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NorSouth Constructs is committed to building high-quality environmentally responsible commercial and residential properties in the Southeast. Our passion lies in creating superior spaces that meet the needs of our developers and financial partners. NorSouth Constructs works directly with each client to ensure every design exceeds expectations with an accurate budget.

The NorSouth Constructs’ approach is used to provide clients with the greatest opportunity for success, rooted in three main areas:

  1. Expertise - Knowledge and experience are the foundation for everything NorSouth Constructs builds.
  2. Transparency - Open book budgeting is key in achieving transparency. Continual communication throughout the project gives NorSouth Constructs' clients peace of mind.
  3. Accountability - Years of experience blended with a focus on accountability has led to NorSouth Construct’s evolved and unique Construction Approach. The result of using this process: no change orders.


In 1986, two real estate developers — one from the north and one from the south — formed NorSouth Companies. William E. Johnston and David H. Dixon, brought together Southern hospitality and charm and combined it with a Northern “pedal-to-the-metal” business attitude. Over the decades, the two business partners have grown NorSouth into a fully integrated company specializing in multifamily development, construction and management, and continue to lead the firm today.

NorSouth Constructs has emerged as a leading third-party general contractor with a unique understanding of the long-term challenges our clients face, since we have sat at both sides of the table as both developer and builder. Today, NorSouth Constructs enjoys a well-earned reputation for building high-quality mixed-use, seniors and multi-family communities for developers and owners throughout the Southeast.


NorSouth Constructs has attracted a team with hundreds of years of combined construction experiences to provide unparalleled value to our clients from project design to completion.

  • Bill Johnston

    Bill Johnston

    It’s the challenge of leading NorSouth to win the admiration of investors, municipalities and residents that Bill finds the most rewarding.
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  • Dave Dixon

    Dave Dixon

    As Managing Partner at NorSouth, Dave Dixon leads by example. His top priorities in life have been family and meaningful work.
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  • Mike Creeden

    Mike Creeden

    Mike is putting his energy and team spirit toward growing NorSouth into a major force in the industry.
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  • Colin Edelstein

    Colin Edelstein

    As Director of NorSouth Constructs, Colin is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the development and construction industries by changing the way owners and general contractors interact.
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Contractor Q&A

Q. What is included in the final 5% of a construction assignments? How might a General Contractor best move through that 5% without surprises?

A. Communication and establishing expectations at the beginning of a development is critical to completion – not just between owner and GC but between the GC and subcontractors. As the expression goes, “the devil is in the details” and that last 5% is almost entirely detail work. With a thoroughly designed development, the GC is able to articulate and better enforce those expectations about what “final” is to the subs. In addition, a critical factor to completion is oversight. The super and finish crews MUST understand that an owner shouldn’t be expected or need to generate detailed punch lists. Lengthy punch lists just mean the deal wasn’t finished.

Your Vision,
Our Execution.


  • Multi-Family Construction

    Multi-Family Construction

  • Development<br>Design-to-Delivery


  • Mixed-Use Construction

    Mixed-Use Construction

  • Sustainable Construction

    Sustainable Construction

Your Vision,
Our Precision.


NorSouth Constructs’ unique Approach to building properties on-time and within budget is based on a tested and proven planning and coordination process. Developers engage NorSouth Constructs to be their third-party General Contractor and an integral team member.

Once a plan is established, pricing is refined by considering additional factors, including consistency, code compliance and design completeness.

This approach yields many benefits for NorSouth Constructs clients. Following the NorSouth Constructs process provides clients with the peace of mind knowing they will not be charged for a change order during the project lifecycle. Properties that are on time and on budget are just two of the biggest reasons clients return for one project after another. And maximizing the return on investment gives everyone involved a sense of satisfaction and pride for the property.

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NorSouth Constructs prides ourselves on our construction process and execution and we love to tell our story. We are pleased to be featured in numerous print and online publications and quoted as experts in business stories. See samples of news coverage here.

Media Contact:

Sarah Crytzer
Phone: (404) 343-4377


Analysis: Strong Demand Drives Top 25 GCs to New Heights -

As published in MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE, April 14, 2014. Written by Lindsay Machak. Strong demand enabled many well-established general contractors (GCs) to have their pick of the litter last year, affording several among the MFE Top 25 GCs the luxury of expanding their reach. NorSouth Constructs, for example, found its footing ­by walking down a different path. Colin Edelstein, NorSouth’s [...]

NorSouth Constructs Named Top General Contractor -

NorSouth Constructs has been named one of the top 25 General Contractors in the nation, according to MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE. Each year, MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE honors the industry’s best and brightest with its prestigious MFE Awards competition. This year, NorSouth Constructs was named the 19th best on MFE’s 2014 Top 25 General Contractors List. To view the [...]

