Fort Mitchell-based builder Drees has studied homebuilding for 80 years. Now it has been nationally recognized for it. Builder Magazine, a leading industry publication, has given Drees Homes its 2008 America’s Best Builder Award. The competition is judged by industry experts who critique design, construction, customer service, community work and operational stability.

Drees – which has offices in nine states – is led by David Drees, grandson of the firm’s founder. He touts the company’s use of technology to improve every aspect of its operations. “We operate at 95 percent efficiency on construction cycle time,” Drees says, “and our customer contact systems, proprietary web-based construction management systems, databases and reporting systems are fully integrated in every aspect of our business.”

As part of its application for the award, Drees submitted home designs and information about its work with Habitat for Humanity.