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About Lettire Construction Corporation

Founded in 1979 by brothers Nicholas and Gerard Lettire, Lettire Construction Corporation has established itself as one of the most trusted and reputable builders in the New York metropolitan region. The company is a leader in the affordable, mixed-income, supportive housing and institutional housing sectors and is a staple contractor for many New York City housing agencies, New York State agencies, and private profit and non-for-profit developers. Lettire also works in the hospitality, retail, market-rate residential and high-end residential business sectors, where they have completed and are currently engaged in some of New York’s most notable projects.

The Lettire brothers created their own development group, Urban Builders Collaborative, focusing on the mixed income and affordable housing markets.

Lettire serves the metropolitan New York area with projects in Westchester County, Essex County, N.J., and all of New York City, with a current project pipeline in excess of $500 million.

The company is especially proud of its having nurtured lasting relationships with repeat clients and at the same time developed new, strong relationships with some of New York’s largest and most successful developers. Lettire has completed projects for 10 repeat customers, including 34 buildings, and is currently engaged in five projects with repeat clients.

Our Founder,
Nicholas Lettire

We are closely involved in all aspects of construction, from the initial bidding process through day-to-day supervision to final completion. Our personal commitment to each project helps create the value proposition we offer, as we consistently deliver excellence.

Nicholas Lettire
President and Chief Executive Officer

Safety

At Lettire, we make good on our total commitment to jobsite safety in several key ways, including training and technology. Jobsites are complex environments with hundreds of workers, materials, machinery and tools spread across several floors, making it hard to know where workers and resources are at any time – especially in a noisy city setting. Always on the lookout for innovative technology, in January 2017 we began using the Spot-r, a belt-worn, wireless, rechargeable safety sensor, from Triax.

Spot-r lets us know where workers are located on a site so supervisors can respond quickly to any incidents. The system also stores worker accreditation information, including equipment operator certifications and when certifications, such as OSHA-10 or OSHA-30, are due for renewal.

Spot-r has been a game changer for jobsite safety and management, our primary concern, because it gives us the ability to immediately know when there is a slip, trip or fall and where someone is located, it helps us get help to the worker immediately. In these situations, every second counts.

before spot-r

9

minutes to evacuate 6 floors

after spot-r

2.5

MINUTES TO EVACUATE 6 FLOORS

Sustainability

Every Lettire project benefits from our use of best practices in sustainable design and construction from groundbreaking to completion. This begins with site selection identifying sites that offer:

  • A centralized location
  • Mass transit
Lettire’s design and staging practices also:
  • Preserve trees and mitigate storm water
  • Protect other natural resources during construction
  • Offer a committment to smoke-free construction sites
  • Provide a goal of a minimum 50% recycling of all site materials
The process continues with the deliberate selection of:
  • Sustainable or energy saving materials
  • Energy efficient appliances and equipment
  • Encompassing lighting
  • Windows and doors
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Insulation
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Ceiling fans
  • Paints and carpeting
  • Flooring materials
  • Water efficient products
  • Low VOC paint
Lettire brings green full cycle with methodology to promote LEED standards and healthier living long after construction by:
  • Selecting organic cleaning products
  • Educating its residents on efficient use of all equipment and technology

Lettire is proud to be a leader in sustainable development – an early adopter and an ongoing explorer of innovation in the world of green construction.

Community

With headquarters in East Harlem since 1979, Lettire has been a pillar in the community as an owner, developer, builder, employer, and philanthropic organization. The Lettire presence creates local jobs for employees and promotes business with subcontractors and vendors. 

East Harlem Community Involvement

Lakeview Apartments Christmas Donation

Over the past two years Lettire has donated toys to support the children of Lakeview Terrace, a NYCHA complex located on 5th Avenue between 106th and 107th Street.

Thanksgiving

For the past 3 years Lettire sponsored The East Harlem Cares Coalition Pre-Thanksgiving dinner which serves dinner to over 300 families in need at the Church of the Holy Rosary on East 119th Street. In addition to being a sponsor, Lettire employees volunteered their time to set-up, serve and clean up.

Children’s Aid Society and 26th Precinct Toy & Turkey Drive

Lettire sponsored a holiday event in 2009 and 2010 that donated toys for children and turkeys for the families of children participating in East Harlem Children’s Aid Society after school program. Representatives from the 26th Police Precinct as and local politicians were in attendance for the event.

Job Fair

Lettire participated in a local job fair held at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center and sponsored by Assemblyman Keith Wright. Elected officials appreciated Lettire’s presence as we were the only privately held business present.

At-Large Community Involvement

Sandy Food & Clothing Drive

Lettire employees and their families came together to provide both clothing and food and personally delivered to the Rockaways. We continue to explore ways to participate in the rebuilding of the hardest hit areas.

Building Skills NY

Launched by Building Skills NY in conjunction with Brooklyn Workforce Innovation and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, the program will teach residents how to build affordable housing in their communities. The program focus’s on teaching general construction trades and places students in an apprentice program with subcontractors upon graduation. Lettire Construction sits on the advisory board with other affordable housing contractors and developers.