The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs Approves an Extension of its assessment program to the Regional Business Alliance through 2016

November 24, 2014

HBA logo - blue - vertical - smallHBA Renews its commitment to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

 

On Wednesday, November 19th, the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA) convened a special meeting of its builder members to discuss the renewal of the builder assessment program to the Regional Business Alliance (formerly the Economic Development Corporation).

The assessment program was instituted many years ago by the HBA to support the EDC’s jobs mission.  Through the assessment program, HBA builder members pay an additional fee to the Regional Business Alliance through their building permits.  These fees are collected by HBA and then passed to the Regional Business Alliance as part of their budget.

HBA began supporting the formerly created economic development corporation due to its mission of creating primary jobs for the City and the region.  From time-to-time HBA holds special meetings of its builder members to discuss the program’s continuation in relation to the original mission of the EDC.

After the November 19th meeting, HBA voted to continue its Regional Business Alliance Assessment at the present level for twenty-four months.  In 2012, following the merger of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation, HBA had instituted an annual review process; this vote returns our support to a multi-year commitment”.

“We are very optimistic about the future of Colorado Springs, and believe the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is building the momentum to increase our local economic activity and build new jobs for Colorado Springs and our region.  During the presentations, it was clear the Regional Business Alliance has built a very qualified team of experts in their fields.  We support their work, and were impressed with their future plans and discussions with potential employers.  We all want to achieve success for our community and we want this two-year extension to be a strong show of support for the importance of our shared economic development mission,” said Mike Ruebenson, with La Plata Communities, and the newly installed 2015 HBA President.

As we have in the past, HBA will continue meeting regularly with the leadership team from the Regional Business Alliance to be updated on their strategic and measureable outcomes to create new primary jobs in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area and work with our elected leaders to build a stronger Colorado Springs with better jobs for our current and future citizens,” added Mike Ruebenson.


HBA Installs Mike Ruebenson with La Plata Communities as the new President

November 21, 2014
Mike Ruebenson COO La Plata Communities 2015 CSHBA President

Mike Ruebenson
COO La Plata Communities
2015 CSHBA President

The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs continued its 62-year tradition of electing high profile industry leaders to represent the most influential association in the Colorado Springs region. The HBA represents 550 member companies and some 10,000 +/- citizens in the region; membership in the HBA is diverse and covers all areas of the home & commercial building industry, including landscaping, home products, banking, contractor trades, architects and building supplies, as well as builders and developers.

Mike Ruebenson with La Plata Communities was installed as the 2015 HBA President at the HBA Annual Membership Reception, held Wednesday, November 19 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. 2014 HBA President Joe Loidolt with Classic Homes moved into the position of Immediate Past President, and Tim Seibert with N.E.S. was installed as the HBA President Elect. Newly elected board members were: Grace Covington, Covington Homes; Mike Fenton, Century Communities; Eric Hunter, Keller Homes; Mark Long, Vanguard Homes; Michelle Grove-Reiland, Broadmoor Properties; and Mark Reyner, Land Title Guarantee Co.

Also honored were the volunteer “Chairs” of the different Committees and Councils that carry out the mission of the Housing & Building Association. These volunteers give hundreds of hours each year to support the building industry. Thank you to: Kyle Campbell – Classic Consulting Engineers & Surveyors, LLC; Tim Seibert – N.E.S. Inc.; Dylan Fischer – Ferguson Enterprises; Lani Moore – Unified Title Company; Amy Martin Cox – PICs / Perceptive Image Creations; Mike DeGrant – Lowell Development Partners, LLC; Mike Finkbiner – Robbins Roofing Specialists, Inc.; George Hess – Vantage Homes Corp.; John Radcliffe – Ensign Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc.; Nick Kachel – Aspen View Homes, LLC; Matt Hiner – Hiner Landscapes, Inc.; Shelley La Judice – The Marketing Group; Tim McConnell – Drexel, Barrell & Company; Debra Witte – DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of the Pikes Peak Region; Mark Witte – DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of the Pikes Peak Region; Carrie Bartow – CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP; Mark Bussone – Vantage Homes Corp.; and Kevin Walker – Walker Strategies, LLC

Trophies were presented to volunteer members from the membership drive. Todd Stephens with Windsor Ridge Homes received the traveling trophies for recruiting the most new members during the year and during the 2-day membership drive and Mark Bussone with Vantage Homes received recognition for membership retention of the new members he recruited in 2013.

Achievements such as these are great testimonials to the housing and building industry, both in our local community, as well as at the national level. We all benefit from those whose time, loyalty, and leadership are so graciously and willingly given in an effort to accomplish HBA’s mission of keeping housing affordable.

