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Spring House BuildersSpring House Builders’ founder Steven Stowarz leverages his years of experience to build a variety of projects and keep his clients satisfied by helping them turn houses into homes.

By Janice Hoppe

Building homes is in Steven Stowarz’s blood. As a child, he would build tree houses in his backyard with nails, a hammer and two-by-fours or other lumber scraps he was able to find. “My father was afraid to go to work because there would be another tree house in the yard when he got home,” Stowarz remembers. “I built triple-decker tree houses and little roads in the back of my house.”

El Dorado HoldingsEl Dorado Benson LLC is developing the age-targeted Villages at Vigneto in Benson, Ariz., for adults who want to maintain an active and social lifestyle.

By Russ Gager

People pay financial planners to provide them with the resources they will need after they stop working full-time. But what will they be doing with this spare time and where will they be doing it? The answer to that question is the world class Villages at Vigneto – a Tuscan-themed, age-targeted community being developed in Benson, Ariz., by El Dorado Benson LLC.

“If you can imagine it, think of the community more like a cruise ship,” Development Partner Mike Reinbold says. “We are not simply building new homes. We are providing the residents with a lifestyle, one that encourages you to get out and be social.” The Villages at Vigneto will have recreation centers, golf courses and other amenities one would expect for a development of this size. But Vigneto goes further, and will give residents the opportunity to participate in any one of the numerous activity or interest clubs it will offer. El Dorado is patterning Vigneto after The Villages in Ocala, Fla., a community that has approximately 2,100 clubs for an almost endless number of interests. “You can literally pick a topic, and there will be a club for you to join,” Reinbold says.

PrestigePrestige specializes in affordable and student housing that is built to last.

By Alan Dorich

Prestige Building Co. specializes in building housing, and trust. “We are a very conscientious contractor and our main focus is protecting ownership, adding longevity and doing our job in a way that benefits long-term ownership,” says Richard Armstrong, Prestige’s senior vice president.

Based in Marlton, N.J., the full-service construction company provides general contracting, construction and construction management services for affordable and student housing projects. Prestige, which is an independent operating company of The Michaels Organization, began as a renovation contractor for military bases.

JMS CollectiveJMS Collective brings luxury apartment living to New York’s Hudson Valley.

By Chris Petersen

The Hudson River Valley of New York has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. So much so, that painters of the 19th century found the landscape so majestic and inspiring that they decided to settle there and start America’s first art movement: the famous Hudson River School. However, the success of a residential development in a region like the Hudson Valley requires more than stunning vistas. For any multifamily development to be successful, it not only has to take advantage of the surrounding splendor but also provide unique amenities and a lifestyle unlike anything else being offered in the area. That is where JMS Collective Business Manager John Perri says his company has the edge as it works to complete its latest development, The Falls.

EdenYears of exceptional performance have helped make Eden Homes a leading homebuilder in a number of Ontario communities.

By Eric Slack

Eden Homes has secured a strong reputation as a custom and production homebuilder in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, Ontario, markets over the course of nearly 15 years. The company’s specialty is custom, upscale, single-family homes that are customized to the needs and wants of its clients.

Walsh 1001 South State Street

Walsh Construction is building a 40-story high-rise for apartments and ground-floor retail in the heart of Chicago’s coveted South Loop.

By Russ Gager

When people want to live in downtown Chicago, they frequently gravitate to the city’s more established North Side. But when they learn the price of renting there, they hesitate until they explore the city’s more economical Near South Side. Underdeveloped for decades, it now is experiencing a resurgence with new residential construction, renovation and development of retail, restaurants and educational and cultural amenities.

That is where Walsh Construction is building a new 40-story, 397-unit high-rise apartment building named 1001 South State Street that will feature amenities galore and retail on the ground floor. Developed by Golub and Co. – which Walsh Construction has worked with before, and is currently working with on 545 McClurg – the building will feature 124 efficiencies, 192 one-bedroom units, 74 two-bedroom apartments and seven three-bedroom layouts.

SBF Construction

SBF Construction Inc.’s culture places an emphasis on employees.

By Bob Rakow

When SBF Construction Inc. President Ron Ferrari talks about his construction company, it isn’t long before he mentions family. After all, family is at the heart of the Hackensack, N.J.-based reinforced concrete company. “My dad started the business,” Ferrari says. “He was a cement mason.”

Ron Ferrari Sr. is 73 years old but remains active in the day-to-day operation of the company. “He won’t retire,” his son says. “He goes to the jobsites every morning starting at 6 a.m.” But Ferrari appreciates his father’s input and the family culture he instilled in the company that he founded in 1970. “Having my family involved is an advantage,” Ferrari says. “Everyone is watching the store.”

PorchlightTop-quality product, a focus on the customer and decades of experience are positioning western Canada’s Porchlight Developments for long-term success.

By Eric Slack

The Porchlight Developments story begins in 2008. With nearly 20 years of residential development and building industry experience between them, Rob Butler and Neil Braun each started their own companies. The two of them collaborated together on a few projects and soon found they had different yet complimentary strengths. The underlying principles they shared forged the partnership. They understood the importance of innovative design to enhance the homeowners’ living experience; the strength of an empowered, dedicated and trusted team, a true appreciation for the corporate relationships essential for success; and the prerequisite of integrity. With several years behind them and more than 2,000 homes completed, Porchlight is positioned strongly for the future.

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