History

Founded in 1944 by the late Raymond F. LeChase, LeChase Construction began humbly as a small family operation to fill local demand for construction work during World War II. Today, LeChase employs more than 700 engaged employees, led by a strong management team, with a shared belief in doing the right thing. LeChase Construction is committed to building strong partnerships with our customers, our employees and our communities through safety, quality, innovation and values.

  • Founder Raymond F. LeChase

    Founder Raymond F. LeChase

    Raymond F. LeChase resided in Rochester and began working at the age of 14 as a water boy for A. Fredericks & Son. He rapidly worked his way to a superintendent role.

  • LeChase Construction Founded

    LeChase Construction Founded

    Raymond F. LeChase founded LeChase Construction Company to fill the demand for local construction work during World War II.

  • The First Job

    The first project for the company was a $64 sidewalk for the city.

    A sign in a local appliance store prompted the owners of Kanty Paper Co. to contact LeChase and award the company’s first large project—a $90,000 production center for assembling paper boxes.

  • St. John Fisher College

    St. John Fisher College

    LeChase broke ground on a $261,300 addition for St. John Fisher College. The addition included a cafeteria and a 600-seat auditorium.

    The project began a long-standing relationship that continues today. Over the years, LeChase has completed more than 40 projects for the college.

  • Harding School

    Harding School

    LeChase won the bid for a seven-classroom addition to the Harding School in Gates District 7.

  • K-12 Projects

    K-12 Projects

    K-12 has always been one of the company’s core markets and continues to be one in which LeChase performs work today.

  • Genesee Valley Park Ice Rink

    LeChase finished construction on Rochester’s first permanent, artificially frozen ice skating rink at Genesee Valley Park.

  • General Motors

    LeChase originally performed work on General Motors’ administration building in 1955. Since then, LeChase has maintained that partnership and performed work on the same building 55 years later in 2010.

  • Eastridge High School

    Eastridge High School

    Upon completion of Eastridge High School, a dedication ceremony was held in April 1959.

  • Raymond LeChase, Inc. Founded

    Raymond LeChase, Inc. Founded

    Raymond LeChase, Inc. was founded. The motivation for forming the company was a result of his son Wayne’s decision to emulate the family’s construction tradition established by his father.

  • City Hall

    City Hall

    Signing of the contract for City Hall, Rochester, N.Y.

  • BOCES

    BOCES

    LeChase broke ground on the new vocational wing for BOCES’ Robert P. Dye WeMoCo Occupational School in Spencerport, N.Y.

  • Emerson Street

    Emerson Street

    LeChase moved its office and warehouse to 1600 Emerson Street in Rochester, N.Y., where the warehouse is still located today.

  • BOCES Spencerport

    BOCES Spencerport

    LeChase completed construction of the vocational wing addition to the BOCES facility in Spencerport, N.Y. LeChase has maintained its relationship with BOCES and has completed various projects throughout New York State.

  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    LeChase won the bid for a $990,000 contract for Rochester’s new Amtrak station. The 7,200 SF station was a space-frame design and offered new ticket facilities and a waiting room large enough for 150 passengers.

  • St. John Fisher College

    St. John Fisher College

    LeChase began construction on the $3.5 million Student Life Center at St. John Fisher College. In a relationship today that began in the 1950s and continues today, LeChase has completed more than 40 projects for St. John Fisher College.

  • Geneva General Hospital

    LeChase completed construction of Geneva General Hospital.

  • Key Client Relationships

    Between 1980 and 1990, some key client relationships were established, including Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox and the University of Rochester.

  • Marcy Prison

    Marcy Prison

    R. Wayne LeChase succeeded his father as president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, LeChase Construction saw a nine-fold increase in volume over the next six years. This explosion included LeChase’s first project outside of Monroe County, a $26.5 million medium-security correctional facility in Marcy, N.Y.

  • Raymond F. LeChase, II Joined LeChase

    Raymond F. LeChase, II Joined LeChase

    Raymond F. LeChase, II, joined LeChase Construction in 1985, becoming the third generation in the family business.

  • William H. Goodrich appointed Vice President

    William H. Goodrich appointed Vice President

    After decades of family ownership, management was opened up to a team of partners, including William H. Goodrich, who was also appointed vice president at this time.

  • Xerox XQ Certification

    Xerox XQ Certification

    LeChase is the only construction company in the world to receive the coveted XQ Certification from Xerox Corporation, a national leader in the Total Quality movement. The certification represents the highest vote of confidence the company can bestow upon a vendor.

  • William H. Goodrich promoted to COO

    William H. Goodrich promoted to COO

    Vice President William H. Goodrich was promoted to the role of chief operating officer.

  • Expansion to Corning and Charlotte

    Expansion to Corning and Charlotte

    LeChase expanded to Corning, N.Y., and opened its first office out of New York State in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Sisters of Saint Joseph

    Sisters of Saint Joseph

    LeChase began working on a new Motherhouse and Infirmary for Rochester’s Sisters of Saint Joseph.

