Commercial Observer: CO’s Top Construction Firms of 2018

Press - October 9, 2018

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Plaza Construction broke ground this year on the 27-story Greenwich West residential condominium at 110 Charlton Street. Rendering: Familiar Control 

Plaza Construction 

Top NYC Officer: Richard Wood, CEO 

Value of Projects: $451 million 

Employees: 280 in New York City, 650 total 

Top NYC projects: Four Seasons, Greenwich West at 110 Charlton Street, Fisher Houses 

If you have the chance to enjoy a meal at the new Four Seasons at some point, give Plaza Construction a quiet moment of thanks. 

Plaza handled the rebuilding of the 25,000-square-foot, three-story eatery, which relocated from the Seagram Building to 280 Park Avenue in August. 

The new Four Seasons includes two dining rooms—one for 100 people, and a smaller one that can host 20 to 30—in addition to a sunken centerpiece in the bar area recalling the former space’s swimming pool, a tunnel connecting the bar and dining room with brass walls and ceilings and a custom hand-set terrazzo floor, two custom elevators, and stone bathrooms. 

“That was a beautiful restaurant when we finished it,” said Chris Mills, Plaza’s COO. “We built out the entire restaurant, with multiple kitchens and dining rooms, multiple finishes, lots of bronze metal paneling. It’s absolutely top-notch.” 

Plaza’s busy year brought them to $451 million in construction starts. (The company disputes Dodge’s figure here, believing the correct number to be $689 million.) 

Plaza also broke ground this year on the 280,330-square-foot, 27-story residential condominium Greenwich West at 110 Charlton Street. Upon completion, the building will house 170 apartments and 2,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space. 

The building’s exterior is being constructed of masonry with picture-framed windows, for a European look, and will include extensive sound reduction, employing a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system for heating and cooling, the quietest available. 

While Plaza works on many significant projects, Mills said the company takes special pride in some of its smaller, but equally meaningful work. 

He mentioned the two identical 12,000-square-foot Fisher Houses at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, 16-suite facilities offering loved ones a free place to stay while they visit VA hospital patients. They are scheduled to be completed by April 2019. 

“The Fisher Brothers, who used to own Plaza, quietly built homes like this near military installations around the world,” he said. “They’re stick-built, wood-frame homes. They’re not tremendous in terms of project size, but for what they do for military families, to be part of that is incredibly special and rewarding. They’re the most important project we have right now, in my view.”—L.G.