Construction Today - June 2017 - 14
COVER STORY: THE SWEET CONSTRUCTION GROUP
expanded into structural
alterations and rehabs/retrofits
of existing structures.
AS GOOD AS NEW
Sweet celebrates 105 years of stunning projects for high-profile clients. BY CHRIS KELSCH
weet Construction celebrates its
105th anniversary this year, and
given its impressive list of clientele,
it looks to be headed for another
century of success.
Founded in 1912, the company was
incorporated in New York in 1952 by Marvin
Sweet, who held the reins of the company
until he retired in 2001. That's when Steve
Alessio took over. Alessio had joined the
firm in 1980 as an intern, fresh out of architecture school.
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The fact the company has had so few
leadership changes over its century-plus
lifetime reflects a broader philosophy
of stability and doing the little things
right. "Our motto is 'big enough to do the
job, small enough to care,'" says Alessio,
who is now president of Sweet. And that
means keeping limits on the jobs it does
go after. "We want to focus our efforts
on projects that will both enhance our
expertise and keep New York afloat into
the next century."
Early on, Sweet developed an expertise in
interior renovations. Eventually it expanded its capabilities into structural alterations
and the rehabilitation and retrofits of
existing structures, particularly those with
landmark status. Its work on older, historic
buildings has earned Sweet a solid reputation in its hometown of New York City.
"Basically, we always did very good
interior work, as well as very good core
and shell work," Alessio notes. "When