Demand for rental living has been rising in the U.S., and thus the demand for multifamily housing has also been increasing. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 4.6 million new apartments will need to be built by 2030 to accommodate rising demand. Since most multifamily properties are located in or near big cities, multifamily living attracts buyers who work in the city or enjoy the attractions that these metropolises offer. And as apartment home ownership becomes more popular, multifamily amenities and features continuously are evolving to attract more buyers. All of these variables are making multifamily construction increasingly challenging.
We searched hundreds of contractors to come up with this list of the best contractors who specialize in building multifamily residences near you, across the country. These builders were chosen and ranked based on the awards and recognition they received, their affiliations, the high-profile clientele they have served, and the notable projects they have completed. Some of these builders have built the most popular buildings and infrastructures found in their service areas. These builders are also among the highest-ranking American multifamily sector contractor and construction management firms, as reported in the 2017 Giants 300 Report.
25) Batson-Cook Development Company
400 Galleria Pkwy. Suite #1900, Atlanta, GA 30339
Founded in 1963, Batson-Cook Development Company has provided a wide variety of real estate development services throughout Atlanta. Litt Glover, president of Batson-Cook, has been with the firm since 1963. Batson-Cook Development Company is a sister company of Batson-Cook Construction, one of the oldest construction firms in the Southeast. Although the firm operates as a separate company, it has the advantage of Batson-Cook Construction’s in-house construction knowledge and resources. Among the services that the firm specializes in are construction management, design-build, general contracting, pre-construction, and virtual design.
One of its notable projects is Two Addison Place, a 325-apartment home community located in Savannah. Two Addison Place has easy access to the beautiful historic district of Savannah due to its location, but is set among the peaceful surrounding of cyprus groves. Completed in 2013, the project cost around $35 million.
24) Hill & Wilkinson
2703 Telecom Pkwy. Suite #120, Richardson, TX 75082
For over 50 years, Hill and Wilkinson have provided clients with quality general contracting services specializing in design-build projects throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Lubbock. Luther Hill, one of the founders of Hill and Wilkinson, graduated from Rice University and served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before beginning his career in construction. While working together at a general contracting firm, Greg Wilkinson and Fritz McKinstry met Luther through Associated General Contractors. Later on, Luther suggested that the two buy Luther Hill and Associates, and the name was changed to Hill and Wilkinson. Today, the standards that have been set by Luther are still carried on by these second and third generations of leadership.
Among its multifamily projects is the 5th Street Crossing Phase 2, a three-story wood-framed residential building with 170 units, two three-story mixed-use buildings and a three-level parking garage with 440 spaces.
23) Brasfield & Gorrie
3021 7th Ave., S Birmingham, AL 35233
As one of the largest privately held construction firms in the country, Brasfield and Gorrie has earned the trust of numerous clients. The firm provides general contracting, design-build, and construction management services throughout Birmingham. The company is a successor to the Thos. C. Brasfield company, a general contractor that began operating as a sole proprietor in 1921. In 1964, Miller Gorrie purchased the company’s construction assets. In 1967, the firm became Brasfield and Gorrie. Embracing innovation, the firm employs sustainable building and development practices.
In its many years of being in the business, the company has been a recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Award, the Eagle Award, the Design-Build Association of America (DBIA) National Award, and the National Association for Minority Contractors Atlanta Chapter Hard Hat Award. Additionally, the firm was ranked #1 Top Contractor and was given the 2013 to 2015 Green Contractor and Contractor in Georgia awards by the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast.
22) GE Johnson Construction
25 N. Cascade, Suite #400, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
With over 50 years of construction experience, GE Johnson Construction has served numerous clients in the areas of Colorado, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. The firm is led by Jim Johnson, who represents the third generation of the Johnson family in the construction industry. Schools, offices, health clinics, and hospitality: GE Johnson has handled large and small construction projects with passion and expertise. In 2018, the firm ranked #127 in the ENR Top 400 Contractors.
