Oliveira Contracting Inc.

Whether it is out in the field or in an office, Oliveira Contracting Inc. maintains good relations with its clients. In fact, the contractor does such a good job that 60 percent of its work consists of repeat business, President Carmelina Oliveira says.

“We’re not the type of contractors that go out and say, ‘This is not in my contract, and I’m not doing it,’” she says. “We tend to sit down and work things out at the table. We believe in going out, performing [and keeping] the owners happy.” 

Based in Albertson, N.Y., Oliveira Contracting specializes in commercial and heavy construction services. Oliveira Contracting, Inc., a certified WBE company, was founded by President Carmelina Oliveira in 2003.

“It was something that I always wanted to do,” Carmelina Oliveira says. “Today, with hard work, you can accomplish anything.”

Carmelina Oliveira’s time is not limited to the office, she asserts. “I go out in the field every week, see the improvement of my projects and everything that’s going on out there,” she says.

The family business also has extended to a second generation of the Oliveira family. Their son, Andrew, is a controller at the company, and their second son, Joey, is a field project manager. “I am building it for the boys to hopefully take over one day,” Carmelina Oliveira says. 

Making MTA Happy

Oliveira Contracting’s portfolio includes several projects for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), including rehabilitation of the Bleecker Street subway complex in New York City. 

“That was quite a bit intensive,” Larry Oliveira, the general superintendent recalls, noting that the project spanned five years. 

The company’s scope of work on the project included excavation, underpinning, the demolition and removal of concrete structures, repairs, construction of elevator shafts and escalators, and rehabilitation of roadways. Additionally, Oliveira Contracting had to install a 300-foot extension of an uptown platform.

Thanks to hard work, “Oliveira came out pretty successful,” Carmelina recalls. “The owner was very happy with us and after that, we started getting our feet wet with [more] MTA work.”

That included serving as the general contractor on the Replacement of Three Escalators at the Bowery, East Broadway and Whitehall subway stations in New York City. Oliveira Contracting self-performed all of the concrete, masonry and general conditions work. “The [MTA was] very happy with outcome of the project,” she says.

Going Public

Today, the majority of Oliveira Contracting’s work consists of public projects, Carmelina Oliveira says. “At this moment, we don’t have anything in the private sector,” she states. “There’s not much out there as far as work on union projects.”

Although the market is starting to see a slight change, Oliveira Contracting is keeping itself busy with public work and watching the market carefully. “We want to feel it out for a bit longer and see how it plays out,” she says.

Its current projects include roadwork at One World Trade Center in New York City for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. “[We’re doing] all the street curbs, sidewalks, asphalt and drainage [systems],” she says. “The owners are very happy with us.”

Oliveira adds that the company will soon start the Construction of a Salt Shed in Manhattan, located on the West Side Highway. The company, which is building the project for the New York City Department of Design and Construction, expects to have it finished by sometime next year.

“It’s very doable,” she says, noting that the structure will be different from the standard salt sheds people see in Manhattan, with walls that go up 60 feet and an intricate architectural design. “When you look at this structure, the design of the structure will look like a grain of salt.” 

Making It Work

Meeting customers’ expectations on projects is not always easy, so Oliveira Contracting has to make sure that it hires quality people.

The company plans to continue to grow, Oliveira says. However, “It’s going to take time,” she says. “We like to crawl before we start walking.”

But, she notes, the company is ready. “We do have the facility and office space for the growth,” Oliveira says. 

Right on Track

Oliveira Contracting also has completed civil work for the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA). This included a project located at the Church Avenue Station in Brooklyn, N.Y.

According to the company, it was contracted to perform structural concrete repairs and build subway line platforms. “A capital improvement project by the [NYCTA] in which the station remained active and open to the public during construction, with little to no interference to the daily commuters,” Oliveira Contracting says.

Its track work also includes the Mosholu Parkway Station, also in the Bronx.  

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