Penler Cherokee Apartments in Acworth

McShane to Build Apartments in Acworth for Penler

Penler Cherokee will incorporate 192 apartment units across eight garden-style buildings.

McShane to Build Apartments in Acworth for Penler

McShane Construction Company was selected by Penler to provide design-assist construction services for Penler Cherokee. Located in Acworth, Georgia, the multi-family community will offer 192 units. In 2021, McShane completed The Parker, a 240-unit community in Dawsonville, Georgia, for Penler.

“We look forward to partnering with Penler on another multi-family development,” commented Scott Hoppa, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager at McShane. “We’re proud of how our first project together turned out and anticipate another successful venture.”

Positioned on an 18.3-acre site, the development will incorporate eight two-story garden-style buildings. The wood frame buildings will integrate an exterior of painted brick veneer, stone veneer, and fiber cement siding.

The units will feature high-end finishes and features including quartz countertops and tile backsplashes in the kitchen, tile bath surrounds in the bathrooms, and balconies.

The property will provide 5,300 square feet of amenity space that will include a clubhouse with a clubroom, fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool. Additionally, the site will offer private garages.

As a design-assist project, McShane collaborated with the client and architect throughout the design and pre-construction phases. Benefits of this delivery method include a reduction in cost and schedule overruns, improved constructability, and added value to the project.

Completion of construction is slated for August 2024. Dynamik Design is the architect.

Multi-Family Construction Strong in the Southeast

The Southeast was one of the most active geographic markets for the construction industry this year. According to a report from StorageCafe, Atlanta takes the top spot for most active city for apartment construction followed by Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee, in the fourth and sixth spots. Our company has been no exception to this trend with 12 multi-family projects completed or underway in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee this year.

In Atlanta, we’re nearing completion on an affordable housing community called Thrive Sweet Auburn. Located on the site of Atlanta’s iconic Coca-Cola billboard, this unique project combines 117 affordable apartment units with 11,000 square feet of ground-floor office space. Construction will wrap up this winter, and we are pleased to provide more affordable housing near downtown Atlanta.

In Charlotte, we’re underway with Mallard Creek, which will incorporate 397 apartment units across five apartment buildings and 10 townhome-style buildings. The property will offer generous amenities including a fitness center, yoga studio, co-work lounge, hobby room, market, and outdoor swimming pool. Completion is expected for March 2024.

In Nashville, where our newest regional office is located, we’re building Novel Harpeth Heights, an NGBS Bronze development that will incorporate 322 apartment units. Named the top U.S. market to watch for overall real estate prospects by ULI, Nashville is a market that we’re very excited about.

In Huntsville, Alabama, we recently completed Laurel at Dry Creek, a 343-unit community with 16 apartment and townhome buildings and more than 7,000 square feet of amenity space including a swimming pool with cabanas, pickleball courts, and a hammock garden.

With 50 multi-family projects totaling more than 11,000 units built across the Southeast since 2005, our firm is well positioned to help meet the housing demand of these growing cities. As we begin the new year, we look forward to maintaining our strong presence in Georgia, as well as continuing to grow our presence in the Carolinas, Alabama, and Tennessee.

McShane Completes Laurel at Dry Creek in Huntsville

McShane Construction Company completed construction of Laurel at Dry Creek for client Gateway Ventures Real Estate. The Huntsville, Alabama, multi-family community incorporates 343 apartment units.

“Laurel at Dry Creek is a beautiful community that provides luxury living in a convenient location,” commented Brian Wood, Vice President at McShane. “In addition to high-end units, the development offers extensive amenities for residents to enjoy.”

Positioned on a 20-acre site northwest of downtown Huntsville, the development incorporates 16 apartment and townhome buildings. The wood frame buildings feature an attractive exterior of masonry and fiber cement.

Units are offered in one- to three-bedroom floorplans and boast a variety of luxury finishes and features, such as stainless-steel appliances, white granite countertops, private balconies and patios, and wood plank flooring with carpeted bedrooms. Additionally, tenants can choose between a farmhouse or contemporary interior scheme.

The community offers more than 7,000 square feet of amenity space, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor swimming pool with poolside cabanas, fire pit, pickleball courts, hammock garden, and car wash. Additionally, the pet-friendly community provides a dog park, agility course, and grooming station.

The development quickly garnered market acceptance, reaching 85 percent leased year to date.

Dynamik Design provided architectural services for Laurel at Dry Creek.

McShane to Build 288 Apartment Units in Fairburn, Georgia

McShane Construction Company was selected by repeat client South City Partners to provide design-assist construction services for Renaissance Park. Located in Fairburn, Georgia, the development will incorporate 288 apartment units.

“Fairburn is a growing area, so we’re looking forward to working with South City Partners to fulfill the demand for housing,” shared Scott Hoppa, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager at McShane. “Renaissance Park will provide generous outdoor amenities as well as spacious units, making it ideal for those in the apartment market.”

