Providing quality living spaces to low-income households is the primary objective leading public and private advocates to push for more accessible affordable housing opportunities. The nationwide drive, led by the government and non-profit organizations, also provides practical options for workers and families to be located near cities and urban communities instead of moving away from major employment hubs for lower rents. These initiatives can be found across the United States and are operated by state and local housing agencies.

Recent statistics show that 1.2 million households currently enjoy the benefits of public housing. As part of the solution to address the growing need for quality living spaces, especially to underserved markets, developers, general contractors, and design-build firms come together to usher the multi-residential market into a more transformative, community-driven era.

The list below features the top 40 affordable housing contractors in the US. The list introduces construction and design-build firms that significantly contribute to the country’s growing demand for public housing. The firms were qualified based on the number of projects that they completed over the years, the awards and press publications that highlighted their works, and the industry memberships that they secured since their establishment. The article also looked at the experience of its principals, their background, and their individual advocacy that helped shape the affordable housing market.

If you are thinking about building affordable housing, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.

Alpha Construction

14601 Aetna St. Van Nuys, CA 91411

Over a billion dollars in project value represent Alpha Construction’s contribution to Southern California’s commercial, residential, academic, healthcare, and public construction market. The company was incorporated in 1965 and since then, it has been providing large-scale general contracting and project management services.

Over the years, many of the firm’s projects, especially for the housing sector, have caught the attention of industry institutions. The Los Angeles Business Council, for instance, honored the company with the LA Architectural Awards of Excellence, because of its commitment to building outstanding architectural and design projects across the region’s urban spaces. Its 26th Street Low-Income Housing, a collaboration with Kanner Architects also earned the firm American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture.

Similar partnerships with leading architects and developers in the field produced multiple renovations, rehabilitation, and new construction projects. For instance, its 28th Street Apartments work with Koning Eizenberg Arch. was one of the firm’s most unforgettable builds. The initial stage of the project was a historical rehabilitation work. It was followed by the new construction of an additional 49 units—all completed in 2012.

Andersen Construction

5601 6TH Ave. South, Suite #550, Seattle, WA 98108

Founded in the 1950s, Andersen Construction is one of the pioneers that have transformed Oregon’s urban landscapes. Its milestones are marked by multiple excellence in building awards and LEED project accreditations from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Under the leadership of David Andersen, the company has extended its reach to more demanding markets, including the advanced technology sector.

Aside from its capability to take on complex projects, the company also caters to projects regardless of size or value. This is possible through its Sustaining Projects Division (SPD), composed of dedicated teams that focus on construction services for other market sectors, including health care, tenant improvement, retail, clean room, industrial, and commercial projects. Multifamily construction is also one of the biggest markets that the firm serves. Across the region, it has completed multi-residential projects, as well as senior housing and affordable housing developments.

The Hoa Mai Gardens project is a three-building development that showcases 113 affordable housing spaces. It was built for the Seattle Housing Authority. The firm used wood framing over a prestressed concrete structure. The four-story, six-story, and seven-story buildings are connected by sky bridges. Included in the construction is a 52-stall parking space. For this project, the company partnered with SMR Architects and features the firm’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean construction method.

BC Contracting

705 13th Ave E. Suite #201, West Fargo, ND 58078

A full-service general contractor that worked on a long list of multifamily and commercial construction as well as development projects, BC Contracting is one of North Dakota’s leading builders. The company was established by PROffutt Limited Partnership (PLP) and RHR Construction during the 2012 oil boom, an era that drove the rapid demands for skilled contractors and developers.

The firm’s principal and founder F. Scott Neal held various leadership positions at R.D. Offutt. Neal’s experience in real estate at affiliations with the biggest institutions in the industry helped the company secure its ranks as one of the most disciplined professionals in the field. Today, the firm delivers commercial structures, mixed-use buildings, student housing, and multifamily projects. The company is also a veteran builder for the affordable housing sector.

One example of the firm’s work in this niche is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The over 39,000-square-foot development containing 42 affordable housing units was a collaboration with EAPC Architects and was completed in 2018. Several other projects for the same market can be found in many other cities outside the state. In Minnesota, the company worked on the 35-unit White Pine Apartments. In Oregon, it partnered with M&A Design to design and construct a two-building compound that houses 40 units of affordable living space.

Block Companies

619 Jefferson Hwy. Suite #2G, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Block Companies’ client-focused approach to construction secures its place as one of the most trusted professionals in the field. The company’s portfolio lists a wide range of projects tailored to award-winning affordable multi-family housing, commercial, retail, restaurant, and office markets. Regardless of project size and value, Block provides its partners with 24/7 communication channels that enable both parties to efficiently work together to aim for on-time and on-budget delivery. 

