Joseph Colaluca


I decided to transfer from the University of Virginia back home to Providence College and felt that there was a bigger purpose in life for me in the place where I grew up. Leaving such a great university was a hard decision, and although I did not know what this purpose was, I had a strong feeling that returning back to Providence was the right thing to do. Upon my return, I started working for my family plumbing and heating supply business while I attended Providence College. In 2009, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from PC with a major in Marketing. It was during my senior year I purchased my first property, which I still own today. I remember walking across Admiral Street to work on the property in between my classes. My intention was to renovate the property and rent it out to college students. My family did not own property and I really didn’t have much construction experience at this time, but I knew I had the drive to get the job done sometimes with help from my father, and even from my grandfather. The renovation finished in 6 months and shortly after leased the 3 units to college students and young professionals. In 2015, I went on to receive my master’s degree from Providence College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Today, I am exploring options to obtain my Ph.D.

After renovating my first property, I went on to get my real estate license and joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. During this time, I was able to accumulate 10 properties and was involved in the extensive renovation process on all of them. The work included demolition, framing, electrical, HVAC, sheetrock, plaster, paint, and finish work. I learned from my mistakes on properties that I owned, and not any client properties. In June 2013, I obtained my real estate broker’s license and formed Strive Realty which is a full-service real estate brokerage. During this time, I continued buying and renovating properties both for myself and clients. Shortly after, in 2015, I created Strive Construction which began with 3 employees. The purpose of this company was to specialize in the rehabilitation of existing structures. The same mission still exists today, however, on a much larger scale. Strive Construction has expanded into bigger projects along with new construction ground-up building. In 2018, we completed our first new construction project and shortly after rented the property to college students. We are currently working on two mill-conversion projects, a new construction built in the Elmhurst area of Providence, a two-family building in a historic neighborhood on the East Side of Providence, a fire damaged property in the Providence College area, a commercial/retail remodel on Thames Street in Newport RI, along with several properties in the Federal Hill, West End and Harborside areas of Providence.

I am proud to say that we have the Providence and surrounding areas covered. There is not a job we cannot undertake and my company strives to pursue jobs that other companies don’t want to do, or even say cannot be done. If you believe it, you can achieve it. And, we want to be a part of your mission. The pursuit is never-ending.

Strive Lofts, Providence, RI. Luxury mill conversion developed by Strive.