The HBA of Colorado Springs is a non-profit trade association comprised of more than 550 member companies. The local association is affiliated with the Colorado Association of Home Builders with a membership exceeding 2,000 and the National Association of Home Builders, which has more than 140,000 member companies nationwide. The HBA of Colorado Springs is committed to promoting policies that allow for the production of safe, decent and affordable housing and to enhancing the environment for the housing and building industry in El Paso County.

 


WINNERS ANNOUNCED OF THE 2014 PARADE OF HOMES ANNOUNCED! PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS AND INDUSTRY AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

September 3, 2014

60year_PH_logoThe Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs announced the winners of the Peoples Choice Awards and the Industry Awards of Excellence for the 2014 Parade of Homes. This year’s featured homes ranged in price from less than $150,000 to more than $2,000,000. 25 builders presented 28 homes dispersed between 17 communities for the 60th Annual Parade of Homes.

Industry professionals from around the state judged the homes on a number of features including: landscape design, floor plan, architectural exterior, and interior decorating. The coveted People’s Choice Awards are voted on each year by Parade of Homes attendees. This year’s parade was attended by more than 14,000 guests – up 16% from 2013. The People’s Choice and Industry Awards of Excellence are both broken out into multiple categories divided by price point. Industry Awards of Excellence are then further divided among the following eight categories: Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite, Best Interior Design, Best Exterior, Best Landscape Design, Best Architectural Exterior, Best Craftsmanship and Best Overall Home.

On Friday, August 22, winners of both the People’s Choice and Industry Awards of Excellence were honored by the HBA at the Parade of Homes Awards Banquet held at the Pinery At the Hill with more than 200 in attendance. The sponsor of this year’s banquet was Arlun, Inc. and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Luisa Graff Jewelers helped celebrate our diamond anniversary by giving away a diamond necklace to one lucky attendee of the banquet. Congratulations to Melissa Sievers. This was also a fundraiser for our charitable foundation, HBA Cares, raising $1,300.

HBA is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Industry Awards of Excellence and People’s Choice Awards as follows:

 Under $300,000

Reunion Homes – Grays Peak

Best Kitchen

Best Master Suite

Best Interior Design

Best Floor Plan

Best Architectural Exterior

Best Landscaping

Best Craftsmanship

Best Overall Home

 

$395,000 – $460,000

Vanguard Homes – Hillingdon II

Best Master Suite

 

Oakwood Homes – Evergreen

Best Interior Design

Best Floor Plan

Best Craftsmanship

 

CreekStone Homes – A Little Gem

Best Kitchen

Best Architectural Exterior

Best Landscaping

Best Overall Home

 

$461,000 – $500,000

Vantage Homes – The Valencia

Best Master Suite

Best Architectural Exterior

Best Landscaping

 

Classic Homes – The Monarch

Best Floor Plan

 

Hi Point Home Builders – Princeton

Best Kitchen

Best Interior Design

Best Craftsmanship

Best Overall Home

 

$501,000 – $600,000

Vantage – The Nokota

Best Floor Plan

 

Goeztmann Custom Homes – Mayfield

Best Landscaping

 

Vantage – The Monaco

Best Kitchen

Best Master Suite

Best Interior Design

Best Craftsmanship

Best Overall Home

Best Architectural Exterior

 

$650,000 – $800,000

Elevation Homes – The Shavano

Best Master Suite

 

Stauffer & Sons Construction – Black Forest Revival

Best Landscaping

 

All About Home Design – Field of Dreams

Best Kitchen

Best Interior Design

Best Floor Plan

Best Architectural Exterior

Best Craftsmanship

Best Overall Home

 

$801,000 – $999,000

Copperleaf Homes – The Heritage Estate

Best Landscaping

 

Tuscany Homes – Amalfi

Best Kitchen

Best Master Suite

Best Interior Design

Best Floor Plan

Best Architectural Exterior

Best Craftsmanship

Best Overall Home

 

More than $1,000,000

Saddletree Homes – Colorado Concerto

Best Kitchen

Best Master Suite

Best Interior Design

Best Floor Plan

Best Architectural Exterior

Best Landscaping

Best Craftsmanship

Best Overall Home

 

The Parade of Homes also recognized the Main Sites

Flying Horse

Wolf Ranch

 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries provided a grand prize of a $2,500 shopping spree. Parade goers were able to enter the drawing at any Parade home or online.  This year’s winner is Gil Bolibol of Colorado Springs, CO.   Aspen Kitchens presented a prize of an Apple iPad was offered to attendees who visited 26 Parade homes and either registered their ticket at one of the homes or entered onlineThe winner of this prize is Tim Taylor of Colorado Springs, CO.