Aside from general contracting, Block also offers pre-construction services, as well as performs value engineering for civic, retail, and multi-residential sectors. Block also collaborates with architects and project owners to complete accurate and efficient cost estimation. Lastly, Block is a certified builder of HUD projects for public housing developments, such as senior living, workforce housing, and affordable housing. 

Awarded with the Extraordinary Efforts in Affordable Housing recognition, Block’s Renaissance Gateway development in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was one of its most challenging public housing builds. The project involved a complete rehabilitation of over 200 residential housing units and the construction of two community buildings. Additional amenities such as a playground, pool area, and other site improvements was also part of the development. Most importantly, the structures were designed to adhere to the Energy Star V3.0 and LEED standards.

Bradbury Stamm Construction

7110 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

With almost 100 years of building experience, Bradbury Stamm Construction has focused on flexibility and relevancy, especially amidst the ever-changing trends and demands of construction. The firm is equipped with the resources and manpower adept to implement the most efficient delivery methods in the industry, including design/build, construction management, general contracting, construction manager at risk, among others.

The company has multiple offices that have completed projects across the states. To serve its varying market sectors, it deploys a technology-based approach to construction, including project management tools, scheduling programs, and other software applications. Additionally, the firm’s advocacy for the green building movement helped it acquire the experience and resources to construct sustainable structures. One example is the Sterling Downtown project for the multifamily sector.

Designed and constructed to pass USGBC’s LEED Platinum certification, the building is one of the firm’s most important works for the affordable housing market. The project was built for the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership and was considered the first “Well” registered development in the state. The building houses 107 units categorized into a studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments. The development also includes shops, a fitness center, a coffee shop, and a business center.

Cahill Contractors

14601 Aetna Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Cahill Contractors has served the multifamily housing market for decades. Every year, the company completes hundreds of housing units. It acts not just as the lead contractor, but also assists project owners and developers through its preconstruction and construction management services. Aside from high-value condominium and townhouse projects, the firm is also a builder of mid-rise apartments and public housing.

The company has completed supportive housing projects across the region. The 1100 Ocean Avenue building, for instance, is a public housing initiative funded by the Mercy Housing of California. The firm partnered with Herman Coliver Locus Architecture to deliver almost 7,900 square feet of the multifamily structure. The project was carefully designed and built based on the LEED certification and Built It Green rating standard. Included in the development are community spaces, bike storage with lockers and showers, parking areas, a commercial space, and administrative offices.

The company’s growth can be attributed to the legacy of its founders and the leadership skills of its current CEO, Jay Cahill. As a third-generation principal, he contributed to the continuous growth of the company.

Capstone Building Corp.

3415 Independence Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209

As one of the leading builders in the multi-residential construction industry, Capstone Building Corp has exhibited an impressive run since its founding over 20 years ago. The company’s multifamily builds, luxury dwelling projects, and development of senior living facilities, public housing, and student housing, can be found across 22 states. To date, its wealthy portfolio has a value of more than $1.3 billion.

Behind the firm’s success is its founder, president, and CEO, Jay Chapman. While managing a large company, Chapman is known for his hands-on management style and his focus on a more customer-centric approach to and construction. Aside from building a strong relationship with his clientele, Chapman makes sure that his team is equipped with the latest and most relevant training, tools, and experience to take on every project.

The firm’s commitment to serving the public housing sector should not go unnoticed. Its HUD and Tax Credit construction projects can be found in several states, including Georgia, Tennessee, and Connecticut. In Alabama, one of its housing projects is Park Place. Partnered with Martin Riley Associates, the firm completed a 77,713-square-foot affordable housing complex in Birmingham.

CBG Building Company

4401 Wilson Blvd. Suite #600, Arlington, VA 22203

When industry veteran George Hyman Construction Company merged with merit shop contracting and development firm OMNI, it created an organization that would specifically cater to the more specific sectors of the multifamily market. Affordable housing, student housing, high-density apartments, luxury and market-rate residences, military housing, senior living, and tenant improvement projects for mixed-use developments can be found in the firm’s residential portfolio.

Aside from its advocacy to build high-quality living spaces with varying value and budget requirements, the firm is also an innovator that set a strict standard for environmental accountability. Many of its projects are built according to USGBC’s LEED sustainability standards. Its sustainable building practices, coupled with its desire to help communities have access to comfortable living spaces, make the company one of the most admirable organizations today.

The company’s on-time and on-budget delivery have continued to win the trust of the country’s biggest developers and organizations. Repeat clients and project owners dominate the firm’s portfolio. JBG Companies, MRP Realty, Kettler, and Woodfield Investment have partnered with the firm for years.

Connelly Builders, Inc.

125 Old Chapin Rd., Lexington, SC 29072

The Connelly family of companies specializes in the construction and development of affordable housing communities through the Connelly Development LCC and Connelly Builders, Inc. While the company develops its own communities, it also extends its services to collaborate with other developers and project owners through its value engineering and construction expertise.

