Paul Kingsmith

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA) announced to its members on Nov. 6 at the yearly Bridge Builder Banquet the next two builders of the College Home Project.

The second year of this unique partnership sees Avonlea Homes Master Builder and Stranville Living Ltd. proudly stepping up to lead the project for 2014. In early 2013, CHBA and Lethbridge College announced the beginning of the College Home Project where CHBA builder members will partner with trades and suppliers to build 10 homes over five years and have the proceeds from sales donated to the Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) at Lethbridge College.

“The momentum is continuing to be extremely strong and we can hardly wait to see what architectural genius comes from the builders this year,” remarked Anita Hartman, President of the CHBA – Lethbridge Region after the announcement was made. “This program is ensuring sustainability in the housing industry and has set a very high precedent for community involvement and gifting.”

September 2013 saw the completion of year one with two stunning homes showcased in the Parade of Homes. Details on the project, who has been involved and more can be found at:

“On behalf of Stranville Living Ltd. and our industry partners, we are excited to announce our participation in this year’s College Home Project. The greatest resource in everything industry is the RIGHT people. They are the most valuable asset. The reality is each year, talent, knowledge and experience leaves our industry. Participation in The College Home Project is about more than being corporately responsible. We are honoured to be involved in an initiative which aims to replenish and educate our greatest resources…the right people,” commented Doug Pilsner, General Manager of Stranville Living.

Steve Meszaros, owner of Avonlea Homes Master Builder went on to say, ”Avonlea is extremely proud to be involved with the CHBA Lethbridge College Home for 2014. This is the biggest commitment and initiative between CHBA and Lethbridge College in our history. Moving into the second year of our initiative, I would like to congratulate all of the supplier and trade companies that have stepped forward to advance the project in its inception year. Special thanks to Ashcroft and Galko Homes and special thanks to Sandra Dufresne and Joyanne Mitchell from Lethbridge College for providing their leadership and support. Avonlea will put all of its energy and effort towards the end goal of raising our community commitment of $25 million for TTRIP”.

As an added incentive for new home shoppers, Lethbridge College is furthering the commitment to promote accessible post-secondary education by donating a $2,500 tuition credit to the home buyer for each of the 10 homes.

“The College Home Initiative has set a precedent across the country with the collaborative partnership between Lethbridge College and the Canadian Home Builders Association and its members,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Avonlea Master Builder and Stranville Living as 2014 Builders of the College Homes. This initiative further exemplifies our community’s commitment to building the colleges Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project in order to meet the needs of skilled workers within southern Alberta.”

Avonlea Homes Master Builder

Avonlea Homes Master Builder has been developing and building communities in Lethbridge for 18 years. We are committed to bringing the best new home experience to our customers through bold design, superior quality and to gain a customer for life. Avonlea Homes has been contributing to the community through several projects such as the STARS Lottery Home, Cancer Society, YWCA and Steps for Life, among others. We recognize that the dedication and cooperation of our entire staff, trades and customers all contribute to our success and nothing is as important to us as seeing a home purchase dream become a reality.  

Stranville Living Ltd.

Stranville Living (formerly Coulee Creek Condominiums) is proud to be a Lethbridge home builder. We are locally owned and have been building living spaces for seven years. Our dedicated team believes in providing our customers with more than just a beautiful home. We believe your home should be built with structured integrity and once complete it will hold its value long after you take possession. For this reason, we don’t just build a home to building code, we build beyond it. We believe in developing exceptional relationships with customers, employees and industry partners and we firmly believe a family’s home is its sanctuary. 

Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders' Association has been "the voice of Canada's residential construction industry"—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada. Representing more than 8,000 member firms across Canada, CHBA members come from every area of Canada's housing industry - new home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others.