1979
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2000-2008
2009-2016
2017-2024
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1979

Continental Properties was started in 1979 by three 20-year-old college students: Jim Schloemer, Rich Bell, and Steve Wagner. Today, we're a multibillion-dollar development and property management company with projects across the United States. Continental is one of only a few companies to both develop and operate multifamily communities across the country. Our strong showing is a result of keeping our brand true, culture strong, and delivering superior customer service to our residents.

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1980

Opened our first commercial development, an 8,000-square-foot office building in West Bend, Wisconsin.

1988

Developed our first project outside of Wisconsin, a 20,000-square-foot office/industrial building in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

1989

Developed our first apartment community, Dale Creek apartments, in Greendale, Wisconsin. It opened in 1990.

1989

Developed our first Kmart in Monona, Wisconsin. We will go on to develop 29 Kmarts across the country and will become a leading national retail developer.

Celebrated our 10th anniversary

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1999

In memory of company co-founder the first presentation of the Rich Bell Award was presented to our Vice President Human Resources, Jane Baldus.

Celebrated our 20th anniversary

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2001-2005

Launched nationally recognized Springs brand of apartment communities, breaking ground on Springs at Braden River and Springs at Palma Sola in Bradenton, Florida.

Developed the State Justice Center in Madison, Wisconsin for the State of Wisconsin.

Developed 7 Kohl's Department Store Shopping Centers in Arizona; to date (2019), we have developed 41 Kohl's Department Stores.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Texas - Springs at Bandera.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Alabama - Springs at Greystone.

2006-2009

"Self-Service World Silver Award" - This recognizes outstanding achievement in travel and hospitality

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Georgia - Springs at Chatham Parkway.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Tennessee - Springs at Mountain View.

Developed the aloft at Chicago O'Hare, our first hotel development, and the fifth aloft to open worldwide.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of North Carolina - Springs at Asheville.

Grafton Commons Development in Grafton, WI - which was awarded the "Best New Retail Development"

Celebrated our 30th anniversary

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2010-2014

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Iowa - Springs at Jordan Creek.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Nebraska - Springs at Heritage Lakes.

Surpassed 5,000 apartment homes developed with the completion of Springs at East Fifty First in Tulsa, OK.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Oklahoma - Springs at East Fifty First.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Illinois - Springs at 127th.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of South Carolina - Springs at Greenville.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Kentucky - Springs at Winchester Road.

Surpassed 10,000 apartment homes developed with the completion of Springs at Fremaux Town Center in Slidell, LA.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Louisiana - Springs at Fremaux Town Center.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Minnesota - Springs at Egan Drive.

2015-2019

Broke ground on 2,896 apartment homes in 7 states in 2015.

Surpassed 15,000 apartment homes developed with the completion of Springs at Lakeline in Austin, TX.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Ohio - Springs at Liberty Township.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Wisconsin - Springs at Kenosha.

Broke ground on 3,175 apartment homes in 7 states in 2016.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Colorado- Springs at Sandstone Ranch.

Broke ground on 3,140 apartment homes in 2017.

First Springs Apartments Community in the State of Michigan- Springs at Knapp's Crossing.

Surpassed 20,000 apartment homes developed with the completion of Springs at Hammock Cove in Naples, FL.

Celebrated our 40th anniversary

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2020s

awards

2006

Self Service World - Silver Award - Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Travel & Hospitality

2008

Named to Milwaukee Magazine’s list of "Best Places to Work"

Relay For Life - received "Top Fundraising Team" award

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2009

Relay For Life - received "Top Fundraising Team" award

"Best New Retail Development" - Grafton Commons Wisconsin

Tali Award for Excellence - Springs at Palma Sola

Tali Award for Excellence - Springs at Greystone

2013

Recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces”

2014

Recognized for the second consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces”

Recognition for Participation - Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion - Continental Properties

Recognition for Participation - Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion - Springs at Stone Oak Village

2015

Recognized for the third consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"

SAAA (San Antonio Apartment Association)- "Best Social Media Campaign" - Springs/Continental Marketing

2016

Recognized for the fourth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"

NMHC Top 10 Developer - 10th Place

 

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2017

Recognized for the fifth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"

#1 Suburban/Garden Style Developer in the country

NMHC Top 10 Developer - 8th Place 

Donated to St. Augustine - A preparatory K4-12 academy in Milwaukee which is student-centered. Young learners take ownership of their education not only in academics, but also physical health and creativity.

Six properties named Top 10 for online reputation

2018

Recognized for the sixth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"

Donated to St. Augustine - A preparatory K4-12 academy in Milwaukee which is student-centered. Young learners take ownership of their education not only in academics, but also physical health and creativity.

Named 19th nationally as the Best Places to Work in Multifamily™

2019

Recognized for the seventh consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"

Named 27th nationally as the Best Places to Work in Multifamily™