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Dellbrook JKS Genesis HouseDellbrook | JKS is reviving the Genesis House senior housing development in Boston.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Dellbrook | JKS wants clients to receive a project exactly the way they envisioned. “We have systems in place that help us track everything we do and ensure we are building the project the owner specified,” Project Superintendent Donal Barry says. “Quality control is a big part of what we do. We make sure we’re putting in what we’re supposed to and that our clients are getting what they paid for.”

ThinkstockPhotos 695721248The Lanwin Group celebrates its 40th anniversary, attributing its success to building outside of the box.

By Kat Zeman

Phil Evans is an old-fashioned guy with modern ideas. He believes that a handshake seals the deal and that promises matter. “In our day and age, even when we shake hands, we still need two pounds of paper for contracts,” he says. “But I think if you shake someone’s hand, it’s a deal.”

At the same time, he believes in innovative ideas and isn’t afraid to enter new territory or introduce unique designs when it comes to construction. As founder and managing partner of The Lanwin Group, Evans pushes his company to build outside of the box.

“We are not a cookie-cutter builder,” he says. “We like doing different things, facing challenges and coming up with creative ideas. We always ask ourselves, ‘How can we do it better?’”

Citadel vault after hurricaneAllen Harrison’s Houston projects avoided the challenges of Hurricane Harvey.
By Alan Dorich

Some might recoil at the challenge of building a project in a floodplain, but Allen Harrison Co. did not hesitate. “Our niche has become building on sites that others have passed up on,” Managing Director Joshua Wood says.

Allen Harrison accepted that challenge to develop two projects in the city of Houston. One is the Citadel Apartments building, which will feature five stories with 293 living units that wrap around a six-story parking garage.

The company also is building South Main, an 11-story apartment building. Seven floors will feature 186 residential units, and the remaining four will house a cast-in-place garage.

LiveOak picLive Oak Contracting is developing projects along the East Coast and growing in revenue.

by Kat Zeman

Live Oak Contracting is one of the fastest-growing construction companies in Jacksonville, Fla. The young company has been in business for only five years, but it’s already earned a stellar reputation among its clients throughout the East Coast – and it has the revenue stream to prove it.

A full-service general contracting firm specializing in multifamily construction, Live Oak’s revenue increased by more than 778 percent between 2014 and 2016. Last year, the company raked in roughly $180 million. “And our 2018 outlook will keep us on track to do over $200 million this year,” says Walker Palmer, director of construction.

Stillwater Capital pic copyStillwater Capital is highly engaged in the acquisition and construction of its residential properties to ensure high-end results.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Stillwater Capital began a decade ago specializing in acquiring and managing a spectrum of real estate products. The company has a range of experience in managing unique properties, such as infill multifamily communities, mixed-use properties, build-to-suit properties and high-end single-family homes.

The Dallas-based company decided a few years ago to bring the construction of its residential projects in-house to ensure greater quality. “We started Stillwater Construction because we felt we could better control the process, quality and schedule by bringing it in-house,” Principal Aaron Sherman adds. “We are hiring the project managers and superintendents directly, which makes the process much more efficient and better overall in terms of production.”

Knutson picKnutson Construction applies its philosophy of teamwork to two apartment projects in Iowa.
By Jim Harris

At the beginning of all its jobs, Knutson Construction’s project managers ask their clients to tell them the top five things “that keep them up at night” regarding a project. “This could include price, subcontractor management or a tight schedule,” says Wade Hiner, director of business development for the Iowa City branch of Knutson Construction.

Knutson then asks its clients to rate the company based on how it responds to those factors. “We want to know what the most important things to our clients are and how we are doing when it comes to those items,” Hiner adds, noting the company will take corrective action if necessary to keep a project on track.

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