Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 112
Commercial | STARK ENTERPRISES/ARBOR CONSTRUCTION
One of Stark Enterprises
and Arbor's biggest current
projects is the Beacon.
STARK ENTERPRISES HAS A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. BY JIM HARRIS
obert Stark knew that he wanted
Stark Enterprises to do more
than just real estate development
when he founded the company
"He wanted to operate with the mindset of
an owner instead of as a third party," says his
son Ezra, the company's COO. "[Stark] wanted
to work on the pre-construction side, have
direct relationships with subcontractors and
help perform projects when needed."
Stark closed on his first real estate deal
- a small row of shops in Mayfield Heights,
Ohio - while attending law school. "He had
always wanted to do construction, but pursued a law degree because he needed the
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legal knowledge for his development work,"
Ezra Stark says.
The amount of work involved in that
project and the company's other early
projects led Robert Stark to diversify his
services. "He would wear the hats of general
contractor, lawyer and developer," his son
says. "As the development company grew,
he realized we needed to have our own
Robert Stark formally established Arbor
Construction in Cleveland in 1980 as a
sibling company to Stark Enterprises. Today,
Stark Enterprises is a full-service company
with expertise in acquisition, land development, leasing, property management,
construction, architectural design, landscape architecture, marketing and security.
"Being vertically integrated allows us to
approach issues from a different perspective and take a 360-degree approach to our
projects," Ezra Stark says.
The company prides itself on developing
and building mixed-use commercial and
residential properties that "balance revolutionary idealism, new urbanist principles
and sustainability practices with economic
vitality," it says.
All of Stark Enterprises' projects offer
unique, experiential environments. For the
company, this means using different types
of materials in different areas of a building