In 2017, Curbed Washington DC reported that the U.S. Capital is in need housing units to keep up with the upward trend in the job market. Multifamily developers and business owners see this as an opportunity, especially since the city’s rental rates have risen 45% between 2005 and 2015. If that trend is any indication, the Capital’s multifamily industry has the potential for high returns on investment for stakeholders. Even with a possible recession on the horizon in 2020, experts are confident that the market will continue to do well due to D.C.’s historically recession-resistant marketplace.
To help you find the best contractor to build your rental property, we gathered fifteen of the best multifamily residential contractors in Washington, DC. These contractors have built some of the best properties in the city, ranging from boutique apartments to luxury condominium communities. These firms were evaluated based on their portfolios, their media presence, their awards, and their work history in the city.
Moseley Construction Group
46050 Manekin Plaza Suite #100, Sterling, VA 2016
Founded in 2007, Moseley Construction Group is an up-and-coming multifamily construction company. Since its inception, it has completed a range of projects—from repositioning and conversion to historic renovations and ground-up construction. Moseley is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC). The firm has the 2014 Washington Contractor Award for Renovation to its credit as well.
The Goldstar Group hired Moseley Construction to build the Hill Six on 8th, a boutique multifamily housing project on Capitol Hill. It consists of six high-end units that were built with an eclectic aesthetic. The condominiums are all furnished with modern appliances and offer views of the city through private rooftop terraces.
5407-A Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22151
ADI Construction is a general contracting firm that serves clients in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. It is headed by Him Pohopin, whose resume includes an extensive 40-year career in the construction industry. His team has decades of combined experience in the building profession. Together, they have catered to clients in the commercial, healthcare, retail, and multifamily markets.
Among the firm’s best work is the Randolph Place Condominiums. The project is a four-story high-end residential community that features lavish interior finishes for the residents. ADI Construction installed hardwood flooring, marble countertops, and stone detailing in each unit. The development also has a beautiful rooftop terrace and private patios.
10490 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite #400, Columbia, MD 21044
Founded in 1965, Harkins Builders is a general contracting firm that offers its expertise in design-build to clients in the Southeast and Northeast regions. The company is 100% employee-owned and is headed by president and CEO Gary Garofalo. With him at the helm, the company has won several awards from the NAHB, ABC, and Engineering News-Record.
In Washington, DC Harkins Builders worked with Wiencek and Associates to perform a tenant-in-place renovation on the Edgewood Terrace Community. The $25 million project involved extensive work on the eight-story building. The firm installed green elements, including low plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and energy-efficient lighting.
2781 Hartland Rd., Falls Church, VA 22043
John D. Bellingham founded Monarc Construction after many years of experience with a large general contractor in England and Metropolitan Washington, DC. Today, his firm operates as a full-service general contracting company with capabilities for sustainable construction and historic renovation of multifamily developments. Under his leadership, the firm has won accolades from the ABC and American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The 28-unit Q14 Condominium in Logan Circle is one of its best multifamily developments. Built in collaboration with Bonstra | Haresign Architects, the project features colorful masonry, stone, glass, and mahogany finishes. Monarc Construction built the apartment units over two levels of garage parking. It also features a community room and multi-level landscaped courtyards for the residents.
6406 Ivy Ln. Suite #700, Greenbelt, MD 20770
Bozzuto Construction Company (BCC) is one of the four integrated companies within The Bozzuto Group, an experience-focused real estate company distinguished by their innovative developments, dedicated customer service, and top-rated workplace culture. Since their founding in 1988, Bozzuto has developed, acquired and built more than 50,000 homes and apartments along the East Coast, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. Under the leadership of Chairman and Co-Founder Tom Bozzuto and President and CEO Toby Bozzuto, BCC has completed more than 130 new construction projects and has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, and Multifamily Pro Magazine. In 2018, BCC was named a Finalist for the NAHB Multifamily Builder of the Year awards.