The firm’s diverse portfolio of projects, includes performing arts centers, office improvements, hospitals, state-of-the-art stadiums, and residential buildings. Among its projects is The Village, a 550,000-square-foot luxury residential project featuring great outdoor space for skiers, golfers, and outdoor enthusiasts in rural Montana.
21) Suffolk Construction
65 Allerton St., Boston, MA 02119
Established in 1982, Suffolk is one of the leading construction companies serving the areas of Boston, New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Estero, Tampa, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The firm’s vision is to “transform the construction industry by building smart.” The firm wants to challenge norms in construction, and constantly innovate to produce better, smarter results. The firm’s mission is to think differently, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and produce truly innovative construction projects.
One of the most notable projects of the firm is The Bristol, a 610,000-square-foot luxury condominium located in West Palm Beach. It is a 25-story building with 67 high-end units and 12 guest suites with floor-to-ceiling glass. This striking building provides equally stunning views of the beautiful Island of Palm Beach.
20) ESI Construction
3330 E. Louise Dr. Suite #300, Meridian, ID 83642
ESI Construction has been in the construction industry for over 45 years, serving 44 states and 24 countries with top-notch general contracting and design-build services. The company has constructed healthcare facilities, hospitality centers, industrial buildings, higher education campuses, multifamily housing, office space, public works infrastructure, restaurants, tenant improvements, and retail institutions. For many years, ESI has served numerous national and multinational corporate clients, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Lowe’s, Old Navy, Payless, and Taco Bell.
Among the latest projects of the firm is an 18,720-square-foot 12-plex apartment unit comprising of 24 apartments and a one six-bay garage unit for carport structures. This apartment is located near the Boise Depot, making it an attractive choice for young professionals and Boise State University students.
19) The McShane Companies
9500 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite #200, Rosemont, IL 60018
The McShane Companies is a family-owned building company that specializes in industrial, multifamily, and commercial construction services. Over the years, the firm has built numerous affordable housing communities, industrial facilities, public and private healthcare facilities, fitness centers, and offices. Jim McShane, founder of The McShane Companies, established the firm in suburban Chicago in 1984. In 1985, the firm relocated its headquarters to Rosemont. Since then, the company has become one of the most trusted national construction firms for its commitment to sustainability and strategic design services.
Among its multifamily projects is the Solstice Apartments located in Fairburn, Georgia. This 308-unit apartment complex features seven residential buidings built on 20 acres of land. Each craftsman-style unit features top quality amenities including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank and ceramic tile flooring, as well as in-unit washers and dryers.
18) Adolfson & Peterson Construction
9800 Southern Pine Blvd. Suite G, Charlotte, NC 28273
Adolfson and Peterson Construction was established in 1946 by George Adolfson and Gordon Peterson. Throughout its years of service, the firm has constructed learning environments at public universities. It’s also built private affordable housing developments throughout North Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, and Wyoming. The Adolfson and Peterson team has over 70 years of experience in the construction industry, using the latest technologies in building to deliver top notch workmanship to clients.
The firm is also an advocate for sustainable building practices, using green construction techniques in its projects. Recently, the firm was awarded the Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) award for safety excellence. The MNSHARP award recognizes companies whose managers and employees work together to implement safety and health programs that encompass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
17) Walsh Construction
929 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60607
Walsh Construction is a Chicago-based general contracting firm that has been in business since 1949. One of the three companies of The Walsh Group, the firm has 18 regional offices across the U.S. and Canada, each united by a dedication to providing the highest standards of quality in building and construction. The firm is also one of the city’s largest, most reputable general contractors and has been consistently listed as an industry leader in various sectors. They have been ranked the #1 largest bridge builder, the 10th largest green builder, the 13th largest national contractor, the 14th largest government office builder, and the 14th largest multi-unit residential builder.