  • William H. Goodrich Appointed President

    William H. Goodrich Appointed President
  • William L. Mack Joins Management Team

    William L. Mack Joins Management Team
  • Expansion to Albany

    Expansion to Albany

    To better take advantage of opportunities in New York’s Capital Region, LeChase opened an office in the Albany area.

  • First LEED Project

    First LEED Project

    The SPCA of Tompkins County’s new animal shelter achieved LEED® Silver certification. This was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) project to be completed by LeChase.

  • Durham acquisition furthers expansion in NC

    Durham acquisition furthers expansion in NC

    LeChase acquired C.C. Woods and established an office in Durham, N.C.

  • Accolades for R. Wayne LeChase

    Accolades for R. Wayne LeChase

    R. Wayne LeChase is recognized by the Rochester Business Journal as “A key designer of the community’s future.” LeChase Construction grew nearly 25 percent from 2003 to 2004, logging more than $275 million in total dollar volume, some 62 percent of which was earned locally.

  • Conifer-LeChase JV formed

    Conifer-LeChase Construction was formed as a joint venture between LeChase Construction Services and Conifer Realty to serve the affordable housing market.

  • Goodrich Promoted, New Offices Open

    Goodrich Promoted, New Offices Open

    LeChase opened regional offices in Binghamton, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y. President William H. Goodrich was appointed chief executive officer.

  • Kodak Footprint Reduction Program

    LeChase completed its largest project to date—the Eastman Kodak Company’s Footprint Reduction Program (FRP), valued at $200 million.

  • Golden Ladder Award

    Golden Ladder Award

    LeChase’s Golden Ladder Award program was established as a program for employees to nominate one another in recognition of extraordinary displays of safety on the job site. More than 80 awards have been presented to date.

  • Engineering News Record

    Engineering News Record

    LeChase was recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) for its progressive project delivery for the Eastman Kodak Company’s $200 million, 13.5 million SF Footprint Reduction Program (FRP).

  • Rochester Business Journal

    Rochester Business Journal

    LeChase was recognized by the Rochester Business Journal for its efforts in green building.

  • William H. Goodrich Recognized by RBJ

    William H. Goodrich Recognized by RBJ

    William H. Goodrich is recognized by the Rochester Business Journal as a CEO who leads growth for LeChase Construction.
    Change is constant; change is imminent. So we’re constantly in transition.”Bill Goodrich

  • Charles L. Caranci, Jr. Joins Management Team

    Charles L. Caranci, Jr. Joins Management Team
  • N.C. Presidential Award for Outstanding Safety Performance

    N.C. Presidential Award for Outstanding Safety Performance

    The LeChase North Carolina offices had zero lost-time injuries or illness and received the AGC’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Safety Performance in North Carolina.

  • Syracuse Expansion

    Syracuse Expansion

    LeChase acquired Northeast Construction in Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Acquisition in Charlotte

    LeChase acquired J.F. Schultze Construction in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Kyle L. Sayers Joins Executive Management Team

    Kyle L. Sayers Joins Executive Management Team
  • Zero Incidents Program Established

    LeChase’s Zero Incidents program was established. The goal of this program is to encourage, embrace and recognize superior and sustained safety performance throughout LeChase and to promote zero incidents as an achievable goal and mindset for all LeChase employees.

  • LeChase builds Raymond F. LeChase Hall at UR

    The new Warner School of Education building at the University of Rochester was named in honor of the late Raymond F. LeChase.

  • New Corporate Headquarters

    LeChase consolidated its three Rochester offices and relocated to new corporate headquarters at 205 Indigo Creek Drive.

  • Platinum-LeChase Construction Formed

    Platinum-LeChase Construction Formed

    Platinum-LeChase Construction Group, LLC was formed as a joint venture between LeChase Construction Services and Platinum Builders, LLC to serve the assisted- and senior-living market.

  • Buffalo Office Opened

    Buffalo Office Opened

    LeChase opened an office in Buffalo to better serve the Buffalo/Niagara and southwestern New York area.

  • Expansion to Tri-State Area

    Expansion to Tri-State Area

    LeChase acquired C.W. Brown Inc. and established an office in Armonk, NY.

  • Mack appointed President

    Mack appointed President

    William L. Mack was promoted to the role of president.

  • Carmichael Building Award

    Carmichael Building was named Engineering News Record (ENR) Southeast’s 2015 Best Project Award winner in the renovation/restoration category. This project was a $27.9 million, 115,000 SF historic renovation to the Carmichael Building, originally built in 1926. The facility was renovated into a Class “A” office and laboratory space and is currently occupied by Duke University School of Medicine in support of Duke University Medical Center’s expanding research departments.

  • Acquisition of Lendlease operations in N.C., Upstate N.Y.

    Acquisition of Lendlease operations in N.C., Upstate N.Y.

    LeChase strengthened its presence in two of its key regions by purchasing the Upstate N.Y. and Durham/Charlotte operations of Lendlease Americas, Inc.

  • STEP Award in N.C.

    STEP Award in N.C.

    LeChase received Platinum Level recognition in the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of North Carolina.