HBA would also like to thank the following Parade of Homes Sponsors for their generous support:

Presenting sponsor

The Gazette

Title Sponsors

Freedom Financial Services

La–Z–Boy Furniture Galleries

Mike Shaw Buick – GMC

Official Ticket Outlet

Safeway

Media Sponsors:

Cumulus Media

KOAA

 Click here for pictures from the Awards Banquet

About the Parade of Homes

The Parade of Homes offers the general public a first-hand look at the current trends and greatest innovations in new home design. This 17-day event showcases the latest design trends in affordable living to luxury dream homes complete with every amenity imaginable. The 2015 Parade of Homes will be held August 7 – 23. You can download the Parade App from the HBA Newsstand, free, from either the App Store or Google Play.

 

About the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs

The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs is a non-profit trade association comprised of more than 550 member companies. The local association is affiliated with the Colorado Association of Home Builders with a membership exceeding 3,000 and the National Association of Home Builders which has more than 185,000 member companies nationwide. The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs is committed to promoting policies that allow for the production of safe, decent and affordable housing and to enhancing the environment for the housing and building industry in El Paso County.

 


Randy Case, II Elected A Life Director at NAHB

July 14, 2014
Randy Case President, Case International Co.

Randy Case
President, Case International Co.

The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected Randy Case, II of Colorado Springs, to be a Life Director at the Association’s Spring Board of Directors’ Meeting in Washington, DC., on June 6.

“The success and scope of NAHB is largely due to the dedication and hard work of members of its board of directors such as Randy,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald. “By giving up time with their own businesses and families, NAHB’s Life Directors are instrumental in helping further NAHB’s work to advance housing opportunities for all Americans.”

Randy Case, II is the President of Case International Company in Colorado Springs. He has been a member of NAHB more than 20 years, and has served as a voting director for 10 years.

In order to be eligible for election as a Life Director, NAHB builder and associate members must have served as a voting director for more than 10 years, have attended at least two board meetings each year, and be recommended by their local or state association.

ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

ABOUT CSHBA: Named one of the Best Professional Association by the Colorado Springs Business Journal two years in a row, the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs was formed in 1950 by a group of builders who saw a need to unite to address the many concerns and issues affecting the home building industry. The HBA of Colorado Springs is made up of member companies including, builders, developers, remodelers, trade contractors, suppliers, mortgage lenders, Realtors, title companies, interior designers, architects, and landscapers. These companies all play a vital role in the construction industry in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Together they contribute to the growth, prosperity and quality of life this exceptional community has come to enjoy.

 

 


28 Homes in the 2014 Parade!

July 14, 2014

60year_PH_logoThe Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA) announced that 25 home builders will feature 28 new homes in the 60th Annual Parade of Homes.

Prepare to be captivated as you enter several of the most exclusive communities in the city to experience some of the most spectacular examples of the latest in construction technology, sustainable living and interior design. What you will see in each of the 2014 Parade homes is the comprehensive ef­fort of thousands of contributing trade partners, which when all of the dust set­tles, create individual homes designed to inspire.

The 28 beautiful new homes and neighborhoods in the Parade of Homes will be open from 10am – 6pm daily starting Friday, August 1 and runs through Sunday, August 17.

Tickets will be on sale at all local Safeway stores beginning July 18 and includes a navigational proximity map. Admission is $10.00 for adults 18 and older. Children 17 and younger are free. One ticket will allow visitors to tour the Parade of Homes at their leisure during these 17 days. You can register for the $2,500 shopping spree at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries at any of the Parade homes anytime throughout the Parade; you can also enter to win an Apple iPad by getting your ticket stamped at 26 of the Parade builders identified on your ticket. You may also purchase tickets and enter online for both prizes at www.cshba.com.

Main sites will be located at Flying Horse and Wolf Ranch. In addition to the main sites, many of this year’s homes are scattered throughout Colorado Springs showcasing some of the finest neighborhoods in El Paso County.

As always, the Parade of Homes is easy to navigate with the comprehensive Plan Book and web site. Free Plan Books are available at any Parade Home and include detailed information about each of the Parade homes and hub site locations. The website will have an electronic copy of the Map and Guidebook as well as a list of the Parade Builders with their contact information. You can also download the free HBA Newsstand and get the Parade App with expanded content from all the builders, developers and select advertisers from the App Store or Google Play.

There will be several educational events throughout the Parade. Whether you are looking for tips on landscaping, planning a custom home, interior design ideas, financing your first home and fire mitigation practices, the Parade builders have information you want to know.

  • Deer Resistant Planting
  • Tiny House Movement
  • Living in a Kid’s World
  • Fire Mitigation
  • Trends in Materials and Design
  • Planning Your Custom Home
  • Financing Your First Home
  • The 7 Layers of Design
  • Inexpensive Ways to Create Big Looks

For a complete list of all educational events, with times and locations, log on to www.cshba.com and click on the Parade of Homes logo.

