The list below highlights the top nine multifamily contractors in San Antonio, Texas. For this ranking, we considered general contractors that have completed multi-residential construction projects in the city. All of these builders have their own unique expertise that made them stand out from the rest. While others are focused on providing luxury residential options to investors, some have dedicated their services to affordable housing and mid-range real estate assets for their partners. We also looked at their list of awards related to the multifamily market, the value of their projects, and the availability of building amenities in these properties. Other factors, including the companies’ industry affiliations, individual revenues, and most importantly, their commitment towards the use of sustainable and green building methods, were also taken into consideration.
9) Concept Builders
Website | 210-826-4429 | 9018 Tesoro, Suite #102, San Antonio, TX 78217
Concept Builders has completed almost 12,000 multifamily units since it shifted its focus to building and renovating apartment communities. Initially founded in 1982 as Mark Gross Construction, a commercial contractor, the company has evolved to become a builder that accommodates clients from a wide variety of market segments, including healthcare, hospitality, tenant improvement, and multifamily residential. Through the efficient leadership of its principal, Mark Gross, the Associated Builders Association (ABC) recognized the firm’s quality of work and awarded it the organization’s distinguished Excellence in Construction Awards in 2003.
While a huge part of the firm’s daily operations falls under its pre-construction and post-construction services, it is a recognized contractor that belongs to the industry’ sustainable building movement. As a leader in green construction, the company follows green building practices throughout a project’s lifecycle. From the initial design to construction and operations, the firm follows methods that are aimed to construct energy and cost-efficient projects with high quality and longevity.
As a builder of multifamily housing units, the company has constructed numerous projects across Texas. In San Antonio, it was the general contractor for the Nueces Bend, Frio Crossing, and Lago Vista apartments. These mid-rise buildings house several communities in the city and offer typical amenities like parking, common areas, and lobbies.
8) Duke Companies
Website | 972-385-1676 | 13740 Midway 804, Dallas, TX 75244
Duke Companies is one of the few builders in the region that focuses solely on multifamily construction. Its strong relationship with its local lenders, investors, landowners, and developers can be attributed to the company’s accommodating business practices. For instance, the company carefully creates investment and building programs that suit the structural needs as well as the economic requirements of its clients.
The firm is a family-owned and privately-held business, founded in 1973. Even in its early years, it accomplished much for the multi-unit industry. Through the 1970s and the 1980s, it completed numerous apartment home communities. In 2001, it reached its milestone of completing 20,000 high-end multi-residential homes, sealing its reputation as one of the region’s most experienced builders. In a span of five years, it reached another record and completed 5,000 more apartment homes. The firm is now under the leadership of Robert J. Stone III.
The Westover Hills and the Braun Station are the most notable works that the firm has completed in Dallas. The latter is a $20-million three-story garden residence that houses 288 units. The former is a two-story multifamily project that cost over $10 million in construction and holds 240 units. These projects showcase luxury amenities such as swimming pools, concrete pool decks, and open-air areas for parties and socializing.
Website | 512-225-9343 | 3103 Bee Caves Rd. Suite #200, Austin, TX 78746
Skybeck is not only a full-service general contractor but also a construction management firm, serving commercial and multi-residential markets across Texas. The firm’s wide scope of services can be attributed to Adam Nyer, the firm’s principal, and his background in multifamily apartments, developments, and multimillion-dollar commercial projects. Nyer has worked as a field engineer, superintendent, and project manager, and has managed ground-up construction projects with a total value of approximately $200 million.
One of the firm’s biggest multifamily projects in San Antonio is The Retreat at Cross Mountain, a boutique apartment community over eight acres, which cost $19 million for its construction. Composed of 9 buildings, the entire structure is home to 145 units in three and four-story split-level buildings. The residences are inspired by Tuscan and Spanish architecture, with clay tile roofs, stone, and stucco walls as the dominating style elements. Amenities include a pool area, a clubhouse, a cabana, an outdoor fireplace, and a dog park, as well as attached and detached garages.
