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Corning, NY

11849 East Corning Road, Suite 102 | Corning, NY 14830 | 607 937-5464
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About our Corning, NY Office

Based south of Rochester in Corning, N.Y., LeChase’s Southern Tier operations extend from Chautauqua in southwestern New York to Elmira in the east and also into northern central Pennsylvania.

“The Southern Tier is known for its scenic hills, deep tradition and hardworking down-to-earth people,” noted the region’s manager, Vice President Fred Thompson. That work ethic – coupled with a track record of delivering successful projects – has earned LeChase the respect of repeat clients, who account for nearly 90% of the region’s work. While focused on higher education, health care, industrial, R&D, and power and gas construction, the office also serves a variety of general construction and renovation needs.

Regional leadership and team members

Fred Thompson

Vice President

A vice president since 2014, Frederick (Fred) Thompson is based in the Corning office, where he leads efforts to expand LeChase’s business in the Southern Tier. In this role, he manages client, employee and subcontractor relationships, oversees daily operations and works to ensure projects meet or exceed client expectations. Fred is also involved in leading LeChase’s environmental health and safety (EH&S) efforts as well as warehouse and equipment fleet operations. Since starting his construction career in 1996, Fred has gained experience in a variety of market sectors, – including higher education, healthcare, industrial, power and commercial – and multiple delivery methods including design-build, construction management and general contracting. He joined LeChase in 2000, was appointed a project executive in 2005, became regional operations manager in 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from SUNY Alfred State College, and currently acts as a curriculum advisor for the school. He is a graduate of the Future Construction Leaders program offered by the Associated General Contractors of New York and is a member of the NYS chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Fred also volunteers time to numerous community organizations including YMCA youth soccer, high school soccer, Boy Scouts and local food banks.

Russ Robinson

Director of CM Agency

As Director of CM Agency, Russ Robinson is engaged in projects, from conception to completion, across the Southern Tier. His involvement includes building condition surveys (BCS) and facilities evaluation, pre-referendum planning, collaboration with design teams, preconstruction, budgeting and scheduling, developing strategies for competitive bidding, and comprehensive construction management. Russ started his career as a carpenter. He has over 40 years of construction experience on projects ranging from small building upgrades to extensive new construction. His resume includes new academic buildings and additions, stadiums and sports facilities, bus garages, HVAC and technology upgrades, and general building renovations.

Chris Morelli

Chief Estimator

As chief estimator, Chris Morelli is responsible for managing preconstruction efforts for projects in the Corning region, as well as developing estimates and budgets for both hard-bid and negotiated work. Chris began his construction career in 1996 in building engineering and design. In 2004, he transitioned into estimating and project management – gaining extensive experience in all phases of building construction. Since joining LeChase as an estimator in 2012, he has worked on a variety of projects, most notably in the education, industrial, healthcare, and commercial sectors. He holds an A.A.S. degree in architectural and mechanical design from Lincoln Technical Institute and has LEED AP® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Years working in the region


Annual work completed


Markets Served:

Delivery Methods:

  • CM-at-Risk
  • Agency CM
  • Design-Build
  • General Construction
  • Self-Perform
    • Millwork
    • Concrete
    • Demolition
    • Carpentry/Interiors
  • Preconstruction Consultant
  • Owner’s Representative
  • Real Estate Development


Corning, NY Project Portfolio

Car Body Shell Facility

Alstom | Hornell, NY

B Building Studio Expansion

Corning Museum of Glass | Corning, NY

MacKenzie Complex Renovations

Alfred State | Alfred, NY

Miller Performing Arts Center Phase II

Alfred University | Alfred, NY

Capital Improvement Project

Waverly Central School District | Waverly, NY

OFS Facility

Schlumberger Technology Corporation | Horseheads, NY

Corning, NY News & Community


Course helps LeChase prep for EV transition in K-12 market


LeChase connects with high school students at career fairs


LeChase team volunteers at Tour de Keuka


LeChase mobilizes for Waverly Schools capital project

In addition to delivering successful construction projects, LeChase team members are known for their involvement in these and other community organizations within the Corning, NY region.

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