Ryder Construction

RyderRyder Construction’s award-winning building has created impressive endurance in the NYC market. 

By Knighthouse Publishing Staff Editor

Recognized throughout the tri-state area for excellence in building, Ryder Construction provides clients with experience garnered from a 40-year history of award-winning, sophisticated building. Ryder’s long-game strategy has earned them a successful track record in construction management, general contracting and consulting services ranging from new construction to the delicate restoration of iconic landmark projects. 

To achieve their impressive longevity in the world’s toughest market, the Ryder team defines excellence with superb craftsmanship, cost-effective strategies and schedule-conscious building. Ryder info box

Key to this success is the leadership of Principal Carl Jaccarino, CEO Bill Freeswick and recently retired founder Frank Mosomillo, who set the tone of executive accessibility throughout the entire construction process. Jaccarino notes that “Ryder maintains an annual volume which is disciplined enough to ensure ownership involvement for each project, yet extensive enough to offer our clients the economies of scale necessary to remain highly competitive in the industry.” 

This leadership style has also resulted in a dedicated group of long-tenured employees. Freeswick explains that second-generation family members throughout the company create a very tight project lineup. 

Making It Happen

The team’s pride in their work is immediately apparent as they discuss favorite projects tackled together throughout the years. 

Collaborating with designers Roman+Williams, Ryder Construction created a new construction, 30,000-square-foot condominium in the heart of New York’s most vibrant neighborhood, Little Italy. The red brick detailing and wood double-hung windows blended so perfectly with the centuries-old historic district that Senior Superintendent Tom Vita Sr. recalls trying to convince the Department of Buildings that it was, indeed a new building. Tom and his son worked hand in hand with master craftsman John McBride, owner of Bunlin Masonry, to lay a crafted brick façade, paying homage to turn-of the century building skills. This approach won the prestigious Palladio Award, a national honor which recognizes excellence in traditional building. 

A portfolio of award-winning Broadway theaters showcases Ryder’s skill with the extremes of building challenges, including detailed historic preservation to cutting-edge Coemar lighting, creating Times Square’s most unusual light show. Sasha Durcan, construction project manager and business development manager, worked with Jaccarino to restore five of Broadway’s most iconic theaters. 

Tapping into her skills from master’s degrees in both theater production and construction management, Durcan recalled that “building in the heart of 42nd Street in the city that never sleeps requires precision logistics and an experienced team. We were able to provide historic restoration to some of the oldest operating theaters, as well as full façade technology, creating abstract collages of color and light through perforated metal blades and dichroic glass which, at night, play an infinitely variable sequence of colors.” 

Each of the Ryder team pitches in on every level. Project Executive Jason Zingales not only led the team creating the coveted Stanford White Award Winner, at 151 E78th Street, but also spearheads Ryder’s technology and safety teams. 

“We’ve always prided ourselves on using the most effective technological tools including Bluebeam and Procore platform,” Zingales says. “These tools allow us to be fully transparent with the ownership team. Paperwork is streamlined, and communication is simplified.” With an eye to evolving with each new project, Ryder maintains long-term client relationships with repeat partnerships. 

Zingales’ latest project epitomizes bespoke detailing with modern sensibilities. The Ryder team worked with skilled craftsmen to integrate traditional detailing with state-of-the-art technologies and services, which is now recognized for its excellence in classical, traditional design. The 66,000-square-foot luxury brick and limestone condominium in New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood is noted for the ornamental wrought-iron balconies, gold leaf ceilings, and coffered and paneled rooms throughout. Smallbone kitchens seamlessly assimilate into a modern environment with private studios, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor gardens and library.

Safety

Jaccarino explains that “our goal is the total elimination of accidents from our operations, enabling each team member to return home safely. Workplace safety is of paramount importance on every jobsite.” This policy results in a successful track record of bridging the company’s safety standards with the reality of on-site project operations, driving the message to all levels of field and project staff. 

Foresight

“The New York City building landscape has dramatically shifted over the last 10 years in terms of skilled and qualified non-union labor,” Durcan says, “with non-union, open shop work moving into 40 percent of the projects.” With incredible foresight, Jaccarino became a founding member of the New York Construction Alliance, which was formed to align top-tier open shop construction professionals. 

NYCA promotes strict standards in workplace safety, professionalism and workforce diversity. The founding members of NYCA represent a significant market share in the New York City construction industry with revenues of more than $1.5 billion and future committed revenue backlog of nearly $6 billion.

Partnerships 

Ryder’s philosophy has earned a rock-solid reputation based on strong bonds with clients, architects, engineers and craftsmen, all of whom understand the value of service, and enjoy the pride of accomplishment and teamwork. Here’s to another 40 years! 

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