The firm’s quality of work and extensive service portfolio are not the only reason why it is a trusted builder for today’s real estate and residential commercial markets. What makes the firm stand out more is its green building initiatives that allow its professionals to construct energy-efficient projects that follow the industry’s strictest standards. From the installation of solar panels and tankless hot water heaters to rainwater collection devices and LED lighting, the company is equipped with the training and manpower to achieve an ideal project capable of earning certifications in energy efficiency.
6) Franklin Companies
Website | 210-694-2223 | 21260 Gathering Oak, Suite #101, San Antonio, TX 78260-3387
Since its establishment in 1995, Franklin Companies has focused on two primary goals: creating value for its investors and improving the quality of life of many of its multifamily residents. Today, the company is a fully integrated establishment that offers a comprehensive and efficient approach to development, construction, and management. Aside from its new construction ventures, it also assigns its resources to accommodate neighborhood revitalization projects. This allows the company to transform older, antiquated, and at-risk communities into high-profile urban spaces that boast security, modern amenities, and quality structures.
Aubra Franklin, the company’s president and CEO, is an entrepreneur and a licensed architect. Under his leadership are over 400 employees composed of a team of marketing, design, construction, and management experts who are responsible for serving clients every day. His family’s efficient and creative business practices don’t go unnoticed. For instance, in 2014, Franklin and his wife, Susan Franklin, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the Central Texas region. This yearly recognition showcases entrepreneurs who have a proven track record of championing innovations in their respective industries.
Many of the firm’s construction projects can be found in Dallas, Arlington, Plano, North Richland Hills, and San Antonio. Most of its housing projects target senior living and assisted living markets. As a multifamily builder, the company has a long-term partnership with the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) and has worked on almost $100-million-worth of projects in the past four years.
5) Oden Hughes
Website | 512-813-7111 | 901 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746, USA
As a fully-integrated development and construction firm, Oden Hughes specializes in constructing luxury residential and student housing communities across Texas. Many of these multifamily projects are located in premier locations across Austin, Dallas, Katy, Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.
Three principals founded the company in 2010: Steve Oden, Jr., Craig S. Hughes, and Eric Taylor. Oden’s extensive experience in multifamily development and renovation background helped the company answer the demands of residential construction. This experience, coupled with Hughes’s over 25 years of service in commercial real estate and Taylor’s ten-year project management experience, elevates the firm’s status as a prime builder in the region.
The Park at Rialto, Brewery South Apartments, Encore SoFlo, and Amara Apartments are some of the multi-residential projects in the firm’s San Antonio portfolio. Luxury units and upscale communities can be found in many of the company’s completed and under construction works. Amenities such as pool areas, gardens, and cabanas can be seen in its residential complexes.
4) Koontz Corporation
Website | 210-826-2600 | 903 Basse Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78212
Koontz Corporation started out as a commercial real estate developer under the enterprise, Koontz McCombs, Ltd. While it still develops several properties at present, the company also opened itself to different markets as a general contractor offering construction for multifamily and commercial services. In 2016, an agreement with a San Antonio-based company shifted the firm’s focus to multifamily construction within its development group.
The company has won numerous Excellence in Construction Awards from the ABC for a number of its construction projects. Aside from quality, safety is a top priority. Thanks to this value, the company is a constant awardee of the ABC’s Regional and National Safety Awards.
Many of the company’s residential projects focus on multifamily and condominium construction. To date, the firm has completed over eight million square feet of commercial real estate projects, including residential types such as Class A garden-style apartments, urban mid-rise homes, and luxury high-rise developments. One of the firm’s major construction projects in the city is the CityVista San Antonio, for which it served as its developer and general contractor. The firm’s multifamily mid-rise apartment houses 141 units. It was completed in 2017.
