Founded in 1972, Velez is a multimillion-dollar family-owned and operated general construction and construction management firm headquartered in New York City that has been in business for nearly 50 years. Rounding out our full service compliments, the firm also provides comprehensive Diversity Solutions, outreach, compliance, and mentoring..
A successful builder throughout the region, Velez is uniquely qualified in the field of construction management. We have established innovative and effective policies, procedures, and techniques for complete project administration, scheduling, and cost control.
Our multi-disciplinary staff includes seasoned construction professionals with engineering, architectural, construction management and general contracting backgrounds. From healthcare, education, housing and historical renovation, our general construction portfolio includes successful public.
Velez has provided comprehensive diversity solutions to its clients in such areas as outreach, compliance, auditing, workforce inclulsion, and community engagement. In addition, Velez has spearheaded the renowned Mentor Program of the NYC School Construction Authority. In this capacity, over 200 community based construction firms have received strategic capacity building, access to capital, growth visioning, management of change and project opportunities.
MISSION AND HISTORY
The Velez Organization (Velez) literally started with a big break when Andrew Velez, a union carpenter, fell two stories and broke his ankle. Unable to work, he returned to school and started a small contracting firm in his Brooklyn apartment as a Federal Government 8A contractor in 1972.
As the business began to grow, his daughter Elizabeth, now President and Principle of the Velez Organization, would visit his construction sites in order to spend time with him and developed a passion for the building industry . This interest has led to a lifetime of advocacy and support for the industry that is the foundation of our region.
Elizabeth Velez serves as President for all of Velez’s business and management activities. Ms. Velez’s experience in the construction industry has spanned over thirty years and she participates on key industry and powerful advocacy boards, such as the New York Building Congress, she was appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Police Foundation, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, , the Board of ACE Mentor of New York and the NYC Department of Business Services Advisory Board. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Boricua College, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Business School of her alma mater, Hofstra University. Ms. Velez holds an MBA and is actively involved in issues supporting the construction industry , and is a recognized leader in equity and inclusion.
Mentor Technical Assistance Program
BUILDING OUR BUILDERSSM
The Velez Organization has recognized the critical importance of capacity building, and access to opportunities as we have grown over our 50 years of business. Through this, Velez developed a guiding principle to support effective capacity building programs. Since 2018, Velez has been at the helm of building on the success of the SCA Mentor Training Assistance Program (MTAP) by leveraging our relationships and sharing our strategies with members of the program.
Ranked as the premier Mentoring Program in NYC, The MTAP Program provides Technical and Business Development Training in various topics related to SCA Construction Projects.
Over the past 50 years, Velez has developed a broad, diverse and loyal client base featuring the region’s pre-eminent private and public organizations.