Park Boulevard, one of the firm’s projects, is built on the site of the Stateway Gardens building, which was constructed in 1958. This project helped restore the community by providing a beautiful view after Stateway Gardens was torn down. This $32.5 million project features a two five-story masonry and concrete apartment building consisting of 116 units and two six-unit, three-story masonry and wood apartment buildings.
16) Andersen Construction
6712 N Cutter Circle, Portland, OR 97217
Andersen Construction takes pride in being the largest family-owned negotiated general contractor in the Portland metro area, specializing in constructing healthcare facilities, educational campuses, multifamily housing, advanced technology industrial sites, and parking garages.
Andy Andersen started the firm with a borrowed pick-up truck and a loan. Since its founding in 1950, the firm has successfully completed over 1,000 projects in the area. His first project, a small concrete tilt-up warehouse and office, still stands today. In 1960, the firm established itself as a major Oregon Contractor. Today, the firm has received various industry awards such as the Builder of Choice and Employer of Choice awards. Furthermore, the company also ranked #16 on the National Housing Builder and was listed among the Top 100 U.S. Contractors two years in a row.
Among the firm’s multifamily projects is The Goat Blocks, a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use building featuring 248 apartments, 100,000-square-feet of retail space, and 369 structured parking spaces.
15) The Bette Companies
22 Century Hill Dr. Suite #201, Latham, NY 12110
Bette and Cring Construction Group was established in 1999 as a spin-off of several divisions of Barry, Bette & Led Duke, Inc. (BBL). Since its establishment, the company has provided full-service building development and construction services across the country and has received multiple awards and recognition for its excellent building workmanship. In 2013, the firm was ranked as the 18th largest multifamily contractor, 30th largest K-12 School Sector Contractor, and the 69th largest contractor by the Building Design + Construction Magazine Giants 300. It was also ranked 6th Largest Regional General Contractor in 2013.
Among the firm’s projects is the Palmas Del Sol, a condominium community situated within the gates of Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club in South Fort Myers, Florida. This project features three mid-rise buildings and a grand clubhouse.
14) Sachse Construction
1528 Woodward Suite #600, Detroit, MI 48226
Detroit-based Sachse Construction provides commercial construction services across the nation. Since 1991, Sachse has constructed numerous retail spaces, restaurants, airports, education facilities, office buildings, healthcare clinics, industrial sites, multifamily units, and hospitality institutions. As a forward-thinking organization, Sachse focuses on green, sustainable building practices, and uses the latest environmentally friendly materials and green building techniques.
Todd Sachse, owner of the company, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1985 and founded and operated several property operations and maintenance firms after graduation. A licensed builder in multiple states, Todd is also a LEED Accredited Professional. In 2018, the firm received recognition as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation.
13) T.G. Nickel & Associates
333 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001
T.G. Nickel and Associates is a construction management and general contracting firm that serves clients in various sectors including academic, corporate, healthcare, landmark restoration, and multifamily residential. For over 20 years of service, the firm has provided a full range of construction management services, from pre-construction to closeout. In 2016, Nickel won the AISC National Award for its innovative use of structural steel on an office addition and renovation. This project design by Marvel Architects features an 18,000-square-foot second-story expansion. In addition to the awards received by the firm, Nickel also ranked on the 2016 ENR Top 400 Contractors.
One of its multifamily projects is the 30 Warren, a 64,000-square-foot boutique residential building which spans an entire front block in Tribeca. This building features an industrial style, 12-story luxury condominium, with 23 custom residences, a few private outdoor spaces, and a 1,100-square-foot commercial space.
12) HITT Contracting
2900 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042
HITT Contracting has more than 70 years of award-winning construction experience, and that experience spans the country. Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, the company has offices in Atlanta, California, Charleston, Texas, New York, Raleigh, Richmond, Seattle, and South Florida, and each office provides excellent customer service and superior quality craftsmanship. In 2018, the firm’s Atlanta office ranked #5 among Interior Commercial Contractors in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The firm is also one of Building Design + Construction Magazine’s Top Multifamily Construction Firms nationwide, and a recipient of the ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award in the Industrial category.
