The Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association presented its third annual Caliber Award Tuesday to Steve Allen of Allenton Custom Homes during the annual Parade of Homes.
The parade continues through Sunday with 120 new houses open free for public viewing from 1 to 7 p.m. daily.
The Caliber Award goes to the builder who most uses associate members during the bidding and building process, recognizing their importance to the association and to the central Oklahoma economy.
“On every project, Steve goes above and beyond to involve the association,” said Kathy Holman, administrative manager and program director for the builders group.
“Steve has helped the community by building the 2012 House of Hope home, exemplifying our motto of doing business with members and being a leader in the industry and community. This is why Steve is the 2012 Caliber Award winner,” Holman said.
The House of Hope is a home specially constructed as a fundraiser that allows the builders' foundation to donate to children's charities.
“I am very honored to be the 2012 Caliber Award recipient. Doing business within the association is so important and only helps us grow as an organization,” Allen said.
Allen, owner and CEO of Allenton Custom Homes, has been involved in the home construction business for more than 20 years.
He is a former Bethany City Council member and past chairman of the Parade of Homes. He serves on the legislative committee of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association and is a Gold Key member of BuildPac, the industry lobby.
The Parade of Homes is sponsored by Womble Co., state distributor of Pella windows and doors.
Smartphone apps are available to lead guests to the homes, and guides complete with maps and home descriptions are available at metro-area Arvest and Best Buy locations. You can also go to www.paradeofhomesok.com.
Most of the parade homes are clustered in five neighborhoods: Hidden Creek, north of NW 122 and east of MacArthur Boulevard; Pleasant Grove, west of Council Road north of Memorial Road; Montereau, at NW 150 and County Line Road; Rose Creek at NW 164 and N May Avenue; and Williamson Farms, SW 119 and Meridian Avenue.