SiliconSage picSiliconSage Builders specializes in condo and mixed-use developments that meet the needs of its target demographic in Silicon Valley.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

SiliconSage Builders became the pioneers for urban infill condominium and mixed-use projects in Silicon Valley after the 2008 recession and today the firm helps alleviate the area’s housing shortage. The company prides itself on developing game-changing properties that are uniquely designed and always innovative.

“Silicon Valley is transitioning from being suburban to urban,” says Sanjeev Acharya, founder, president and CEO. “We saw an opportunity to meet a growing need for urban housing in underutilized downtown areas. We moved quickly to acquire and entitle properties just as Google, Facebook and Apple were expanding their staffs.”

Camaretta picCameratta Companies prides itself on going above and beyond to exceed its customers’ expectations.
By Bianca Herron

Cameratta Companies is a leading full-service real estate development company with four decades of experience. Since Joe Cameratta built his first home in 1978, the company has developed thousands of acres of raw land, from the Midwest to south Florida, into beautifully designed homes. These have included single- and multifamily, high-rise condominiums and master-planned communities.

The company credits its employees as the key to its success, noting they play a part in every facet of the development process. This includes acquiring land, creating a vision and land plan, acquiring financing, securing county and government approvals, and overseeing infrastructure installation and amenity design.

Dellbrook JKS Genesis HouseDellbrook | JKS is reviving the Genesis House senior housing development in Boston.
By Jim Harris

Dellbrook | JKS wants clients to receive a project exactly the way they envisioned. “We have systems in place that help us track everything we do and ensure we are building the project the owner specified,” Project Superintendent Donal Barry says. “Quality control is a big part of what we do. We make sure we’re putting in what we’re supposed to and that our clients are getting what they paid for.”

ThinkstockPhotos 695721248The Lanwin Group celebrates its 40th anniversary, attributing its success to building outside of the box.

By Kat Zeman

Phil Evans is an old-fashioned guy with modern ideas. He believes that a handshake seals the deal and that promises matter. “In our day and age, even when we shake hands, we still need two pounds of paper for contracts,” he says. “But I think if you shake someone’s hand, it’s a deal.”

At the same time, he believes in innovative ideas and isn’t afraid to enter new territory or introduce unique designs when it comes to construction. As founder and managing partner of The Lanwin Group, Evans pushes his company to build outside of the box.

“We are not a cookie-cutter builder,” he says. “We like doing different things, facing challenges and coming up with creative ideas. We always ask ourselves, ‘How can we do it better?’”

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.

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