JDS Development Group broke the record for the sale of the most expensive condominium in Manhattan last fall when its Walker Tower penthouse sold for just under its asking price of $55 million.

The New York, N.Y.- based company is a real estate development company formed by Michael Stern for the purchase and development of luxury residential real estate. Over the last several years, JDS Development Group has developed and constructed more than 4 million square feet of property in New York and Miami. “JDS is a fully integrated development and construction company,” Managing Partner Michael Stern says. “What sets us apart is the fact that we self-perform all of our work without the use of a third party construction manager and maintain a team of in-house design and construction personnel to streamline the entire process.”

 Gables Residential prides itself on being geographically focused because it chooses to build in established, premium neighborhoods (EPN) and high-growth markets throughout the United States. 

An EPN is an area with the highest per-square-foot home values in an individual market. The areas are ideal for apartment developers and owners because it has access to employment, retail, transportation and entertainment. “It’s not a trade secret,” Chief Investment Officer Ben Pisklak says. “We have just been incredibly disciplined to stick to the EPN theory. In good times and bad, we maintain our focus in those areas.” The Atlanta-based company is a vertically integrated real estate firm that has specialized in the development, construction, ownership, acquisition, financing and management of multifamily and mixed-use communities for more than 30 years. 

roviding a higher-level product and service offering is what Driver Urban is all about. Specializing in the planning and construction of urban living environments in California, the company has been steadily making a name for itself in multifamily and mixed-use developments, senior and affordable housing, hospitality and student housing projects since it was founded two years ago. 

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Driver Urban has offices in California in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ontario, San Diego and San Mateo. The company has experience with a number of construction types including wood structures, steel structures and concrete superstructures. 

 When building a home, people want to feel that what they're building will stand the test of time. They want to imagine that their home will be there, not only for them, but also for future generations of their families. It's for this reason that a growing number of builders are turning toward building with Northern White Cedar wooden products, and Michigan's Cockburn Island Forest Products is one of the leading providers in this small-but-growing niche.

 Cockburn Island Forest Products supplies Northern White Cedar products including hand-hewed siding, post and railing, paneling, flooring and many custom truss and beam systems. Owner Corey Avra says the company's products are used in projects throughout the United States and Canada, primarily because of the many significant advantages cedar has over other woods normally used in residential construction.

 Some designers are tempted to rest on their laurels or resort to the tried and true, but not CetraRuddy. Instead, for the company, “No project is the same,” Director of Strategic Development Emmanuelle Slossberg asserts. 

“We are really dedicated to the client’s mission and goals,” she says. “We approach everything as its own entity, and that allows us to really extract the potential of each project and every goal.”

 Briarcliff Development Company got it right the first time – and the second time – so now it’s going for round three as it builds its third multifamily project. Named Briarcliff Riverfront Apartments for its proximity to the Missouri riverfront area, this project is the newest addition to the company’s multifamily residential development portfolio which already includes Briarcliff City Apartments and The Province at Briarcliff.

Located north of the downtown area in Kansas City, Briarcliff Development Company has a unique master-planned urban community site that spreads across approximately 600 acres.  The land, which had previously been considered blighted and run down, was all zoned and financed ahead of time before work began in the late 1980s. According to Michael McKeen, the director of development and construction, Briarcliff knew it would need to put a substantial amount of money into landscaping and backfilling old mines to prepare the area for construction. 

 AAA Waterproofing Inc. is the oldest waterproofing company near Denver and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2014. Since its incorporation in 1979, the company has blossomed to become the leading waterproofing contractor in the mountain states.   

The company was founded by Roy Wren and his wife, Hazel, in 1948. The duo ran the small company until 1976 when they approached President Jack Rhine of Rhine Enterprises, Inc., who was a general contractor, customer and friend, to purchase the company. “The sale included a customer list, one 1953 Ford 2-ton flatbed truck, a 1,000-gallon tank mounted to the bed, a new Air-Mac V-6 compressor, pump, hoses and a spray gun,” Rhine recalls. “We started from the bottom and worked our way up through the years and today we are the leading contractors in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Perhaps the New York Daily News said it best. It described Mercedes House as bringing “architectural oomph” and “great architecture” to midtown Manhattan in a style that is “out of this world” and “nothing like this city has ever seen before.” New York City could use more architecture like this, its architecture critic wrote.

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