The Lyric Apartments is a 14-story apartment building featuring 182,324 apartment units with 13,400 square feet of retail space. Amenities include custom fountains, a pool, outdoor grills with seating, a fitness center, and a dog spa. Located in Washington, D.C., this project cost around $72.5 million.
11) Consigli Building Group
915 Broadway Suite #301, Albany, NY 12207
Consigli Building Group is a fourth generation company founded in 1905. Peter Consigli, a skilled mason, founded the Peter Consigli & Sons in Milford, Massachusetts. In business for more than a century, Consigli has become one of the largest construction companies in the Northeast. Today the firm has over 1,000 employees and seven regional offices from Maine to Washington, D.C. With a culture focusing on green building practices, the firm ranked 28th on ENR’s Top 100 Green Building Contractors. Moreover, it ranked the second largest general contractor in Massachusetts and ranked third on ENR’s List. Other awards received by the firm are two AGC of D.C. Washington Contractors Awards, an Excellence in Safety Award, and a Merit Award in the Renovation/Restoration category by ENR New England.
The Girard, one of Consigli’s multifamily projects in Boston, features 160 units of residential housing and 3,600 square feet of retail space. This project was completed using innovative construction methods including the use of The Infinity Structural System, a method specifically designed for similar mid-rise residential projects. Among the benefits of this method are thermal efficiency and reduced energy consumption.
10) Hoar Construction
Two Metroplex Dr. Suite #400, Birmingham, AL 35209
Inspiring innovation has been Hoar Construction’s mission since its founding over 75 years ago. This mission enabled the firm to become one of the most recognized industry leaders in the field of general construction, construction management, design-build, and program management. In 2018, the firm amassed various recognitions from the ABC and ENR for its exceptional projects, including the Encompass Health Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital, The Morris, the Poff Federal Building Renovation, and more. Hoar is also a recipient of the General Contractor of the Year award by the Alabama Subcontractor’s Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors Safety Award.
One of its notable projects is The Meridian at Fondren, a mixed-use development located in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. This 419,000-square-feet project has 240 residential units, 7,000 square feet of office space, and 2,500 square feet of retail space. Amenities in this building include granite countertops, a fitness center, a dog park, and a courtyard pool.
9) James McHugh Construction
1737 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616
James McHugh Construction boasts its unique structures throughout Chicago and the Midwest. As one of the area’s premier builders, the firm specializes in high-rise concrete construction, historic restoration, special use projects, and infrastructure works. Founded in 1897 by James D. McHugh, the company worked on heavy civil work as well as water treatment plants, transportation tunnels, public housing, hospitals, government buildings, and university facilities throughout the post-World War II era.
Since then, McHugh has built some of Chicago’s most prominent structures such as Marina City, Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel, and the Aqua Tower. Patty McHugh, chairman of the company, says “McHugh is a true pioneer. Since our founding, we have consistently refused to settle for what may seem possible. Instead we are driven by an unapologetic pursuit of the extraordinary. That philosophy has served us well and will continue to inform everything we do.”
The Arc at Old Colony, one of Chicago’s famous early skyscrapers, was redeveloped and modernized by the firm. The recent renovation included ground level retail space and 16 stories of apartment-style shared residences.
8) Summit Contracting Group
1000 Riverside Ave. Suite #800, Jacksonville, FL 32204
With over 100,000 completed multifamily units nationwide, Summit Contracting Group has earned a reputation for building excellence and impressive craftsmanship. Marc Padgett, president and owner of the firm, says that Summit has always believed in putting customers first, which made the firm among the top nationally ranked construction firms today. He has been in the commercial and multifamily construction business for two decades. Under his leadership, the firm won the 2015 Best Place to Work in Northeast Florida award, and was listed on the 2018 Giants 300 Report by Building Design + Construction. The firm was ranked first by the 2018 National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NHMC) top 50. NMHC is the annual ranking of the nation’s largest apartment owners, managers, developers, general contractors, and syndicators. Having built 6,053 units since 2017, the firm certainly earned its position at the top. And Summit continues to deliver excellent results to the construction industry, thanks to the expertise of its experienced management team, and great, long-term subcontractor relationships.