Luxury Apartments Being Built in Chattanooga – Provides Convenient Living for Local Residents -

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (March 25, 2014) – NorSouth Constructs  has broken ground on the luxury garden apartment development The Springs @ Chattanooga. The development will total 260 apartment homes located at the intersection of Pinewood Drive and Gunbarrel Road on 14.6 acres in Chattanooga. The Springs @ Chattanooga is owner and will be operated by Continental [...]

Decatur Housing Authority’s Oliver House Honored -

Written by Keith Loria. As published in Multi-Housing News, on November 7, 2013. Decatur, Ga.—The Atlanta Regional Commission named Oliver House, a new affordable seniors housing community developed by the Decatur Housing Authority, the 2013 Development of Excellence. Oliver House is the second of the three phases of the DHA’s ongoing $30 million redevelopment of [...]

Decatur Housing Authority’s Oliver House at Allen Wilson Named ARC 2013 Development of Excellence -

As published in City Biz List Atlanta, November 4, 2013. Oliver House, the innovative, affordable senior housing complex developed by the Decatur Housing Authority (DHA), has been named the 2013 Development of Excellence by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  The community was selected for exemplifying cutting-edge, livable design that enhances the community around it, according to [...]

AHF Recognizes Industry’s Rising Stars -

Affordable Housing Finance is recognizing seven young individuals who are rising stars in the industry. This year’s diverse group includes several developers, a housing finance agency representative, financing leaders, and a construction expert. Since 2008, AHF has been honoring men and women under 40 years of age who are building organizations and ushering in new ways [...]

Multifamily Goes Green -

Written by Colin Edelstein, Director of NorSouth Constructs. As published in Scotsman Guide’s Commercial Edition, August 2013. As the multifamily market continues to lead the commercial real estate recovery, more properties are being built to meet demand. With significant amounts of new construction coming online, green building has gained popularity in multifamily developments in a relatively short [...]

NorSouth Constructs and Fickling & Company Begin Work on Luxury Ga. Community -

As seen on Multi-Housing News Online.  Evans, Ga.—In a joint venture, NorSouth Constructs and Fickling & Company have started to develop Lullwater at Riverwood, a luxury apartment community in Evans, Ga., which is a submarket of Augusta/Richmond County. “It is extremely gratifying to be involved in this exciting development as we embark on a longstanding [...]

Luxury Apartments Being Built in Suburban Augusta – First of its Kind in Almost Fifteen Years -

EVANS, Georgia (August 19, 2013) – NorSouth Constructs and Fickling & Company have begun construction on the luxury garden apartment development Lullwater at Riverwood. The development will total 350 units located in the highly desirable Evans submarket of the Augusta/Richmond County MSA at the prestigious Riverwood Plantation neighborhood. “Lullwater at Riverwood will provide residents of [...]

Water Works: Builders Work Ways to Conserve Water -

Posted by MultiFamily Executive on August 6, 2013 by Lindsay Machak. More than 70 percent of the nation is susceptible to a water shortage. In fact, 36 U.S. states are at risk for water shortages even without the threat of drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So when the team at NorSouth Constructs got [...]

NorSouth Constructs Opens New Office in Norcross -

As published in Norcross News, May 2013 NorSouth Constructs, a premier construction firm that specializes in building award-winning mixed-use, senior, and multi-family communities, has opened up at new office at 3295 River Exchange in Norcross, Ga. It will be headed by Colin Edelstein, director of NorSouth Constructs. “Our new location affords us a better opportunity [...]

Green Is the Mature Choice -

Sustainable Senior-Housing Properties are Attractive to Everyone Involved  By: Colin Edelstein  as published in Scotsman Guide Edition, March 2013. The recent tough economic times have taken a toll on the incomes of Americans across the board, and seniors — those age 55 and older — are no exception. As many seniors have looked for ways [...]

Multitude of Merits in Providing Energy-Efficient, Affordable Senior Communities -

Many Americans age 55 and older are facing a looming financial crisis. Longer life spans, coupled with stagnant investments, the housing slump and overall economic downturn means seniors will live years, perhaps decades, on fixed incomes. A number of seniors and their caretakers have found that the options of staying in their own homes or [...]

NorSouth Constructs Set to Begin Phase III Construction of Allen Wilson Terrace -

DECATUR — NorSouth Constructs ( will soon break ground on the third and final phase of a $30 million redevelopment of Allen Wilson Terrace Public Housing by the Decatur Housing Authority (DHA). NorSouth Constructs was selected by the DHA based on qualifications and a competitive bid process to build both Phase II and Phase III [...]

Colin Edelstein Named To Board of CaringWorks -

ATLANTA – Colin Edelstein, director of NorSouth Constructs, has been named to the Board of Directors of CaringWorks, Inc., an Atlanta-based non-profit that provides housing and support to the homeless to help stabilize their lives and assist them in moving towards greater self-sufficiency. “I’m gratified with the Board appointment and look forward to greater involvement [...]

