Case Studies

Coastal Construction Corporation

Construction services in Massachusettes and the Northeast

Coastal Construction Corporation (Coastal) was founded in 1994 as a commercial retail fit-out contractor. While the company has grown significantly over the years, the Coastal team maintains the same level of focus on each project as when the company began. Each member of the team understands that the schedule is just as important as the budget.

Duxbury-based Coastal employs 21 people, completing projects in its home state of Massachusetts, as well as New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York. The team delivers challenging commercial projects for big-box retailers, developers and landlords alike. Peter Dobyns, founder and president of Coastal, continues to lead the company after 20 years. Dobyns works alongside a strong management team, including Dan Snow, vice president, as well as Dan Hulsebosch.

“What is unique about Coastal is that each employee understands our commitment to the customer,” Snow explains. “In the office and in the field, our philosophy is customer-focused. We empower our employees to make decisions to get the job done right. Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our clients by delivering value. We have been fortunate to negotiate many of our projects and to receive many referrals from clients.”

Standards that stand out

Since inception, the company has excelled at tenant fit-out projects and Snow notes that retail tenant work still comprises a majority of the business. Over the years, Coastal has evolved into more complicated projects and ground-up construction work.

“We’ll do anything for our clients,” Snow elaborates. “We perform work from a $10,000 tenant fit-up to multimillion-dollar development project.”

Recent work includes the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Mass. Coastal managed construction of the new 30,000-square-foot full service hospital facility. The new building sits on a parcel adjacent to the former hospital. Throughout construction, Coastal was able to coordinate work to allow the existing facility to remain in full operation 24 hours per day without interruption. “We worked closely with the client on this project as well as the architect to manage the budget and say on schedule,” Snow notes.

Over the last few years, Coastal has performed many ground-up construction projects for a preferred Rite Aid developer. With the knowledge and experience to develop and build pharmacy projects, Coastal has become a trusted partner for the chain and is now very involved in a major remodel program.

Building success

Like many contractors, Coastal faced challenges through the economic downturn. “We definitely felt an impact,” Snow explains. “We had to closely manage our overhead and be more proactive about pursuing opportunities.”

Many of the company’s long-term relationships helped to keep the team moving forward through leaner times. As the market improves, Coastal is positioned for growth. “We see our industry experiencing steady improvement,” Snow explains. “We are proud that we were able to continually grow through the more challenging years. We recently hired an additional project manager and now have the structure in place to further build our business.”

The Coastal team has decades of diverse construction experience and each member of the team brings different strengths to the table. The company has built a strong network of subcontractors and design professionals over the years.

As a construction manager Coastal leverages the strengths of its subcontractors and builds the strongest team for each project to deliver on time and on budget. The business has a growing backlog of diverse and complex projects coming up over the next year and Coastal Construction Corporation is set to continue on a trend of positive, manageable growth.

Published on: November 7, 2014

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