T. Kevin Connelly heads the firm as its president. Over the years of his experience as a construction professional, he has been an active member of the South Carolina Home Builders Association (HBA). The company is also a member of different organizations within and outside the industry, such as the Department of Professional and Occupational Organization. It is also affiliated with the Southern Building Code Congress International.

A look at the company’s portfolio introduces affordable housing projects supported by conventional, private, and public financing. The firm works together with different agencies such as the Housing and Urban Developments (HUD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and similar public and non-profit organizations that share the same commitment: to provide affordable living spaces to the region’s low-income households.


Crossland Construction Company

501 S. East Ave., Columbus, KS 66725

Ranked among the Top 100 General Contractors in the US by Engineering-News Record Magazine, Crossland Construction Company is one of the largest firms in the country. From a one-man operation founded in a garage in 1977, the firm has grown to house over 1,500 employees, with eight offices across the US. It also has its own heavy construction company, a development holding firm, and an in-house precast plant. The firm’s construction professionals are licensed to serve in 37 states.

The company’s long list of clientele comes from different market sectors. Academic, hospitality, health care, religious, commercial retail, industrial, infrastructure, office, and residential markets rely on the company’s services. These include preconstruction, design-build, construction management, and development services, among others.

Aside from its achievements in high-value industries, the company also answers the need for builders in the HUD market. An example of its work is the High Line Pointe Apartments. The work was for Delwest Capital, LLC and covered a massive 345,000 square feet property for three separate buildings. An underground parking, a clubhouse, and other amenities are included in the build.

Delphi Construction, Inc

255 Bear Hill Rd. Suite #301, Waltham, MA 02451

Since Delphi Construction’s founding in 1992, the firm has operated as a multi-market general contractor and construction management organization. Its client list includes clients from the healthcare, assisted living, banking, religious, education, corporate, multifamily, and high-end residential industries. Most importantly, the company’s Waltham and Cape Cod offices regularly partner with several non-profit organizations to complete multiple affordable housing projects across the region.

One of the firm’s most extensive works for the public housing sector in the Leyden Woods project. It was a collaboration with Davis Square Architects and was built for The Community Builders, Inc. The process started with the removal of existing structures on the over 200,000 square feet property, followed by the construction of new residential buildings that accommodate 200 units. The project was divided into eight phases, with each stage dealing with five to 6 buildings.

The company’s growth and success can be attributed to the construction professionals and management experts that continue to lead the firm’s everyday operations. Jake Simmons, the owner and chairman, is not only an experienced builder and principal, but also a significant member of several non-profit organizations and industry boards.

DEW Construction

277 Blair Park Rd. Suite #130, Williston, VT 05495

Founded in 1997, DEW Construction started out as a small, local company. Its founder and president, Don Wells, started out as a lumber yard worker and worked in every position there is in the field of construction. Today, Wells is a highly regarded industry leader and head of his own company—one of the largest providers of a wide scope of construction services across Northern New England and Upstate New York.

Since it established its multiple locations, the company has collaborated with private and public institutions to complete complex and structurally challenging projects. A majority of its clients come from the healthcare, higher education, K-12, hospitality, retail, industrial, government, recreation, and housing sectors. Aside from its efficient delivery methods, the firm also offers sustainable construction and a full package of green building options for projects regardless of size or value.

For the multifamily public housing market, the company was the lead builder of the Bright Street Housing Cooperative. The 49,900-square-foot development was completed in 2016 and was designed by Duncan Wisniewski Architecture. It included the demolition of three older buildings and the new construction of new living spaces to complete 42 residential rental apartments.

Eckman Construction

84 Palomino Ln., Bedford, NH 03110

Having 40 years of new construction, additions, and renovations experience, Eckman Construction has established its place as a dominating New Hampshire firm that covers technically-demanding and structurally challenging markets. Government, religious, healthcare, academic, historic, multi-residential, and assisted living projects can be seen in the firm’s portfolio.

Opened in 2016, the River’s Edge Apartments was one of the firm’s projects under its affordable housing category. The three-story building was a 41,000-square foot apartment complex that houses 32 units of living spaces divided into one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The housing compound is strategically located near significant landmarks such as hospitals, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and churches.

The company is not just an accomplished builder. It’s also one of the most commended firms in the region for its concern for the environment and the community. In 2017, the company received the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction awards. The same organization also recognized the firm with the Sustainable Construction Awards for a project for the NH Army Guard. In the same year, its philanthropic efforts in the region were highlighted by the Business NH Magazine with the Business of the Year Award.

Flaherty & Collins

One Indiana Square, Suite #3000, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Flaherty & Collins is an influential Midwestern company that was established in 1993. The firm focuses on three major services: construction, development, and management. Michael J. Fox leads the firm’s construction division. On top of his decades of services in the industry, Fox is a multi-affiliated professional with memberships with the USGBC, NAHB, and the Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR), to name a few.

