Looking Back on Student Housing’s Most Active Builders

Student Housing Business conducted a survey of builders in mid-2019 to determine which contractors are the most active in the student housing sector. To participate, contractors must have completed projects within the timeframe of January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2018. It was our intention to include projects prepared for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. Our ranking of the top contractors is based on responses to our survey; contractors are ranked by number of beds constructed.

Student Housing Business made every effort to locate and contact all active contractors in the sector. Leading the top contractors of student housing this year was Landmark Construction, the in-house construction company of Landmark Properties, with 8,382 beds. The top ten includes: 

  1. Landmark Construction 315 Oconee Street, Athens, GA 30601
    1. Total beds constructed: 8,382
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 0 
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 8,382
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: The Standard at Gainesville, a 1200-bed community serving the University of Florida
  2. The Dinerstein Companies 3411 Richmond Avenue, 5th Floor, Houston, TX 77046
    1. Total beds constructed: 4,329
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 0
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 4,329
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: Aspire College Station, an 816-bed community serving Texas A&M University
    5. Areas Active: Nationwide
  3. Gilbane Building Company 7 Jackson Walkway, Providence, RI 02903
    1. Total beds constructed: 3,571
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 2,477
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 1,094
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: Howard University Plaza Towers Renovations, a 1,714-bed project for Corvias.
    5. Areas Active: Nationwide
  4. W. M. Jordan Company 11010 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23601
    1. Total beds constructed: 2,080
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 2,080
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 0
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: Gladding Residence Center, a 1,524-bed project at Virginia Commonwealth University for American Campus Communities.
    5. Areas Active: Mid-Atlantic, Southeast
  5. CBI Construction Services 431 Office Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35223
    1. Total beds constructed: 1,988
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 0
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 1,988
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: Capstone Cottages of Lubbock, a 969-bed project serving Texas Tech University for Capstone Collegiate Communities, LLC.
    5. Areas Active: Nationwide
  6. Construction Enterprises 2179 Edward Curd Lane, Suite 100, Franklin, TN 37067
    1. Total beds constructed: 1,224
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 0
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 1,224
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: A 790-bed project near the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
    5. Areas Active: Nationwide
  7. Broeren Russo Builders 602 N Country Fair Dr., Suite A, Champaign, IL 61821
    1. Total beds constructed: 940
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 0
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 940
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: 212 E Green, a 428-bed project near the University of Illinois for XFD Real Estate Partners.
    5. Areas Active: Midwest
  8. Kokolakis Contracting 1500 Ocean Ave., Suite A, Bohemia, NY 11716
    1. Total beds constructed: 902
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 902
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 0
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: The restoration and modernization of MacArthur Long Barracks, a 632-bed project at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.
    5. Areas Active: Northeast, Southeast
  9. Suffolk 65 Allerton Street, Boston, MA 02119
    1. Total beds constructed: 888
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 300
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 588
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: University Village Phase 1, a 588-bed project at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
    5. Areas Active: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, West
  10. ARCO Construction 900 N. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63119
    1. Total beds constructed: 720
    2. Number of beds constructed on-campus: 89
    3. Number of beds constructed off-campus: 631
    4. Largest project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018: The Nine, a 631-bed project near the University of Florida.
    5. Areas Active: Nationwide

This article in its entirety originally ran in the May/June 2019 issue of Student Housing Business.