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Carolynn Welch, Executive Director of WEDI, West Side Bazaar
"Hayes has proven themselves to be not only an amazing partner through the building of the new West Side Bazaar, but a true advocate ensuring success of WEDI and its clients.
As a non-profit- this has been our first major construction project, a 16,000 square foot building that will be home to our clients and a culture hot spot for the City of Buffalo. Their expertise has ensured the best possible outcome for our project.
We engaged Hayes in the preconstruction period of the project at the onset of the COVID pandemic. The pandemic led to a series of delays and cost increases that were truly unexpected. Throughout the process, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to completing the project- and their patience has been endless as we had to raise additional funds and work through COVID-related delays.
In addition to weathering the complications resulting from COVID- they have been responsive and a true partner in fulfilling the obligations related not only to complex federal and state grant funding but also to both New Market and Historic Tax Credits- and all requiring extensive reporting and a commitment to engaging Minority and Women-Owned Businesses to lead the project.
In September of 2022, the West Side Bazaar had a devastating fire, resulting in a complete shutdown of the building and a relocation to a new space. This is where we saw Hayes become part of the WEDI family. They have helped reconstruct our former space and establish the temporary space on Main Street- often after hours and at a moment’s notice. Both required extensive rehabilitation and although not a part of their contract, they remained by our side throughout and ensured we were able to see these projects to fruition. Without them, we would not have been able to move forward in such a seamless way.
I am forever grateful to have chosen Hayes as our partner in construction, and know they are in this business for all the right reasons. Not only will you gain a powerful partner to complete your project, but an advocate and friend when you need help. Their diligence has allowed us to complete these projects in record time and with the assurance of knowing they were on our side as we moved forward."
Kailey A. Elhaddad, Senior Architect, Buffalo Public Schools
Regarding an emergency relocation project for Leonardo DaVinci, BPS212, her feedback on the Hayes team: "Your leadership, and ability to handle unexpected on-site challenges have been invaluable. Your composure and problem-solving skills have guided us through even the trickiest situations, always with a solution in sight. Thank you for your organization, and willingness to lend a hand wherever needed have been pivotal in making this project a success. In every sense, our reopening of School 8 exemplifies the saying, "It takes a village." Each one of you, in your respective roles, has been a crucial member of our village. The dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment you’ve shown throughout this journey have made the impossible possible."
Riad Aafouallah, Senior Project Manager
"Our development company was looking for a reputable General Contractor to handle its 104,000 SQFT project. The property consisted of a gut renovation and conversion of an existing Hotel with a brand new Six story addition. The project is extremely complex, with many challenges.
Hayes, handled the conversion seamlessly and was a steadfast of all issues before they rose. They initially provided us with a broad and tentative construction schedule early on in the process. As things progressed their very knowledgeable staff was able to develop the schedule further. I found Hayes to be a very well-structured company, and became convinced early on that each individual within the organization had been handpicked, and exuded many interpersonal traits that have become almost extinct nowadays. Integrity, trustworthy, strong work ethic, result oriented and budget conscient are a few that come to mind.
I have gotten to know Mr. Jeff Hayes and Immediately understood what made the company so successful. His tremendous experience, ability to cut through the red tape, come up with cost effective solutions are second to none. Jeff primary objective is to deliver a good quality project on time and on budget. A task that he seems to have done over and over even when working within very confined parameters. I highly recommend putting Hayes Construction at the top of your bidders list. "
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Steve Zenger, WEDI Board President
“I had my monthly 1:1 meeting with Carolynn this morning. We go over status of all things WEDI and plan for our board meeting later in the month. Hayes kept coming up in the conversation… your great work on Niagara (of course!) but also so much extra help on our unexpected journeys on Grant with the fire white wall restore, and downtown with the new temporary downtown bazaar. We made such the RIGHT CHOICE picking Hayes as our partner! The WEDI team can’t say enough about Ben Perkins as well. He has been an invaluable resource!
On behalf of the WEDI team, board and myself… THANKS THANKS THANKS!!
You and the entire Hayes team are the BEST!”
David J. Nasca, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evans Bank
“I want to express my great thanks and appreciation for all you have done for Evans Bank. Your construction efforts have led to an outstanding new Administrative Headquarters building and home for our bank that has been roundly admired and complimented for its design, feel and modern appointments, and will represent our company and the brand for years to come. We regularly work with the building trades in our business, and I can without reservation express our pleasure in working with you, your care for our job and desires, the attention to detail and the overarching desire to deliver what we as the client sought. This is extraordinary care and service and puts your firm at the top of those that clients would seek to deliver such an important venture. Peter Dufty, Senior Project Manager, and Charlie Muntz, Superintendent, treated the project as a representation of their craft and talent with pride, integrity and ownership. Thank you once again for all your efforts and successes on this, our new home.”
