Van Metre Cos. says it has coped well with the downturns in the recession. In a business that is often filled with uncertainly, it is critical for Van Metre Cos. to stay flexible so it can evolve with the shifts in the marketplace, Brian Davidson says. “We are nimble enough to adapt and change with the market,” he says. “We [will] change if we think it is a good idea and makes good business sense.”

For Meritage Homes, green building is more than an industry trend. “When we talk about green, it’s about pioneering a new standard for homes and taking energy efficiency to the next level,” says Chris Presley, president of the national homebuilder’s Colorado division.

A background in real estate helps H&H Homes’ leadership understand what their customers are looking for in a new home. “We started on the sales and marketing side and became home builders, so we’re in touch with the customer – that’s our roots,” President Greg West says. “I think that explains some of our attention to detail and our ability to meet consumers’ expectations.”

 As a follow-up to the successful EnV luxury rental residence in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Lynd Development Partners has teamed up with LNR Property LLC for a second EnV – this time in Miami’s Mary Brickell Village. Located in the heart of Miami’s financial district, Mary Brickell Village offers an eclectic mix of upscale dining, shopping and entertainment options. The village-like setting with lush vegetation, water features and entertainment venues offers 195,000 square feet of retail space and two public plazas surrounded by mature oak and mahogany trees. Offering everything from Mexican to Asian, seafood to Italian Cuisine, Mary Brickell Village has become a dining and entertainment mecca for residents and visitors.

Most contractors hire subcontractors to complete their projects and are in effect middlemen and project managers.  But instead, Ashley Homes LLC completes nearly 90 percent of its projects using its own in-house crew. This allows the company to save its customers both time and money.

“We’ve changed with the times,” owner John Hommel says, noting that in the past, the company completed many stick-built homes. “[But] over the last five years, we’ve seen a huge increase in modular construction [projects].”

For 30 years, S&A Homes Inc. has focused on providing its customers with the best value possible in products, materials and service, Vice President of Sales Chris Schoonmaker says. Based in State College, Pa., the privately held homebuilder focuses on the states of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

President and CEO Bob Poole started the company in 1980 with his then brother-in-law, Don Haubert, when they purchased one of three offices of a local homebuilder in Mifflintown, Pa., that were in the process of closing their doors. “They purchased one office and expanded from there,” Schoonmaker says.

One could understandably think that the Great Recession wasn’t the best time to start up a homebuilding company. But founder and President Greg Lingo of Cornell Homes says his company has proven over the last five years that opportunity can be found even in difficult times.

The past 20 years have not been easy on the construction industry. The home construction segment, in particular, has had a bumpy ride these past two decades. From housing booms to bursting bubbles, the segment has gone up and down, rattling even the most solid companies along the way.

However, for Dan Ryan Builders, the past two decades have been profitable. According to Dan Ryan, president, the operation has seen increases in settled homes every year for the past 17 years. As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, Ryan credits his company’s success to a unique operational strategy that has withstood the stress of today’s market.

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