The Sullivan Company is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) construction management company, located near Philadelphia, PA. Our projects primarily are located in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, although we have consulted in over half of the United States, seven Canadian provinces and in the Caribbean. We have been a privately-held business for nearly half a century, and are financially strong. We enjoy excellent relationships with a wide range of subcontractors in the area
Patrick Sullivan came to America in 1847 at the age of 19, with the vision and determination to succeed in the “land of opportunity.” A foreman for the Carroll Brick Yard in Philadelphia from 1852 to 1870, he had the ambition and drive. Taking advantage of the enormous clay deposits located at 52nd and Market Streets, he purchased the land and seized the opportunity to fulfill his dream. With each brick fired on the kiln, the company put its reputation on the line. The Sullivan Brick Company exemplified the qualities that today are associated with the “old fashioned” business ethic – the quality of workmanship, reliability, personal service, economy and integrity.
In 1969, his great-grandson, Thomas J. Sullivan III founded Sullivan Construction Company (SCCI), providing general construction and construction management services and using one of the surviving Sullivan bricks as a logo. His wife, Jane C. Sullivan, seeing the opportunity to use the project managers’ education and expertise in other areas, formed The Sullivan Company in 1995. It provided construction management and consulting for clients throughout North America. In 1999, she bought out SCCI and has owned and managed the company since then. We primarily are focused on providing construction management services in the Delaware Valley. Construction management is not just our business, it is our passion.
A Tradition of Excellence
For decades, we have enjoyed a reputation of constantly completing projects on time, within budget and with top quality workmanship. Our ability to blend today’s technology with yesterday’s pride of craftsmanship has been proved in thousands of construction projects. Using our technical expertise to clarify design and construction issues, we take a proactive role in the design and development process. We help our clients understand what is cost effective, and what is required by building codes and the law. This is the “Tradition of Excellence” that carries through to the Sullivan Company today. Although our services have changed, our commitment to providing outstanding quality remains the same.
Because we are primarily local, we bring deep resources to our work. We know the area, its history and its people. We have a long history with many of our subcontractors, and are always searching for new qualified companies to add to our roster.
Our Staff – Our most important resource is our staff. We thrive on the challenge of the difficult job, and take enormous pride in our historic preservation and renovation expertise. Our carpenters have the skills and equipment to do fine restoration, in addition to new construction. Most of our carpenters and superintendents have at least 20 years of experience in their trade. All workers in the field have OSHA 10 training at a minimum.
Our project managers are trained engineers and construction professionals, some with LEED training. Their diverse skills are honed by managing projects and by developing due diligence reports which allow them to review a broad spectrum of construction projects.
Library - Our construction library houses in excess of 8,000 volumes, including extensive sections in architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical and conveying engineering, allowing us to determine the methods and materials of how older buildings were constructed. We have sometimes found that old engineering textbooks show us the “new” techniques that were in use at that time.
Patents - We hold two patents – the direct result of finding solutions for clients’ needs.
Cogeneration - A client’s curiosity about using cogeneration in a development led us to build and maintain one of only a handful of licensed residential cogeneration units of Pennsylvania.
Green Building - We support environmental and green building programs, as evidenced by our research in cogeneration and our memberships in the U.S. Green Building Council, Clean Air Council, and LEED.
Value engineering - This is a significant part of our role as a construction manager. We work with the design team to evaluate materials and review mechanical and electrical systems for cost of operation, maintenance and life expectancy.
Our corporate commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by our reviews of energy efficiency, cost of operation, and environmental impact, as well as our membership and cogeneration research.
Safety management is an important part of our company culture. Our .744 Experience Modification Rate is well below the national average, one of the lowest in Philadelphia, and reflects the importance that we place in safety. We were awarded the 2009 Leadership in Safety Award by CNA Insurance Company.
Our team is active in the following associations, keeping us informed of the latest construction technologies and issues affecting our customers:
- National Institute of Building Sciences
- International Code Council (ICC)
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
- US Green Building Council
- Association of Preservation Technology
- Building Officials and CodAdministrators International (BOCA)
- Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
- The Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
- American Concrete Institute
- American Solar Energy Society
- Association of Construction Inspectors
- Association of Energy Engineers
- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
- Urban Land Institute (ULI)