MILIN BUILDERS: THREE DECADES OF QUALITY RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
Milin Builders is an award-winning construction firm, having taking out the 2016 MBA Excellence in Building Award for Apartments and Units 4 Storeys and Above (for Brooklyn in Turner, designed by architects Ring and Associates), and being a finalist in the 2018 Excellence in Building Awards (for Trilogy in Woden, and Indigo in Griffith).
The company has grown from building single houses into one of Canberra’s largest builders with $450 million worth of projects under construction or in the pipeline. Milin is setting the standard for building in the new Molonglo Valley suburbs of Coombs and Denman Prospect, as well as the spectacular “Ivy” development on the light rail route at the gateway of the resurging Woden Town Centre.
Building runs in the blood for the three Milin Builders’ directors: Dennis Milin, Martin Milin and Mel Grebowski. Dennis learnt his craft as an apprentice carpenter in the late 1980s, working for various builders in Canberra, before returning to the family business to build houses with his father Peter and uncle Stan – the original Milin Brothers. Martin started his working life as a building cadet with a major construction firm, and found his way into a range of positions within the industry before returning to work with Dennis when he set up his own business in the early 2000s. Mel, who worked in construction in Sydney (including for Transfield on the AirportLink Tunnel) prior to being employed by Milin in Canberra, joined the company as a director in 2008 and also has building in his veins; his grandfather was a builder and his brother is a builder, while his dad Jan is a fitter and turner who works for Milin.