Epcon picEpcon provides lifestage buyers with a comfortable lifestyle.

By Alan Dorich

When their children leave home, parents might find themselves looking for a smaller living space. Epcon has provided homebuyers with those spaces for 30 years, Vice President of Franchising Tim Rini says.

Based in Dublin, Ohio, Epcon builds homes and neighborhoods that are popular with homebuyers who are age 55 or older. Founders Ed Bacome and Phil Fankhauser started the company in 1986 and built their first condominium community in Columbus, Ohio.

Puerta Villa at Pellicano El Paso TXBohannon Development Corp. has a reputation for building developments that are just right for their residents.

By Chris Petersen

Tom Bohannon was a young partner with a Florida-based real estate developer who was tasked with moving the firm into new territories. When he first set foot in El Paso, Texas, in 1977, he soon came to realize what a special opportunity the city and surrounding area represented to a young and ambitious person like himself. The relatively inexpensive property in the area and the enormous growth potential appeared to be the right mix for someone looking to go into business for himself, and that’s exactly what Bohannon did with the creation of Bohannon Development Corp. in 1980.

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Galaxy Builders' experienced staff and pre-construction expertise enabled it to reach the quarter-century milestone. By Jim Harris

Galaxy Builders Ltd.’s staff of loyal, skilled employees helps it build strong relationships with clients. “Our people are what distinguish us,” says Neilesh Verma, president of the San Antonio, Texas-based contractor. “It’s our people who have done this kind of work time and time again, who bring a vast amount of knowledge to what needs to be built [and] who help us stand out.”

The company’s building experience extends back to 1991, when it was founded by Verma’s father Arun, an industry veteran who had previously worked as president of another contractor. This year marks the company’s 25th anniversary.

AvalonBayAvalonBay keeps complete control of its Newcastle project by building it on its own.

By Alan Dorich

Homebuyers can count on AvalonBay Communities to be efficient when delivering projects, Project Manager Scott Wendlandt says. “What makes us successful is having consistency in our ability to bring product to market faster than anyone in the industry,” he says.

HardenHarden’s experience makes it the ideal firm to develop shopping centers.

By Alan Dorich 

Some developers have basic experience in constructing retail properties, but Harden has an edge over its competition. The firm’s deep experience from operating its own stores gives it special insight into the retail world.

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Chicago’s 1000 South Clark will give its tenants good reasons to stay at home.

By Alan Dorich

After seven jobs together, JDL Development LLC and Lendlease Corp. have established a strong working relationship, JDL Executive Vice President Yale Dieckmann says. “They know our preferences and they know what our hot buttons are,” he says. “They can be reliably counted on.”

InteplastContractors gain edge with Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding.

By Lisa Tolson

Engineered trim and prefinished interior moulding play a larger role today for builders who want to transform ordinary projects into extraordinary ones while meeting their customers’ desires for low-maintenance and cost-effective solutions. Contractors need to look no further than Inteplast Building Products as an ideal source for these increasingly indispensable modern materials.

George SollittA joint venture is restoring a historic rental complex in Chicago from the Roaring ‘20s into a mixed-use development.

By Russ Gager

In the days before the Civil Rights movement promoted integration, African-Americans were confined to their own neighborhoods in most cities, including those in the North. In Chicago, one of the early owners of Sears Roebuck and Co., Julius Rosenwald, which was headquartered in Chicago, devoted himself to philanthropy.

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