The DeMatteis Organizations

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Expansive services and an exceptional portfolio of project performance have put The DeMatteis Organizations among New York’s top players in construction.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 1918, The DeMatteis Organizations are among the oldest and most respected construction and real estate companies in New York. Over the years, the firm has played a major role in the development of the city, and today the company is built around the Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corporation (LDDCC). Named for its founder, the company has a long history of achievement in construction, real estate development and property management.

DeMatteis has sponsored a wide variety of large-scale development projects throughout the world, most of which it built through LDDCC, which is its wholly owned construction company. Utilizing a combined experience of more than 60 years, the third generation of leadership now oversees The DeMatteis Organizations, with Richard and Scott DeMatteis building and developing the quality product that has become the company’s trademark. Supporting the DeMatteis principals is a staff with a vast array hands-on experience in both the public and private sectors. The fourth generation of the DeMatteis family is being groomed to lead the organization into the future and continue the success of this long-standing New York business.

“The DeMatteis Organizations have been responsible for millions of square feet of private and public projects throughout the New York City area, representing a long-term history of excellence in construction,” Project Manager Joe Catalanotti says. “The company operates as a vertically integrated, full-service enterprise with resources and experience covering the full spectrum of construction and real estate development, as well as property management and finance.”

Record of Excellence

The organization’s services include general contracting, construction management, design/build, development and property management. During the course of the last two decades, LDDCC has been one of the most prolific constructors of public sector facilities in the New York metro area. Its notable projects include the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, a 27-story, 140,000-square-foot office complex. Other key projects include the $220 million, 395,000-square-foot storage and maintenance facility for the NYC Department of Sanitation. A LEED Silver project, it includes a green roof and specially designed glass curtain wall with a motorized sunshade façade.

Another area where the company has established a leadership position is in the construction of K-12 school facilities in the New York City metro area. Some of the noteworthy projects include Bathgate High School in the Bronx, which won the 2008 Build New York Award. Other projects are the Mott Haven Campus in the Bronx and the Metropolitan Campus, the Glen Oaks Campus and the Frank Sinatra High School of Arts in Queens.Dematteis box

“With nearly $2 billion of new, ground-up construction, DeMatteis has been an instrumental player in the transformation of the education landscape,” Catalanotti says. 

Recent Efforts

Among the most recent DeMatteis undertakings in the K-12 sector has been the completion of PS 62, the first net zero energy school to be constructed in the Northeast. The $70 million net zero school encompasses several innovations, including a high-performance envelope, geothermal mechanical systems, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and a green roof.

“Central to the design is the careful siting of the school structure, which maximizes the passive solar orientation and 2,500 photovoltaic panels covering the entire roof, a portion of the main building and the parking garage,” Catalanotti says. “Each of these design features is setting the standards for net zero practices.”

Additionally, the organization developed and constructed an innovative combined occupancy project knows as Azure and East Side M.S. 114. It includes a 128-unit, 34-story luxury cooperative and a 50,000-square-foot middle school in the Upper East Side.

“This public-private partnership is representative of the end-to-end project development and construction capabilities the firm brings to a prospective client,” Catalanotti says. “Clearly, each of these projects is indicative of the collaborative and innovative management approach that our team brings to the project delivery process. Through proficient planning and execution by our construction delivery team, we aim to keep our clients’ best interests first.  This has resulted in successful, long-standing relationships.”

Looking Ahead

As the company considers its future challenges, it is aware of post-recession changes that engulf the company such as the dramatic shift toward non-unionized labor in New York City’s private construction projects. There is a boom in open shop work, which is changing the landscape and direction of what is going on in the city.

“This is the biggest change that we have seen in the last couple years within the industry from a contracting point of view,” Catalanotti says. “DeMatteis has traditionally been a union labor contractor, but it is now closely monitoring the marketplace because it directly impacts our ability to compete in the area.”

The DeMatteis organizations continue to play a major role in shaping New York City’s skyline after a century of operations. From public schools and luxury condos to office complexes and beyond, the company is involved in a wide variety of projects and is well versed on how to stay ahead of the curve regardless of current challenges. The ability to align the needs and interests of its customers with its own self-interest is key to its continued longevity and ability to build and maintain relationships.

“This requires us to continually evaluate our own internal capabilities, goals and objectives,” Catalanotti says. “To that end, a delivery process built on transparency, trust and ethical behavior has allowed our firm to not only enjoy nearly 100 years on continuous operation but it has position the firm to build upon those successes.”

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