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.” 

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.”

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