Continental Properties was started in 1979 by three 20-year-old college students: Jim Schloemer, Rich Bell and Steve Wagner. Today we’re a multi-million-dollar development and property management company with projects across the United States. Some of the highlights of our journey are listed below.
1980: Opened first commercial development, an 8,000 square foot office building in West Bend, Wisconsin
1988: Developed first project outside of Wisconsin, a 20,000 square foot office/industrial building in Lake Bluff, Illinois
1989: Developed first apartment community, Dale Creek, in Greendale, Wisconsin. It opened in 1990
1989: Developed first Kmart in Monona, Wisconsin. Continental Properties eventually develops 29 Kmarts and becomes a leading national retail developer
1999: In memory of company co-founder the first presentation of the Rich Bell Award is presented to Vice President Jane Baldus
2001: Launched nationally recognized Springs brand of apartment communities, breaking ground on Springs at Braden River and Springs at Palma Sola in Bradenton, Florida
2001: Developed the State Justice Center in Madison, Wisconsin for the State of Wisconsin
2002: Developed 7 Kohl's Department Store Shopping Centers in Arizona; to date we’ve developed 41 Kohl's Department Stores
2008: Named to Milwaukee Magazine’s list of "Best Places to Work"
2008: Developed the aloft at Chicago O'Hare, the company’s first hotel development, and the fifth aloft to open worldwide
2011: Surpassed 5,000 apartment homes developed
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”
2014: Surpassed 10,000 apartment homes developed
2015: Recognized for the third consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"
2015: Broke ground on 2,896 apartment homes in 7 states
14 million SF retail and office GLA developed
70 Springs Apartments communities developed
24 states in which we have developed