Bill Nicholson, owner and CEO of The Congress Companies, learned many lessons from his uncle and his father who started the company in the early 1950s. Some of those lessons were how to hold a client and how to service a client. Nicholson learned early on that the construction experience starts for the client way before the shovel hits the ground. That premise, backed by a dedication to providing the best quality to every project, has made The Congress Companies a long-lived company, with a third generation of family members taking their place to lead the business into the future.

At the 2012 Aurora Awards – sponsored by the Southeast Building Conference – WCI Communities took home three awards: best detached single family home, best attached for-sale home and best recreational facility. As a 60-year-old developer that emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 as a reorganized company, the recent recognitions signal to all of Florida that the masterplan developer with nine communities in its current portfolio is just as viable as ever.

It is no secret that there is a need for affordable senior communities across the United States. When The Crown Group decided to diversify its scope in 2008 as the traditional commercial development market dried up due to the recession, it wasn’t just looking to expand its portfolio. It was looking to bring much needed services to northeast Illinois.

Developing and managing multifamily affordable housing communities has been Columbia Residential’s specialty since 1991. As the Atlanta-based company has expanded – forming Columbia Residential Management Group in 1996 and Columbia Residential Construction Management Services in 1997 – it has grown into a full-service organization with an array of capabilities and services.

Established in Sydney, Australia, more than 20 years ago, Southern Cross Constructions has brought its construction delivery expertise to the United States. With Texas offices located in Dallas and Austin, as well as a presence in San Diego, the company is capable of working on many different commercial, industrial, residential and public projects.

When the JBG Companies selected Manganaro MidAtlantic LLC to restore the brick exterior of its Dominion Towers apartment building in Arlington, Va., they didn’t realize at that time how fortunate their choice had been. During the course of the project, Manganaro not only handled the originally planned masonry work, installation of relieving angles, roofing modifications and custom aluminum exterior finishes, but it also performed some unexpected and very necessary drywall and framing.

There are not many who would immediately think of creating communities near a site of oilfield exploration. But for Dean Dovolis, a principal of Annabelle Homes and principal-CEO of DJR Architecture Inc., that sort of ingenuity has given him success as he has developed communities near the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota.

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