AA Jedson Co. President and Founder Michael Bordes does not choose favorites when it comes to the types of projects his company tackles. “I am proud to be involved in any project, and don’t have a preference in what I do or who I do it for,” he adds. “Construction has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years; I just feel lucky to wake up in the morning and be passionate about what I do.”
Bordes’ passion for construction encompasses a diverse range of project types. Based in Rye Brook, N.Y., AA Jedson Co. is a highly diversified company with experience in single-family and multifamily residential construction, as well as commercial projects including retail stores, fitness centers, restaurants and offices. The company takes a similar approach to everything it builds.
“Our greatest strength is our attention to detail, which a lot of builders don’t do from the very beginning of the project, but we feel is imperative and critical,” Bordes says. “I look at almost very project from the very beginning and correct mistakes that only tradespeople can see. I’m a fanatic when it comes to the finishes and details in our project.”
Examples of the details Bordes emphasizes in the company’s work include the way walls are taped and cornered. AA Jedson’s crews shave the corners from Sheetrock walls to make them perfectly cornered. The company also takes steps to ensure that shelves are at plum level, he notes.
The company specializes in building high-end multifamily luxury apartments in several of New York City’s most expensive neighborhoods, including the Upper East Side, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights. “We don’t do anything B- or C-class,” Bordes says. AA Jedson’s recent projects include building a seven-story, 20-unit apartment building in Brooklyn.
The company will soon begin work on a three-story building and a five-story brownstone in Brooklyn. The company will also soon begin work on single-family custom homes in Scarsdale and Larchmont in Westchester County N.Y. AA Jedson has completed several custom home projects since Bordes founded the company in 2004.
Its custom home projects have built both on spec as well on lots owned by its clients. Bordes occupied two of the company’s past spec custom home projects before they were sold. “I’ve built every home like it was my own,” he says. Custom homes built by AA Jedson range in size from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet and typically value between $2 million and $3 million.
Several of the company’s homes in Scarsdale have sold between $3 million and $4 million. The company’s apartments in New York City are typically valued between $1 million and $1.5 million. AA Jedson’s current retail and commercial projects include building Equinox Fitness and Rumble Boxing studios in New York City. The company is also building a location for The Wing, a women’s networking and social organization. ‘Never Cut Corners’ Bordes credits the company’s project diversity to client referrals.
“People we have done homes for referred us for commercial, residential and retail projects,” he says. “We’ve been fortunate to have had many of the same clients for more than 15 years.” Before founding the company, Bordes had gained decades of experience in residential and commercial construction beginning in his teens, when he worked as a laborer.
After earning a degree in construction management from Williamstown University in the early 1980s, Bordes began work as a leader and supervisor for several companies. Just before starting AA Jedson, Bordes and two partners owned and managed another company that specialized in residential projects. Like AA Jedson, Bordes’ previous company had also diversified into other project types before he broke out onto his own after the relocation of his partners, he says.
Although Bordes plans to continuing growing his company’s capabilities and project base, the growth will not come at the expense of his dedication to quality. “My advice to other companies is to work as hard as you can and be as honest as you can to your clients every day and always focus on the details, because that’s the first thing everyone sees,” he says. “I believe in spending time doing things the right way and never cutting corners, even if you have to take a few extra dollars out of your pocket.”
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