Wolverine1 copyWolverine Building Group is building the largest wood frame apartment complex in Grand Rapids, Mich.

By Kat Zeman

Recognized as one the most stable and respected building and management firms in the Midwest, Wolverine Building Group is bringing another prominent project to Michigan.

The Brix at Midtown, a new 287-unit apartment complex, is under construction near the Medical Mile corridor in Grand Rapids. By the time construction is completed in November, it will be the largest wood frame apartment complex in Grand Rapids.

Watkins LandmarkWatkins Landmark Construction prides itself on delivering cutting-edge projects that leave a lasting impression on clients and communities.
By Bianca Herron

In 2004, Jody Watkins founded Watkins Landmark Construction in San Diego. His goal was to build a construction company that specialized in cutting-edge projects that left a lasting impression on the client, end-users and the surrounding community.

Today, the company has more than 70 employees and three offices throughout southern California, including its corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, an Indian Wells office and new location in Anaheim. Watkins Landmark is also looking to expand into the San Francisco and San Jose areas as well.

“We have worked on quite a few historical landmarks, buildings and community centers that are well-known in the community,” Vice President of Business Development Dean Schumacher says. “We try to keep that at the forefront of what we do and pursue.”

Webcor Bancroft picWebcor returns to a familiar California campus to build Bancroft Residence Hall.

By Chris Kelsch

The University of California, Berkeley is considered one of the finest public learning institutions in the United States. But like many universities it is facing a housing crunch. To help combat that shortage construction of the Bancroft Residence Hall, a new student housing facility just off its main campus, is underway.

Bancroft Residence Hall will be directly across from the newly renovated student union and a short walk to most university facilities. Designed by SCB, the eight-story dormitory is expected to house first-year students and will encompass 186,000 square feet. When completed, the dorm will offer beds for 783 students, plus study and activity space.

Additionally 7,000 square feet of retail space will be offered on the ground floor. An 11,000-square-foot community center will include a study area and meeting rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, and student lounges.

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Plaza Construction ensures the construction of One Thousand Museum in Miami goes according to plan.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Plaza Construction is overseeing the construction of One Thousand Museum, a Zaha Hadid Architects-designed luxury condominium skyscraper in Miami that has become one of the most high-profile projects in the United States. “It’s the tallest project designed by architect Zaha Hadid who about a year ago passed away,” says Brad Meltzer, president of the southeast. “She is the first female Pritzker Prize-winning architect, which puts a spotlight on the project.”

The 63-story, 709-foot-tall skyscraper will feature 83 condo units. Onlookers will be awestruck by One Thousand Museum’s complex structure, which appears as a continuous piece of contemporary sculpture from the podium to the crown. “The sensuous curves of its white exoskeleton create a dynamic contrast with the crystalline façade and define the unique shapes of magnificent private terraces,” Zaha Hadid Architects says.

Sundt Opus University Square 4 5 17 10The Opus Group is known for building high-quality buildings with great design – and its latest project is no different.
By Bianca Herron

The Opus Group is a Minneapolis-based design/build firm. Operating in nine cities across the United states, the privately held firm builds in various sectors, including industrial, office, multifamily, retail and institutional.

As a design/build developer, a unique characteristic of The Opus Group is that it is an integrated business with in-house architectural and engineering services, as well as in-house construction and development. Ultimately, after 64-years in the industry, the company’s reputation for building high-quality projects sets it apart from its competitors.

“We work hand-in-glove with each of those business units,” Senior Vice President Larry Pobuda says. “The output of that effort is high-quality and well-conceived buildings that become solid acquisitions for the institutional investment community. So when Opus is looking to sell a building after it is developed, our customers know that it is a well-located, quality project, with a solid design.”

Casey DevelopmentCasey Development’s latest project serves up luxury amenities and a healthy lifestyle.

By Chris Kelsch

The Interstate 35 corridor in Texas is considered one of the busiest stretches of highway in the entire interstate system. And while part of that can be attributed to heavy truck traffic to and from Mexico, it can also be credited to tremendous growth in two major cities along the corridor: Austin and San Antonio.

It is those two markets, along with San Marcos, Texas, that Casey Development chooses to focus on, and it couldn’t have chosen better. San Antonio and Austin remain two of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and the towns in between such as San Marcos continue to explode as well. The growth has led to outsized demand for all types of construction, including luxury apartment rentals, such as Casey Development’s latest project, Tacara at Steiner Ranch.

SoBroSoBRO takes a socially minded approach to developing housing projects in New York’s South Bronx neighborhood.

By Tim O’Connor

The 1970s were a difficult period for the Bronx. The New York City borough suffered from economic decline and high crime. Landowners took to burning their own properties to collect insurance money and more than 21 percent of residents fled the Bronx during this decade.

 Trinity pic copyTrinity Financial has created local partnerships to revitalize public housing in Harlem.

By Chris Kelsch

The A. Philip Randolph Houses, located on a block of 114th Street in Harlem in New York City, used to stand as a symbol of urban decay, neglect and budget shortfalls. Today, however, they stand as a symbol of what strong partnerships between public and private entities can accomplish with vision, hard work and determination.

Boston-based Trinity Financial, a developer with a reputation for transforming urban areas, in partnership with local community based development corporation West Harlem Group Assistance (WHGA), was chosen as the developer on a gut rehabilitation project that will ultimately transform 36 buildings into a modern public housing complex situated within a historic district. 

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