The Meritage Group, owned by Jim Rumbaugh and Ben Sampson, has built over 50 communities throughout the Pittsburgh area since 1976. We are the premier developer in the greater Pittsburgh region. In addition to developing lots for our own use, we also develop lots for Heartland Homes, Ryan Homes, Maronda Homes and many individual custom home builders. Builders are assured they will be receiving only the utmost quality lots when they buy from The Meritage Group.
Our company began as BAR Development in 1976 with our primary focus on land development. In 1998, we decided to change direction and blend the land development with construction of luxury, maintenance-free carriage homes and custom single-family homes. The excitement generated by our new growth led us to change our name. Just as "Meritage" is a blending of fine wines, The Meritage Group is a blending of the finest projects, homes and people.
The Meritage Group has been recognized with design awards for our carriage homes and single-family homes. We were named Builder of the Year and Developer of the Year in 1997 and 2003 by Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and Builder of the Year in 2003 by Pennsylvania Builders Association. Additionally, we earned Developer of the Year Accolades from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. We are also active in the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. Rumbaugh chairs the Pennsylvania Committee on Affordable Housing.
Our involvement in the community is one of our key strengths. Once we develop a community we stay involved in the community, serving as volunteers on committees and donating funds to local non-profit organizations. We take pride in our developments and want the communities in which we are located to take pride in us.