New York General Contractor Company Wins National Grid Award for Energy Efficient Green Construction at the 2012 Building Brooklyn Awards.

Dumont Green, a 176-unit affordable multi-family housing development that was built by Lettire Construction Corporation, was awarded the National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency at the 2012 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 12. The development, which was completed in November of 2010, was designed by MHG Architects, PC and developed by The Hudson Companies.

“We’re pleased that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee recognized Dumont Green as one of the construction projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy,” said Nick Lettire, President and CEO of Lettire Construction. “There’s a tremendous need for high quality green affordable housing in New York City, and we are proud to be a driving force in the creation of the best of class. Dumont Green is a terrific example of housing that is energy efficient, affordable and elegantly constructed and finished. It’s a standout, and we’re proud to have brought it to life and to its recognition for excellence.”

East Harlem-based Lettire Construction Corporation is one of the largest, premier builders and developers of sustainable housing in the New York region and is recognized for weaving sustainability into its supportive housing projects. In the last five years, Lettire Construction has completed nearly 1,350 units of affordable, supportive and market rate green housing in New York. Dumont Green transformed a 24-year vacant lot into an eight-story green building in East New York and features the largest solar voltaic energy system in a multifamily building in New York State and the very first in an affordable apartment project. This system provides 80 percent of the project’s common area power. The building is 26 percent more energy efficient than code compliance requires.

“Dumont Green was a crowning achievement in renewable energy, sustainability and affordability for Brooklyn and New York City. Lettire delivered the development two months early and managed the approval process flawlessly,” said Aaron Koffman, Director of Affordable Housing for The Hudson Companies, Inc. “Nick Lettire and his team deserve enormous credit for making Dumont Green a reality for the 176 new households in East New York.”

In addition to its role as builder of the award-winning Dumont Green, Lettire recently completed a number of other cutting edge sustainable developments. Among them is Via Verde – “The Green Way” — a development of 222 units of for sale and rental affordable housing in the Bronx by Jonathan Rose Companies and Phipps Houses. Described by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as, “one of the most innovative, exciting, environmentally sustainable affordable housing developments in the nation – if not the world,” Via Verde features acres of gardens and was literally designed to offer a healthier green lifestyle.

Another recently completed green project, Ciena-Hobbs in East Harlem, featured Lettire Construction as co-developer as well as contractor. In this case, Lettire Construction built two buildings offering 339 units of affordable housing incorporating numerous sustainable elements. Similarly, Lettire Construction served as co-developer and contractor for Tapestry, a 185 unit green market-rate rental housing project in Manhattan that received the Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award from the Urban Land Institute.

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About Lettire Construction Corporation:

Lettire Construction Corporation, headed by brothers Nicholas and Gerard Lettire, is one of the largest, premier builders and developers of green affordable and supportive housing in the region. Headquartered in East Harlem since 1980, the company’s founders are actively participating in the economic rebuilding of the City, and creating local jobs in the communities where the firm is active. By working closely with government agencies, development partners and neighborhood leaders and coalitions, Lettire has been able to further its mission, and dramatically increase the supply of high quality affordable and supportive housing in the New York area.