Construction completed on Everleigh Vernon Hills

15 May 2023

Acting as the General Contractor, Focus has completed construction of the luxury, active-adult community Everleigh in Vernon Hills, IL. Working on behalf of client Greystar, Focus delivered the project on budget during a time of great price and supply volatility.

Everleigh Vernon Hills consists of a multifamily structure with 173 apartment units ranging in size from 567 to 1,373 SF and 7 duplex cottages. The interiors of the 1- and 2-bedroom units were detailed with ceramic tile backsplashes, quartz counters, and plank flooring. The build out also included community amenities, such as a luxury demonstration kitchen, game room, fitness center with group exercise room, theater, business center, and lounge.

Designed by Meeks + Partners, the 4-story multifamily building consists of a wood-frame structure surrounding a precast garage, with cottages as traditional wood-framed townhomes. The bulk of preconstruction and build out occurred while the US supply chain was experiencing the highest levels of price and supply volatility seen in decades. While no project was completely insulated from the impacts of that volatility, the Focus construction team went above any beyond in their dedication to the project.

“Working with Focus on the construction of Everleigh Vernon Hills had a direct impact on the success of the project,” said Christine Kolb, Senior Director of Development at Greystar. “Their experience and dedication kept the project moving during an unprecedented time of volatility. Thanks to their hard work and collaboration with our leasing and management teams, the project began leasing on time and is already home to an established community.”

Additionally, Focus was proud to partner with Greystar in their efforts to raise funds for the Lake County Community Foundation (LCCF). Together with their trade partners, Focus successfully raised over $20,000 for grants to programs that support construction workforce cultivation, education, and job training in Lake County.

“We were thrilled to be involved in such an impactful project,” said Focus’s Executive Vice President of Construction, Josh Stark. “I am proud of the skilled workers and supervisors who ensured that construction of this project happened safely and without incident.”

The Everleigh project team includes:

  • Senior Project Manager, Kirk McLawhorn
  • Project Manager II, Jillian Fiandaca
  • Assistant Project Manager, Alberto Gomez Jr.
  • Project Engineer, David Merz
  • Superintendent II, Jeff Biagini

Having delivered over 6,500 multifamily units to Chicagoland since 1993, Focus is a time-tested contractor with a proven track record with clients like Greystar, Marquette, Fifield and Terraco.

Greystar launched the Everleigh by Greystar brand in 2017 with a focus on delivering a high-quality living experience for 55+ active adults, with sophisticated spaces and a unique environment that encourages continued growth, connection and vitality. With locations now in eight states, this newest Everleigh by Greystar apartment home community features resort-style amenities and designer interiors. Everleigh Vernon Hills is located in Vernon Hills and just minutes from Mettawa, IL, and surrounding towns like Mundelein, Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire, IL. Visit the property website to learn more and lease today.

About Focus
For 30 years, Focus has worked diligently to identify, meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. As a vertically integrated development and construction company, the places and spaces Focus brings to life mirror the collaboration between its multi-disciplinary teams driven to manifest success. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Focus is responsible for distinctive developments that value over $2.4 billion. These projects range from smaller, multifamily communities in historic districts to high-density, mixed-use redevelopments in thriving downtowns. Since expanding to offer third-party general contracting services, Focus’ construction division has built real estate projects valued at over $530 million.

About Greystar
Greystar is a leading, fully integrated global real estate company offering expertise in property management, investment management, development, and construction services in institutional-quality rental housing, logistics, and life sciences sectors. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Greystar manages and operates more than $250 billion of real estate in 234 markets globally with offices throughout North America, Europe, South America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Greystar is the largest operator of apartments in the United States, manages more than 817,000 units/beds globally, and has a robust institutional investment management platform comprised of more than $69 billion of assets under management, including over $29 billion of development assets. Greystar was founded by Bob Faith in 1993 to become a provider of world class service in the rental residential real estate business. To learn more, visit

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