Residential

Not many general contractors can say that the majority of their work is negotiated, but Driver URBAN can, President Brian Chartrand says. “We truly focus on building lasting relationships with our clients,” he says.

Based in Irvine, Calif., Driver URBAN builds a range of urban living environments. Chartrand explains that the company is actually a spinoff of C.W. Driver, a 94-year-old builder in Pasadena, Calif.

The days of maintaining large estates – or even luxury single-family homes – in several locations are waning somewhat, but for those who still crave service and luxury, The Ritz-Carlton Residences at North Hills on Long Island will provide both. They have been created for those who want the brand’s level of luxury without the hassles of maintaining a detached home.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences at North Hills will have all the amenities of a fine hotel, including a concierge and a valet, lounges, game and billiard rooms, fitness centers and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. “You can be in Manhattan in 25 minutes,” Senior Project Manager Steve Feinstein emphasizes. “The train station is centrally located on the border of Nassau and Queens. It’s a desirable location with easy access to the city by trains. Those are great features of

Panelizing and two-stage demolition is speeding construction of the Village at Oak Street, a 244-unit apartment complex in Lakewood, Colo. The $27 million Village at Oak Street will be built on the site of a 160,000-square-foot former Target store and most of its asphalt parking lot. Included in the development will be approximately 270,000 square feet of apartment units enclosed in seven three-story buildings varying in size from a 22-unit structure to one containing 62 units. 

It is rare when a firm makes a difference through its work, but 4Sight Construction is doing exactly that with the St. Michael’s Veterans Campus project. When finished, the center will provide housing for approximately 180 homeless or at-risk veterans in Kansas City, Mo.

“The overall goal is that we truly give assistance and change the lives of families,” 4Sight Senior Project Manager Ian Leftwich says. “Through our efforts, the veterans are going to get some great places to live.”

The aging of the baby boomer population has brought with it a corresponding boom in the need for senior housing and assisted-living facilities across the nation. The need is so strong, in fact, that a homebuilder like Neil Huettenhain – owner of California’s Woodcrest Development – can find a haven in the senior housing market even as the housing market struggles to recover. Woodcrest Development is looking forward to building its portfolio beginning with Northstar Rancho Cordova in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Huettenhain says the company developed out of his need to find another market to serve after the housing market bubble burst several years ago. After initially looking into building affordable housing, Huettenhain was approached to build an assisted living facility. Although that project didn’t pan out, it inspired him to research the assisted living facility market and establish Woodcrest Development to serve it. 

For Waynesboro Construction, the Reserve at Collegiate Acres project represents a number of firsts. The multibuilding apartment project in Hagerstown, Md., is one of the largest residential project the company has worked on in its 115-year history, as well as its first time working for client DynaCorp Inc., the project’s owner and developer.

Based on how the project has gone so far, the Reserve won’t be the last collaboration between Waynesboro and DynaCorp. “DynaCorp is one of the most enjoyable owners’ groups I’ve worked with in my 45 plus years in the construction industry,” says Charlie Branchman, vice president of construction for Frederick, Md.-based Waynesboro Construction. “All of the owners there are easy to get along, fun-loving and understand the construction process. This is one of those jobs where you enjoy going to the job site every day.”

Construction and sales of the 200-unit The Greenwich Lane project in New York City continue at a brisk pace. The project is the second-largest new housing development under construction in the city, and consists of nearly one full city block with five mid-rise buildings and five townhouses.  

Condo and townhouse prices range from $2.05 million to more than $29 million. The average listing price is about $8.8 million. In December, the Wall Street Journal reported 87 units had been sold leaving 113 remaining. By February, the developer was quoted as saying more than half the units had been sold. The units were generating $3,500 per square foot in revenue, and are sized from 758 to more than 6,200 square feet. 

The site is the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, which opened in 1849 and closed in 2010. One of the former hospital buildings has since been converted into a medical clinic.

With its location on Massachusetts’ SouthCoast, the Bay Club offers the luxury and beauty of the state’s best- known coastal communities without the traffic and exorbitant housing costs. The residential and country club community in Mattapoisett, Mass., is within an hour’s drive of Boston, half-hour of Providence and close to beaches and recreational opportunities as a result of its proximity to Buzzards Bay, giving it a convenient location while also offering a getaway amid one of the nation’s most densely populated regions.

“Statistically, more than 40 percent of the population of the United States resides in the Northeast,” Bay Club Director of Sales Dave Andrews says. “What’s unique about this community is it is on the western shore of Buzzard’s Bay, and deep warm-water harbor. We have great boating, swimming and fishing opportunities and are connected to the Interstate highway system, making us easy to get to.

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