A History of Innovation
President and Founder of DCR/Phoenix, Cuckoo Kochar
Cuckoo Kochar arrived in Canada in 1972, holding an Honours Degree in Engineering from the Birla Institute and Technology and Science in Pilani, India. After earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Concordia University, he began his career as a project designer and site engineer in Quebec on projects such as the hydraulics at the Mirabel Airport and the Matagami access road for the James Bay project.
In 1977, following a move to Ottawa, Cuckoo began working for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as a Project Manager; by 1984, he was promoted to the position of General Manager of their Land Management Group. Cuckoo formed the DCR/Phoenix Group of Companies in 1988, recognizing the potential for development in Ottawa and seeing a niche for a developer catering to small builders.
Cuckoo’s vast contribution to the development industry was acknowledged in 1995 by Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien. Mr. Chrétien appointed Cuckoo to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Board of Directors, a position he held for seven years.
Land Development and Community Planning
Since its inception, the DCR/Phoenix Group of Companies has developed more than 7000 serviced lots in the Ottawa area. In addition to developing land for its own use, the company also sells serviced lots to other Ottawa builders. DCR/Phoenix is well-known for its extensive product range, which includes infill sites, standard subdivisions, and estate lots.
DCR/Phoenix has built more than 5,000 homes in Ottawa and the surrounding area since 1997. The company’s distinct style and innovative designs, which can be seen in their popular single, towns, stacked towns, bungalows, semi-detached, and apartment dwellings, have truly revolutionized the face of Canada’s Capital.
Commercial and Rental Developments
In 2003, DCR/Phoenix expanded its operation to include commercial developments such as restaurant and retail sites. Many retail plazas and apartment towers are now part of the corporate portfolio. Current and future plans are equally exciting and diverse – a 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development at 801 Albert Street, over 1000 apartment units, and various other retail developments across the Ottawa region.
Granite and Flooring
In response to the growing demand for natural products, DCR/Phoenix entered the hardwood and granite supply business in 2005. Exclusive rights to granite mines in India and Brazil, as well as state-of-the-art CNC cutting machines for fabrication ensure the company’s granite is of the highest quality; a large warehouse and production facility house both granite and hardwood supplies.
Green Tech and Innovation
In the spring of 2011, Phoenix Homes launched the most advanced Green Tech home the City of Ottawa has ever seen. It made use of every single available Green Technology and even made use of some prototype equipment. That home was ultimately used as the sales centre for the Heritage Hills subdivision and has seen hundreds of visitors while it has been open. DCR/Phoenix continues to work on Green Tech for homes as well as Sustainability in housing design with a new partnership being developed with students at Carleton University.
Within the firm, DCR/Phoenix has continued to refine its manufacturing process and is in the process of deploying Canada’s first fully integrated, wireless Enterprise software system. In development for over 8 years, it will connect all physical aspects of the company including sales, head office, field offices and contractors onto a single software solution providing for quicker processing of information and minimized errors.
Shaping the Capital of Canada
The DCR/Phoenix Group of Companies is proud of the major role it has played since 1988, shaping the face of Canada’s Capital through its numerous innovative housing, commercial, and land development projects, and plans to continue this tradition of quality well into the future.