January 29, 2018
All photographs in the article are © Caryn Leigh Photography
Blueberry Builders, founded in 2010 by Russell Goss, focuses on construction management, design build and general contracting for hospitality and restaurants, offices, and retail.
The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies two years in a row, with the majority of that growth coming from repeat clients and referrals. In fact, with clients such as Hyatt, Versace, Heyday, Rizzoli, Eric Kayser and Rosa Mexicano, Blueberry Builders moved up 604 places from the previous year to 1,574 with 250% growth in the past year. What brought such success? A comprehensive approach to every project.
The newly renovated Bowery Road restaurant and accompanying Library of Distilled Spirits bar at the Hyatt Union Square is a great example of all that sets Blueberry Builders apart from competing contractors.
Working with designs by Dutch East Design, Blueberry Builders created a flawless 10,000 sq. ft. space in only five weeks, executing exacting metal work and millwork, hanging a multi-ton, 20-foot tall chandelier, and making sure that everything was done with minimal disturbance to hotel guests.
We all know how tricky construction can be, particularly in New York City. Blueberry meets the challenges by taking ownership of each project and working in a collaborative way with architects, clients, engineers and others to make sure the project gets done beautifully with a client-like eye on budget and schedule.
Aware that the failure to get appropriate permits and certificates can cause costly delays, Blueberry proactively looks at an entire project and sees what is necessary. If no one is taking care of some important aspect of the project, the Blueberry team raise awareness and/or get it done themselves. If materials are delayed, they look for alternate sources or substitutes to make sure the project stays on schedule. And having personnel on staff who are architecturally trained, they appreciate the aesthetic sensibility that dictates how a job must be executed to achieve the designer’s vision
This approach and the company’s use of technology to help staff manage large projects, makes them a paradigm of a new way of approaching construction. In a market like New York City, where time and money are so important, it is this unusual approach that has made Blueberry Builders so successful in bringing projects in on time and on budget. As for the aesthetic results, they speak for themselves.
The Hyatt spaces are elegant, with precision cabinetry and lighting spotlighting the 1,000+ bottles in the Library of Distilled Spirits, a handsome copper topped bar that has a patina evoking New York’s historic bars, and superb wood finishing, particularly on the ash walls in the downstairs special events area of the Bowery Road restaurant. These are just some of the examples of the quality that makes a good design great.
Beyond the Hyatt project, we have chosen just three other projects that show the expertise that Blueberry Builders has in construction, design, and technical skill. You can check out others projects showing their skill and care at: blueberrybuilders.com.
Just downstairs from us here at Kew, you can view the exquisite 6,500 sq ft retail space Blueberry built for Rizzoli. It harkens back to Rizzoli’s legendary past and puts forward a sleek new image. From a gut renovation, Blueberry refitted cabinetry and bookcases from Rizzoli’s other historic locations, refurbished original columns and ceilings, laid marble floors, and installed beautiful new lighting fixtures, creating one of the most civilized spaces in the City.
In a true design/build project, Blueberry Builders transformed a tired Brooklyn Italian eatery in Carroll Gardens into a vibrant fresh roasted-coffee café that is both stylish and exciting.
Versace Showrooms and Offices
At Columbus Circle, Blueberry Builders created a sleek 8,000 sq ft showroom and 18,000 sq ft office for Versace in just 12 weeks. The showroom shows Blueberry’s craftsmanship with a unique stretch vinyl ceiling that creates a reflective effect, which lifts the showroom, and precision millwork, which creates a stunning state-of-the-art space.
For more information contact Blueberry Builders:
1133 Broadway, Suite 723
New York, NY 10010