Aside from its renowned principals, the company is also annually recognized for its efforts in the multifamily sector, especially for its construction, construction management, and development milestones. Affordable Housing Finance magazine included the company in its Top 50 Developers ranking. Indianapolis Business Journal ranked the firm first in its Largest Indianapolis-Area Multifamily Property Management Firm. It also won the 2019 Prodigy Awards, given by the Indiana Apartment Association (IAA) under the Midwest Multifamily category.

Public housing projects can be found in the firm’s portfolio. One of its most significant works for this market is The Residences, located at the historic St. Elizabeths East in Washington, DC. The building provides affordable housing opportunities to households earning up to 50 percent of the median family income. Residents can also enjoy its long list of amenities, such as a fitness center, clubroom, parking spaces, and recreational areas, among others. Completed in 2020, the project is a product of its long-term partnership with the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC).

Harkins Builders

10490 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite #400, Columbia, MD 21044

Harkins Builders is a 100% employee-owned company that was founded in 1965. Since its establishment, it has developed creative solutions to complete affordable housing projects across the region. Through the years, it has worked with developers and non-profit agencies to produce a process that offers dependable cost estimates, on-time delivery, and economically-relevant solutions.

One of the examples of the firm’s public housing projects is the Monarch Mills in Columbia. Its client, Shelter Development, LLC, is a repeat client that trusted the company with a demolition and construction work to complete a 269-unit multifamily building. Because of its green design, the project won Howard County Housing Authority’s 2010 Nan McKay Pioneer in Housing Award.

As a general contractor that specializes in commercial, government, and multifamily building projects, the company has partnered with clients and architects using delivery methods that focus on construction technology, safety, and value-driven approaches. Aside from its preconstruction and construction management services, the firm also offers a design-build method.

Haynes Construction

32 Progress Ave., Seymour, CT 06483

Since its founding in 1962, Haynes Construction Company has centered safety, quality, and efficiency in taking on residential, academic, government, healthcare, industrial, and private development projects, among others. Many of its clients are repeat businesses. Over the years, it has completed 4,000 affordable housing units, many of which were built for local and state housing authorities.

The Saye Brooke Village South & West were affordable housing projects for Millennium Real Estate Services. The firm worked with Wiles Architects to build three additional buildings to the existing 36-unit complex in Saye Brooke Village East. For the western part of the affordable housing property, the company built 14 units catered to elderly residents.

For the firm’s contribution to the industry’s green building movement, it has actively pursued projects that comply with USGBC’s green building and LEED construction standards. The company is also an active member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).


1060 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 to 4800 Race St, Unit A, Denver, CO 80216

I-KOTA’s has delivered projects for the private and public sectors throughout the commercial and residential markets. Each of the firm’s projects exhibits its focus of solving problems and creating solutions for the developer before they are recognized. It collaborates with project owners, architects, and a team of construction management experts to offer locally and regionally-recognized builds.

One of its projects, the Silver Lining House, earned the Mayor’s Design Award as a commendation for the structure’s imaginative design contribution to Denver’s residential landscape, in helping house homeless teens. As one of the emerging professionals in the field, the company earned its place in the ColoradoBiz’s Top 200 Private Companies in 2019. In the same year, Build Magazine awarded the firm as the 2019’s Best Affordable Housing Contractor. The award also represented the company’s ability to offer outstanding public housing projects to the region’s underserved communities.

One example of its contribution to the low-income housing sector is the Ashley Union Station. The project was completed in March 2017 and is a 9% Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) affordable housing construction. It houses 107 residential units located on a 150,000 square feet property. I-kota has completed nearly 1,500 LIHTC units since 2012.

Kier Construction

3710 Quincy Ave., Ogden, UT 84403

Kier Construction’s state-of-the-art construction methods have promoted its reputation as one of the most innovative multi-unit communities apartment builders throughout the Intermountain West. Aside from constructing residential units for low-income homeowners, the company is also capable of delivering parking structures, amenities, and other community-shared spaces.

A look at the company’s portfolio showcases a long list of apartments and affordable living projects. One example is Liberty Peak, a 152-unit public housing complex in Park City. The community, which covers 2,100 square feet of community space and covered parking, was built to help employees gain better access to their workplaces.

While over 60% of the firm’s business comes from the multi-residential market, it also produces renovation works, commercial construction, and hospitality builds, among others. The firm’s construction management, design/build, general contracting, and construction management at-risk services have greatly contributed to shaping the region’s construction landscape. The firm was founded by Stephen and Scott Kier in 1986 and is currently supported by over 80 employees.

KMW Builders

P.O. Box 26040, Greensboro, NC 27420

A group of construction, real estate, and development professionals founded KMW Builders in 2009. John Kavanagh, Lee McAllister, and Mike Weaver formed a general contracting firm that will cater to markets in demand of adult living, commercial, green building, and multifamily construction and rehabilitation services.

