Market Expertise: Affordable Housing (featuring a Q&A with PM Stacy Glovka)

Written by Kate Carlson
Aerial photograph of The Redwell
An aerial photograph of The Redwell—a 109-unit affordable housing project in the North Loop area of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” What you may not know, however, is that in the construction industry, affordable housing is where the heart is. Not only do the people working in this sector care about their communities, but they also bring with them an incredible amount of passion and dedication towards a worthy cause.

No matter how you feel about the program, we can all agree that everybody deserves a good place to call home, which is the ultimate goal of affordable housing. At Greiner, we are incredibly humbled and honored to work with, learn from, and support the selfless visionaries that are trying to make this dream a reality for millions of low-income families across America.

Why choose Greiner for your affordable housing construction needs?

Just about any contractor can build an affordable housing project. That said, very few of them will get the job done right. Here are 4 reasons why Greiner should be top of mind when looking for a contractor for your next multi-family housing project.

1. We have the proven expertise

With 1,000s of affordable housing units under their collective belts, our project management team has the skills, experience, and industry know-how to complete even the most challenging builds on time and under budget. Consisting of Senior Project Manager Chris Bristow, Project Assistant Erin Manning, and Senior Project Manager Stacy Glovka (more on her below), our affordable housing team is amongst the best in the business.

2. We have the right relationships in place

Great relationships aren’t formed overnight. When you partner with Greiner, you benefit from not only our decades of construction experience, but our many long-standing and trusted relationships with key parties such as government agencies (HUDMN Housing, etc.) and top tier architects, developers, and subcontractors. By leveraging our valuable relationships, we can deliver a quicker turnaround and a higher quality product every time.

3. We constantly strive for success

If a company doesn’t bet on itself, then why should you? At Greiner, we are doing everything in our power to continue to grow and improve as a company. That means we are constantly on the lookout for ways to future proof our success, such as investing in our employees and training minority and women-owned businesses.

4. Our buildings last

Chances are, you intend to keep your property for the long haul, so you’re going to want to make sure that what you have is worth holding onto. Rental properties—specifically in the affordable housing sector—are subjected to an increased amount of wear and tear. Minimize this risk and safeguard your investment by choosing a contractor that specializes in using durable materials and smart designs.

A brief Q&A with project manager Stacy Glovka

Stacy Glovka

Greiner’s established housing team was made even stronger with the relatively recent addition of Stacy Glovka. Stacy brings to the table well over a decade of affordable housing experience and passion and exemplifies a truly collaborative approach to project management.

We sat down with Stacy to discuss her career, the industry, and what it takes to be a successful woman in construction. Here’s what she had to say.

What were your education, training, and career path that led you to your current position at Greiner?

I have a BS degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I grew up around construction and I enjoy making things to it was natural for me to follow this path. After college, I worked in residential construction for a few years. Then I went into the commercial side of construction which I’ve been in for the last 17 years.

I’ve now been at Greiner for 1 year. Before that, I was at my previous employer for 13.5 years. I came to Greiner because I was ready for career growth and more opportunity. They have a great culture and I’m happy I made the change.

If you could go back and do it again, would you have tried a different route or done anything differently? Was there anything you felt unprepared for?

I’m glad I tried the route I did. I’ve met many great people along the way and have had mostly great experiences. Some people are better than others to work with, and not every project goes well, but working through those things has made me a better project manager.

I don’t think I was unprepared for anything specifically. Being prepared is about being proactive and looking ahead and communicating with all on the team.

What advice would you give someone just entering into this field?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or tell someone you’ll look into it and get back to them. Also, be confident in what you do know.

What part of your job and this industry gives you the most satisfaction?

When a project is emotionally and financially successful for all parties including the owner, architect, trade partners, end-users, and G.C. It great to see what a team that works together can do and how the end product can benefit others.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?

The most challenging is keeping tabs on others to ensure that they complete their responsibilities in a timely fashion. At times it can be a lot to keep track of.

What is your drive to deliver affordable housing projects?

For me, it’s being able to provide homes for the people that need them.

Finish your next affordable housing project with Greiner

There has never been a greater need for affordable housing than right now. That’s why we’re ready to work with you to fill the growing needs of our communities. Contact us today to discuss the details of your next project.

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