Company of the Month: E.W. Howell celebrates 125th anniversary as a general construction and construction management firm

June 07, 2016 - Long Island
E.W. Howell was honored by The New York Botanical Garden at the Founders Award Dinner on May 11th. Shown (from left) are: Thomas Lovejoy, Robert Steel, Sigourney Weaver, Howard Rowland, Gillian Steel, Maureen Chilton, and Gregory Long. E.W. Howell was honored by The New York Botanical Garden at the Founders Award Dinner on May 11th. Shown (from left) are: Thomas Lovejoy, Robert Steel, Sigourney Weaver, Howard Rowland, Gillian Steel, Maureen Chilton, and Gregory Long. Photo credit: Kelly Taub/BFA.com
Rendering of Lord & Taylor in Manhasset. Rendering of Lord & Taylor in Manhasset.

Plainview, NY 2016 is proving to be one of E.W. Howell’s most successful and exciting years. Founded in 1891 they are celebrating 125 years as a general construction and construction management firm. With offices in Long Island and Manhattan they provide construction services to a diverse group of clients in the retail, education, arts and culture, and healthcare markets.

E.W. Howell quickly earned a reputation in New York and on Long Island among the influential, constructing elegant Gold Coast estates, many of which still stand today, for clients including Guggenheim, Pratt and Hutton Families. Over the years E.W. Howell has built strong relationships with clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, The Waldorf Astoria and Stony Brook University, just to name a few.

Sometimes companies that have been around for as long as E.W. Howell become complacent and never question the status quo but E.W. Howell is determined to not have

Historical Photo: An E.W. Howell construction photo from the late 1800’s. Historical Photo: An E.W. Howell construction photo from the late 1800’s.

that happen.  2016 isn’t just the 125th anniversary of this successful company but also the launch of their new and improved brand. According to president Howard Rowland, “It’s not that the old brand needed fixing. Rather, our new brand moves us forward with a look and feel, as well as a business approach and mindset- that demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement.” E.W. Howell has taken on a new logo and tagline: “BUILD SIMPLY.” This tagline does not mean simple construction but rather a simplified construction experience for clients. E.W. Howell has always took pride in the way they handle their client interactions by making things as simple as possible for them.

E.W. Howell has been busy working on several projects on Long Island and in Manhattan. In the healthcare division they are currently working on the $300 million, Stony Brook Hospital MART project. Vital to the future of both Stony Brook University and health care in the Long Island region, the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building will be located on the University’s Academic Medical Center campus. The project includes construction of the 245,000 s/f Medical and Research Translation (MART) building, and 225,000 s/f Hospital Pavilion. The six-story MART will be devoted to cancer research and care, including the new home for the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. The 10-story Hospital Pavilion will contain 150 inpatient beds; two of these floors will be dedicated to a new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The expansion also includes 12 new classrooms and a 300-seat auditorium.

In the retail division E.W. Howell has started construction on Lord  & Taylor located in Manhasset. The new addition will consist of a two-story 37,150 s/f store. A new main entry will be added on the South-East corner. The first floor will be 13,740 s/f while the second floor will be  22,230 s/f. This new addition will help showcase Lord & Taylors latest store design, as well as their traditional offering of a variety of the finest in fashion, accessories, fragrance and beauty brands, gifts and home accessories.

E.W. Howell is currently building the $300 million Medical and Research Translation (MART) project at Stony Brook University Hospital. E.W. Howell is currently building the $300 million Medical and
Research Translation (MART) project at Stony Brook University Hospital.

The contractor has been busy in the education division working on a variety of jobs for the New York City School Construction Authority over the past several years. Currently they are working on P.S. 49 in Middle Village, Queens which is a unique project because it has been listed as a designated site by the NYS Historic Preservation Office. E.W. Howell is responsible for renovating the building while keeping its historic 1920s look intact. E.W. Howell is also working on other projects in the education division including P.S 338 in Brooklyn and Hewitt School in Manhattan.

On May 11th, E.W. Howell was honored by The New York Botanical Garden at the Founders Award Dinner for their work in the Arts & Culture sector.  Over the years E.W. Howell has been a consistent presence at The Garden building the Leon Levy Visitors Center, Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory, Native Plant Garden, Visitor’s Center Café and the Mertz Library HVAC upgrade. They also worked on the Hudson Garden Grill and are currently working on The Green Zone, a state of the art composting facility. The event was able to raise over $1 million for the Science and Conservation programs at The New York Botanical Garden.

For E.W. Howell being in business for 125 years is an achievement worth celebrating. But beyond that, the milestone is a reminder to keep listening to clients, keep innovating, and keep moving forward.

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