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.
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