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Chris Norris has been promoted to Vice President of Commercial Projects

We are extremely pleased to announce that Chris Norris has been promoted to Vice President of Commercial Projects. Chris has been with the company since January 2020 and previously worked at CWC for 10 years in a senior management capacity. Chris’ role will include executive oversight of all corporate interiors, healthcare & life sciences, institutional projects and major renovations. This promotion recognizes the contributions Chris has made at Cauldwell Wingate during his tenure with the organization and reflects the leadership that he has shown. Congratulations, Chris!!

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BTEA Transformative Leaders 2021 Awards Ceremony

Cauldwell Wingate’s President & CEO, Robert Palumbo, was honored to be a presenter at the BTEA Transformative Leaders 2021 Awards Ceremony.  We would like to congratulate all of the honorees and thank the BTEA for hosting this special event.

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Construction Inclusion Week at CW

Today, Monday 10/18/2021, is the first day of the first-ever Construction Inclusion Week @TFC_CIW!  Cauldwell Wingate supports initiatives promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the work place and, of course, within the construction industry.  Below please find five key topics on how we can better understand and promote inclusivity within our work environments.  #constructioninclusionweek @CAGNY #CAGNY #DEI

Day One: Leadership Commitment & Accountability – To fully realize a culture of inclusion and belonging requires both leadership commitment and accountability to ourselves and others. Neither leadership nor accountability are top-down but rather shared responsibilities that each of us regardless of role, title or position can actively demonstrate. There are lots of examples and definitions for leadership. But at its most basic level leadership is the ability to influence others towards achieving a goal. Accountability is owning and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. When these are put in the context of diversity, equity and inclusion, it means we all have a part to play. All of us being leaders, modeling the behavior we want to see in others and influencing others towards the goal of a more inclusive society; and holding ourselves and others accountable to actions that help inspire and achieve that vision.

Day Two: Unconscious Bias Education and understanding the implications of unconscious bias, is critical to cultivating a culture of inclusion and belonging. It is important to recognize not all unconscious bias is bad and unconscious bias is an inherent trait of being human. Unconscious bias is the brains way of efficiently filtering and organizing information. In its simplest form it can be benign, helping us to easily decide what to have for lunch. In its most complex form it can be insidious, manifesting in reinforcing or enabling negative stereotypes. In the first example we can quickly decide on the food we like. In the latter example, this can lead to exclusionary and harmful behavior. Defining unconscious bias, recognizing how it can manifest in the workplace and engaging steps to mitigate are the building blocks to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

Day Three: Supplier Diversity – What is supplier diversity and why is it important? Supplier diversity is a business practice that refers to the inclusion of businesses owned by diverse individuals or groups in the procurement of goods and services. A diverse supplier is generally defined as a business that’s at least 51% owned and operated by an individual that’s part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group. Common classifications are minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), woman-owned business enterprises (WBEs), and small-business enterprises (SBEs). Businesses owned by other minority groups, such as LGBQT+, veterans, and persons with disabilities, may also be considered diverse suppliers.

Day Four Jobsite Culture – Establishing and maintaining a positive jobsite culture means that everyone gets to experience a work place that is inclusive and respectful. We know what a good jobsite culture feels like – it’s the job that everyone wants to be on because it looks and feels welcoming. We also know that a good culture leads to a safer and more productive job, one that provides higher value to our client and allows each and every worker to perform their best work. Everyone must actively care for each other and ensure that everyone feels both physically and psychologically safe. Jobsites are our work homes, they are where we spend our days, and they are where we gather the emotions, attitudes, and behaviors that we bring home to our families. We should expect to get a high level of respect and standard of care where we work. We must create work places which are equitable and meet the needs of all employees, industry-wide. We need to ensure jobsites are free of bias and harassment; where all are treated with respect; sites in which our professional opinions are heard and valued and all have a seat at the table. Additionally, our clients appreciate and have come to expect a diverse and respectful workplace. This is not diversity on paper only, we need to foster collaborative and inclusive teams where everyone can do their best work and deliver for our clients.

