About Us
Our History
Capstone Communities was formed in January 2012 as part of the restructuring of Capstone Development, the most active and experienced developer of student housing in the country for more than 21 years. Capstone Development had a portfolio that included 118 communities in 31 states which reflected almost $2.7 billion in project costs and 58,000 beds. Capstone Communities carries on Capstone Development’s legacy in the student housing industry with a specific focus on off campus/new construction developments.

Our Leadership
The three principals of Capstone Communities, Rob Howland, John Vawter and Ben Walker, were key personnel in Capstone Development and were integral to the success of the off-campus/new construction developments Capstone successfully delivered over the years. Collectively, they bring years’ worth of valuable student housing experience and knowledge to this new company. Their off-campus development experience reflects over $1.8 billion in project costs and more than 37,000 beds.
Our Services
Capstone Communities is made up of three distinct divisions, each solely focused on one area of the student housing sector: Development, Construction, & Management. Together these three divisions make us a company able to take our student housing developments from start to finish including site identification and acquisition, pre-development due diligence, financing and construction through project delivery, lease up and disposition. We creatively lead the big picture of structuring the deal while also using our extensive experience to execute the detailed nuts and bolts needed to make every deal successful.

Because we approach every development opportunity as new and unique, we maintain flexibility and innovation throughout the predevelopment and construction phases which allows us to deliver the best possible product in each and every market. In Capstone’s long history, we have worked with many partners including the schools themselves, city governments, and public-private/non-profit organizations to successfully meet the goals and objectives of each stakeholder often working through numerous and complex development challenges. Capstone Communities will continue this tradition of innovation, flexibility and collaboration.