The mixed-use community will integrate five three- and four-story wood-framed residential buildings with stone and fiber cement siding. Two of the buildings will include 4,000 square feet of space for multiple future retailers.

Units will feature shaker-style cabinets with granite countertops and tile backsplashes in the kitchens and tile tub/shower surrounds in the bathrooms.

The units will also integrate vinyl plank flooring throughout with carpeted bedrooms.

The site will offer more than 7,000 square feet of amenity space including a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and pavilion, volleyball court, pickleball court, and walking trail.

This is one of three projects currently underway by McShane for South City Partners. The firm is also constructing McDonough Apartments, a 280-unit multi-family community in McDonough, and Hapeville Apartments, a 285-unit mixed-use development in Hapeville.

Completion of Renaissance Park is expected for September 2024. Dynamik Design is the architect.

Apartments for Adults with Autism Underway

McShane was selected by repeat client Impact Seven to build Woodside Prairie, a supportive living community with 32 apartments for adults with Autism in Grafton, Wisconsin.

In March, McShane completed construction of The Trotta Apartments, a 126-unit apartment residence in Middleton, Wisconsin, for Impact Seven.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Impact Seven on another project,” stated Alison Gorham, Director of Wisconsin Market at McShane. “Our last project together was a great success from all angles, and we look forward to coming together to provide affordable, supportive housing that will help adults with Autism to thrive.”

Positioned on a 6.5-acre site, the community will integrate four six-unit supportive care buildings and two four-unit townhomes. Additionally, a 3,700-square-foot activity building will contain a community kitchen, craft space, computer center, and fitness area for all residents to use. There will also be a paved outdoor walking path on site.

A consultant was engaged to help select interior finishes that are conducive to a healthy environment for Autistic adults. Additionally, the project was designed with sustainability in mind to achieve Wisconsin Green Built Homes certification.

Completion of Woodside Prairie is scheduled for October 2023. New Horizon Ventures is the architect.

2022 ABC Illinois Excellence in Construction Awards – Industrial

Abt Electronics was the recipient of ABC Illinois’ 2022 Excellence in Construction Award in the industrial category.

Founded in 1936, Abt Electronics is the largest independently owned, single-location retailer of electronics, appliances and home goods in the United States. With 1,600 employees, the business is anchored by a 100,000-square-foot showroom in Glenview, Illinois, and serves a customer base spread over four states.

Abt contracted McShane Construction Company to add 430,000 square feet to their existing warehouse and showroom facility in Glenview. The addition incorporates two three-story office blocks along with 407,000 square feet of warehouse space. The single-story warehouse offers a 32′ clear height, 39 semi-truck docks and 144 box truck positions. The expansion more than doubled Abt’s warehouse space, enabling the company to improve their efficiency by having less stock-outs. The additional space also allows them to expand product lines with new items. It is estimated that the expansion will create 100 new jobs for the community.

Abt’s existing facility and showroom remained fully operational throughout construction, so McShane took extra steps and precautionary methods to ensure that construction did not interfere with operations. In the end, the project with a perfect safety record.

2022 ABC Illinois Excellence in Construction Awards – Residential

The Oaks at Algonquin was the recipient of ABC Illinois’ 2022 Excellence in Construction Award in the residential category.

The Oaks at Algonquin is a 166-unit senior living residence in Algonquin. The H-shaped building accommodates independent living, assisted living, and memory care units. Each independent living unit features a full kitchen and assisted living units incorporate a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave.

The property offers a vast array of amenities for tenants, including three restaurants, a pub, salon, media lounge, theater, health club, doctor and therapist offices, and a community center with a demo kitchen. Tenants can also enjoy outdoor living space including a rooftop deck and fire pit, grill area, dining patio, memory care garden, and well-landscaped courtyards.

The three-story building features wood frame construction with an exterior of masonry, stone veneer, shake and panel siding and architectural shingles.

The Oaks at Algonquin was designed to be the client’s new product standard. As a result, there was a complete revision of the design and finishes. McShane, the architect and the owner worked closely to evaluate the impact of these new elements and effectively incorporate them. While this involved additional work, it resulted in a fresh new senior living product type that received rave reviews from the residents and community.

2022 ABC Wisconsin Project of Distinction Award

The Trotta Apartments was recognized as one of the most impressive and unique construction projects completed in 2022 in Wisconsin. The development received a Silver Project of Distinction Award from ABC Wisconsin.

The Trotta Apartments is a 126-unit multi-family residence in Middleton, Wisconsin. Positioned on three acres, the development features four stories of wood frame construction atop an underground parking garage. Building amenities include a club room, fitness room, dog wash, fourth-floor common room, and three rooftop decks.

The residence offers a unique blend of rental rates with several apartments designated to accommodate workforce housing for households whose income qualifies.

McShane Construction Company was engaged by Impact Seven, a non-profit housing developer, to provide design-assist construction services for The Trotta Apartments. From concept through completion, McShane worked very closely with both the owner and architect, forming a true partnership between the three firms.