Day Five: Community Engagement Community engagement, through volunteering and financial donations, is embedded in most companies in our industry. History has shown us we are an enormously generous group of people. As we continue to advance our efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment, it is important to step back and look at our community engagement through a DEI lens. Are we supporting diverse communities in meaningful ways? Is there open dialogue between our companies and community leaders? Are we leveraging the resources of our industry to create real social change? Whether through in-person volunteering, cash donations, employee giving or sponsorships, we are in a unique position leverage our desire to give to create positive change in inclusion within our companies and our communities.


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New York Festival of Construction

Cauldwell Wingate’s Christina Rivera, Project Executive is participating at the upcoming New York Festival of Construction on February 22 at 1:00PM. For more information and to register for her panel and hear updates on construction contracts from the perspective of owners & contractors, click here:

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2505 Broadway featured in New York Yimby

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Press: – Construction Wraps For 40 East End Avenue On The Upper East Side

On February 28, 2020, Cauldwell Wingate’s 40 East End Avenue project was featured on in an article by Michael Young.

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Cauldwell Wingate Warmly Welcomes New Team Members

David Kwiatkowski – Staff Accountant

Mr. Kwiatkowski serves as the Staff Accountant at Cauldwell Wingate. He has a background in financial accounting and several years of experience in the field, including construction accounting. Mr. Kwiatkowski will be responsible for accounting, budgeting and reporting and supportive working with project management team. Mr. Kwiatkowski holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.






Chris Norris – Senior Project Executive

Mr. Norris serves as the Senior Project Executive at Cauldwell Wingate. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in construction management industry. He is responsible for overall project execution, coordination and oversight on all aspects of construction from inception to project close-out. He establishes project objectives and policies, and ensures that corporate resources relating to estimating and purchasing, scheduling, staffing, accounting and cost control, contract administration, and project execution, enabling Cauldwell Wingate to meet and exceed expectations.

Highlights of Mr. Norris’ career and accomplishment include successful installation of millions of square feet of commercial space in the New York Metropolitan area, fluent in all market sectors, such as healthcare, higher education, municipal, interiors, new Construction and existing infrastructure improvements.



Euphemia Tse – Executive Assistant

Ms. Tse serves as the Executive Assistant at Cauldwell Wingate. She has experience with all administrative tasks, and tailors her skills to meet and interact directly with Chief Operating Officer and various clients. She is responsible for analyzing and resolving office administrative and procedural problems; interpreting and implementing policies, procedures and computer applications related to the department of organizational unit; performing technical, specialized, complex and difficult office administrative work requiring the use of independent judgment. Additionally, she organizes her work, coordinates projects, setting priorities, meeting deadlines and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction. Ms. Tse holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

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Bravo Builders Sponsors Tile for God’s Love We Deliver Volunteer Kitchen

As part of our goal to support our local community, Bravo Builders is proud to continue our partnership with God’s Love We Deliver by sponsoring a tile that is now featured, along with more than 2,000 others, in the non-profit organization’s volunteer kitchen. God’s Love We Deliver aims to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in order to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by cooking and delivering nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. The organization began their tile program in 1993 in order to help fund the renovation of their then-brand-new kitchen, and the program continues to be successful today, with all proceeds going towards the God’s Love initiative. Bravo Builders values its partnership with God’s Love We Deliver and will continue to support the organization through various volunteer opportunities.

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On December 12, 2018, Bravo Builders was featured on in an article by Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing.

Industry veteran Robert Palumbo seized the opportunity to launch Bravo Builders in 2014 when the residential construction market was flourishing because of increased demand for housing and an improved economy. Under the leadership of industry professionals who bring decades of residential construction experience, the New York City-based construction management company has enjoyed steady growth ever since.

Bravo Builders offers a full range of construction services for a one-stop-shop, all-inclusive approach to construction. The 60-person team is equipped to handle projects of a variety of sizes through expert planning and management, delivered through its value-engineering approach.

“We are a smaller company in terms of size on purpose so we can keep things hands-on with our clients,” Palumbo says. “I am really involved with the projects and on site daily. We didn’t want to create a big machine that needed to be fed but be more intimately involved with the projects and our clients are able to feel that.”