In April 2014, the CSHBA won Association Excellence Awards (AEA) awards from the National Association of Home Builders for both the 2013 Parade of Homes and the 2013 Parade of Homes magazine and App. The AEA is an annual program designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of state and local HBAs throughout the country. This followed on the heels of winning “Best of Houzz”, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. TheParade of Homes was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs would like to thank our major supporters of the Parade of Homes: The Gazette, Freedom Financial Services, La–Z–Boy Furniture Galleries and Mike Shaw Buick GMC. Safeway is the official ticket outlet for the Parade of Homes.

 About the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs

Named one of the Best Professional Association by the Colorado Springs Business Journal two years in a row, the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs was formed in 1950 by a group of builders who saw a need to unite to address the many concerns and issues affecting the home building industry. The HBA of Colorado Springs is made up of member companies including, builders, developers, remodelers, trade contractors, suppliers, mortgage lenders, Realtors, title companies, interior designers, architects, and landscapers. These companies all play a vital role in the construction industry in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Together they contribute to the growth, prosperity and quality of life this exceptional community has come to enjoy.


The 6th HBA Remodeled Homes Tour in Colorado Springs is on June 21 & 22

June 13, 2014
2014 Remodeled Homes Tour  June 21 & 22

2014 Remodeled Homes Tour June 21 & 22

Looking for a little inspiration and a weekend escape this year? The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs is holding the 6th Annual Remodeled Homes Tour, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22nd from 10 am -5 pm. You can travel throughout the Colorado Springs area and explore remodeling possibilities through the eyes of some of Colorado Springs most talented and respected remodelers.

The Remodeled Homes Tour provides participating remodelers the opportunity to showcase their ability to improve a home, be it a simple beautification project or a full room addition. The Tour is perfect for any homeowner – from those wanting to add dimension and square footage to a room, those looking for a little added cabinet space, or the homeowner planning the gourmet dream kitchen. The public can see products first hand, enjoy the colors and textures of the interiors and visualize their own remodeled home. This Tour is the place to discover exciting new trends in home design, decoration and construction.

There are ten remodeled homes in the Tour; areas include The Broadmoor Bluffs, Briargate, Springs Ranch and additional scattered site locations. One ticket provides you the opportunity to visit 10 beautifully remodeled homes and talk one-on-one with the remodelers. The Housing and Building Association is thrilled to give the remodelers an opportunity to show off their great work and to visit with you.

Remodeled Homes Tour magazines will be published and distributed during the two-day event and will feature pictures and descriptions of each remodeled project.

Tickets are on sale at all local area Safeway stores. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, 18 and under are free. Tickets may also be purchased at any of the remodeled homes during the tour and are good for both days of the tour. This year’s Remodeled Homes Tour will be an outstanding value! Enter to win a $500 Shopping Spree at one of the participating stores in Coutura.

For Tour information, please call the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs at 592-1800 x 17. Visit the website at www.cshba.com to view the map and for additional information.

2014 Remodeled Homes Tour Sponsored by:

Gazette     Freedom Financial Services 5-2013Coutura   Ferguson PEAK 92


The HBA Home & Garden Show presents the People’s Choice Award for Best Landscape Display to Hiner Landscapes

February 27, 2014

Home & Garden Show Logo 150pThe Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs’ annual Home & Garden Show again proved to be a great community event. Nearly 7,000 people attended the Show on the weekend of February 21-23 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center.

The HBA Home & Garden Show is the largest, most unique Home & Garden Show in Colorado Springs; it showcases landscapes designed for Colorado living, as well as sun rooms, water features, fire pits, outdoor living areas and the long awaited spring colors.  This year, we asked attendees to vote for their favorite landscape display with a gold coin.  The competition was close, with Hiner Landscapes taking top honors.

During the show, a number of informational seminars were enjoyed by the public.  Seminars covered a wide range of diverse topics, including “Suitable Plants for Our Local Climate” by Harding Nursery and “Maximizing Your Remodeling $$$” by DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen.  Anglers Covey presented Introduction to Fly Fishing Classes and the Brew Brothers Brewing Club was on hand to introduce attendees to home brewing.

Sunday morning, Harding Nursery presented the first 200 attendees with a free flower and Janice Geerts of Fountain was the lucky winner of a 4-person hot tub, courtesy of Hanson HotSpring Spas.

Admission was free on opening day of the Home & Garden Show and donations were accepted for Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.  The generosity of the attendees was amazing – the Home & Garden Show donated 597 lbs of food along with $441 in cash.  Next year, we will collect donations throughout the weekend and pack the Mike Shaw truck with donations for Care and Share!!

The HBA would like to thank all of the vendors who participated in another special show for Colorado Springs.

The HBA would also like to thank our sponsors; Champion Windows, C & C Sand and Stone, Hanson HotSpring Spas, Harding Nursery and Mike Shaw Buick GMC.  Thank you to our media partners, The Gazette and Cumulus Media.