Celtic Custom Homes specializes in old world, French country and Tuscan-style homes, but it can easily step outside its comfort zone and integrate unique features, President Lee Scarlett says. For example, “We just finished a modern home for a cardiologist where we put in a shooting range in his basement,” he says.

Another client wanted a movie theater in his house, but with “five screens so the guy could watch five football games at once,” Scarlett says. “Nothing’s out of our wheelhouse.”

Based in Fayetteville, Ark., the company builds high-end custom homes for clients in northwest Arkansas. Scarlett founded Celtic in 1995 after operating his own insurance company. He entered the construction industry when a client approached him about building a spec home.

It would be difficult to take a drive around San Jose, Calif., without seeing a building constructed by the Swenson family. From the historic Hotel D’Anza at the city’s downtown gateway, built in the 1930s, to the San Jose City Hall and Civic Center and dozens of other buildings, the family has more than left its mark on the city.

Barry Swenson Builder, a company founded in 1977 by owner and President Barry Swenson – the third generation of builders in the family – is continuing the family legacy started in 1912 by Carl N. Swenson, Barry Swenson’s grandfather. The company, which has completed local landmarks including corporate offices for IBM and Echelon Corp. as well as educational facilities and other buildings, has in recent years made developing San Jose’s downtown a high priority.

After 76 years, Weis Builders maintains success “... by forming solid partnerships with our clients,” Senior Project Engineer Brett Hauser says.

Weis Builders and the project’s developer, Greystar, are bringing that approach to the first two phases of Elan Uptown in Minneapolis, a luxury development that includes three blocks of 575 apartment units, as well as 15 townhomes. The company started construction in May of 2012 and expects to be finished with the second phase by this June.

With a staff of only 15, Varenhorst is a modestly sized company, but that does not make it any less capable. “We’ve been designing large, mixed-use urban projects,” President Stephen Varenhorst declares.

A veteran of the architecture industry, he founded the Philadelphia-based design firm in 1987. Since then, Varenhorst has developed a portfolio that includes single and multifamily residential, nonprofit, education and mixed-use projects. The company provides architectural and interior design, strategic planning and feasibility studies.

The city of Boston is a unique combination of buildings dating back to the nation’s birth and some of the most state-of-the-art buildings built in America. To add to the city’s skyline is to be part of a collaboration of master architects and builders that has taken more than 300 years to create and continues to evolve. As a national construction management firm that calls Boston home, Suffolk Construction has had a hand in numerous projects that have added to the city’s grandeur over the years, and one of its latest projects appears to be no exception. 

Suffolk Construction is gearing up for the completion of a strong addition to the city’s South End neighborhood, the TROY BOSTON mixed-use complex. With the building’s combination of residential and commercial space, its deep connections to the community and strong commitment to sustainable living, TROY BOSTON looks to be a project worthy of Boston, and Suffolk Construction’s expertise and experience have been the keys to bringing such a project to life. 

A solid foundation is essential, no matter whether you’re talking about a high-rise residential development or the company building it. San Francisco-based Pacific Structures knows a lot about the value of a good foundation in both circumstances, because the experience of its principals in the concrete industry has led to it become one of the premier concrete contractors on the West Coast. Principal Dave Williams says the expertise he and his team bring to the table on every project gives Pacific Structures the strongest foundation possible, and it has allowed the company to become well-known for providing value-added construction services that save clients time and money. 

John Moriarty and Associates (JMA) is no stranger to Miami’s residential high-rise market. Although the company was founded and is headquartered in Winchester, Mass., JMA has found firm footing in other markets, as well: Florida, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina. The company brought its expertise to the South Florida market in 1990, offering preconstruction consulting, construction management and general construction for new buildings, building additions, renovation projects and the fit-out of interior spaces. It has worked for many sectors, including universities, healthcare, commercial and others, but has found a sweet spot in Miami’s residential sector. Project Manager Mike Johnson says JMA’s success in the residential market comes from knowing how to think like a developer. 

Gary Kenny left his hometown in Ireland to come to Florida in 1996 with the intention of buying a vacation home, which ultimately led him to start a subsidiary of Feltrim Group in the United States that year. “I saw tremendous value here and loved Florida as a vacation location,” he says. “What I liked about buying a vacation home here is that when I wasn’t using the home I could rent it, which is very popular.”

The Davenport-Fla.-based company took off after Kenny went back to Ireland to secure business partners for his new venture. In the first year, Feltrim Group sold 20 homes working with a local broker. Over the next couple of years, however, sales were hampered when Kenny put his faith in a local management company to handle the rentals while he was in Europe marketing the company’s homes to sell. “They let us down,” Kenny recalls. “The common denominator points were all negative and in April 1998, I set up a management company to look after my clients.” 

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