3) G.W. Mitchell
Website | 210-227-8127 | 8610 Broadway Suite #310, San Antonio, TX 78217
G.W. Mitchell is one of the oldest general contractors in the region. Founded in 1921, it has helped shape the city’s engineering and architectural landscape by building custom residences at the early part of its operations until it moved to commercial projects during World War II. In the years that followed, the firm completed constructions for many of the city’s landmarks, such as the La Villita Assembly Building, Laurie Auditorium, and Alamo Cement Quarry, among others. These projects earned the company multiple recognitions from the ABC, AGC, and the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).
Today, Bill Mitchell heads the family-owned company’s third generation of builders. His company has a full team of experts with the training and manpower to handle a more diverse market, including educational, healthcare, religious, civic, retail, and industry projects. However, residential construction will always remain at the heart of the almost century-old company. From a beginning building modest San Antonio homes, the company grew to become one of the top residential contractors in the region and built high-end projects that are of over $76 million in value.
One of its multifamily construction works is the SOJO Crossing, a 51,000-square foot townhome community that was completed in 2018. The building houses 27 units that spread throughout six individual buildings. The project was a collaboration with Alamo Architects and was made for the SOJO Urban Development company.
2) Galaxy Builders
Website | 210-493-0550 | 4729 College Park, San Antonio, TX 78249
Since its founding in 1991, multifamily housing has been Galaxy Builder’s primary expertise. Many industry organizations recognize the firm’s caliber in terms of multi-residential and multi-unit construction. From 2012 through 2016, it secured a spot in Multifamily Executive Magazine’s Top General Contractors ranking. Several of its apartment projects also earned numerous recognitions from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) for its annual Outstanding Construction Awards from 2010 through 2017.
Despite having the capabilities of constructing luxury multifamily projects, the firm is also a recognized industry leader when it comes to delivering affordable housing projects. By using Value-Based Cost Analysis to compare two or more construction systems, it determines the most cost-effective methods and use of materials in every multifamily project that it takes on. Using this approach, the company has completed over 24,000 units in the state. These include affordable housing projects in San Antonio, such as the Medio Springs, the Masters Ranch Apartments, and the Paso Fino Apartments — these projects range from 160-348 units.
Neilesh Verma, the firm’s president, is a San Antonio native who has been with the company since 2005. Before assuming his presidency, he served through several positions within the company. Under his leadership, the firm was included in Builder Magazine’s Top 50 Multifamily Builders and Top 100 Builders in the United States.
1) Jordan Foster Construction
Website | 210-375-1260 | 29250 Old Fredericksburg Rd. Suite #108, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015
Recently ranked as the seventh largest multifamily general contractor in the country by Multifamily Executive Magazine and the number one Residential Builder in Texas by the Engineering News-Record (ENR), Jordan Foster Construction covers a wide spectrum of the multi-unit residential market. Its residential construction capabilities include multifamily high-rise, four-story wrap apartments, garden-style structures, as well as senior, student, military, and workforce housing. As a builder, it has completed over $8 billion commercial, residential, federal, infrastructure works since its establishment in 1969. Its financial strength and industry experience are the hallmarks that have made this builder a strong competitor among the rising stars in the industry.
The company is headquartered in El Paso and serves multiple Texan cities such as Austin, Houston, and most importantly, San Antonio. One of the firm’s several projects in the city is the Preserve on Fredericksburg, a multi-residential building that consists of over 370 units in 34 two-story apartment buildings. Through a collaboration with the Humphreys & Partners Architects, the firm was able to build an award-winning structure, inspired by the Hill Country, which highlights the use of Douglas fir open cornice framing, natural stone, and metal roofs. Several features and amenities can be found in the complex such as a multi-level pool, a spa, business center, conference room, trophy room, a clubhouse, and a leasing office with an exercise room, among others. The entire project was awarded the Gold Nugget Merit in 2010 by Builder & Developer Magazine.
Roy Raines heads the company’s Multifamily Group and serves as its president. Since his assumption of the role in 2014, he has led the company to success, thanks to his extensive experience in the residential sector, which covers multifamily complexes and mixed-use residential projects.