While the firm is recognized for its work for these markets, the company is more known for its apartment complexes, affordable housing works, as well as its contribution to building senior living communities in the Carolinas. The Spring Branch affordable housing, for instance, is one of the firm’s biggest projects for the market. The work involved the substantial transformation of 100 residential units. The renovation included upgrades of the flooring, cabinetry, light fixtures, windows, roofing, plumbing, among others.

Similar projects for the niche were designed to adhere to the industry’s green building standards. The Walden Station Multifamily Housing, for instance, is an energy-efficient complex composed of 96 residential units, a fitness facility, a leasing office, and a community pool. It was also an NAHB Green Certified multi-residential complex.

LMC Construction

19200 SW Teton Ave., Tualatin, OR 97062

Founded in 2004, LMC Construction has transformed the region’s multifamily landscapes with a comprehensive list of construction completions for the same market. Chris Duffin leads the company’s everyday operations. His almost three decades of experience as a leader and as a builder allowed the company to secure contracts and establish connections with the most influential multifamily developers in the industry.

Aside from being a preferred builder by multifamily developers and project owners, the firm’s commitment to green construction also made it one of the most innovative professionals. In the past, the company earned the Green Home Builder award, under the Low-Income Builder of the Year category. These projects can be found in the firm’s massive portfolio.

One example of the company’s work for the market is the Rondel Court Apartments, a three-stage project for the affordable housing sector. For this project, the company led the rehabilitation, demolition of one apartment and one community building, and the construction of new buildings to complete the new look at the structure of the public housing complex that was initially built-in 1973. The new builds included four 2 and 3-story housing, completing 30 brand new residential units, a community space, and laundry areas.

McShane Construction

9500 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite #200, Rosemont, IL 60018

Since McShane Construction’s establishment in 1984, it has worked with developers, architects, and subcontractors to deliver award-winning projects recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP). Many of these projects helped secure some of its recent rankings that include the 2019 Giants 300, a listing published by Building Design+Construction magazine and ENR’s Top Midwest Multi-Family Contractors and Top Contractors list, and lastly, National Multifamily Housing Council’s Top Multifamily Builders.

Under the leadership of its founder and CEO, Jim McShane, PE, the firm has expanded its influence as one of the emerging companies that dominate the country’s design/build industry. From its core commercial market sectors in the industrial and corporate office construction, it has grown to cater to the multi-residential and healthcare markets.

The Park Place Apartments is a 14 three-story residential construction project that was built for long-term clients, Brinshore Development. Located in Chicago, the project provides low-income earners with an affordable 78-unit rental apartment complex, complete with in-unit washers, dryers, and high-quality interior finishes. Included in the build are a computer laboratory, fitness facility, community garden, landscaped park, children’s park, outfitted community room, and on-site management.

Milender White

12655 W. 54th Dr., Arvada, CO 80002

Bryon White founded Milender White, a company projected to be one of the country’s premier construction firms in the region, in 1977. White’s experience in management drives the company’s direction towards initiatives that focus on customer service, advanced building practices, and growth.

Under White’s leadership, the company implements an integrated development process allowing teams to analyze, plan, and assess every detail of the development process. The company’s projects for major markets, including commercial offices, academic buildings, government, hospitality, retail, industrial, and warehouse projects, benefit from this efficient and detailed system. This approach can also be seen in its work for the multifamily market, especially for the public housing sector.

The Kestrel housing complex, for instance, was built for Boulder County Housing Authority and was a collaboration with Humphries Poli Architects and Barrett Studio Architects. The 18-building project is composed of 200 units across a 13.4-acre site. 17 of these buildings are multi-residential, with 17 affordable housing for senior living. Aside from its contribution to public housing, the building is designed to be sustainable, water-smart, and energy-efficient.

Morley Builders

3330 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Business innovation and advanced construction practices make Morley Builders a leader in the region’s quest for client-centered, sustainable, and high-performing general contracting firms. Aside from its design-build services, it also takes on preservation, renovation, seismic retrofit and repair, virtual design and construction (VDC), sustainable construction, and structural and architectural concrete works.

For over seven decades, the company has secured its place as one of the most productive firms in the industry and belongs to the ENR Top 400 Contractors. The firm is supported by over 200 employees and hundreds of craftsmen. Annually, it brings home over $300 million in project value. Two subsidiary companies perform a majority of its more specific projects: Morley Construction Company and Benchmark Contractors, Inc.

One of the firm’s most award-winning projects for the affordable housing market is the Crest Apartments. The over 51,000-square foot project was built for Skid Row Housing Trust and was a collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architects. The project is LEED-Platinum certified and earned the AIA’s Residential Design for Merit and Honor Award. It was also recognized with PCBC’s Gold Nugget as the Best Affordable Housing Community. The LABC also recognized it for the Architecture Award under the Housing category.

