPP Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN; Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Avi Tesciuba, Hines; Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate; Thomas Winkler, Danish Ambassador to Canada; Niels Tanderup Kristensen, Danish Consul General.

T3 Bayside by Hines is conceived to be a 10-storey, mass timber building

Aqualuna Rendering

Designed by 3XN, Aqualuna is the fourth and final residential project at Bayside Toronto.

TRIDEL UNVEILS SMART CONDOMINIUM

Integrated wireless technology provides convenience, connectivity and peace of mind

TORONTO, August 20, 2018 – Leading Canadian condominium developer Tridel unveiled its first smart condominium at Ten York, a newly completed 69-storey community in Toronto’s downtown core. Ten York features Tridel Connect, an innovative range of integrated smart home features designed to make condo living as convenient as possible.

Tridel Connect makes it easier to do everyday tasks like enter and exit your home, manage temperature settings and the suite alarm system, host guests and receive packages. It also allows homeowners to rely on voice and data connectivity within the building, a benefit that has become very important as a growing number of consumers no longer have landlines or cable and require robust wi-fi.

“Toronto is fast becoming a global technology hub and Tridel is keeping pace by introducing a range of tech-savvy amenities which are available to our customers today,” said Jim Ritchie, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Tridel. “With erratic schedules, 24/7 work demands and the nature of living in a bustling city, people are increasingly looking for ways to simplify their lives. A more connected home and community is one way to accomplish that.

“Tridel Connect is the result of a collaboration with real estate technology company SmartONE Solutions, which helped us elevate Ten York beyond standard condo living, using smart building features,” explains Bruno Giancola, Tridel Senior Vice President Project Management/ Innovation & Sustainability. “Their platform uses a central network and integrates multiple systems to enable shared services and individual features for each suite. Ten York received industry recognition recently with a Multifamily/Residential Digie Award for Most Intelligent Building Project at the Realcomm conference held in Las Vegas in June 2018.”

Tridel Connect at Ten York offers the following features:

Home Connectivity

Adjust the temperature, set the security alarm and receive notifications about community events and services through an in-suite wall pad or remotely via a smartphone app.

Welcome Guests

A wall pad lets homeowners see and speak with guests before allowing them entry.

Suite Entry

No more keys. Digital door locks use a personalized access code for entry. Additional codes can be programmed for family members, friends, or service providers, like a dog walker. Homeowners can also assign nicknames to friends and family to keep a record of who has entered their suite, using the wall pad.

Manage Peace of Mind

A camera view of select common areas and direct video communication with the concierge provides added peace of mind for residents (video is one-way to protect resident privacy).

Community Access

A personalized Bluetooth smartphone app unlocks common area doors as a resident approaches.

Licence Plate Recognition

Licence plate recognition provides automated entry to the parking garage for residents and registered guests—no fob or door opener is required.

Automated Parcel Delivery

Given the popularity of e-commerce, an automated smart locker system has been installed. When a package arrives, residents are sent a digital message and their package is held until it’s convenient for them to pick it up.

Managed Network

A dedicated team monitors and manages the sophisticated network infrastructure in the building to keep the system connected and running smoothly.

Robust, Reliable Connectivity

A distributed antenna system enhances voice and data connectivity for mobile devices within the building to ensure residents on even the highest floors stay connected.

Advanced Wi-Fi

All suites at Ten York include unlimited, ultra high-speed 500 mbps internet as a utility and high-speed guest internet is available in the building’s common amenity areas.

“Innovative, smart home technologies have benefits for all types of condo residents—from millennials for whom technology is second nature, to seniors looking for added peace of mind features, to families with young kids who can use a smartphone rather than a fob to come and go,” added Ritchie.

Tridel Teams Up With Elby e-bike

To Encourage Cycling As Part Of Sustainable Urban Living

TORONTO, June 5, 2018 – Canada’s leading condominium developer, Tridel, today announced a collaboration with e-bike company Elby to help condo owners overcome traffic frustrations, so they can make their daily commute less stressful, or just get around faster and easier.

After years of popularity in Asia, e-bikes are gaining acceptance in Europe and North America thanks to advances in lithium ion batteries along with economic and environmental market forces. Developing sustainable transportation is a priority in the Greater Toronto Area which is projected to grow by 42 per cent over the next 25 years[1]. While cars still dominate, walking and cycling are on the increase thanks to infrastructure improvements. Ontario has committed $93 million to expand bike lanes in 2018, with Toronto receiving $25.6 million to fund its Ten-Year Cycling Network Plan.

“Given our 80-year history, we understand that a condominium is more than a building, it’s a community itself and part of a broader neighbourhood,” said Jim Ritchie, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Tridel. “Green building, sustainability and innovation are core to the Tridel vision, as is keeping up with purchasers’ desire for amenities that add value to condo life. Our collaboration with Elby allows us to offer our customers a convenient, energy-efficient, affordable and fun way to navigate the city.”

Elby is widely touted as a great e-bike for commuting, city driving, fitness and leisure activities. Elby is a premium e-bike designed from the ground up and boasts award winning design, premium engineering, and leading safety technology.  Elby has become one of the most popular e-bikes and was named best e-bike of 2017 by Outside Magazine.

“Elby was created specifically for city use with a step-through design that is easy to get on or off (even in work clothes), automotive safety features like powerful hydraulic disc brakes, bright LED lighting and the leading power and range in the industry which goes about 120 kms on one charge,” said Managing Director Scott MacWilliam. “The Elby is a perfect solution for condo buyers looking for a convenient, easy and affordable way to get to work, run errands, visit friends or just get around while avoiding traffic gridlock.  We are excited to team up with Tridel and offer their customers a fun, functional, and future-proof way to move through our cities efficiently and sustainably.”

To kick off their collaboration, Tridel and Elby are holding a contest to give away three e-bikes. Contest details are available at tridel.com/innovation. Prospective condo buyers who want to “Feel Electric” (Elby’s tagline) can also request a referral code at Tridel Presentation Centres for a 15% discount toward the purchase of an Elby e-bike.

While enthusiasts can go on for hours about why it’s a great bike, the best way to experience the benefits of an Elby is to take it for a spin. The convenience, simplicity and joy of riding one is better experienced, not explained. Check out one of the Elby e-bikes on display at the Tridel Presentation Centres below:

“We are excited about the potential of our collaboration with Elby,” added Ritchie. “E-bikes are popular in world-class cities like Paris, Amsterdam and London because they have a lot of benefits. The Elby was specifically designed for urban environments, and we think it’s a great solution for our homeowners.”

[1] Source: Ontario Population Projections Update, 2016–2041, Ontario Ministry of Finance

Elby e-bike