We're not your average development firm.
UrbanCore provides turnkey development solutions, a full range of construction services, and consulting for strategic joint ventures and investments. We love the challenge of tackling complex development projects that require hard work, sharp insight, and innovative thinking. As owners, managers, investors and clients of our own construction services, we offer a rare perspective and profound understanding of the obstacles and opportunities of every project. We are also LEED AP® Building Design + Construction certified.
the people behind the buildings
Our team loves to come to work every day. We hire exceptionally skilled professionals for every role in the company and give them the training, professional development and freedom to excel at their jobs and deliver our clients the first-rate service they deserve.
Andy Beach, Partner
Andy Beach is a real estate developer and entrepreneur whose focus is on historic renovations and in-fill development in the greater Richmond area. After graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002, Andy started his career with one of the nation’s largest home builders. Moving quickly though the company he gained invaluable experience in all facets of real estate and construction. In 2010, Andy co-founded Urban Core Development and Progress Realty Group with the goal of providing quality and affordable housing options. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren, and their three children Ellie, Brooks and Berkley. In his free time, he enjoys staying active through Cross Fit, running, and playing golf.
Jeff Bunch, Partner
Jeff Bunch has worked in Real estate for the past 10 years. He has worked for national homebuilders, real estate brokers, and investors. He spent 5 years with Ryan Homes developing his construction knowledge and project management skills. After working in the sales department, he decided to leave and become a real estate agent as well as form Progress Realty Group with Andy Beach, a real estate investment company that specializes in urban infill and renovation in Richmond Virginia. Four years after founding Progress Realty Group Jeff partnered with Andy Beach and Evan Garrison to form UrbanCore Construction. Jeff is passionate about urban housing and enjoys seeing his projects progress from start to finish.
Kurt Yartz, Senior Project Manager
Kurt Yartz’s 10 years of experience includes residential and senior living, higher education, government/ military facilities and general commercial development. Highlight projects during his employment with WM Jordan Company include a $45 million dollar new construction design build project at University of Virginia consisting of four new dormitories after demolition of existing structures and site preparation, an $85 million dollar new construction training facility at Central Campus in Fort Lee, and senior living, independent living, and assisted living facility projects ranging from $10 - $19 million dollars. Kurt has experience with BIM modeling, Green building and LEED certifications.
John Phillips, Controller
Jon Phillips, CPA, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BS in political science and went on to receive his MS in accounting from East Carolina University. Before joining UrbanCore Construction, Jon held positions with Nortel Networks as a senior financial analyst, at Martin Marietta Materials as the district controller for both Maryland and Virginia and at Capital One, where he was a principal accounting specialist in reconciliation and controls supporting the retail bank. When not crunching the numbers at UrbanCore, Jon enjoys, golf, fishing, carpentry and home renovation. He lives in Midlothian with wife, Polly and their two boys, Harris and Price.
Chris Pollock, Project Manager ▸
Chris Pollock graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011 majoring in finance with a minor in accounting. Chris started his construction career with Better Homes and Garages, a residential and renovations company in the Philadelphia area. Here, Chris acted as crew chief and project manager. After college, Chris worked for AMF bowling for one year as a staff accountant. Joining UrbanCore, brought Chris came back to his first love, building and renovations. Chris enjoys officiating basketball, watching his beloved Philadelphia sports teams, working around the house and spending time with his wife, Kelly and dog, Oden.
Mark Facetti, Site Superintendent ▸
Mark Facetti graduated from Marshall University in 2010 majoring in Sports Marketing with a minor in Business Management. Since graduating, Mark has held positions in healthcare marketing, where he increased revenues at his facility to $2 million annually. He then moved to the property management world where he maintained 100 percent occupancy rates and great rapport with the tenants. Mark enjoys outdoor activities such as sailing, camping, hiking, golfing, riding bicycles with his wife, Ericca, son, Leo, and his two dogs, Abbey and Bruno.
Eva Matejkova, Office Manager and Bookkeeper ▸
Eva Matejkova graduated in 2012 from Thomas Bata University in the Czech Republic, majoring in Marketing Management. After college, Eva travelled extensively for three years, living in Great Britain, New Zealand and Indonesia and working in various positions in the hospitality and healthcare industries. This extensive and eclectic experience made her the perfect choice for the challenges of office management at UrbanCore. Now settled in the United States, Eva still enjoys traveling, exercising, water sports and spending time outdoors.
Frank McKnight, Site Superintendent ▸
Frank McKnight left the warm climate of Fort Myers, Florida to join our UrbanCore team. Frank brings experience in IT research, sales, account management and business development. A true people person, Frank graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a degree in business communications. Frank enjoys watching and playing, basketball, football and golf, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family at the beach during the summertime.
Jason Horton, Senior Site Superintendent ▸
Jason brings with him 20 years of experience in the construction industry. His experience includes fine carpentry, rough carpentry, remodeling, and 12 years of experience as a Commercial Superintendent. He has helped construct projects large and small throughout central Virginia including multifamily and a wide variety of commercial projects. He has worked with numerous developers, architects, and owners all over the area and prides himself on the good-standing relationships he has formed over the years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, being outside, softball and spending time with his wife and two young children.
Samantha Kanipe, Asset and Property Manager ▸
Samantha offers 7 years of multifamily property management experience to our team. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2011, Samantha accepted a leasing consultant position with Weinstein Properties. She received multiple promotions leading to a property manager role where she led teams of up to 16 and managed a variety a multifamily apartment communities. In 2017, she founded a company to help people discover and share all things Richmond. When not working, Samantha enjoys being active, the beach, reading, and spending time with her husband and two rescue pups.
Josh Teets, Director of Pre-Construction ▸
Josh Teets' 13 years of experience includes time in both Operations and Preconstruction on multi-residential, assisted living, federal government and commercial projects. After majoring in civil engineering at Virginia Tech, Josh joined KBS, Inc. and has been involved in both new construction and adaptive re-use projects ranging from $7 million to over $50 million throughout Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado. Josh is also a LEED AP with a specialization in Building Construction & Design. In his free time, Josh enjoys golfing and spending time with his fiancee, Ashley and two children, Peyton and Ryan
Emily Gusti, Special Projects Manager ▸
Emily, a Richmond native, attended Randolph-Macon for 2 years on a softball scholarship and is finishing her business degree at Southern New Hampshire University with a focus in Operations Management. Emily started her career with Dallan Construction, a commercial construction company in the Richmond area, as both an Assistant Project Manager and Office Manager. Her experience with Dallan has allowed her to work with many local architects, property management firms, and contractors. Emily lives in the country with her husband, John and two dogs, Loeki and Baby Girl. Emily enjoys playing sports including softball, golf, and volleyball as well as any kind of outdoor adventure. Emily also enjoys photography as a hobby.
what we are in to
An On-going Series
One of our fearless leaders, Andy Beach likes to brush up on his CEO skills as an avid reader and podcast aficionado. A few things on his list lately:
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Wooden on Leadership by Steve Jamison
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
The Perfect Day Formula by Craig Ballantyne