Nation Wide Construction

1296 Park East Dr., Woonsocket, RI 02895

Affordable home building has been one of the Nation Wide Construction’s major services. In its 70 years of experience, it has completed many homes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The company is consistently commended for its on-time, on-budget, and practical project delivery that understands the time constraints and budget limitations of this type of public housing work.

The company’s Greenridge project, for instance, is an affordable housing construction work for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. The project, which began in 2016 and was completed two years later, was a 34-acre new construction of multi-unit buildings, two- and three-family homes, and commercial space. For this project, the firm collaborated with O’Hearne Associates Architects.

Marc Pincince, the firm’s principal, is a trained builder experienced in commercial and residential projects. Aside from its accomplishments as a builder and project management expert for affordable housing, the firm also works for other market sectors. Commercial and mixed-use construction, residential rehabilitation, and tenant improvement for office build-outs are some of its primary services.

Neeser Construction, Inc.

2501 Blueberry Rd., Anchorage, AK 99503

The company follows a four-step process of targeting, acquiring, developing, and building projects for all of its target markets. High-value projects for the medical, civil, retail, corporate, academic, and public facilities make it a majority of its business. As a general contracting firm for the multifamily sector, the company answers the call for quality senior housing, affordable housing, and student housing projects.

Developed, designed, and constructed to serve moderate and low-income residents, the Strawberry Cottages is one of its most transformative contributions to the market. The 60-unit project works on a rent-to-own concept that gives residents a pride-of-ownership opportunity. Situated in a peaceful neighborhood, the town-house style buildings were practical and family-friendly alternatives to condominium units.

In the company’s over four decades of services, its successful project delivery and productive collaborations with the biggest institutions in the industry produced outstanding testimonials from its past and repeat clients. These reviews highlight the firm’s passionate drive to provide quality working and living environments to both the upscale and the underserved markets.

O’Brien Construction Group

966 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083

For the past two decades, O’Brien Construction Group has been a constant recipient of AGC’s Safety Performance Awards and Crain Detroit Business’s home building and general contracting awards. These commendations give project owners a glimpse of what the firm can offer, given its status as one of the largest builders in the region, especially for the public housing market.

The Rivertown Neighborhood project was one of the firm’s most challenging transformations. The company started with renovation works for an abandoned and dilapidated pharmaceutical plant. The next phase was the construction stage to complete the four-story, 80-unit Affordable Assisted Living facility on a 132,000-square foot lot. It was completed in 2013 for Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. Within the same year, it won the AGC’s Build Michigan Award.

What’s so special about the build are the sustainable and energy-efficient details put into its design and structure. Energy Star-rated lighting options, environmentally-friendly materials, and the latest HVAC systems and temperature controls are just some of the many features of the building. Most importantly, the project was the first one where the company implemented the LEAN Construction Pull Scheduling system—a collaborative approach to construction management that allows smoother scheduling and delivery processes.

PARIC Corporation

77 Westport Plaza, Suite #250, St. Louis, MO 63146

From small renovations to full-space multifamily construction, PARIC Corporation is known for its wide variety of services for the residential market. The firm specializes in mid to high-value apartment construction projects, whether it is for a new building or a historic renovation work. Historic lofts, condominium towers, student housing, historic mixed-use, senior living, and other public housing projects can be found in the firm’s rich multi-residential portfolio.

One of the firm’s biggest projects for affordable housing and the senior living market is for the Dunn Road Manor. The $5.8 million expansion of the apartment complex involved additional construction of 36 affordable housing apartments. Included in the new build-outs are a computer laboratory, a library, a multipurpose room, a shared commercial kitchen, among others.

Aside from its milestones in the multifamily niche, the company is also a multi-awarded firm for high-value markets. Its works for the academic, commercial, healthcare, sports, hospitality, and entertainment, has been featured and recognized by institutions and publications across the US, including the Building & Design Construction, St. Louis Business Journal, Engineering News-Record, and the AGC.

Pavilion Construction

15455 SW Hallmark Dr. Suite #200, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

As a HUD-approved general contractor, Pavilion Construction has a deep understanding of the financing and building process for public housing. The firm has completed a long list of affordable housing complexes across the region. Its partnerships with multifamily developers and architects resulted in 68 affordable housing contracts, 78 publicly funded projects, and 28 HUD construction works, among others.

The company’s 105 Burnside Apartments, for instance, is a public housing project in Portland. It covered a 44,560-square foot site. The five-story building accommodates 51 units of living spaces. Completed in 2018, the project also includes perks and amenities, such as state-of-the-art appliances and bicycle racks. The location is strategically situated near local schools, transport stations, and entertainment centers.

Aside from the firm’s hundreds of completed projects from its over a decade of operations, the company is a green building advocate that has designed projects to meet USGBC’s LEED standards. One example is its Albuquerque affordable housing project, the Volcanes Commons. The 198-unit building completed in 2015 offers 100% affordability and is a LEED Platinum-certified project.

Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.

5000 Arlington Centre Blvd. Suite #300, Columbus, OH 43220

Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc. was founded in 1945 as a local trade contractor. Today, its long list of high-value clientele proves the company’s influence as a primary builder in the Midwestern United States, especially for highly complex and valuable projects, many of which are designed to support the industry’s green construction initiatives.

Currently on its fourth generation leadership under Robert A. Ruscilli, the firm is one of the most enduring companies in the country that serves a wide array of markets. Tax credit housing, government, healthcare, manufacturing, academic, senior living, retail, religious, hospitality, mixed-use, office, recreational, and technology sectors rely on its ever-evolving delivery methods.

The company’s successful fusion of the newest construction approaches and its legacy process made it an efficient partner for affordable tax-credit housing—projects where budget and schedule are crucial. Some examples of these projects are the Commons at Buckingham and Garden Lake, Mother Teresa Common, Chimes Terrace, and the Poindexter Village, among many others across Ohio.

Ryan Companies

533 S 3rd St. Suite #100, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Leading market sectors in healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, retail, hospitality, senior living, and multifamily markets, have relied on Ryan Companies’ wide spectrum of service since its founding in 1938. Recognized by NAIOP, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and other industry institutions, the multi-awarded company has established its place as a primary builder of socially-relevant and community-focused projects. This is true especially for its work in the affordable housing market.

The collaboration between the company and Austin Affordable Housing Corporation (AAHC) was an answer to the rising demand for innovative and affordable residential spaces for low-income earners in Texas. The Reserve at Springdale, completed in 2017, is a four-story project that houses 292 units. It is also complete with amenities such as nature trails, dog park, and a pool area.

Aside from its impressive construction portfolio, the company also takes on architectural, engineering, development, and real estate management. With the firm’s offices across the US, it has a profound knowledge of the real estate market and has established relationships with local and regional leaders, as well as community and municipality groups.

Summit Contracting

Summit Tower 1000 Riverside Ave. Suite #800, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Over 350 multifamily projects across the country and over 100,000 residential units represent Summit Contracting’s reputation as one of the most preferred builders in the US, especially for the multi-residential market. Regardless of value, size, or complexity, commendations from its clients attest to the firm’s on-time and within budget delivery, while ensuring the quality of the build and the safety of its workers.

In the region, one example of the company’s public housing projects is The Lofts at Jefferson Station. The building is a workforce and affordable housing apartment project in Jacksonville. The one-building complex houses 133 units of residential spaces. Located on a 149,472-square-foot site, it was built on a four-story wood frame over a one-story concrete podium. Included in the build are community amenities such as a fitness center, a parking garage, bike storage, an internet cafe, a club room equipped with a kitchen, and outdoor space on the building’s second level.

Mark Padget, the firm’s president, oversees its everyday operations. After learning the basics of the trade and finally honing its expertise in mid-rise and high-rise projects, Padget launched his own venture, a firm that would, later on, be featured on multiple publications such as ENR and Building Design + Construction Magazine, and be recognized through industry-related awards.


260 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107

As a 100% employee-owned company, Swinerton is fueled by its team member’s drive to be one of the most collaborative, high-performing, and preferred builders in the region. Since its founding in 1888, it has delivered services to a long list of complex, demanding, and technically-challenging markets. Aside from the company’s focus on aviation, critical facilities, academic, healthcare, hospitality, renewable energy, and others, it is also an influential builder for the multifamily market.

High-rise and mid-range multifamily buildings can be found in its rich portfolio. The company also caters to the public housing demands for apartments, military housing, senior living, mixed-use, and affordable housing complexes. One example of this is the 1970 Mission project. The firm completed a general contracting work for the BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing Development Corporation. The build was an affordable housing Type 1 construction project that follows a 20% Small Business Requirement.

Guiding the company’s community-focused and employee-empowered initiatives is Eric Foster, the firm’s CEO. Foster is the eleventh principal in the company’s 130+ years of history.

The Annex Group

409 Massachusetts Ave. Suite #300, Indianapolis, IN 46204

With a commitment to improving the quality of life of local communities, the Annex Group is one of the strongest firms that advocate for public and affordable housing opportunities, especially for low-income earners across the US. Its portfolio for the multifamily market represents every milestone that the company has accomplished since its founding over ten years ago.

When Kyle Bach, the firm’s CEO and President, launched the firm in 2006, he focused his energy on providing innovative student housing options as well as affordable housing structures in many of the region’s university communities and other underserved markets. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognized his efforts and named him 2018’s Pillars of the Industry: One to Watch. In the same year, he was also included in Indianapolis Area 40 Under 40 listing.

The 51-unit Union at Washington affordable and market-rate housing project in Indiana, Union at Crescent new construction that houses 146 units of living spaces, the Pattern Mill affordable housing catered to 55-and-up residents, and the Kingston Square premier housing community, are some of the firm’s major projects for the public housing sector.