One of BCC’s most notable projects is located at 1745 N Street in Washington, D.C.’s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood. Built in collaboration with PGN Architects, Duball, LLC, and Madison Homes, Inc. in 2018, the company renovated six century-old row houses into 31 luxury condominium units. Many of the interiors had to be rebuilt to fit the new unit layouts while allowing the original grand staircase and exposed masonry walls to remain standing.
7101 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
For five decades, Davis Construction has been at the forefront of Washington DC’s construction industry, and it has been recognized and ranked on a national level. 2016 was a particularly big year for the firm: it won the AGC Award for Multifamily Projects in the $30-$50 million range and was recognized as the MidAtlantic Contractor of the Year by the Engineering News-Record.
In 2014, Davis Construction finished building the Elevation at Washington Gateway. The building is located in the emerging NoMa neighborhood of Washington DC and features 400 apartment units. With 14 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the district, offering residents unobstructed views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument.
Donohoe Construction Company
7101 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Donohoe Construction Company is one of the leading general contracting firms of Washington DC. It specializes in the construction of commercial, hospitality, and multifamily residential buildings in the mid-Atlantic. It is currently led by Steven J. Donohoe, well-regarded in the building community as one of the best. Under his leadership, the firm has won awards from ABC and AIA. Steven has also served as Chairman of the Board of the ABC of Metropolitan Washington.
In 2016, Donohoe Construction completed the Flats 8300, a mixed-use development with a nine-story apartment building. The $98.5 million project consists of 359 apartment units and features high-end amenities such as a rooftop pool, a club room, a fitness center, and green outdoor spaces. The project is LEED Silver certified, and it also won NAIOP DC|MD’s Best Multifamily Project in 2016.
1342 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Founded in 2004, Ellisdale Construction specializes in design-build and general contracting. It is led by founder and president Kevin Ash, who has a passion for historic preservation and green building. Under his leadership, the firm has won recognition from the Washington Business Journal, and the DC Historic Preservation Review Board.
The firm is behind the construction of The Adele, built in collaboration with Nelson Architects in 2018. The luxury condominium community is situated steps away from the White House and is valued at $1,200 per square foot. Shortly after its completion, it was recognized as the Best Boutique Condo in DC.
11413 Isaac Newton Square South, Reston, VA 20190
Turner Construction is a national general contractor with offices across the United States. Its Washington, DC operation has contributed much to the city’s skyline, having built healthcare, government, education, and multifamily buildings in the region. It is an active member of the Association of General Contractors and has even won Build Washington awards from the organization. The firm has also appeared in publications like Engineering News-Record, Construction Dive, and the Washington Times.
The Beauregard Condominiums is one of its best multifamily projects. It is a boutique condominium community situated in one of DC’s historic districts. The 49,000 square foot project has 43 open floor plan units with windows that offer expansive views of the city.
CBG Building Company
4401 Wilson Blvd. Suite #600, Arlington, VA 22203
CBG Building Company is a building company that specializes in the construction of multifamily properties across the nation. For over 25 years, it has built award-winning communities from coast to coast and has built more than 80,000 apartment units since 1992. In 2018, it took home multiple awards from various award-giving bodies: Best in Green Award from the NAHB, Washington Contractor Award from the AGC, and an Aurora Award for the Best Multifamily Housing Community from the Southeast Building Conference.
Flats at Atlas in the up-and-coming H Street neighborhood of Washington, DC is a great example of their stellar work. Completed in 2015, the building offers studio apartments, as well as one and two-bedroom options. The luxury community also features a wide range of amenities, including a fitness center, an indoor basketball court, a pool, and outdoor lounge areas.
UIP General Contracting
140 Q St. NE, Suite #140B, Washington, DC 20002
Founded in 2008, UIP General Contracting is an emerging general contracting firm that offers design-build, renovation, and construction management in the multifamily market of Washington DC. It is helmed by president Gerard Heiber, who is one of the founding members of the US Green Building Council. Under his leadership, the firm has won the Best Washington/Baltimore Boutique Condominium Award from Delta Associates, a retail estate research company.
