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The Best Commercial Contractors in New York

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New York offers an array of opportunities for businesses to develop and make an impact on an international scale. Its strong economic center draws companies from a range of industries, including finance, technology, media, and fashion. In order to address their construction needs, many companies from these industries consult the best commercial contractors in New York, eight of which are highlighted in this list. Each of them was selected for inclusion on this list based on its track record, versatility, and profound knowledge of the city’s particular demands. From towering skyscrapers to modern offices, these firms bring expertise, innovation, and a meticulous attention to detail. 


245 Newtown Rd, Suite 600, Plainview, NY 11803

When E.W. Howell was founded in 1991, it initially provided high-quality luxury home-building services. Years later, the firm ventured out to commercial construction. Led by president and CEO Howard Rowland, it now caters to a variety of sectors, including retail, education, government, cultural, and healthcare. The firm built a strong reputation and quickly gained recognition in New York and Long Island. For example, Crain’s NY listed it as one of the Top 25 Construction Firms, and Engineering News-Record included it in the Top 400 Contractors.

E.W. Howell facilitated Lord & Taylor’s expansion project, adding a two-story, 37,150-square-foot addition to their existing space. After their work, the building has a new main entrance that highlights the latest store design. The space now functionally and aesthetically houses clothing, accessories, fragrances, beauty brands, gifts, and home accessories.

Schimenti Construction Company

575 Lexington Ave, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10022

Matthew C. Schimenti, President of Schimenti Construction Company, is the third generation of his family to be involved in the design and construction industry. He launched the company in 1994 with a focus on retail construction, and has since expanded to cover various industries, including hospitality, development, corporate, commercial, and industrial sectors. Under his leadership, Schimenti Construction has completed numerous high-profile projects for renowned retail brands, showcasing an unwavering commitment to quality and service.

Great Jones Distilling Co, the whiskey distillery located on a historic site, is the first of its kind in Manhattan since the advent of Prohibition in 1920. Encompassing five levels and just over 25K SF, the project includes a fully operational distillery, two complete kitchens, event space, main floor restaurant, multiple bars, three elevator cars, feature staircases, and a VIP Lounge. Notable elements include the 500-gallon copper still and the locally sourced ingredients used for the company’s craft whiskeys and cuisine. Completed during the complex environment of COVID-19, this engineering feat took over five years from inception, from stringent NYC approval processes through to close-out.

Hudson Meridian

61 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10006

Hudson Meridian is one of the leading New York-based construction management firms. It is known for its expertise and award-winning services, such as construction management, general contracting, and program management. The firm is led by CEO and founder William I. Cote. Under his leadership, the firm has produced a diverse and impressive portfolio of projects including public housing, luxury residential high rises, and commercial spaces. These projects have helped Hudson Meridian gain recognition from different industry associations, such as being named one of New York City’s Top 100 Contractors and one of the nation’s Top 400 firms.

Highlighted here is one notable project completed by Hudson Meridian. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified development on prime waterfront property in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It houses a luxury hotel with 194 guest rooms, as well as high-end residential buildings with 106 condominiums. The space has various amenities including restaurants, bars, a health spa, and conference facilities. Featuring green roofs and landscaped terraces, this project reflects the firm’s commitment to sustainable building practices and eco-conscious design.

Reidy Contracting Group

58 W 40th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018

Having collaborated with renowned companies in New York since 2010, Reidy Contracting Group (RCG) is committed to maximizing efficiency and achieving client goals. It offers comprehensive general contracting and construction management services, specializing in renovation, new construction, infrastructure, and refurbishment. The firm is known to consistently surpass expectations with the help of its team of highly qualified professionals and experienced subcontractors. Key to the team’s approach is prioritizing the pre-construction phase, as utilizing this step effectively ensures smooth project execution.

RCG completed a high-end office fit-out project for Soros Capital Management at 250 West 55th Street. The 10,000-square-foot space features a coffered ceiling, integrated walls, a trading area, a private office, and a pantry. The firm collaborated with renowned architectural firm SheltonMindel and engineering firm AMA to ensure the project’s success. The result is this practical and aesthetically pleasing modern office space. 

Mc Gowan Builders

330 Seventh Ave, Suite 1902, New York, NY 10001

Established in 2001, Mc Gowan Builders is a premier construction firm that offers general contracting and construction management services to private and institutional clients. Its expertise lies in ground-up construction, significant conversion, and renovation projects in the greater New York City area. With a team of over sixty professionals, the firm has a strong track record of completing construction office interiors, cultural and educational facilities, retail stores, and financial spaces. It has also produced countless new residential apartments, condominiums, and hotels, proving its unmatched building quality.

Showcased here is one impressive project completed by the team at Mc Gowan Builders. This project, the CxRA commercial kitchen project in Woodside, Queens, involved converting an existing building into a food production and event facility. It now features various areas, such as offices, cooking lines, storage spaces, and refrigeration spaces. The project also included the construction of locker rooms, bathrooms, and a loading dock. Custom millwork, glass storefronts, and new systems were also installed by the Mc Gowan Builders team.

Omnibuild Construction

141 W 36th St, Suite 14, South New York, NY 10018

Omnibuild Construction is known for its outstanding high-rise projects completed across the New York Metropolitan area for the hospitality, residential, and educational sectors. The firm has established itself as one of the leading mid-sized construction management firms in New York because of its exceptional team. This team comprises experienced construction personnel and professionals in various disciplines, such as architectural, MEP, structural, and civil engineering. Many hold degrees and licenses in their respective fields, ensuring a diverse and knowledgeable approach to project execution. 

Omnibuild Construction converted a five-story warehouse into an eleven-story office building in Chelsea. Its biophilic design features sun-soaked spaces, outdoor areas, and a curved decade with operable windows. The project includes a lobby/event space and 15,000 square feet of outdoor green space, which works to promote health and productivity in the workplace.