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LeChase earns national recognition for The Strong Museum, Victory Lofts projects

LeChase Construction Services has received two prestigious 2024 Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.

Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, LeChase ranks among the nation’s top contractors – serving customers from its operations across the Eastern US. The firm was honored for the following:

  • The Strong National Museum of Play expansion and parking garage project in Rochester, NY.
    LeChase partnered with The Strong, owner’s representative Cornerstone and CJS Architects on this multi-year project to add fresh exhibits, updated amenities and more interactive play areas at the museum, which was already the largest cultural attraction in Western New York. The expansion celebrated its grand opening in June 2023.
  • Restoration of the Binghamton, NY, area’s historic EJ Victory Shoe Factory – now renamed Victory Lofts
    LeChase partnered with Paulus Development to transform the long-vacant factory into 156 upscale market-rate apartments, with amenities and space for future retail. VIP Structures served as architect on the project, which held its ribbon cutting in late 2023.

The AGC annually presents the Build America Awards to honor the nation’s most impressive construction projects. The Strong Museum and the Victory Lofts received their awards March 21 at the AGC National Conference in San Diego.

For more information and to see images of the projects, click the following links:
The Strong Museum Expansion and Garage Project  / Victory Lofts

At LeChase we take special pride in projects, like these, that enhance the communities where our people live and work. The Strong and Victory Lofts projects demonstrate that true partnership -- between owners, contractors, designers and community stakeholders – can drive exceptional results. Congratulations to everyone who played a role in these award-winning efforts.

Kyle SayersLeChase Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

We’re proud to see our partners at LeChase Construction recognized nationally for the great work that they did building The Strong National Museum of Play’s 90,000-square-foot expansion and playful parking garage. The team at LeChase helped to make this transformative project a reality, and now The Strong can welcome even more people from across the globe to experience the power of play.

Steve DubnikPresident and CEO | The Strong National Museum of Play

When I purchased the EJ Victory building, I knew the path to restoring it would not be quick or easy. Fortunately, LeChase was a partner up to the challenge. I’m pleased that together we were able to restore the building to where, as Victory Lofts, it is once again contributing in a positive way to the community.

Matthew PaulusFounder and President | Paulus Development