Among the company’s projects in Jacksonville is the Palm Bay Club, a 603,520-square-foot multifamily building consisting of 416 units, 16 buildings, and resort-type amenities featuring a pool, a two-story clubhouse, a fitness center, a movie theater, a dog park, and a tennis court.
7) New South Construction
1180 West Peachtree St. Suite #700, Atlanta, GA 30309
In business since 1990, New South Construction continues to put its focus on customer satisfaction over revenue. Doug Davidson, owner of the firm, developed a passion for building structures and developing relationships at a young age. Working on construction sites during his high school summers, Doug considered a career as a carpenter, then decided to study Building Science. After a successful career at a construction firm, he founded New South Construction. Delta Air Lines, New South’s first clients, is still a client, proof of the firm’s excellent customer service record. Throughout the years, the company’s goal has remained the same, to put the success of its clients and the safety of their environment first. This mission statement has led New South to success, allowing them to earn the trust of many repeat clients.
The company focuses on safe building practices. In fact, New South Construction is a member of numerous national and local organizations that promote safety in the construction industry such as the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, and the Zurich National Construction Round Table. Its “Build Safe, Build Smart,” approach provides a safe work environment not only for its own employees, but has been key in making the construction industry safer overall.
200 Park Ave., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10166
With around 13,000 employees across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., Lendlease is one of the leading international construction companies that specialize in constructing infrastructures. And they’ve put together infrastructure for the arts, aviation, commercial ventures, education, energy, government, healthcare, resorts, industry, the military, the residential sector, the senior living market, and more. Striving to deepen its expertise across multiple sectors and to deliver sustainable results, the firm is a recipient of many industry awards, including the Midwest Contractor of the Year by ENR Midwest, LEED Silver V4 Award by the U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2016 ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year Residential/Hospitality Category, among many other local and international awards.
One of its projects which received an award is Xavier Apartments. This 18-story apartment building features 240 studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. The 244,000-square-foot project, named after Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, houses apartments with high-end, state-of-the-art amenities, including contemporary kitchens, a fitness studio, a pet spa with indoor and outdoor play areas, bicycle parking, a lobby with a fireplace, a pool, cabanas, fire pits, and electric car charging stations.
5) Juneau Construction Company
3715 Northside Pkwy., NW Building 300 Suite #500 Atlanta, GA 30327
Headquartered in Atlanta, Juneau Construction Company has built some of the most high-profile projects in the Southeast. Founded in 1997, the firm continues to be among the most respected general contractors specializing in constructing buildings in both public and private sectors, including higher education, hospitality, multifamily and mixed-use, and sports. Additionally, the firm also offers historic restoration. For over three decades, Leston Juneau, president of the firm, has led the management of large construction projects across the country. From humble beginnings, the firm has grown to be one of the country’s leading mid-sized commercial contractors.
Today, the firm ranks among the Top 25 construction firms in Atlanta and Top 50 in the Southeast. Moreover, the firm is the #1 female-owned construction firm in Georgia in terms of revenue.
One of its projects in Atlanta is The Battery Atlanta, a 660,000-square-foot residential building with 531 units and a 494,000-square-foot retail space. The apartment units have modern-styled amenities and an outdoor recreational area with a seating lounge and pool.
4) JE Dunn Construction
2555 Cumberland Pkwy. SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Founded by John Ernest Dunn in 1924, JE Dunn Construction started as a small, family-operated residential contractor in Kansas. Over the years, the firm has become one of the top general building contractors in the country, with 20 office locations nationwide. In 2015, the firm ranked as the tenth largest general building contractor in the United States. The firm specializes in general contracting, construction management, design-build, and project management. In 2018, JE Dunn Construction received the Construction Safety Excellence Award, an award that recognizes safety programs with a comprehensive set of standards, including innovative strategies, effective training opportunities, strong levels of commitment, and active employee participation. The firm also ranked #154 on Forbes List of America’s Largest Private Companies, and ranked 25th on ENR 2018 Top 400 Contractors.