Community Three Development hired UIP General Contracting to build The Lumen, a brand new luxury condominium development in the U Street neighborhood. The five-story building consists of 18 units with one- and two-bedroom options. A single penthouse sits atop the building, which features a lavish 600 square foot private roof terrace. Each unit has floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor spaces.
5513 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite #200, Washington, D.C. 20015
After nearly two decades of working for a large general contractor, Tom McCullough decided to leave his job and open his own company. Founded in 2000, McCullough Construction specializes in commercial construction, historic preservation, and multifamily residential building in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The firm has received awards from the Urban Land Institute and has had its work appear in Engineering News-Record and Washington Business Journal.
In 2016, it completed the construction of Tenley View, which involved the addition of five new levels to the existing podium and basement of a former single-level pool hall. Located a block away from the Tenleytown metro, the mixed-use project consists of two levels of retail and 60 apartment units. It is LEED registered and features green roofs, landscaping, and low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water.
Coakley & Williams
7475 Wisconsin Ave. Suite #900, Bethesda, MD 20814
With almost 60 years of experience, Coakley & Williams Construction is a full-service design-builder and general contractor headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. They operate in the hospitality, life sciences, education, athletics, multi-family, office, commercial interiors, and governmental sectors.
Coakley & Williams Construction was hired to build the Dumbarton Condominiums by Monument Realty. The 60,000 square foot project is an award-winning luxury project in Dupont Circle. With views of verdant Rock Creek Park, the boutique condominium community offers modern amenities to its residents. It features luxe European cabinetry, hardwood and marble flooring, spa baths, and fireplaces in every unit. Relaxation lounges, a roof deck, and a fitness center are also available for homeowners. The project won multiple awards: National Pyramid Award from ABC National, Best Project from Washington Business Journal, Best Urban Renovation from NAIOP MD/DC, Best Residential Construction Project from ABC Chesapeake, and Best Adaptive Reuse Condominium Project from the Mid-Atlantic Apartment and Condominiums Awards
7500 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
Clark Construction is a national building and civil construction firm that traces its roots back to 1906—when the company started as a small local excavating company. Since then, it has grown into one of the country’s most trusted contractors. With over 4,200 employees, the company is able to build projects for the aviation and the seismic sectors. Clark Construction has also proven itself to be one of the best multifamily builders in Washington DC. It has received recognition from industry organizations like NAIOP, and publications like Engineering News-Record, Construction Dive, and Building Design + Construction for its excellence in this market sector.
Among the company’s best work is The Constitution Square development in the District of Columbia’s NoMa neighborhood, valued at $416 million. The ultra-modern, mixed-use development consists of three office buildings and two residential buildings. Combined, the two residential buildings offer more than 600 apartment units for rent. One of the buildings earned LEED Silver certification for its emphasis on sustainable living. The residential communities also offer pools, dog parks, community rooms, sun decks, and green roofs.
2900 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042
HITT is an award-winning builder of multifamily residential developments in Washington, DC. The national general contractor is headed by Kimberly Roy, the first and only female CEO on Engineering News-Record’s Top 100 Contractors. As a Building Construction graduate from Virginia Tech, she has led the company to several industry awards, as well as recognition in a number of publications. In 2019, the firm was ranked as the top Interior Construction Firm in Greater DC by the Washington Business Journal. Its projects have also experienced success and recognition, having won Pillars of the Industry Awards from NAHB and Eagle Awards from ABC.
In 2017, HITT completed the multimillion-dollar One Hill South, a development by The Related Companies. Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Capitol Riverfront, the 13-story building is LEED Silver certified and offers 383 units. Winner of the 2017 ABC Excellence in Construction Award, the building features a rooftop pool, hot tubs, recreation rooms, and sports areas. The project also won the 2018 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for its custom facade that sets it apart from other structures in the neighborhood.
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