A developer with more than 30 years of experience in buying, building and rehabilitating residential projects is leading the long-awaited redevelopment of a former warehouse in Sacramento, Calif.

CFY Development Inc. broke ground in February 2013 on the $42 million Warehouse Artist Lofts project, which includes the renovation of a 105-year-old former industrial building in Sacramento’s historic R Street district into a mixed-use residential and commercial building. Construction is anticipated to conclude in December 2014.

Idaho-based Best Bath Systems Inc. had been successful as a manufacturer of composite showers for the competitive residential market since its inception in 1971, but President Jeff Mooney explains that there were times when the company had to supplement its work with products for other sectors. For example, he says, the company spent some time building shipping containers for Navy Sidewinder missiles. However, things changed in a big way for Best Bath in 1992, when the Americans With Disabilities Act created an explosion in accessibility products. With the company’s expertise in traditional shower products, Best Bath was well suited to take advantage of the boom, and that’s what it has done ever since. 

For three decades, Split Rail Fence & Supply Co. focused most of its resources on the residential development sector. Founder Tom Barenberg built relationships with Colorado homebuilders and became a go-to contractor for fencing installation and supply services. Although those relationships remain intact, the company itself has had to diversify into new markets following the downturn in residential development.

It’s often interesting to see the pathways on which life can take a person. About 25 years ago, Eric Adelman was employed as a classical musician with the National Ballet of Canada, when on the side he started buying homes, fixing them up and selling them. Adelman’s father had been in the development industry, so he helped Eric with the construction and renovation aspects of these projects. Over the years, Eric Adelman gravitated toward higher-end homes and began partnering with architects and designers, and by 2000, he had established a strong client base and was creating high-end homes for them. Leaving his classical music career behind, he founded South Park Design Build.

Developer The Related Group believes Icon Bay is named perfectly, as it expects the property to become a highly recognizable part of the Miami skyline. The 43-story condominium tower will sit on Biscayne Bay and offer residents unparalleled views of Miami Beach when it is completed, according to President Carlos Rosso. With nearly 300 luxury condominiums enveloped by a striking exterior and taking full advantage of its in-demand setting, Icon Bay promises to be a strong addition to the city, he adds.

The process of constructing or remodeling a home often requires teamwork, and that fact has not passed by J. Paul Builders LLC. Instead, owner and founder Paul Litcher says that its ability to work with others has enabled it to thrive over the past 22 years.

“We work with a lot of professionals, landscape architects and designers,” he says. “Our success is [due to] the ability to work with these professionals and implement what they had created on paper.”

After almost 25 years of building a leading remodeling company focused on serving the Ohio market, Improveit! Home Remodeling is planning an expansion into Kentucky this July. Business partners Seth Cammeyer and Brian Leader launched Improveit! in Columbus, Ohio, in 1989 with some industry experience, a single truck, and a lot of grit and determination. The pair started out together learning the business in canvassing and sales, and advanced to be branch managers at the same eastern U.S. home improvement company. Cammeyer’s background was in accounting, while Leader’s was in marketing.

In the competitive world of construction, it’s refreshing to find people who aren’t focused on increasing the size of their company or expanding internationally, but rather perfecting the art of their business.  That’s exactly what you get when you encounter Gary Furman and Philip Keil of Furman + Keil Architects (FKA). The firm consists of two principles and five additional architects who view collaboration as the fundamental standard of their business.

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