Recently, the firm completed the One Light, a 25-story luxury apartment tower in downtown Kansas. The 330,000-square-foot apartment includes 307 residential units with two retail tenants on the ground floor, club rooms, 7,000 square feet of office space, and two penthouse floors.
3) Paric Holdings
77 Westport Plaza Suite #250, St. Louis, MO 63146
For over four decades, Paric Holdings has collected a wide array of industry awards, reflecting the firm’s excellence in construction and its commitment to clients. In 2018, the firm was ranked #1 Top Contractor in Missouri by the ENR, #150 in ENR’s Top 400 Contractors, and was awarded the Top Design-Build Firm. Today, PARIC is one of the largest privately held companies in the Midwest, serving a wide variety of markets, including commercial, multifamily, senior living, healthcare, historic renovation, hospitality, and academic institutions. Paul McKee Jr. and Richard Jordan founded the firm in 1979, setting the firm’s focus on design-build services. As years passed, PARIC emerged as a frontrunner in the healthcare market and also worked on different sectors including educational buildings and student housing facilities.
Two Twelve Clayton, a 26-story mixed-use building, is the largest multifamily building to be constructed in Clayton for the past three decades. This 394,566-square-foot multifamily residence includes 222,588 square feet of luxury apartments and five levels of parking. It also features 9,046 square feet of retail space, a rooftop, a pool deck, a recreation room, and a fitness center. This project is the first building in Clayton, Missouri to receive a Green Globes Certification.
2) Layton Construction
9090 S Sandy Pkwy. Sandy, UT 84070
Founded by Alan Layton, a decorated World War II veteran, Layton Construction has served numerous clients throughout Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Irvine, San Diego, San Jose, Denver, Orlando, Honolulu, Kauai, Boise, and Nashville since 1953. When Alan returned from the war to recover from his injuries, he took a job with the Bureau of Reclamation in order to provide for his family. For over four years, he worked in the Design and Construction Division doing contract administration work. In 1952, he decided that he would like to start his own construction company. A year later, he started Layton Construction. Throughout the years, the company has lived up to its commitment to build with integrity, through hard work, thrift, honesty, and fairness. These values have enabled the firm to build long-lasting relationships with its clients and deliver outstanding results.
For its excellent services, the firm has been a recipient of several awards, including the 2017 ENR Mountain States “Best of” Award for its Stein Eriksen Residences project. That recognition took its place among so many others, including awards from the ENR, Utah Construction and Design Outstanding Projects, Arizona National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Building Design + Construction, NAIOP Hawaii, and more.
Stein Eriksen Residences, one of the award-winning projects of the firm, is a community of 38 two-to-five-bedroom condominium units. The units feature ski access at Deer Valley Resort, one of the Rocky Mountains’ most luxurious skiing playgrounds. This project includes a 23,000-square-foot spa, an indoor and outdoor infinity pool, a fitness area, and top-of-the-line finishes.
5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, B-300, Atlanta, GA 30328
Since 1888, Swinerton has been a preferred and trusted builder. It’s 100 percent employee-owned: the firm takes genuine pride in being built on shared values. The firm lives out those values on each and every project, providing clients with the building excellence the firm has so consistently delivered.
The company was founded by Alfred Bingham Swinerton, a young Swedish immigrant who formed a brick masonry and contracting business in Los Angeles during the post-Gold Rush building boom. Today, the firm has over 3,500 employees coast to coast, with many Swinerton-built structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Swinerton has received numerous accolades for its notable projects, including the Silver Award for Best Building Project over $70 Million given by the Associated General Contractors of Colorado for its Country Club Towers project in Denver.
The firm has worked in multiple markets including aviation, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, interiors, mass timber, multifamily residential, office, and parking structures.