NAVA Real Estate Development (NAVA) is a Colorado-based real estate investment and development firm founded by Trevor Hines and Brian Levitt to develop architecturally-significant communities in prime locations that are sensitive to the environment and building occupants. The firm is positioned as a classic and opportunistic development entity, seeking to identify and execute attractive development opportunities, building the best quality project at the lowest cost, in the shortest amount of time and with the lowest risk exposure. The NAVA team’s 50 years of combined real estate experience developing mixed-use, large-format, Certified properties enables us to create communities that align with our economic and social goals. The name NAVA is a Hebrew word meaning “beautiful”, which captures our passion for architecture and “placemaking” as a means to achieving long-term economic success.
Agile and innovative, NAVA is constantly in touch with our relationship to real estate investment fundamentals. We look for land that is under-appreciated, uses that have a secular tail-wind and irreplaceable locations that offer strong upsides and returns. NAVA works to maintain a defensive position, avoiding fads to the point of being contrarian and will not compromise on a second-class location. We utilize the best technology, resources and experts to capitalize and manage our assets and ensure the greatest probability for economic, social and environmental success for our investments and partners.
NAVA operates with an unwavering commitment to three goals for each of our development endeavors: 1) projects that will improve the quality of the surrounding community, 2) buildings that will have a positive impact on the residents and 3) an approach that will maintain rigor and discipline throughout the development process to ensure consistent investment returns. NAVA’s team manages the lifecycle for each asset with a detail-oriented, hands-on approach through each phase of acquisition, development, operation and disposition. We strive to set new professional and ethical standards through environmentally-conscious design, extensive underwriting, proven managerial techniques and personalized service catered to the unique requirements of resident and partner.
NAVA’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of real estate development and advisory services. NAVA’s principals come from a lineage of real estate developers and health care professionals, which has enabled us to readily incorporate wellness into our real estate projects and push the envelope in terms of design, engineering and performance. We hope to create communities that are mindful of our environment, and additive to our children's lives.
NAVA’s experience includes multi-family and senior residential, commercial retail, office, industrial and mixed-use projects primarily in the Colorado real estate market.
NAVA investments fall into three primary categories:
- CORE – prime assets within Central Business/Residential District
- Value Add – adaptive redevelopment/re-use of declining real estate assets
- Opportunistic – new construction development on irreplaceable sites
NAVA founded RealWell, Inc., a Colorado-based non-profit organization whose mission is to make buildings healthier. Realwell is a “think tank” that unites health care professionals, wellness experts, designers and the public with the real estate community to implement best practices to enhance the benessere of building occupants. Our unique approach seeks to quantify that incorporating health-focused best practices into real estate projects has actual, measurable impact on resident’s wellbeing. Ultimately, Realwell seeks to positively influence the health of the population across the United States. For more information, please visit www.realwell.org.
As proud Denver natives and transplants, the NAVA team shares a commitment to creating placemaking developments that improve our communities and transform lives.
Trevor M. Hines, Chief Executive Officer
Exposed to development from a very early age, Trevor oversees deal sourcing and business strategy for NAVA. His father is Gerald D. Hines, the founder of one of the world’s most successful real estate companies, and active mentor and adviser to NAVA. Trevor earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and enjoys applying the technical and analytical approach of engineering to the development space. Prior to forming NAVA, Trevor worked for his father’s firm in several locations, including to construct a portfolio for Hines’ non-real estate investments in the wake of 2008.
Attracted by the vibrant and dynamic growth of the city, natural beauty of the state and the positive temperament of the Colorado people, Trevor and his wife moved to Denver in 2012. They enjoy taking advantage of the state’s endless outdoor activities with their growing family.
Brian J. Levitt, President
Brian Levitt is responsible for NAVA’s daily operations. A Denver resident, he has developed in and around the area for over 20 years, building over 4.5 million square feet of commercial and residential space and consulting on over $2 billion of real estate for various clients. He has successfully managed and delivered a variety of complicated developments since 1996.
Brian contributes more than 10% of his time to non-profit work as a board member or committee chair. Over the years, he has contributed time to several local organizations including Urban Land Institute, USGBC, the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, Focus Points, Senior Hub and Habitat for Humanity.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, as well as a Master of Science in Real Estate Construction Management from the University of Denver.
Donald Larsen, Vice President
Don is responsible for the design and construction of NAVA’s projects. Don was a partner in a mid-sized general contracting firm in Cleveland, OH for 10 years prior to moving to Denver in 2004. He has been responsible for the design and construction of over 15 million square feet of commercial and residential space. Don brings a broad depth of experience and knowledge to the company and is committed to providing a quality product for the end-user and leadership to the teams he manages.
Don obtained a degree in Construction Management from the University of Akron, an AS in Environmental Engineering from the West Side Institute of Technology and a Third Class Stationary Engineer License from the State of Ohio. He enjoys exploring the Colorado outdoors and spends his free time hiking, biking and camping with his wife, horse and dog.
Sarah Stone, Senior Director of Marketing
Sarah Stone oversees marketing strategy and outreach for NAVA and its residential developments. She joined the firm with over 15 years of marketing experience within the real estate industry, most recently managing corporate marketing and business development for The Mark Company, one of the industry’s leading urban residential real estate sales and marketing firms. Her expertise marketing and selling condominiums in the West Coast’s most competitive markets helps to drive brand awareness for Lakehouse and ensure that the property is positioned for success in a competitive marketplace.
Born and raised in California, Sarah's previous experience includes overseeing marketing for Patri Merker Architects in San Francisco and San Jose Construction Company in Silicon Valley. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University.
Mike Reynolds, Project Manager
Mike partners with Don to manage design and construction for NAVA projects. He oversees the workflow between the general contractor, architects, engineers and subcontractors to ensure that construction runs on time and on budget. His previous experience includes residential and civil projects in Chicago and Denver. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity both domestically and abroad in Africa, Bolivia and Costa Rica. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Illinois State University.
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” ~ Albert Einstein
NAVA is part of a global movement to redefine success in business by voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability and performance. While many businesses view civil stewardship as a necessary cost of doing business, NAVA believes that financial, social and environmental responsibility should not be mutually exclusive. NAVA nurtures projects that will improve the quality of the surrounding community, have a positive impact on the residents and maintain consistent financial returns over the years.
We are one of just over 2,000 Certified B Corporations in 50+ countries who compete not just to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. NAVA is proud to be part of this global community and its achievement of its Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) investment rating of Gold (www.bcorporation.net). In addition, one percent (1%) of our profits will go to a non-profit of choice.
NAVA is proud to support and partner with the following events and organizations:
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Colorado Dragon Film Festival
Denver Housing Authority
Habitat For Humanity
Links For Lungs
The Parks People
Yeshiva Toras Chaim School