Inside Calgary

By Pepper Rodriguez
January 11, 2023

What’s happening

Homes by Avi celebrated its 25-year partnership with Jack James High School last month by announcing a bursary program that will support its students into their post-secondary education at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

Since 1998, Homes by Avi has worked with Jack James High School to support its experiential learning programs where students take a hands-on approach in the homebuilding trade. Over 3,000 students have gone through this program building 25 homes throughout Calgary.
“It is our responsibility to support our industry with future tradespeople, “says Vered Amir, Sponsorship and Community Engagement with Homes by Avi. The multi-awarded homebuilder is announcing a $1 Million contribution to the School of Construction at SAIT and NAIT over the course of five years, which benefits students of Jack James.

Get ready for Silver Spruce

Apex Developments is starting to get the word out for its latest community, Silver Spruce in the southwest.

Located next door to the well-established neighbourhood of Silverado, just off Sheriff King St. SW, Silver Spruce will provide a much-needed opportunity to buy new-build homes in an area that had long been built out.

“We are starting presales in spring 2023,” says Apex Developments Development Coordinator, Michelle Wilken.

Silver Spruce will have approximately 369 homes across 16.8 hectares (41.4 acres). “The vision for Silver Spruce is a residential neighbourhood that reflects the existing character of Silverado by creating an environment where residents can live in their dream homes while being well-connected park spaces within close walking distance,” she says.

The first phase of the development will feature front-drive homes from Brookfield Residential and Excel Homes. Go to for more information.

Michael Brown (left), Wayne Chiu

Trico Homes announces new executive leadership

After its successful 30th anniversary celebrations in 2022, Trico Homes is shaking things up again in 2023 as the renowned homebuilder announces changes to its executive leadership.

Trico Homes’ founder and long-time CEO, Wayne Chiu, announced he is stepping down and will be taking on the role of Executive Chairman of the Trico Group of Companies. He also says that current president, Michael Brown, will be taking over as President and CEO. While Patrick Chiu will transition to President of Trico Communities from his current role as General Manager of The Trico Group of Companies and Trico Communities.

“As Executive Chair, I will continue to have a very active role in the company in the areas of investment, planning, guidance, and the general oversight of future operations,” Chiu says.

Hopewell’s paired homes in Hotchkiss impress

Hopewell Residential’s line of paired homes have been capturing hearts and minds of homebuyers in the new southeast community of Hotchkiss. With their signature style and affordability, it’s not hard to see why.

Hopewell Residential Marketing Manager, Marvin Coronia, says their paired showhomes – The Cari and The Rayn - have been getting amazing feedback since they opened.

The Cari, he says was intentionally designed to provide everything a young family or couple would need at a price that would appeal to both first-time homebuyers and move-up buyers. “We have received many compliments on our redesigned basement suites which were thoughtfully designed to include functional spaces that maximize the square footage while keeping the mechanical room separated from the suite.”

Coronia says The Rayn has been their best-seller because of its versatility. “This home can accommodate up to five bedrooms (3 upstairs and 2 in the basement), five full bathrooms, an upstairs bonus room, and a main floor flex room. Quite a unique plan for a paired home!”
“Many of our new designs can accommodate the features homeowners have been asking for. This includes a separate entrance to the basement, basement suite options, as well as main floor bedrooms where possible,” he tells Inside Calgary. “Further, we didn’t just retrofit our previous home models to accommodate these features, our team redesigned our floorplans with these features in mind to create a space that flows incredibly well.”

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Did you know?

Calgary set a new record for coldest day on December 21, 2022, when temperatures dipped to minus-32 C with windchill feeling like minus-45 C. The previous record was minus-21 C in 2000.

About Pepper Rodriguez

Pepper Rodriguez is a writer, editor of New Home + Condo Guide's Calgary and Edmonton editions.

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