A large, upscale apartment complex is in the works in the heart of Tampa, Fla.’s Westshore district. The infill site is one of the last of its size for this kind of development, and its convenient location will put residents within one mile of Tampa International Airport and I-275, and within a walkable half-mile from some of Tampa’s best shopping and dining at International Mall. The complex is also within two miles of 12 million square feet of office space.

North Carolina-based Northwood Ravin Construction broke ground on the 350-unit project — called Varela — in May 2013. The luxury residences — totaling 443,000 square feet, plus a 150,000-square-foot parking garage — are expected to be completed in 2015. The 500-space garage will be attached to the five-story residential building. The first phase is scheduled to be done by mid-2014.

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.

Luxury housing continues to boom in New York City, as the wealthy of the world flock to Manhattan for — if you can believe it — high-end bargains. According to The New York Times, condos that sell for more than $15 million were up nearly 50 percent from 2009 to 2013, helped by the fact that New York — despite costly land, labor and materials — still produces cheaper real estate than many other global cities. And relative to the prices that places on Park Avenue and the like command, developers are reaping great margins nonetheless.

Hailey Development Group (HDG), a construction and development services firm in New York City, is one of the beneficiaries of this trend. The company currently has two million square feet of luxury residential development under construction. It serves projects as general contractor, construction manager, owner’s representative or joint-venture development partner.

Cobalt Construction’s decades of experience and high standards of service have earned it a place as one of California’s most prominent residential contractors. “We pride ourselves in our multigenerational heritage,” the Simi Valley, Calif.-based company says. “Since our founding in 1946, we’ve had time to perfect our craft and design a methodological approach to construction that exceeds our client’s expectations. 

“Our approach focuses on capitalizing on our team’s numerous years of experience to provide unparalleled leadership, consultation and customer service,” the company adds. “Our repeat business with many clients is a testament to Cobalt’s expertise and ability to execute to these high standards.”

For six decades, CD Barnes Construction has been one of Michigan’s most trusted and successful general contractors, but the company’s heritage extends even further into the past. Brothers CD and Roy Barnes started a construction company in their native Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1917. Over the years, the company became more successful with each generation of the family that entered the business. 

By 1954, the company was so large and the opportunities of post-war America were so great that the founding brothers split the company down the middle; CD Barnes incorporated and continued business under the same name. Today, CD Barnes Construction serves not only Michigan, but also Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and North Carolina with general contracting, construction management and design/build services. 

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.

Occupancy at The Greenwich Lane is slated for late 2015. The development team includes the Rudin Management Co. Inc., Global Holdings Inc., FXFOWLE Architects, designer Aero Studios Ltd. and landscaper M. Paul Friedberg & Partners LLC. Sales and marketing is conducted by Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group and Turner Construction is the construction contractor.

‘Say what you mean and mean what you say.” That’s just one of the concepts that Team Construction embraced as it set out to build a solid reputation and take a definitive step to create a standard in the roofing industry. If the name Team Construction doesn’t already say it all, the service this company provides does. Established as a predominately woman-owned company in 2006, Team Construction is known to be a contractor’s contractor within the Denver region. 

The company began as a prominent roofing contractor for the new construction residential roofing industry. Within the first 30 days of working for major homebuilders in Denver, Team Construction was awarded nine communities, to which it proved to be a valued partner with homebuilders. Timing, quality, reliability, cost-effective contracts and loyalty brought accolades to the Team office. Through commitment and diligence, Team Construction quickly garnered an additional 22 communities over its  first year in business. 

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.” 

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