McKee Homes has not only watched the explosive growth of Airdrie over the past 30 years, but it has also been an integral part of it.
“It’s wonderful to see how Airdrie has grown and worked really hard to try to meet the needs of all the people who live here and love it,” says Elaine McKee Doel, president of McKee Homes.
“When we first started building in Airdrie, I think Airdrie’s population was probably around 10,000. Today of course our population is approaching 65,000.”
Airdrie continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. Over the past five years it experienced an average annual growth rate of 7.48 per cent. From 2011 to 2016, the city has grown by a stunning 42.3 per cent.
Martin McKee, founder of McKee Homes and McKee Doel’s father, started building homes in Airdrie in 1987.
Daughter Grace McKee is the company’s executive vice-president and Rob Doel, Elaine’s husband, is vice-president of land and sales.
McKee Homes has helped Airdrie grow to its current status, building about 3,000 homes in the community in the past three decades – in both the single-family and multi-family sectors. Its business is primarily in Airdrie.
“We just made a decision early on in our business that Airdrie was going to be our core business focus. It’s our backyard. It’s nice to be able to see the community grow and flourish,” says McKee Doel.
“I’m definitely noticing a trend in the marketplace which looks like things are starting to turn around a little bit again.”
“We’re so fortunate in Airdrie because the geography has situated us very nicely,” adds McKee Doel. “We’re close to the mountains. We’re close to the Calgary International Airport. We’re close to a major job centre in the city of Calgary. Any resource you would want really is available to us living in Airdrie.”
The company is currently building in six communities: Ravenswood; King’s Heights; Bayside; Cooper’s Crossing; Hillcrest and Vista Crossing in Crossfield. It has about 50 to 60 homes under construction.
Most of the multi-family home construction is done by Emerald New Homes which is another company with the same ownership group as McKee Homes.
Its product line is across the board ranging from the low-to-mid $300,000s to estate homes.
“That’s a part of our business model because we want to be the most highly sought-after homebuilder in our market,” says McKee Doel. “We really try to be able to offer a variety of product.”
The company’s mission statement, she adds, is to bring the highest possible degree of craftsmanship and service to each home it builds. And the company does that through a passion for customer service.