Gia Manley, CEO of Imagine Staffing and Residential Client
“We have worked with Hayes Construction for many years. We began our journey renovating our headquarters from a vacant building in a preservation area to a beautifully restored office space. When it was time to expand, we called upon Hayes to renovate the addition to our office. Years later, we decided on building a home. Hayes was the natural choice. We entrusted Hayes with two very important building projects – our work and our home. Each time, their versatility and experience with complex construction enabled them to exceed our expectations. Their attention to detail and management of all subcontractors and work site personnel was outstanding. Their project managers communicated well with us and were flexible and responsive to project changes. They are careful in their planning, management and organization of the project as well as trustworthy professionals who were committed to the successful completion of a quality product on a timely basis. We couldn’t be happier with the entire team!”
Amanda Meyers, Co-owner/Founder at Revolution Indoor Cycling
“This was our first experience with major renovations and Hayes Construction was so helpful. They walked through the whole process with us at our first meeting and made sure that we had an understanding of all aspects throughout the project. Larry worked closely with us to ensure that our finished space was both functional and within our budget. We are so happy with the work and will certainly be working with Hayes for any future projects. “
Amber Holycross, Architect, LEED AP, and Senior Development Manager at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation
“I have worked with Hayes Construction Services on several projects in recent years.They are committed to achieving their clients’ goals and make each job a priority. They have a knowledgeable team that has brought valuable cost and time savings to our projects.”
Brian Mabry, President of Flexo Transparent
“Hayes Construction Services exceeded our expectations for a building contractor. They immersed themselves in understanding the WHY for our business not just the WHAT of the physical structure. Having a full-service contractor that is invested in our company’s business goals was the catalyst for the building projects success.”
Dave Smith, Officer/Owner Rigidized Metals Corp
“Hayes Construction is a great partner for all construction needs. Hayes understands partnerships and the team aspects of a building project. Hayes offered pre-construction services that helped us avoid potential mistakes during construction.Their professional guidance was critical to move our project forward quickly and successfully.”
David Waldron, Owner Pertech Inc.
"We hired Hayes Construction to renovate an office building and build an addition. Hayes worked with us from the very beginning when we first looked at the building. They offered years of experience and guided us through the purchase, design and permitting stages of the project. Their team kept us in the loop during the build and addressed change orders in a timely fashion. Larry was exceptionally helpful and diligent during the entire project. We couldn’t be happier with our new office and we continue to consult with Larry and Hayes anytime we have a question about the building and the property.”
Chris Martineck, Capello Downtown, LLC – President Lisa Martineck, Capello Salon Downtown – President
“Developing a property can be a daunting task. There are many moving parts to manage, deadlines to keep and budgets to maintain. Hayes Construction handles all these aspects with ease. Our project was successful, and less stressful, because of their expertise, hands on management and forward-thinking. Not only do we highly recommend Hayes Construction, we can’t wait to work on another project with their team.”
Marlene Bienko, Residential Client
“I contracted Hayes Construction to rebuild a staircase for my home. I was impressed with the job they did rebuilding the staircase in the Buffalo Yacht Club and was thrilled that they agreed to do my job. Larry and Paul made appointment to assess the job. They were prompt, courteous and COVID responsible. The craftsmanship of the job made a stunning difference in the aesthetics and safety of the space. I highly recommend this team of craftsmen.”
Trish Bailey, Bailey & Harris Architects, Residential Project
“We have been fortunate to see one of our ambitious and complicated residential remodels realized in the hands of Hayes Construction. From the day they commenced efforts, they have been courteous, professional and most importantly have managed the job to the Owners utmost satisfaction. For an architect, this is a great way to conclude what can be a long design process for which there is no better outcome than a happy homeowner. Residential remodeling can be challenging as Owners often require hand holding and time to manage the many decisions and unanticipated changes that can come up during construction. Their team and leadership has provided not only many qualified hands to hold but a terrific work ethic, great communication skills and in the end the evidence of a dream realized with workmanship that will endure for years to come.”
Honorable Susan Eagan, Residential Client
“Hayes did a great job on our kitchen and half bath. They were very professional and timely. Also respectful of my property and construction mess. Charlie and team were easy to work with and they met all the challenges my old house threw at them.”
Christine and Paul Storfer, Residential Client
“Larry and his crew arrived promptly and finished the job in a couple of days (along with a few more projects we threw at them). Everything is perfect and you would never know that any repairs took place. We couldn’t be happier. We have had many contractors over the years working on different projects, and this was by far the best experience we have ever had. They came when they said they would and finished in a timely manner. Larry was an absolute pleasure to work with and I enthusiastically recommend Hayes Construction. 5 Stars!!”
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