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The Best Healthcare Contractors in New York City

March 13, 2023 8 Min Read

It’s important for healthcare facilities to find a reputable construction firm that can cater to their specific needs. The installation of medical equipment, building treatment rooms: everything involved with healthcare infrastructure requires specialized knowledge and plenty of experience. The best healthcare contractors in the state of New York can be found on this list. These firms have proven their credibility through years of experience, impressive principals, previous projects, awards, and publication features.

Plaza Construction

360 Lexington Avenue, 2F New York, NY 10017

Since its establishment in 1986, Plaza Construction has become one of the nation’s leading construction management and general contracting firms. The firm has grown into a multi-faceted firm with regional offices in New Jersey, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.. The firm has worked on a variety of projects, everything from hospitality facilities to residential spaces. 

The vice president and regional director in the northeast is Thomas D’Ercole who has more than 30 years of industry experience working on healthcare, educational, and retail projects. The chairman of the firm is Ning Yuan. 

Previously, Plaza Construction has received numerous awards including the 2022 American Council of Engineering Companies of New York Engineering Excellence Awards for Structural Systems, the 2019 Merit Award from Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s Small Project Awards, and the 2018 Building Brooklyn Award from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The firm’s work has also been featured in publications such as Construction Dive, The New York Times, and Architect Magazine

Take a look at the New York Blood Center located in Long Island. The project received the 2008 Building of America Award from Real Estate Construction Review and the 2008 Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Award. The project was completed in 2007 and involved transforming the 75,000-square-foot warehouse into a blood production and research facility. The former brick façade was upgraded into a blend of metal panels and window walls.

JRM Construction Management

242 W 36th Street 11F, New York, NY 10018

JRM Construction Management was established in 2007 by James Connolly, David G. McWilliams, and Joseph P. Romano. The firm promises expertise and a proactive approach to its clients on every project it works on regardless of scale. The firm’s team of principals, project managers, and laborers collaborate closely to provide high-quality craftsmanship that will exceed client expectations.  

As CEO, David G. McWilliams offers more than 35 years of industry experience in everything from residential to retail projects. He has hands-on experience in field operations and construction. 

JRM Construction previously received the 2022 Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA) Safety Award, the 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from The New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the 2019 Project of the Year Award Winner for Best Creative Office from CoreNet Global NYC. Additionally, the firm has been featured in ENR, Building Design + Construction, and Architectural Record. 

A well-known project by JRM Construction is the Tend Dental located along Park Avenue in New York. The 9,500-square-foot project is a modern dental studio that offers the latest technology to its clients. The project involved the building of new reception areas, x-ray rooms, sterilization rooms, restrooms, and imaging bay suites.

Shawmut Design and Construction

3 E 54th Street 10F, New York, NY 10022

Founded in 1982, Shawmut Design and Constriction is an award-winning construction management firm that provides a better building experience to its clients. The vice president for the New York office is David Margolius who obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He has 20 years of construction industry experience and is a board member of the Architecture + Construction + Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of New York. 

Shawmut Design and Construction has received the 2018 Award of Merit from ENR New York and the 2021 Diversity Champion for mid-sized companies from Crain’s New York Business Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards. On top of that, the firm’s work has been included in publications like The Architect’s Newspaper, The New York Times, and Real Estate Weekly. 

A notable project by Shawmut Design and Construction is The Pain Medicine Center at Columbia University. The 11,000-square-foot project involved the construction of new offices, conference rooms, ancillary spaces, and treatment rooms. The project was completed within 13 weeks.

EW Howell Construction Group

37 W 37th Street #7, New York, NY 10018

The New York office of EW Howell Construction Group was founded in 1938; the Long Island office has been in operation since 1891. As a well-established general construction and construction management firm, it has worked on tons of projects throughout its years of service in Manhattan and Long Island. The firm has extensive experience in retail, education, government, cultural, and healthcare projects. 

The firm’s CEO and president is Howard Rowland, who finished a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in business administration from the New York Institute of Technology. He joined the firm in 1983 as a project manager and made his way up to the presidency in 1997. With his impressive experience, he has led the firm to win The New York Landmarks Conservancy from the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards in 2021, the Regional Best Project from the 2021 ENR NY Best of 2021, and the Renovation or Restoration Award of Merit from ENR NY Best of 2020. More than that, the firm has been featured in Construction Dive, Long Island Business News, and Commercial Observer

The Ambulatory Care Center in East Meadow is a great example of what the firm can do. The 50,000-square-foot project includes 60 exam rooms that can accommodate over 350 patients in a day. It is a multi-specialty outpatient center that provides neurology, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, and neurosurgery services.

ICS Builders, Inc.

108 W 39th Street, 14F, New York, NY 10018

For more than 43 years, ICS Builders has been offering its expertise in general contracting, construction management, and design-build services in the Northeast. Headquartered in Manhattan, the firm also has offices in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida. 

The president of the firm is John O’Rourke, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Manhattan College. Since then, John has established the corporation’s accounting procedures and implemented a computerized accounting system. Meanwhile, the firm’s senior vice president is Edward O’Rourke, a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Edward finished his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and has more than 8 years of experience in project management. 

In 2016, the firm was given the Honor Award for Historic Preservation Building by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York. The firm’s work has also been featured in Building Design + Construction, The New York Times, and Construction Dive. 

A well-regarded project by ICS Builders is the CP Advanced Imaging, located along Canal Street in New York. The two-story imaging facility has about 10,000 square feet of space. The project involved the installation of medical equipment, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, HVAC units, cabling racks for medical and data systems, and a photo-cell power supply system. 


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at New York City Architects 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 New York City Architects, 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

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