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NY/NJ Focus | WATERBOURNE CONSTRUCTION ADVISORS LLC

Owner Advocates

WATERBOURNE PROTECTS CLIENTS FROM POOR WORKMANSHIP AND RISING COSTS. BY TIM O'CONNOR

Waterbourne Construction
Advisors LLC
www.waterbourne.fatcow.com
* HQ: Getzville, N.Y.
* Employees: 9
* Specia y: Construction management
services

"We don't witch hats. We are
always a CM ... never a general contractor."
- Tony D'Auria, principal and executive vice president

strives to always
ยป Waterbourne
get the best products and
pricing for its clients.

F

or many general contractors,
construction management is a
secondary approach to building a
facility. When tasked with acting as
a construction manager, general contractors might change their hat but often
don't change their mindset to work on the
owner's team instead of as another one of
the client's contractors. That's not the case
for New York's Waterbourne Construction
Advisors. When the company expanded
into a full construction firm in 2005 it
decided from the start it would be purely a
construction manager entirely focused on
being an owners' advocate.
Tony D'Auria, principal and executive
vice president of Waterbourne, says that as
a construction management firm Waterbourne is better set up to be transparent
with its clients than the typical general

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contractor. The payment for Waterbourne's
services is set firmly before building begins.
The company does not charge for change
orders, and will sometimes provide a guaranteed maximum price. D'Auria says that
puts the onus on Waterbourne to control
costs. "We're not going to make more money
if this contract goes up in cost," he explains.
"We don't trade hats. We are always a CM ...
never a general contractor."

Building a Name
Waterbourne Construction Advisors is one
of two companies under the Waterbourne
Group of Companies banner. D'Auria and
James Carminati founded the company in
1993 with a real estate brokerage and consulting focus. As its reputation rose, clients
began engaging Waterbourne in overseeing construction and development projects.

By the mid-2000s, D'Auria and Carminati
decided the construction wing of the company should be split off into its own entity
and brought on a partner, Peter Savarino,
a highly regarded construction professional, to head up the day-to-day operations.
"Over time it appeared to us that we really
had the makings of a separate company,"
D'Auria says.
The construction company has grown
significantly in its 11 years. Waterbourne
completed $46 million worth of construction work in 2015 and is on pace to close
out $60 million in projects for 2016. "I think
we're developing a name for ourselves,"
D'Auria says. "[We] were recognized in the
community for quality real estate work and
development work but now I think we've
developed a name for ourselves as a firstrate construction management firm."
The company's current lineup of projects
includes a $30 million Doubletree Hotel in
Niagara Falls set for completion this fall, an
82-room hotel at Batavia Downs Racetrack
and Casino and a $30 million Learning
Commons at Niagara County Community
College in Sanborn, N.Y. Waterbourne also
recently completed The Cornerstone Ice and
Sports Arena in Lockport, N.Y.

Driving Cost
As a pure construction manager, Waterbourne does not have its own construction


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