Multi-Housing News recently described Jacksonville as Florida’s “Rising Superstar” because of the city’s steadily expanding multifamily market. In the last couple of years, this North Florida city has certainly shown plenty of growt—and the potential for more—to local and multinational developers. That growth is driven by the city’s emerging job market, growing rental rates, and an abundance of affordable land available for development. With these factors trending in favor of the city’s rental industry, experts are optimistic about its future.
A big part of investing in this industry is finding the right builder for your development. Your chosen general contractor must have an understanding of your target market, and be able to build a community based on that knowledge. To help you choose the best contractor for your project, we came up with a list of the top multifamily contractors in Jacksonville. The companies on this list are award-winning builders, have great portfolios, and have been ranked on prestigious lists, including Engineering News-Record’s Top Contractors of the Year, and Multifamily Executive’s Largest General Contractors.
7) RLH Construction
5500 Vista View Way, Oviedo, FL 32765
RLH Construction is a Southeast general contracting firm that serves clients in the automotive, commercial, educational, and multifamily sectors. It was founded in 1991 by Richard Haines, who has over three decades of work experience in renovation and new construction. His business acumen has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal, which listed him as one of the Most Influential Businessmen in the city.
Haines’s personal resume has helped the firm acquire several multifamily projects across the state. RLH Construction’s portfolio showcases its experience in building apartments, condominiums, and townhomes. It is capable of building projects that require specific styles across a wide range of budgets.
6) Urban Partners Construction
13553 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225
Founded in 2002, Urban Partners Construction is a full-service general contracting firm that offers expert design-build solutions to clients in the retail, healthcare, and multifamily sectors. It was established by Edmundo Gonzalez, who previously worked for the largest multifamily contractor in Florida, and two multinational real estate companies in the United Kingdom and Spain.
Gonzalez’s wealth of experience has helped position the company in the multifamily construction industry of Jacksonville. It has built upscale projects like the Portofino Luxury Townhomes, completed in 2017. The community follows a Mediterranean theme, with 23 residences featuring Spanish tiled roofs and white stucco. Urban Partners Construction also included a community pool and poolside lounge areas. They are now building 11 luxury waterfront townhomes, each with a deep water boat slip in St. Augustine, FL called Villa Calissa.
415 Pablo Ave. Suite #200, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
FaverGray was founded by construction industry veterans Keith Faver and Jim Gray, who previously worked for a global architecture, engineering, and construction firm. With decades of combined experience, the duo has managed to expand the company’s construction reach nationally from its headquarters in Jacksonville. The firm has made several appearances in Engineering News-Record, US Builders Review, and Jacksonville Business Journal.
In 2015, the firm received an Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors for its work on the Palmetto at Oakleaf Plantation. The award-winning project is comprised of 14 multi-story buildings with a total of 330 units for rent. The upscale community features resort-style amenities, with the luxe 4,500 square foot pool taking center stage. It also has fitness centers, a children’s play area, and landscaped outdoor common areas.
4) Live Oak Contracting
100 N Laura St. Suite #900, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Live Oak Contracting was founded in 2014 by Paul Bertozzi, who left the financial industry to pursue his passion for building. With just eight employees during its beginnings, Bertozzi managed to grow the company by collaborating with experienced professionals and subcontractors. In just four years, the firm entered Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 at the 34th spot, and was declared the fastest growing company in the construction category based on a three-year sales growth of 7,382%.
The firm is currently building the $33.5 million urban-style apartment community, The San Marco Promenade. Situated along the Philips Highway, the project includes the construction of three buildings with 284 apartment units. The community will feature a clubhouse, fitness centers, conference rooms, and a luxury pool complete with bar seating and fire pits. Future tenants will also enjoy outdoor lounges and three courtyards. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2020.
2900 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Stellar is a full-service construction firm that has been integrating design, construction, architecture, engineering, and mechanical services for over 30 years. It has served international clients in various market sectors and excels in several fields of the construction industry. The company has been featured alongside other excellent firms on ranked lists like Engineering News-Record Southeast’s Top Contractors, Top Green Builders, and Top Design-Builders.
The 7-story Serena Point Condominiums in Jacksonville Beach is among the firm’s best work in the state. Built in 2007, the high-end condo has 17 residences that vary in size from 177 to 2,257 square feet. Tenants are spoiled with uninterrupted views of the beach and easy access to nearby shops and restaurants. Stellar also built beachside terraces, a gym, garage parking, and private storage rooms with assigned bike storage.
2) LandSouth Construction
4233 Pablo Professional Ct. Suite #101, Jacksonville, FL 32224
In 1998, James Pyle founded LandSouth Construction, now a team of industry leading experts in multifamily construction. The company has fared well over its two-decade existence, having built more than 15,000 units throughout the Southeast. It is also continuously expanding, with a reported annual revenue of $269.69 million in 2017. Recently, it ranked #20 in Florida Business Journal’s Fast 100, and #11 in the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) Top 25 Largest Multifamily Contractors.
Lost Lake Apartments, which received an Aurora Award from the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), is one of the firm’s best works in the metro. The community by PAC Land Development stands on 18 acres of land and has 280 residential units. LandSouth Construction also built a community clubhouse, a fitness center, and an indoor basketball court.
1) Summit Contracting
1000 Riverside Ave. Suite #800, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Marc Padgett founded Summit Contracting in 2007 after recognizing an opportunity to build for clients in the hospitality sector. The firm grew quickly and found a niche in the multifamily market. In just 12 years, it has emerged as the top builder of multifamily developments, not just in Jacksonville, but also across the country. From 2017 to 2019, it ranked #1 in the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) Top 25 Multifamily Contractors, while its work has also appeared in national media, including Engineering News-Record, Building Design + Construction, and Construction Dive.
In 2018, Summit Contracting completed the construction of Palm Bay Club. This development by Fort Family Investments was listed by Multi-Housing News as one of Florida’s Top 10 Completions for 2018. The luxury community—the largest delivery in the metro for the year—features 12 buildings with a total of 416 residential units. The firm is also involved in the construction of resort-style amenities: two beach entry pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a theater, and arcades.