(Corona, NY – August 26, 2019) Sharan Builders, Inc. of College Point, NY, a certified MWBE contractor working for the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), finished the renovation and refurbishment project two months ahead of schedule and $375,000 below the original budget.
After being managed by various organizations, Queens Theatre in the Park was established in 1989, and opened at its current location in 1993 after a $4 million renovation, renaming the Theaterama space to the Claire Shulman Theatre. A $23 million expansion was completed in 2013, creating the theatre’s glass-encased Nebula lobby and additional performance and office spaces.
The newly completed refurbishment project is the first of a two-phase capital improvement plan to fully renovate the original spaces of the facility. Four bathrooms on the lower level were fully updated with new plumbing, light fixtures, stalls, and tiling. The flooring in the dressing rooms were refinished, lighting fixtures were rewired and replaced and countertops and vanities were fully replaced to improve American With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility.
The Theatre’s inner lobby spaces were also renovated, the gypsum board ceiling was replaced to accommodate new energy-efficient lighting fixtures, HVAC diffusers, and sprinkler heads. New carpeting was installed throughout the lobby and the former wall laminate was replaced with wooden panels.
DDC managed the project for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA).
The final phase of the plan is currently being developed with DCLA to include new theatrical rigging systems, new seating, and a redesigned floorplan to provide greater accessibility.
“This project by Sharan Builders is an example of the high-quality work we consistently receive from MWBEs,” said DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo. “We strive to continuously support our contractors and urge firms that meet the MWBE criteria to become MWBE-certified and take advantage of the opportunities the City of New York and DDC have to offer.”
Sharan Builders specializes in masonry, interior framing, tile work, concrete, and commercial kitchen installation. The firm has completed contracts with several State and City agencies including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York State Office of General Services (OGS), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), National Park Service (NPS) and Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).
“The MWBE program created a revenue stream that contributed to the growth of our firm,” said Manjit Singh, president of Sharan Builders. “The program provides us with networking opportunities and is a great stepping stone for business owners who may otherwise find it difficult to sustain or grow their business.”
DDC is an integral piece of the City’s MWBE program, having made more than $1.9 billion in contract awards to MWBE firms since 2014 or roughly $317 million a year.
DDC’s MWBE utilization rate in the City’s most recent fiscal year was 22.9%. Over the past four years, the DDC Office of Diversity & Industry Relations has hosted 24 and attended more than 150 procurement events, engaging almost 13,085 vendors, including 6,567 MWBEs.
Contractors or M/WBEs seeking more information about DDC programs and contracting opportunities should contact the DDC Office of Diversity & Industry Relations at DDCODIR@ddc.nyc.gov.