Brooks and Freund picBrooks and Freund’s subcontractors and vendors play a critical role in its success on projects including Grand Central Apartments in Fort Myers, Fla. By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

Brooks & Freund LLC believes in being fully accountable for the quality of its projects. “It’s not just how we complete a building that sets us apart, it’s how we handle issues afterward,” says Rose McCurry, director of operations for the Fort Myers, Fla.-based company. “We stand by our products and the job we’ve done – if something comes up on a project and it’s not what we promised, we will take care of it.”

The company works closely with its clients and subcontractors to address any concerns that may arise during its work. “Our network of reliable subcontractors makes all of our projects successful – we help them, and they secure labor and materials to keep our projects going,” she adds.

Leopardo CompaniesA boutique luxury rental development brings Leopardo Companies front and center along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Leopardo Companies is one of the largest and most respected construction firms in the country, building world-class facilities and priding itself on developing long-term relationships. “Leopardo is a relationship-focused contractor and we don’t want to consider ourselves a commodity,” Senior Vice President Damian Eallonardo says. “We believe we are best-in-class in investing resources to make sure clients get what they pay for not only in construction, but in the process of determining what will be built.”

Plaza ConstructionPlaza Construction is underway with several condominium and mixed-use projects in Florida.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Plaza Construction’s work consists of buildings, but the company’s business is actually driven by people, President Brad Meltzer says. “We’re a company that’s focused on our clients and their needs,” he says.

But to ensure that Plaza Construction is serving its clients well, it has to make sure it is hiring the best and brightest. “We spend a lot of time in the HR side of things, investing in our people,” he says.

HBD ConstructionHBD Construction Inc. continues its founders’ more than 95-year tradition of project diversity.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Shortly after Horace B. Deal founded H.B. Deal & Company Inc., in 1922, the company became known in the St. Louis market for taking on a wide variety of projects. These included building monuments and memorial buildings, churches, schools, hospitals, industrial plants, commercials structures and housing projects.

Carrier Johnson picCarrier Johnson + Culture is designing high-profile projects in San Diego.  

By Kat Zeman 

When it comes to architecture and urban planning, Carrier Johnson + Culture brings more to the table than simple drawings. The San Diego-based firm focuses on delivering individualized solutions that blend technology, art and expression. 

Describing its architectural services as design-centric, the firm embraces creativity and thinking outside of the box. The San Diego-based company specializes in providing unique architectural solutions. It manages construction projects for clients in sectors that include healthcare, education, corporate, advanced technology, life sciences, residential, public and mixed-use developments.

The Core CompaniesThe Core Companies sparks interest in its residential developments by delivering on the expectations of the neighborhood. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

The Core Companies is a vertically integrated real estate development and construction firm that immerses itself in the communities in which it builds with the goal of enhancing the overall environment. The company maintains that mission by creating vibrant new home communities in San Jose, Calif., that improve its residents’ quality of life.

Founded in 1989 by David Neale, The Core Companies has developed more than 400 single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, as well as 2,960 apartment units in the South Bay region. Chris Neale joined the team in 1999 as Executive Vice President and oversees all development activities from inception through completion.  The Core Companies umbrella encompasses Core Residential, which specializes in market rate multifamily projects, Core Affordable that develops affordable housing and Core Builders, an in-house general contractor. 

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