Skybeck overcomes every challenge to find success on the Denizen Condos.
The most successful construction companies are founded by professionals with years of experience, proving that knowledge serves as the guiding force in overcoming the long list of challenges faced by every startup. Adam Nyer, founder and president of Skybeck, is the perfect illustration of experience translating to achievement. With over 14 years in the business, Nyer has held a variety of jobs in construction and managed over $240 million in projects. These jobs, ranging from field engineer to owner with nearly every position in between, have given him the necessary know ledge to relate to all levels of employees at his company. It is these employees that Nyer accredits Skybeck’s success to.
“We have been successful because we have wonderful employees that do an outstanding job,” he says.
According to Nyer, Skybeck is unique in that a number of its employees were hired from the commercial sector, bringing with them the capabilities necessary to meet the demands of the multifamily industry.
“This has helped us establish a reputation for having an advanced understanding of construction practices and project management,” Nyer says.
This is a reputation Nyer and the company sought from the beginning, with an additional aim to build relationships through honesty, integrity and quality work.
“My initial goals for the company included being an excellent builder as well as having an outstanding reputation for doing things right,” Nyer says.
As president, Nyer’s commitment to integrity guides him in assembling the best possible construction team. Through this team, the client’s goals become the company’s goals, ensuring that projects are built to exceed expectations.
One such project is the Denizen Condominiums in Austin, Texas. The project’s design focused on bringing outdoor amenities to an urban location, a bonus that is more commonly seen in suburban communities and one that Skybeck and co-developers Bill Skeen and Terry Mitchell focused their attention on.
“We had a wonderful design team that thoughtfully combined all of the unique details that buyers desire with great floor plans that live well,” Nyer says. “Our buyers love their condos but they also appreciate the additional spaces they have for connecting with their friends and nature.”
According to Nyer, most of the condo buyers are from Austin and looking for a place to purchase in lieu of renting an apartment or purchasing a house that is outdated.
“Our buyers have really encompassed the entire range from first-time home buyers to empty nesters,” he says. “We have several cases where a young professional has purchased a unit and their parents have also become Denizen residents because they were so enamored with the project.”
It was important to Skybeck to educate its buyers on what materials were used, as well as the benefits of buying into a community and a lifestyle. According to Nyer, the development’s sales team, led by Catherine Thomas, did an excellent job of this.
While the sales side went smoothly, other aspects of the project were not without their challenges. According to Nyer, the greatest challenge was the labor shortages the company experienced during construction. “Austin is blessed to have a booming economy, but we also have a significant labor shortage and that had a negative impact on our schedule,” Nyer says. “We spent a significant amount of money trying to expedite the work and make up for lost time.”
To contain this issue going forward, the company is working with its subcontractors to establish ways for better time management, while also working to find new sources of labor.
“In addition, we have increased our onsite supervision so that we can better assist our subcontractors with focusing on critical path items to keep on schedule,” Nyer says.
Skybeck’s dedication to improvement has expanded to other areas of business for the company, including staying up-to-date with the industry’s innovations.
“I recently attended the NAHB International Builders’ Show where I walked the trade floor and talked with various manufactures about their new products,” Nyer says. “We are constantly communicating with our design professionals and other builders to see what things other experts are doing in the industry.”
According to Nyer, the Denizen showcases how the company has been able to implement several new products through acquiring information on current developments.
“Many of our apartment projects are starting to utilize centralized boiler systems for their hot water needs,” Nyer says. “This is an old technology but the new systems are extremely efficient and they can utilize natural gas without having to pipe individual hot water heaters in every unit.”
Expanding on the company’s dedication to advancement is its relationship with the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program, which helps builders strive to build sustainable buildings through energy efficient systems while also enhancing the community. The Denizen project is part of the program and the professionals at AEGB have served as an excellent source of advice for Skybeck, helping it achieve a four star green building rating.
“Skybeck believes there is a healthy balance between sustainable building practices and the economics of a project,” Nyer says. “We strive to always do what’s best for our clients as well as the community so when we can accomplish both. It’s a win- win for everyone.”
Skybeck’s service to the community begins with an understanding of central Texas’ market demands. According to Nyer, the multifamily landscape in central Texas is changing dramatically, creating more competition.
“As a company we have tried to keep a pulse on what is being built by the competition so we can provide innovative ideas to our clients,” he says. “Subcontractors are also overwhelmed so they are being very selective on which projects they bid and which contractors they work for.”
As a result, the company aims to continue to build strong relationships with its subcontractor base.
With projects across Texas, Skybeck is doing a notable job of rising above the competition as it continues to be on the cutting edge of energy efficient systems and new product development.
“The building industry has an exciting opportunity to change how we impact our environment and Skybeck wants to be a leader in that effort,” Nyer says. “My goal for the future is that we will continue to grow the business which will provide more opportunities for our great employees.”