Long before construction began in February on what will become the South Grand Apartments in South St. Louis, Altus Properties sought preconstruction expertise from Swansea, Ill.-based Holland Construction Services (Holland).
But the professional relationship building began well before that, said Josh Udelhofen, managing director of development for Altus.
“Doug (Weber, director of multifamily housing and project executive at Holland) and I met each other during my tenure at the Koman Group back in 2015 when Koman was partnering with Green Street St. Louis to develop CHROMA, the mixed-use development formerly known as Chouteau’s Grove,” said Udelhofen. “That’s how we were first introduced to each other. From that time forward, Doug and I grew our professional relationship. Several years later, when Altus was looking for proven preconstruction expertise for the South Grand project, we looked no further than Holland.”
Holland assisted Altus in navigating the preconstruction process for the South Grand Apartments – a 124-unit, market rate living community in the 2200 block of South Grand Boulevard on the former site of the South City Family YMCA. The development is scheduled for completion in May 2019, according to Weber. Units will range from studios to those with one and two bedrooms.
“We (Holland) began working with Altus on this development in September 2016,” Weber said. “Over the last seven years, Holland has completed or currently has under construction 12 market rate (multifamily) projects in the St. Louis area. We have a good handle on current trends and pricing of the different components inherent in these multifamily living developments. Taking this knowledge to clients like Altus to enable them to make the best decisions possible during design is key to the preconstruction service that we provide. Holland has a tremendous amount of respect for Altus,” he added. “Our target client is one who values the expertise we bring to the table, and one who sees us as a service-oriented company.
Udelhofen said Altus owns more than 60 buildings in St. Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Mo. High-profile Altus buildings in St. Louis include Magna Place at Hanley Road and Interstate 40 in Brentwood, Creve Coeur Pavilion on Olive Boulevard and I-270 and the Bemiston Tower in Clayton.
During the preconstruction phase of commercial construction projects, Holland works closely with designers to achieve the best, most cost-effective solutions. Developing a doable project timeline and specifying optimal assembly methods are also part of Holland’s preconstruction expertise, Weber said.