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May 01, 2014

Hope at large – Heart of Glas

Avalon Master Builders introduces first inner-city development

Marty Hope

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Just a little digression, something out of the norm — well kind of.

Avalon Master Builder is breaking ground on another product that, like its well-known and highly successful ZEN developments, will be a blend of stylish and modern good looks, quality construction, and sustainability — long a trademark for the award-winning Calgary builder.

The element that sends Glas in a new direction for Avalon is that it is the first inner-city townhouse development for the company that was founded in 1983.

“We believe the inner-city provides a great opportunity to grow our company,” says president and chief executive officer Ryan Scott. “Our long-term goal is to ensure energy-efficient homes are available in all areas of the city as well as the suburbs and also to ensure our customers have the choice to buy in either location.”

Glas will be a concrete and steel 21-unit development made up of seven studio suites, as well as seven two-storey and seven three-storey homes ranging in size from 700 to 1,800 square-feet and will be priced from $350,000 to $750,000, says company general manager Chris Williams, who has been with the company for six years.

Planned for the southwest community of South Calgary at 27th Avenue and 17th Street S.W., Glas will be located about six blocks north of the vibrant and trendy Marda Loop district and will be made up of one-, two-, and three-level living and underground and street parking. As well, some will have rooftop patios.

“Glas has been designed by Jeremy Sturgess to be both modern and sustainable,” says Williams. And like other Avalon developments care has been taken to ensure a healthy and eco-friendly living environment. This building takes things a bit further with most of the homes having a one-to-two kilowatt photovoltaic system included that will provide up to 20 per cent of energy requirements for the homes, low VOC paints (reduced off-gassing), water- and energy-saving appliances and fixtures, and tile and hardwood floors.

“For us, this project is a unique opportunity to create sustainable, near net-zero or net-zero ready homes (homes that produce as much energy as they consume),” Williams says. Even the land has a sustainable aspect to it, he adds. Avalon took a piece of inner-city dirt that had three houses on it and transformed it into a site for 21 homes.

“What we’re looking at is a development that also has a strong lifestyle element to it,” he adds. “People who buy here may or may not have cars and will likely work downtown but spend much of their leisure time in the neighbourhood.”

He expects to buyer profile to be professional singles, couples, or young families.

Williams says construction will start this spring with possessions beginning in early 2015.

When Glas is complete, Avalon will shift its attention to Airdrie where it will begin work on a five-acre parcel just a few blocks from its first ZEN development in the King’s Heights  neighbourhood. Other ZEN sites include Aspen Landing, McKenzie Towne, Auburn Bay, and Okotoks.

For information on Glas or ZEN, visit

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