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Citadel vault after hurricaneAllen Harrison’s Houston projects avoided the challenges of Hurricane Harvey.
By Alan Dorich

Some might recoil at the challenge of building a project in a floodplain, but Allen Harrison Co. did not hesitate. “Our niche has become building on sites that others have passed up on,” Managing Director Joshua Wood says.

Allen Harrison accepted that challenge to develop two projects in the city of Houston. One is the Citadel Apartments building, which will feature five stories with 293 living units that wrap around a six-story parking garage.

The company also is building South Main, an 11-story apartment building. Seven floors will feature 186 residential units, and the remaining four will house a cast-in-place garage.

LiveOak picLive Oak Contracting is developing projects along the East Coast and growing in revenue.

by Kat Zeman

Live Oak Contracting is one of the fastest-growing construction companies in Jacksonville, Fla. The young company has been in business for only five years, but it’s already earned a stellar reputation among its clients throughout the East Coast – and it has the revenue stream to prove it.

A full-service general contracting firm specializing in multifamily construction, Live Oak’s revenue increased by more than 778 percent between 2014 and 2016. Last year, the company raked in roughly $180 million. “And our 2018 outlook will keep us on track to do over $200 million this year,” says Walker Palmer, director of construction.

RSC picPrincipal Brett Steinberg grew RSC Group into a major masonry firm in New York City.
By Alan Dorich

After only seven years in the construction industry, Brett Steinberg has accomplished more than some people do in their entire careers. At the young age of 25, the principal of RSC Group LLC says he owes it all to his philosophy of being persistent.

“When you enter this industry, you’re opening a door for what can be a great, lengthy career,” he says, noting that those entering the business will get back what they put into it. “It will be fruitful and prosperous, but it will also be stressful and tiresome some days.”

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Credit Daniel Azoulay/1000 Museum

Plaza is staying on schedule with 1000 Museum Tower after surviving Hurricane Irma.
By Alan Dorich

The construction market in southern Florida is booming, which makes it a good time to develop projects in Miami. “It’s a top-five city,” Kevin Venger says. “There’s a [wide range] of reasons that people want to live here.”

Venger, who has developed projects in the city for the last 20 years, is at work on 1000 Museum Tower, a 62-story mixed-use building. “It’s primarily a condo project, but it does have a retail component down on the ground floor,” he says.

When finished, 1000 Museum Tower will have 83 living units, including four two-story half-floor town-house residences, half-floor residences between levels 15 and 49, and amazing full floor residences from 50 through 59. Its amenities will include a double height main lobby, air-conditioned valet lounge and covered motor court on its ground floor, a pool deck with various pools and cabanas, fitness center and full spa on the eighth and ninth floors, and entertainment room, theatre, private dining room and an aquatic center on its 60th and 61st floors.

Stillwater Capital pic copyStillwater Capital is highly engaged in the acquisition and construction of its residential properties to ensure high-end results.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Stillwater Capital began a decade ago specializing in acquiring and managing a spectrum of real estate products. The company has a range of experience in managing unique properties, such as infill multifamily communities, mixed-use properties, build-to-suit properties and high-end single-family homes.

The Dallas-based company decided a few years ago to bring the construction of its residential projects in-house to ensure greater quality. “We started Stillwater Construction because we felt we could better control the process, quality and schedule by bringing it in-house,” Principal Aaron Sherman adds. “We are hiring the project managers and superintendents directly, which makes the process much more efficient and better overall in terms of production.”

Knutson picKnutson Construction applies its philosophy of teamwork to two apartment projects in Iowa.
By Jim Harris

At the beginning of all its jobs, Knutson Construction’s project managers ask their clients to tell them the top five things “that keep them up at night” regarding a project. “This could include price, subcontractor management or a tight schedule,” says Wade Hiner, director of business development for the Iowa City branch of Knutson Construction.

Knutson then asks its clients to rate the company based on how it responds to those factors. “We want to know what the most important things to our clients are and how we are doing when it comes to those items,” Hiner adds, noting the company will take corrective action if necessary to keep a project on track.

II BY IV DESIGN picII BY IV DESIGN’s work on Toronto’s Residences of 488 University Avenue is earning accolades.
By Jim Harris

The Residences of 488 University Avenue, a mixed use tower in downtown Toronto, won’t officially open until summer 2018, but it is already considered a new city landmark. The retrofit of an existing 18 storey office tower, the final building will be 55 stories of glass and steel that ascends from a radiant podium. The building’s underground parking was excavated, its perimeter footprint was extended and its  exterior was completely re-clad, making it a feat of engineering. A new 37-story condominium with 453 luxurious units will rise above the office component; with construction occurring all while the offices below remain open.

Toronto-based II BY IV DESIGN’s work on the 55-story commercial and residential project has earned it multiple awards since it became involved in the project five years ago.

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