New York is a state famous for its booming nightlife, upscale retail areas, and prosperous industry. People across the globe are drawn to live or at least visit here. It is known as a cultural melting pot that places a high value on diversity. The possibilities for employment in this state are limitless. Given its robust infrastructure, workforce, and global innovations, it is no surprise that New York is regarded as the world’s business center.

If you want a personalized home or apartment or are considering starting or updating a business’s overall appearance, look no further. The best construction companies in New York are listed in this article. These companies are well-known for the caliber of their work and their in-depth understanding of a wide range of services. The firms on this list also hold professional accreditations and qualifications from industry organizations in the construction sector.

Plaza Construction

360 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017

Plaza Construction is one of the top general contracting and construction management companies in New York. Since it was founded in 1986, the company has seen consistent growth and expansion. Thanks to its years of experience, the company has worked on renowned residential, commercial, corporate, and hotel properties. Thomas D’Ercole, executive vice president of Plaza Construction, has more than 30 years of experience. His building experience includes work in the hospitality, recreational, governmental, and educational sectors. D’Ercole also has extensive development expertise on projects involving mixed-use housing.

Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market is one of Plaza Construction’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified projects. It is also the winner of the Top Project Award from New York Construction. The Bronx Mens House of Detention (BMHD) and a 16.5-acre-old food and produce market were all renovated as part of the project. It had to be converted into a million square feet of retail space with a million square foot, three-story parking garage. A large portion of the old stonework was restored and incorporated into the new building. The PROW Building, a V-shaped building, underwent renovations while retaining its overall design.


245 NewtHowellown Road, Suite 600, Plainview, NY 11803

EW Howell has been honing its construction methods in the New York area for 130 years. Organizations in the cultural, retail, healthcare, governmental, and educational sectors are among its clientele. After beginning as a builder of exquisite mansions and creating elegant Gold Coast properties, E.W. Howell gained recognition among the prominent in New York and Long Island. Many of these designs—some created for the Pratt, Hutton, and Guggenheim families—are still in use today. EW Howell works to minimize any negative effects on the environment in every project. It keeps close tabs on the environmental effects of all its commercial operations. The company strives to promote sustainability and is committed to growth at all times.

High-end skincare brand Amore Pacific is an established brand in Korea. It opened its first East Coast Store at 118 Spring Street in fashionable SoHo. This urban retreat was built by EW Howell, and it opened in the summer of 2003. The 2004 National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers (NASFM) Retail Design Awards were awarded to this project. Additionally, Amore Pacific won the Grand Prize in Hardline Specialty Stores in the Under 3,000 Square Feet Category. 

Schimenti Construction Company

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

Established in 1997, Schimenti Construction Company has operations all across New York. Since its inception, the firm has operated in the corporate, commercial, industrial, development, retail, and hospitality sectors. The firm’s work history traces back three generations in the construction market. It consists of more than 200 skilled construction workers. This staff is accredited by the New York Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the New York Building Congress, and the International Council of Shopping Centers Retail Contractors Association (ICSC RCA).

Schimenti is a winner of both local and national awards. One of the awards is the 2021 Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Excellence Award for Commercial Office Space. It also won the 2022 Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration for this project. Since the beginning of Prohibition in 1920, this whiskey distillery on a historic property is the first of its type in Manhattan. Over 25,000 square feet are spread across five levels of Great Jones Distilling Co. A fully functional distillery, two full kitchens, an entertainment venue, feature staircases, a restaurant on the main floor, numerous bars, three elevator cars, and a VIP Lounge were all included in the project scope. 

Hudson Meridian

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

Hudson Meridian is one of the top northeastern construction services companies. For 21 years, it has provided commercial and public business owners with a distinctive combination of construction experience. The staff at the firm are skilled in numerous tasks related to construction services. To meet the unique demands of its clients, Hudson Meridian’s team can perform as general contractors, program managers, and construction managers. The company is an award-winning construction manager and ranked among the Top 100 Contractors in New York City and the Top 400 companies nationally.

The Refinery Hotel project involved converting an existing 12-story office structure into a five-star boutique hotel. The hotel—situated in Manhattan’s famed Garment District—provides visitors with opulent, contemporary lodging and special services. This early 20th-century neo-gothic architectural exterior was restored and preserved with special care. A 13th floor was added as part of this project to make room for a new rooftop bar. The new rooftop bar provides a thriving nightlife and expansive city views. New mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, infrastructure upgrades for the utility systems, and elevator replacement were included in the additional guest room plans. Green building systems were also installed as part of the project.

Reidy Contracting Group

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

Reidy Contracting Group (RCG) meets a wide spectrum of client needs through its general contracting and construction management services. The company maximizes productivity while collaborating with clients, guaranteeing goals are realized. Renovation, new buildings, construction infrastructure, and remodels are among the services the firm offers. It is composed of a highly qualified and talented workforce along with its seasoned subcontractors. RCG continues to broaden the scope of its projects. It encompasses numerous project types, including those in hotel, retail, health and fitness, media, corporate, residential, and education. Aside from work, the firm has dedicated the last 10 years to supporting non-profit organizations such as St. Francis Food Pantries, the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and others.

Since 2010, RCG has worked with some of the top architects and engineers in New York to ensure any project’s success. Soros Capital Management is a 10,000-square-foot high-end office fit-out at 250 West 55th Street. This project won the 2019 Best of Year Awards Best Small Corporate Office category. The construction included a pantry, a private office, a trading area, and a coffered ceiling with built-in walls. To ensure this project’s success, RCG collaborated with the highly regarded architectural company SheltonMindel and engineering firm AMA.