Tofel Dent Construction

3555 E. 42nd Stravenue, Tucson AZ 85713

Tofel Dent Construction’s multi-million dollar portfolio showcases over 12,7000 multifamily housing units. Across New Mexico and Arizona, 85 projects, made up of 7,300 units, fall under the affordable housing requirements. These projects are built for the firm’s more than 20 partnerships with national and regional non-profit organizations.

The firm’s accomplishments are well-documented through the awards and affiliations that it has gathered over the years. Aside from its multiple LEED-accredited projects, it is also one of the recipients of the 2019 Cornerstone Foundation Large General Contractor of the Year is Southern Arizona. {Evergreen City Builders Awards, and the Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards.Because of its client-centered methods and its advocacy to contribute to low-income communities, the company is an honored BBB Torch Awards recipient.

Unlimited Construction Services

733 Bishop St. Suite #1717, Honolulu, HI 96813

Sustainability is at the heart of Unlimited Construction Services’ core commitment. Since its founding in 1990, the locally-owned company has worked on development, design-build, and construction projects with a nod to quality and preference for greener methods in building and management. Additionally, the company makes sure that its clients’ needs are put first by providing easy access to its executive management team. This allows project owners to monitor every step of the development process, from through completion.


Built for Michaels Development Company, one of the biggest developers for affordable housing in the country, the Kamakana Villages is composed of residential complexes for senior living and affordable housing. The work included the construction of two community centers and parking spaces, one for each housing division. Both projects are expected to pass the LEED Gold Certification.

White Lotus Group

10404 Essex Ct. Suite #101, Omaha, NE 68114

White Lotus Group’s multidisciplinary approach to design, construction and development, allows the company to provide a full-service team for any project, regardless of size or complexity. The firm has an in-house team of professionals to handle master planning, land development, historic rehabilitation, specialty financing and owner’s representation, among others.

White Lotus Group utilizes its vertically integrated approach to streamline and simplify every stage of the project from concept to delivery. It stands behind the quality of its work and offers 100% accountability for performance and materials even post-completion.

The company’s rich portfolio of commercial and multi-family structures are constantly commended, especially in regards to their on-time and cost-effective delivery. The same is true for its works within the public housing sector. For instance, 30 Metro is a significant part of the firm’s affordable housing portfolio. The five-story, 113,000-square-foot mixed-use 30 Metro features 110 affordable apartment units, a Charles Drew health clinic, a T-Mobile and the Department of Health and Human Services. The company’s role covered the planning, zoning, and project management for its design and construction efforts. To know more about White Lotus, you can visit their website here.

Wohlsen Construction

1295 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

For over 130 years in the Mid-Atlantic construction industry, Wohlsen Construction has partnered with subcontractors, architects, and developers to complete high value builds throughout the region. The company’s preconstruction, project management, design/build, and post-construction services are designed to cater to the specific structural and functional needs of its core markets that include academic, healthcare, hospitality, and multifamily/mixed-use, to name a few.

As an affordable housing contractor, the firm has completed public housing projects through the years. The HUB Veterans Housing, for example, is a 20,706-square foot new construction partnership with LeFevre Funk Architects. It involved building a three-story wood-frame multifamily building that houses 20 one-bedroom units. Two of these residential units are designed handicap-accessible. Additional work included an elevator, laundry room found on each floor, a fitness room, a community room, and classrooms used for computer and work training. In the end, the project earned the Keystone Chapter of ABC, Award of Merit.

The firm’s work for the multifamily and public housing sectors helped it secure memberships with the most respected institutions in the field. As an advocate of green construction, it is affiliated with the USGBC and Green Plus Institute of Sustainable Development. Its work for the senior living market is guided by its role as a member of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), LeadingAge, and LifeSpan Network. It’s also an active member of the ABC and the Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors, among others.


10 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101

John Ryan, PE, the firm’s president, co-founded the company in 1984. His background in engineering and management allowed him to serve the industry for over 30 years and helped the firm land its place as an award-winning construction company, constantly featured in multiple publications. Some of these recognitions were given for its projects in public housing.

The firm’s work for the Village Centre Apartments, for instance, earned the Best Multifamily and Best Affordable Housing Project Awards. The 409 Cumberland build was also recognized as the Editor’s Choice Winner for the same year’s Affordable Housing Finance Reader’s Choice Awards. Similar commendations from the same niche can be seen on the firm’s awards list, especially for projects built green and sustainable.

Built to qualify for LEED Platinum for Homes certification, Pearl Place II is a 54-unit affordable housing project in Portland. The 71,500-square-foot development includes a parking garage. The site is located near local restaurants, grocery stores, gym, and has access to public transportation. For the project’s design, the company worked with PDT Architects.

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  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management