Southerland Communities doesn’t believe in buying and reselling just any open land for its own sake. The Spring Branch, Texas-based company takes a discriminating eye toward all of its potential acquisitions and looks for properties that possess special qualities.

Natural features, topography and locations in quiet, country settings that aren’t too far away from city settings all play an important role in the company’s decision-making process. “We spend a lot of time looking for the right piece of land, and we’ve turned many properties down before finding the right one,” CEO and founder Charlie Patterson says.

Most of the residential developer’s recent acquisitions are along creeks or rivers or in prime locations in Texas’ “Hill Country,” the region surrounding San Antonio and Austin. “We’re focusing a lot on that area right now,” Patterson says. “It’s such a great, beautiful area that many people in the state eventually look to retire and move out to. We stay pretty busy with projects out here.” 

Have you ever heard the metaphor of requiring a good foundation? In the construction industry, Ram Jack Systems Distribution LLC understands this as a truism, and the company has developed an innovative and economical solution to provide just that. “We are specialists in foundation solutions,” explains Randon Gregory, director of franchise acquisition and development and grandson of founder Steve Gregory.

The family owned and managed company’s patented steel pilings can shore up existing foundations or create new ones in residential and commercial applications. With more than 20 patents issued and 300-plus standard products, Ram Jack can accommodate a variety of projects without the expense of concrete foundation repair or laying new concrete.

There’s a saying that a company is only good as its last job, and general contractor Petra Inc. takes that to heart, Director of Business Development Michael Nigh says. “We work hard to ensure that our owners’ and tenants’ expectations are realized,” he says.

The general contractor is bringing that philosophy to its Terraces of Boise project, which it is building for American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW). Project Manager Brett Myron explains that the $53 million project is a continuing care facility with 149 apartments that will be home to 300 senior citizens.

The building, which will stand four stories tall and cover 414,000 square feet, will feature a commons area with spaces for formal and casual dining, library, workout rooms and administrative offices. 

“This is the first facility of its kind in Idaho,” Myron says, noting that Petra Inc. will be finished by December 2015.

Not every homebuilder has the experience, dedication and vested interest to provide high-quality homebuilding and remodeling services. But Minnesota-based Nelson Brothers has been working on large and small projects for more than 30 years, displaying a personal commitment to every building project it tackles. A small business by definition and design, Nelson Brothers’ leaders believe in efficiently meeting client expectations and personally getting to the jobsite every day.

“We focus on the quality of our projects,” Co-owner Mark Nelson says. “We are into the smaller custom home or remodel projects. We take on enough work to keep busy and be sure we can keep our employees. It is a fairly laid-back approach.”

The city of St. Louis may be the Gateway to the West, but it’s older than many of its counterparts in the East — its founding as a French colony predates even that of the United States as a country. 

The city’s magnificent Forest Park — bigger than New York City’s Central Park — is a relic of the 1904 World’s Fair that marked St. Louis’ zenith as an urban center.

In a city rich with so much historic architecture but hurt by decades of urban sprawl, there hasn’t been a residential high-rise built downtown since 1965 — until the Roberts Tower went up in 2010, a modern glass-and-concrete structure along the Mississippi River.

Intended to be built-out as condos, the tower has sat empty ever since — a victim of the real estate bust — but not for long.

“We’re putting on the finishing touches,” says Mike Perry, president of St. Louis-based HBD Construction, which was hired by new owners to finally complete the interior — but as apartments, not condos. The first occupants will move in as soon as May.

The general contracting and construction management firm —in business since 1922 — does new construction but specializes in historic renovation, and this type of project was a learning experience. “This was the first time we took over work on a building that was brand new and that we didn’t construct,” Perry says. “We had an aggressive schedule and we found we could meet it. We confirmed it was possible to do what we set out to do from a cost standpoint.”

Working in real estate development for more than two decades, Capstone Development Partners LLC has perfected the art of win-win public/private partnerships with college and university communities. The principals of Capstone Development Partners bring more than 60 years of combined experience crafting development solutions for Capstone’s partner institutions. The national student housing developer creates housing on campus and on the “campus edge.”

“We identify capital real estate needs and provide turnkey development service including the provision or coordination of financing, design and construction services,” Principal Bruce McKee says. With aging on-campus inventory across the country and increased competition for students, student housing demand is strong on and very near the campus in most university markets, he notes.

  After a delay brought on by the onset of the recession, The Enclave at Brookside in Tulsa, Okla., is back under development, and developer The Bomasada Group says the end-result will be worth the wait. Vice President Tim Dison explains that the delay caused the firm to re-evaluate the floorplans and make some small but significant changes that should make the apartment complex a desirable destination for residents. 

Houston-based Bomasada Group purchased the site for the project in 2007 and started construction before the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 put the project – and many like it across the nation – on hold. 

Now that the economy has started to make a recovery, the firm has been able to pick up where it left off, restarting construction in the middle of 2012. 

The process of buying a new home can be emotional, a fact that Beazer Homes is well aware of, Chief Marketing Officer Kathi James says. “Unlike most purchases you make, buying a home is full of excitement, nerves and hope for the future,” she says. “Our new home counselors love to help consumers find the perfect home that will suit the way they want to live.”

Atlanta-based Beazer has a multi-century legacy of helping consumers finding those perfect homes. In 1696, founder George Beazer arrived in Marshfield, England, and established the company.

Today, Beazer Homes is a top-10 homebuilder in the United States, with operations in 16 states. “Since going public in 1994, Beazer has proudly provided more than 170,000 homes to discerning homebuyers, and I’m happy to say that the homes we are building today retain high quality construction practices, giving tribute to our heritage, and are significantly more energy efficient than a resale and many other new builds,” James adds.

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