National CORE’s construction department, on a path of rapid growth for more than five years, is tripling its construction volume as the team juggles a robust pipeline of new affordable housing developments.

In 2023, the team completed five properties across Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, creating 379 new apartment homes. So far in 2024, the team has finished two properties, for a total of 135 apartment homes, and has its sights set on completing six more before the year ends.

“It’s a very exciting time for the construction department and National CORE because we’re expanding into new cities, working on new partnerships and tightening our processes. It’s a lot of hard work, but the finished properties are monuments to our accomplishments,” Vice President of Construction Patrick Meredith said.”

Construction team members say they don’t expect the pace to slow any time soon.

“Our department has been on a path of rapid growth over the last five years and we’re tripling our construction volume,” Senior Vice President of Construction Chris Killian said.
But with that kind of volume, the team focuses on efficiency and flexibility.

“In construction, you must think on your feet because something is always bound to not work. I’m incredibly proud of my team because we always manage to find a solution because we’re problem solvers,” said Chris, a 19-year National CORE veteran.

He mentioned 456 West, a six-story affordable housing community in San Pedro, as a source of many challenges and accomplishments. Chris applauded his team for navigating the use of a tower crane, working near overhead power lines, complying with stringent accessibility requirements and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice President of Estimating Travis Haskin said he is most proud of National CORE earning our fifth consecutive recognition as a LEED for Homes Power Builder from the U.S. Green Building Council. The accolade highlights organizations that construct buildings with energy-efficiency and sustainability in mind. This includes the use of solar panels, electric fuel systems and reduced water use.

Travis said the department standardized floorplans to include similar plumbing, community room, office and bedroom layouts to ensure efficiency for engineers, architects, property managers and even maintenance workers.