Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 119
Lipsky Enterprises has managed a wide range of buildings, but a
few high-profile projects have earned the company accolades in recent years. In 2011, Lipsky Enterprises received the Jeffrey J. Zogg
Build NewYork Award for its work on the St. Charles Resurrection
Cemetery Welcoming and Information Center in East Farmingdale, N.Y. Another notable project Lipsky Enterprises oversaw was
the 2011 restoration of Tifereth Israel, a century-old synagogue in
New York City's Queens borough.
But much of Lipsky Enterprises' focus during the past three
years has been on helping out families like the Younkins. Following
Hurricane Sandy, Lipsky Enterprises became an approved contractor for recovery programs, which has made up about half the company's workload in recent years. "That generated a tremendous
volume of reconstruction work, especially on Long Island where
we live," Lipsky says.
Already, the company has worked on more than 500 homes
from New York City to the east end of Long Island. Lipsky says
those recovery projects are about more than simply restoring the
homes: it's about getting emergency heat, hot water and electric
working for the residents.
The scope of the work often depends not only on short-term
needs, but long-term flood mitigation. Many homes must be raised
to prevent future storm damage. "There are thousands of homes
still in disrepair," Lipsky says. "For the homeowners, it's been an
extremely difficult process, but there are success stories."
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
With the help of the next generation of the Lipsky family, Lipsky
Enterprises is investing in new technology to ensure the company
continues to write its own success story. Barry Lipsky's sons, Alex
and Joel Lipsky, have brought the most up-to-date computer applications to the company, such as 3-D modeling program Revit,
building information modeling software and cloud-based storage.
"It just helps us in the coordination of construction documents
that meets the top standards of the year 2016 and going forward,"
The better coordination afforded by the new software has enabled Lipsky Enterprises to seek out larger and more complicated
projects, such as the restoration of the historic Nathaniel Rogers
House in Bridgehampton, N.Y. "It allows us to work more closely
with the architects and other designers," Lipsky says.
Despite its technological investments and growing portfolio,
Lipsky still considers building relationships to be its most important project. To meet its standards, the company works to develop complete trust in all of its business relationships. Many of its
jobs come through recommendations from local architects such as
Roger Smith of BBS Architects & Engineers of Long Island. "We've
been working with him now for exactly 30 years," Lipsky says.
Lipsky credits his company's success in building long-term re-
Recovering from Hurricane Sandy has been a difficult process, but one made easier by
compassionate work from companies such as Lipsky Enterprises.
"[Diversification] allows us to do
several types of construction projects very well and therefore stay
busy even during [a] recession."
lationships to the continuity of family ownership. His two sons
represent the next generation of the company. Alex and Joel
Lipsky have worked for some of the largest general contractors
in the United States and are bringing what they've learned to
The brothers have elevated the company's skill level, enabling
Lipsky Enterprises to enter new markets and hire more employees. "With Joel and Alex fully on board with us now, we're able to
expand the company," Barry Lipsky says. )
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