To keep the project within Impact Seven’s budget, McShane performed extensive value engineering before breaking ground, resulting in savings of $600,000. Despite challenges resulting from material delays and labor shortages, McShane delivered the project a month ahead of schedule and $500,000 below budget.

McShane Completes The Enzo at Ariston in Buford, Georgia

Construction is completed at The Enzo at Ariston in Buford, Georgia. McShane Construction Company provided general contracting services for the 265-unit development on behalf of their client, TPA Residential.

“Buford is a great town close to a variety of sightseeing destinations,” commented Scott Hoppa, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager at McShane. “The Enzo will allow residents to take advantage of all that the area has to offer while providing luxury living through extensive amenities and high-end unit finishes.”

Situated on an eight-acre site, The Enzo at Ariston incorporates two four- and five-story wood frame apartment buildings with exteriors of siding and brick, along with a precast parking garage.

The boutique-style community offers resort-like amenities including a heated saltwater swimming pool, an outdoor grilling area and lounge, a 24-hour fitness studio and power gym, an enclosed dog park, and a community lounge with a demonstration kitchen.

Units are offered in one- to three-bedroom open-concept floor plans and boast professional-grade kitchens, granite countertops throughout, luxury vinyl tile flooring and private balconies or patios. Select units are available in a two-story townhome style with a loft bedroom and bathroom.

Niles Bolton Associates provided architectural services for The Enzo at Ariston. For leasing information, visit

McShane Completes Industry Center at Melrose Park

McShane Construction Company provided design-build construction services for three speculative industrial buildings in Melrose Park, Illinois, on behalf of client LBA Logistics. Known as Industry Center at Melrose Park, the new development incorporates a total of 651,617 square feet.

McShane also performed three interior buildouts for a transportation, trucking, and railroad company, a logistics and package delivery company, and a portable storage and moving company.

“We worked with LBA and our design-build partner, Harris Architects, to create modern facilities that provide tenants with everything they need to operate efficiently,” stated Tom Beres, Regional Vice President – Industrial at McShane. “We’re confident that Industry Center at Melrose Park will be a great investment for our client and a great place for the tenants to grow their operations.”

Situated on a 44-acre site, Building 1 offers 130,200 square feet, 38 truck docks, two drive-in doors, 44 trailer stalls, and 151 car parking spaces. Building 2 features 350,248 square feet, 34 truck docks expandable to 71, two drive-in doors, 142 trailer stalls, and 244 car parking spaces. Building 3 provides 171,169 square feet, 18 truck docks expandable to 43, three large 20′ by 20′ drive-in doors, 64 trailer stalls, and 204 car parking spaces. All buildings integrate 36′ clear heights and efficient loading dimensions.

As a design-build project, LBA Logistics engaged McShane before finalizing the design. McShane worked closely with both the client and architect to determine the desired shell layout and building features throughout the design process.

Harris Architects provided architectural services for Industry Center at Melrose Park.

Chicago’s Biggest Women-Owned Businesses

The McShane Companies was named the second largest woman-owned business in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business. McShane is the only general contracting firm to appear in the top 20 companies on the list. Molly McShane serves as The McShane Companies majority owner, as well as Chief Executive Officer.

Overcoming Long Lead Times on Industrial Projects

Since the start of the pandemic, our country has battled supply chain issues, with everything from soap to flour in short supply. The first shortage that greatly impacted the construction industry was lumber, as prices skyrocketed to an all-time high. While this primarily affected the multi-family market, as supply chain disruptions continued, it wasn’t long before the industrial market started feeling the effects.

All Regions are Affected

With raw material shortages and production maxed out, no U.S. region has gone untouched. In the Chicago area, we are experiencing shortages of precast, which now has a lead time of up to 18 months. In the Southeast, we are seeing a shortage of stone and cement needed for the concrete mixes. Nationally, we are seeing allocations of roofing and steel products.

Early Planning is Crucial

Though we all hope to see an end to these challenges soon, the reality is that with lead times of more than a year, we will face this for some time still. This makes early and careful planning crucial during pre-construction and construction. It is important to be open and upfront with the client about challenges we expect to face and our plan to overcome them.

Importance of Adaptability

Adaptability is key to maintain a timely completion. We now approach the sequence of construction differently on many projects to ensure that the lack of availability of one material doesn’t delay the entire project. With a shortage of precast, we are seeing projects where all site work and paving, which is normally completed near the end of a project, is completed first. At other projects, we have erected the steel framing before the precast panels were installed. With a dramatic increase in steel prices, we have shifted from using ballasted roof systems to using adhered systems.

Strong Relationships are Key

Our strong relationships with our subcontractors have also been an important factor in the success of our projects. We are often able to secure materials with a letter of intent before a contract is formally issued so that we can get them as early as possible.

At the end of the day, our clients can trust that we will get the job done. The current market conditions don’t make it easy, but our team is equipped to tackle challenges as they come.

Connect with Tom to learn about our industrial construction offerings

Tom Beres, PE
Regional Vice President – Industrial