Minto Communities wins multiple 2022 OHBA Awards of Distinction including Special Recognition Award

An industry leader, Minto Communities took home awards in nearly every category including the Best Amenity award for Towers 1 and 2 of the North Oak project in Oakville

September 23, 2022, TORONTO – Minto Communities swept the 2022 Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) Awards of Distinction, taking home more trophies than any other developer, and receiving a special recognition award. Wins were awarded in multiple categories, reflecting Minto Communities GTA’s best-in-class, diverse high-rise and low-rise communities. A special recognition award, presented by the OHBA, celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the organization and honoured Minto Communities company-wide contribution to designing and delivering quality homes throughout the province. Master-planned community Union Village in Markham, and North Oak, part of the master-planned Oakvillage community in Oakville were both recognized for excellence in design, winning:

  • Best Amenity – North Oak Tower 1 and 2
  • Best Attached Multi-Unit Home – Union Village Rear-Lane Townhome

“What a milestone moment to be recognized by our peers in the Ontario Homebuilders’ Association in celebration of the 30th anniversary,” says Brent Strachan, President, Ontario, Minto Communities. “While a lot has changed in thirty years our commitment to delivering high-quality homes for diverse families and individuals has not. It’s especially an honour to win in the design categories because our talented teams are always thinking about ways we can improve our homes for residents today by infusing wellness, connection, and nature.”
The shared amenity program at North Oak Tower 1 and Tower 2 are an example of the thoughtful and intentional design rooted in wellness and connectivity that have become Minto Communities GTA’s signature. Spanning two floors, the ‘Neighbourhood Nest’ is an expansive lobby that connects both towers and leads to an extensive amenity program with additional resiliency features layered in. Expansive glass walls showcase the strategically placed amenity spaces, carefully laid out to promote social connection with two party rooms offered, an outdoor terrace with pergola, barbeques, and seating overlooking the project’s pond, an expansive fitness centre with a cardio studio, yoga and pilates space, sauna, free weights, and more. A pet wash, bike repair and wash, and co-working space lounge round out the offerings.
A resilient flex space includes back-up power connection, communications system, and critical goods refrigeration in case of emergencies. Both towers experienced sell-out success in their earlier releases and will feature a geoexchange community energy system to provide more sustainable space heating and cooling, reducing carbon emissions by up to 70 per cent. The community energy geoexchange system broke ground in March 2022 and construction is still underway.
On-the-heels of the success of North Oak Tower 1 and Tower 2, Minto Communities GTA recently launched the highly anticipated North Oak Tower 3. North Oak Tower 3 will be part of the geoexchange community energy system and offers a similarly wellness and connection inspired residence with an extensive amenity program. Traditional and modernist styles are blended using biophilic design through use of natural textures and patterns with greenery embedded throughout. The Neighbourhood Gem resiliency feature which will also include back-up power, potable water, communications systems and critical goods refrigeration envelopes the amenity program and the lobby, fronting onto a terraced amenity garden. Amenity spaces include a co-working lounge, water bar, pet wash with direct exterior access, a bike wash and repair station, a BBQ terrace with outdoor workstations, an outdoor party room, and more.
North Oak Tower 3’s 239 suites are available in one-bedroom and one-bedroom-plus-den floor plans with all residences featuring high-quality and functional design, abundant natural light, and compartmentalization to minimize hot air and noise transfer from common corridors. The grand opening of the sales centre, located at 3605 Lake Shore Blvd West in Etobicoke takes place this weekend.
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About Minto Communities 
Minto Communities Canada, a division of the Minto Group established in 1955, is one of the premier real estate companies in Canada with a fully integrated real estate investment, development and management platform. Minto Communities has built more than 100,000 new homes, and is well recognized by the Canadian real estate industry as four-time winner of Building Industry and Land Development Association’s Green Builder of the Year, four-time winner of EnerQuality’s Ontario Green Builder of the Year award and two-time winner of the Ontario Home Builder Association’s Home Builder of the Year award. The company was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019.

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