After nearly 50 years, second-generation, woman-owned Mamais Construction has grown from a small one-room, one-truck operation to a full-service general contractor with more than 150 skilled, in-house craftspeople. Centered in Manhattan, Mamais has proudly served New York City and the surrounding area since 1968.
The family business started with then 21-year-old Eleftherios “Louie” Mamais and his brothers who left their home in Greece for a piece of the American Dream. Growing up with a construction background, the brothers came to the U.S. and started refining their skills as carpenters and millworkers, ultimately establishing Mamais in 1968.
“The unique thing about Mamais is we are a self-performing contractor,” says Lawson Harris, director of construction services for Mamais. “Unlike most general contractors who subcontract all trades, we perform them in-house. We have about 150 tradespeople on staff, including finish carpenters, painters, millworkers, drywallers, tile setters, masons and general helpers — you name it. This allows us to perform all of the building from basic construction to high-end sophisticated details, only subcontracting mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.”
Since its inception, Mamais has understood the role of quality millwork and cabinetry in the success of a construction project. Early in the company’s history Mamais realized that in order to meet the quality standards of its clients’ needs, the company needed to produce its own millwork. Over the last 45 years, Mamais has grown to be one of the top suppliers of high-end custom cabinetry and millwork in New York City.
In Mamais’ millwork facility, the team custom-designs and manufactures a wide range of high-quality items, including single radiator enclosures, pieces of freestanding furniture, millwork and built-in cabinetry. Mamais also produces its own moldings in any shape. “For remodeling projects, this allows us to match the existing wood on each project not just close, but exactly,” says Harris. “Our experience from design to installation ranges from hospitality, retail, residential and commercial industries, including universities, offices, hotels, retail stores, and specialty shops.”
Mamais currently operates out of a 19,000-square-foot facility located in the Bronx. With state-of-the-art machinery, including panel saw, planer/sander, edge banding, and dowelling machines, Mamais is capable of providing products that meet the highest standards.
When it comes to finishing, the company’s skilled technicians make sure the finished product meets the client’s demands, whether they require clear coating, painting, or a custom-blended stain designed specifically for the project.
With the ability to fit every price range, Mamais prides itself offering competitive pricing. “Our estimating team provides detailed estimates that are easy to read and clear to all parties on what is included,” Harris explains. “We also partner with general contractors, interior designers and architects during the design phase to provide budgetary numbers on both large- and small-scale design-build projects.”
Mamais Construction provides its own qualified installation crews consisting of skilled tradesmen with years of millwork experience. “Our full-time crews are capable of performing the demolition, layout and installation phases of your project,” says Harris. “We work closely with clients and all other trades to ensure the highest quality outcome for every project.”
From the beginning, Mamais provides a dedicated project manager that is responsible for the project from design to installation. “Our experienced team guides the client through the process with a series of planned meetings so they know exactly where we are in the process at all times,” says Harris. “After a detailed review of the project with the client and the architect, our project manager will oversee the engineering to make sure the details of the CAD drawings, samples and hardware are correct and submitted accordingly. After approval we field-verify all sizes and project conditions prior to releasing the job for fabrication.”
Throughout fabrication the project manager routinely checks the progress and provides updates. Once the completed items are shipped to the project site, the project manager works with an installation foreman to coordinate with other trades and ensure there is sufficient manpower to keep up with the project schedule. Following the installation, Mamais follows up to make sure the client is completely satisfied with the final product and service.
Beyond construction projects, the Mamais family believes in coming together as an organization. Mamais actively supports the community through its involvement in a wide variety of organizations, community events and public awareness campaigns. The company believes in strengthening its community by supporting local businesses and local employment opportunities.
“The staff supports our company goals every holiday season by volunteering at a local charity,” shares Lawson. “We believe that doing something small in our community can make a big difference.”
The company also connects with the Wounded Warrior Project, Toys for Tots, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Professional Women in Construction (PWC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), among others. As the company dives into 2016, Mamais Construction continues a commitment to its community roots, while building on the longstanding reputation the Mamais family has strived to develop over the last four decades.