Bravo Builders believes that hands-on approach is what differentiates it among the competition. Palumbo has more than 22 years of experience in the construction industry, working principally in New York City. His experience in all aspects of pre-construction planning gives Palumbo a superior vantage point from which to help develop innovative strategies to manage project budgets and processes.

Over the past couple decades, Palumbo has developed many tools and processes for the successful management of complex construction projects, which include new construction and major renovations, that he utilizes at Bravo Builders today to ensure client satisfaction.

203 Jay Street

Bravo Builders finalized the construction of The Amberly, a mixed-use development at 203 Jay Street in Brooklyn, N.Y., this fall. The 320,000-square-foot project consists of a 33-story residential tower with an eight-story office building attached.

The Amberly features 270 rental units ranging from studios to three bedrooms that offer the best possible view of the Manhattan skyline. Tenants have access to retail, commercial and below-grade parking areas, as well as a dedicated drop-off area with dedicated access to the lobby. Designed by Australia-based Woods Bagot, The Amberly is the architecture firm’s first North American tower. “On the exterior, the patterned façade maintains occupants’ privacy from neighboring buildings and pedestrians,” the firm says. “While living and dining areas have floor-to-ceiling windows, the bedrooms and bathrooms are covered up.”

The exterior of the building features terracotta panels that alternate with blue-colored glass. Building amenity spaces are highlighted with floor-to-ceiling glass facades, visible at the ground, ninth and 33rd floors. “To achieve the architect’s design, we used a bypass system window wall to give the building a look of a curtain wall, but with the ease of installation and the budget of a window wall,” Palumbo explains. “It’s the first time we used it and it was very successful. We are very happy with the result and are hoping to use it on upcoming jobs.”

The Amberly also features a public plaza on the south side of the building designed by New York-based SCAPE Landscape Architecture that creates a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street with new community amenities. A mix of dark and light gray pavers animate the plaza. The dark pavers draw pedestrians into the plaza and guide them to the building entrances, SCAPE describes.

Ample seating among staggered street trees are available in the public plaza. Large river stones are dispersed throughout a hardscape “streambed” of blue and white blasted glass pavers that define the continuous art corridor as it runs through the plaza along Concord Street. “The Jay Street plaza is an engaging year-round community amenity and a vital neighborhood asset for downtown Brooklyn,” SCAPE says.

The construction of the public plaza resulted in logistical challenges for Bravo Builders while it was finishing work on the exterior of the building. “We definitely learned a few things here in regards to better anticipating some logistical challenges,” Palumbo says. “We created temporary walkways and overhead protection to exit the building through the retail space.”

Cornering the Condo Market

In 2014, Bravo Builders started construction on 20 East End Avenue, a 17-story luxury condominium building in New York City designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, who is known for designing 15 Central Park West.

“Both myself and three other people on Bravo Builders’ staff worked on 15 Central Park West,” Palumbo says. “We had experience with Stern’s designs and appreciation for what’s involved to build that type of project.”

The 160,000-square-foot building features a unique motor court off 80th Street where tenants can get dropped off right at the door. Each of the 43 apartments in 20 East End Avenue is unique, so there were many mechanical offsets and no economy of scale.

There is very little repetition and each floor plate is unique. Every apartment was like starting from scratch and nothing is stacked, which Bravo Builders says makes it challenging.

Bravo Builders’ work on 20 East End Avenue secured its bid last year to construct 40 East End Avenue, an 18-story luxury condominium project. “The original design of the façade was to be a traditional masonry wall with brick,” Palumbo says. “We came onboard in pre-construction and worked with the building ownership to change the design to a precast building.”

After the brick and windows were manufactured, it was shipped to a precast facility in Canada where the materials would be set into the panels and shipped for erection by Bravo Builders.

“We have used precast panels on projects in the past and have good relationships with the larger precast companies, so we were able to engage them early on to assist with the design,” Palumbo says. “We were able to save time in the construction schedule and cut down the overall construction time.” Construction is expected to be completed on 40 East End Avenue in the spring.

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