Gillis Gilkerson - Construction Managers / General Contractors
150 West Market Street, Suite 200, Riverview Commons, Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-4821 - Fax: 410-749-7934

Jefferson Apartments

Lewes, DE

The Severn Companies hired Gillis Gilkerson to complete renovations on Jefferson Apartments, a +/- 41,050 square foot affordable housing complex located at 825 Kings Highway in Lewes, Delaware.

Jefferson Apartments I, the original community, was constructed in 1981 and is made up of 39 residential units spread throughout five 2-story buildings. There is also has a free-standing rental office onsite. Gillis Gilkerson’s renovations included the installation of new windows, doors, roofing, siding, flooring, appliances and HVAC systems.

The second phase of work included a +/- 450 square foot addition to the rental office as well as the comprehensive renovation of four additional buildings within Jefferson II, each totaling +/- 7,684 square feet. Gillis Gilkerson replaced all building systems and installed new windows, doors, kitchens, bathtubs updated all other surfaces. Jefferson II has a unit mix of 16 one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units.

“We are grateful for the completion of the apartments at Jefferson II in time to get the residents back in their homes,” said Arthur Edwards, Jr., President of The Severn Companies. “We believe this was made possible by the quality site supervision provided by Dale Reinhold. Dale’s masterful control of the site, the suppliers and the subcontractors were like a conductor directing an unruly orchestra. On site progress was consistent and organized. When problems were encountered, Dale professionally provided solutions. Dale’s quality site supervision made the Jefferson II project a success.”

The project was funded by a USDA Rural Development mortgage, Low Income Housing tax credits from Delaware State Housing Authority, equity from The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation, and a construction loan from TD Bank. Gillis Gilkerson Project Manager Robin Steininger worked in partnership with Architectural Alliance, Inc. and KM Construction Consulting, LLC to complete the scope of work on time and on budget.

“We have worked with Gillis Gilkerson before on other projects such as Hollybrook Apartments in Laurel, Dunbarton Apartments in Georgetown and Seaford Apartments in Seaford, Delaware. We keep going back because they are on time and on budget. When times were tough, Gillis Gilkerson helped us out.” -Arthur Edwards Jr., Owner and President of The Severn Companies

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What Our Clients Say

“We are very happy to have Gillis Gilkerson as the contractor for our new service center. As a cooperative we understand the value of working with local businesses. Locally owned and operated, Gillis Gilkerson has been serving the Delmarva region for over 30 years. We know they will produce a quality structure that will serve the employees and members of Choptank Electric for many years.”

~ Bob Behlke,
Vice President of Member Services
Choptank Electric

“The original roof was only seven years old so finding out that we needed a whole new roof – the hard way – was disappointing. The team from Gillis Gilkerson addressed every single concern we had from the very beginning. They even called me on July 4th when we had bad storms in the area and asked if they could get inside the church to make sure everything was safe and secure. Now that’s commitment.”

~ Bruce Glisson,
Executive Pastor,
Allen Memorial Baptist Church

“The Salisbury Zoo is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Gillis Gilkerson on its Animal Health Clinic project. Successful completion of the Clinic project was an essential component of the continued growth and professional accreditation of the Zoo. Additionally the project represented an active partnership between the Zoo, the City of Salisbury, the State of Maryland, and the Delmarva Zoological Society and the regional philanthropic community. All these factors made it imperative that the project be completed in a timely and budgetarily consistent fashion.”

“Gillis Gilkerson seamlessly made the transition from outside contractor to partner in the Animal Health Clinic project. They were proactive about reviewing the plan documents and specifications early in the construction process to make sure there were no problems as the work started. The team made every effort to stay ahead of the curve and even worked on marginal weather days in order to keep the project moving and on schedule. Gillis Gilkerson was just as invested in the success of this project as the Zoo, the City, and the rest of the project team.”

“The Salisbury Zoo would be happy to once again partner with Gillis Gilkerson on future endeavors.”

~ Ralph Piland,
Salisbury Zoo Director

“Throughout the construction phase of this project it was necessary to page a representative from Gillis Gilkerson on a daily basis. I would estimate the average response time for a response was about three minutes. The team was always eager to address any questions or concerns that I had, and when any small problem did arise, they were always fixed quickly and efficiently. In short, there was little disruption of my busy practice and loss of income due to time spent working with the contractor.”

~ John Burkett,
Burkett and Burkett, D.D.S., P.A.

“Palmer and Dwight personally came to see me to talk about the development. I am very comfortable working with Dwight and know that Gillis Gilkerson has a reputation for getting things done and getting them done on time.”

~ Todd Ferrente,
Park Place Plaza

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