It takes a family to build a home

The Dream of Creating a Home

The story behind Devmont is at once unique and universal. It is the story of the Scalia family and indeed of every immigrant family – the desire to create a new home. That and the belief that with hard work, dedication and enterprising vision, anything is possible.

It’s a story that began on October 8, 1955, when Francesco Scalia, father of Devmont founders Sam and Joe Scalia, arrived in Montreal. The very next day he found work passing electrical lines for Collette et Frères. The next year, he leapt at the chance of employment at Donolo – a family-run general contracting company. Hungry for more, he took on a second job in an effort to raise enough capital for his own business. When that opportunity finally arrived in 1958, he embraced it fully and never looked back.

That first landscaping business grew into a family construction company. The first modest duplexes and triplexes in St-Leonard led to more ambitious complexes. By 1979, Francesco and his brother Giovanni were buying up land to accommodate larger housing complexes. This was also the year 13-year-old Sam Scalia began his career in construction and development, working on-site on evenings and weekends. Joe Scalia quickly followed suit. When Devmont was officially founded in 1999, the younger Scalia brothers were already 20-year veterans of the industry.

Francesco Scalia’s ambitious vision, indefatigable work ethic, loyalty to family and rigorous insistence on quality remain the foundation on which Devmont is built. It’s why we still insist on handling all aspects of our business – from planning to sales. It’s what defines and distinguishes each condo and apartment complex we build. Our family’s dream of building homes is the blueprint for your family’s dream home.

Milestones

1955

October 8 Francesco Scalia, father of Sam and Joe Scalia, immigrates to Montreal.

1955

October 9 Starts work at Collette et Frères.

1956

Is hired at Donolo where he works on the construction of a hospital at Notre-Dame and Papineau.

1958

Launches his first company – a landscaping business.

1963

Builds his first duplex on Nicolas Gaudet in St-Leonard.

1966

Beginning of a 25 year partnership with Giovanni Scalia.

1976

Builds first 12-unit pre-fab steel building with commercial units on St-Denis.

1984

Purchases land next to Angus Rosemont to build 320 apartments.

1994

Sam Scalia begins his first solo projects – two 3-condo blocks on Chateaubriand and a 12-unit apartment block on Gilford.

1996

Joe Scalia, age 22, joins family business. The brothers begin construction of Les Jardins St-Joseph, the first of 16 phases with a total of 212 units, which will be completed in 2001.

1998

Construction of Les Jardins Laurier, a 27-condo project.

1999

Devmont is officially founded.

2000

Construction begins on Canal Lachine project.

2002

Construction of Le Bellagio at 5840 Marc Chagall.

2005

Construction of Espaces Mont-Royal.

2006

Construction of 5th Avenue Project.

2008

Construction begins on Côté Ouest Phase 1.

2009

Construction of Côté Ouest Phase 2.

2010

Construction of Rouge Phases 1 to 4, 400 condos.

2015

Construction of Rouge Phase 5, 99 condos.

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