Legacy Construction Northeast

10 New King Street, Suite 208, White Plains, NY 10604

Legacy Construction Northeast’s construction and design expertise spans traditional and modern styles. It always stays informed and up-to-date on cutting-edge, tried-and-true techniques and trends. The firm’s team can incorporate home efficiency measures. These measures include building management systems, smart home integration, and environmentally friendly, sustainable designs. Legacy Construction was established in 2005 by Chris and Tom Yaroscak, sons of an acclaimed home architect. Both brothers have degrees in construction management. They also have over 55 years of combined industry expertise.

The firm worked on the unusually located Treetop Lodge. It is perched atop a rocky outcrop in the middle of a wooded area. The lodge was intended to appear like it was emerging from the bedrock. This weekend residence is designed to resemble a contemporary treehouse. The home’s exterior comprises local stone, salvaged wood, cedar board, and wood-stained batten siding. The surrounding five-acre property’s tree bark served as inspiration for the project. Treetop Lodge is the winner of the 2019 Home Builders Industry (HOBI) Award for Best Custom House 6,000 to 7,000 square feet. In 2018, it also won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Westchester and Hudson Valley Design Awards High Honor Excellence in Design. 

Elite Kitchen & Bath/Express Contracting

983 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030

Family-run Elite Kitchen & Bath/Express Contracting has been in business since 1984. The firm specializes in constructing and designing distinctive kitchens and bathrooms, as well as complete home remodels. Since then, the company has solidified its position as Greater New York’s leading option for home remodeling, kitchen design, and bathroom remodeling. Customers have been turning to Elite Kitchen & Bath for design, name-brand cabinetry, and skilled contracting for more than 36 years. Since 2014, it has won a total of nine National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CoTY) awards.

With a larger window and a skylight, this magnificent modern master bathroom was extended onto an unutilized terrace. The addition came with a steam shower, a heated seat that was quite lengthy, a Cesar Italian vanity, and a linen closet. The company also added full wall niches, marble and Grasso flooring, a tile shower ceiling, big format porcelain wall tiles, and contemporary fittings. This project by Elite Kitchen & Bath/Express Contracting won the Professional Remodeling Organization (PRO) New York Platinum Award for Modern Master Bathroom Design. 

Center Island Contracting

95 Florida Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Center Island Contracting has been a trusted general contracting and remodeling company for over 18 years. It serves all neighborhoods of Long Island. Since 2005, Center Island Contracting has been designing, renovating, improving, and building spaces to be enjoyed now and for generations to come. On every project, the firm incorporates an extremely thoughtful process of balancing form, function, and longevity to create personalized solutions for clients. Center Island Contracting is also accredited and recognized by numerous trusted organizations in the construction industry. It is accredited by PRO New York, Designers and Builders Alliance (DBA) Long Island, AIA, and Better Business Bureau (BBB) to name a few. The firm is also an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) LEED Certified Firm.

This colonial house at Sands Point was renovated and restored by Center Island Contracting. In the 2017 issue of Home Magazine, this project was featured. The firm was tasked to refurbish the existing 6000-square-foot property that included designing and installing a new four-car garage with living space above. It also involved finishing the exterior’s hardscape, which included boulder walls, patios, a driveway, and plantings. Caleb Haniquet, the owner of Center Island, worked nonstop to balance these three stages of the project.

Ben’s General Contracting

19 Suffolk Street, Freeport, NY 11520

Since 1980, the greater New York region has been served by Ben’s General Contracting (BGC) Corporation. The firm maintains a high standard of work and the quality of that work has been recognized. The company is dedicated to each project and guarantees clients that standards will be upheld during the entire process. Ben Jackson, the company president and founder, has a lifelong interest in construction. He is the driving force of BGC. Jackson is a NARI Certified Remodeler and an NYC Licensed Construction Supervisor. He is also a certified unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot who uses drones for modeling and surveying.

The aim of BGC is to distinguish itself by its quality and customer care. Those goals serve as the foundation of the firm’s code of ethics in both the required and obligatory senses. The firm’s qualified employees give projects thorough consideration as they are designed, budgeted, developed, permitted, insured, built, and finished. BGC has an outstanding track record and has been in business for about 40 years. The entire field staff of the firm has undergone the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour training.

IA Construction Management

63 Flushing Avenue, Building 280, Suite 804, Brooklyn, NY 11205

IA Construction Management is a general contractor and construction management company headquartered in New York City. Complex, superior-quality, and opulent construction projects are its area of expertise. The company has more than 40 years of experience in constructing and remodeling townhouses, apartments, and historic structures. The company is EPA Lead-Safe Certified, and its staff is LEED Accredited Professionals (APs). IA’s managing partner is Pat Whetzle. Whetzle has received praise for his leadership abilities along with his professional morals for product workmanship and quality for more than 20 years. Pat Murtagh, the partner, runs his own window and door business while also working with IA. Each project benefits from his knowledge, which ensures the high caliber work for which IA is known.

IA provided this 10,000-square-foot townhouse on the Upper East Side with a new roof bulkhead and a full-height back expansion All custom high-end finishes, updated mechanicals, a refurbished elevator, and a woven bronze and travertine staircase were included here. This entire gut refurbishment also featured installing a processed screen, a handcrafted terracotta façade, and a Sarah Oppenheimer sculpture. This Upper East Side Townhouse was featured in Metropolis Magazine and Dezeen. It was also recognized by the 2017 Residential Architect Design Awards


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management