Fickling & Company Selects NorSouth Constructs to Build New High-End Apartment Community in Evans, Ga. -

EVANS, GA – Fickling & Company, a Macon, Ga.-based real estate services and development firm (, has selected NorSouth Constructs of Savannah, Ga. ( to build its new, high-end apartment community, Lullwater at Riverwood, in Evans, Ga. Construction will begin first quarter of 2013 on Phase One, which will consist of 212 garden apartments on [...]

NorSouth Constructs’ Project of the Year is Green Community for Seniors -

Decatur, Ga.—NorSouth Constructs has announced the opening of Oliver House, the second phase of a $30 million redevelopment of Allen Wilson Terrace Public Housing by the Decatur Housing Authority (DHA). The senior housing community has been named EarthCraft Multifamily 2012 Project of the Year by Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Both NorSouth [...]

Decatur’s Oliver House Named EarthCraft Multifamily Project of the Year for 2012 -

DECATUR, GA — Oliver House, the new 80-unit senior housing community at 1450 Commerce Drive in the heart of Decatur, has been named EarthCraft Multifamily 2012 Project of the Year by Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Built by NorSouth Constructs, Oliver House is the second phase of a $30 million redevelopment of [...]

Worth The Wait- Affordable Housing Finance Report -

Worth the Wait: A former public housing site finally gets redeveloped. By Donna Kimura. Affordable Housing Finance. October 2012. Six years after an old public housing project was demolished, Part Terrace has opened doors to residents in High Point, N.C. The new 172-unit development is build on the site that was long occupied by the old [...]

Colin Edelstein | People in the News -

Atlanta Business Chronicle: People in the News Colin Edelstein Date added: August 2, 2012 Submission Type: Professional Recognition Current employer: NorSouth Constructs Current title/position: Director Industry: Commercial Real Estate Position level: Director Position department: General Management Reason for being recognized: Colin Edelstein, director of NorSouth Constructs, has been selected by ULI Atlanta as a member of its 2013 Leadership Class. The group is [...]

Colin Edelstein of NorSouth Constructs Named to ULI Atlanta’s 2013 Leadership Class -

ATLANTA — Colin Edelstein, director of NorSouth Constructs (, has been selected by ULI Atlanta (Urban Land Institute,, as a member of its 2013 Leadership Class. Edelstein and his classmates will participate in a nine-month educational program and will serve on a Technical Assistance Panel to provide counsel on a pertinent regional land use [...]

Southeast Real Estate Business Newsletter -

ATLANTA — NorSouth Constructs has started building the 48-unit Betmar Village, a seniors housing property located in the Betmar LaVilla community at 345 Ashwood Ave. in Atlanta. National Church Residences is the developer for the project. HUD provided a $3.9 million 202 Elderly Housing Grant for construction of the property, and the Georgia Department of [...]

Multi-Housing News – First NorSouth HearthSide Senior Community South of Atlanta -

By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer Atlanta—Groundbreaking is expected to take place this summer on HearthSide Peachtree City, a new moderately priced, amenity-rich senior living community from Atlanta’s NorSouth Development. The $14.2 million community will feature 96 apartments, and it will be located in Kedron Village, one of five interconnected villages that comprise Peachtree City, Ga. [...]

Neighbor Newspapers – NorSouth Constructs Begins Construction of Oliver House -

DECATUR — NorSouth Constructs ( has broken ground on Oliver House, the second phase of a $30 million redevelopment of Allen Wilson Terrace Public Housing by the Decatur Housing Authority (DHA). NorSouth Constructs was selected by the DHA in a competitive bid process to build the 80-unit building at 1450 Commerce Drive in the heart [...]

Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition – Adamsville Green Senior Apartments-An Affordable, Sustainable, Accessible Community for Seniors -

By: Lori Mills, Progressive Redevelopment, Inc. Lorri Mills is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Progressive Redevelopment, Inc. On April 21, 2011, Progressive Redevelopment, Inc. (PRI) celebrated the grand opening of Adamsville Green Senior Apartments, which represents a giant leap in bringing conceptual strategies in “green” building design to practical realization. Adhering to [...]

Your Vision,
Our Action.

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NorSouth Coustructs' properties are located throughout the Southeastern U.S. While our primary office is located in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, we work with development companies in a wide variety of cities and towns from Georgia to Texas to Virginia and everything in-between. States where NorSouth Constructs has constructed properties include Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia.


NorSouth Constructs is always seeking talented professionals and subcontractors. If you are currently seeking work, please forward your information to the following offices for consideration.

NorSouth Constructs undertakes some projects which offer preferences to M/W/DBE and Section 3 Qualified firms, consistent with federal financing requirements.  To get information on Bidder Qualifications or an email contact for such jobs, click here.

For additional career inquiries, submit your resume to:
[email protected]

Our Locations

10 Chatham Center South
Suite 300
Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 354-6096

3295 River Exchange Drive
Suite 270
Norcross, GA 30092

For specific construction information contact:
Colin Edelstein - (678) 576-7904 Send an email