D&S Elite Construction, Inc. is proud to announce to the public our corporate partnership with the Elmwood Park Zoo. We have completed many projects around the zoo, including adding new fencing around certain exhibits, building an outdoor giraffe shelter, adding a new jaguar shift door, building a new pedestrian bridge, picnic area renovations and even assisting with construction on our upcoming exhibit, Harmony Hideaway. We are proud to help enhance the zoo’s experience for the public and for the wonderful animals.
View all of our Elmwood Park Zoo projects.
Commercial Renovation/Restoration Award for Christ Episcopal Church
After a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance hosted more than 150 people Wednesday evening, October 13th for the third annual Building Berks Awards & Trade Expo at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.
Event attendees were able to watch videos of winning projects while enjoying appetizers and a signature cocktail made with ingredients from one of the evening’s winners, Reading Distilling Guild.
D&S Elite Construction, Inc. won for our work with Christ Episcopal Church and was awarded in the Commercial Renovation/Restoration category, in collaboration with Muhlenberg Greene Architects.
This year 25 amazing projects were nominated across 10 categories. The 25 nominated projects represented over $123 million in total investment, nearly 2,000 construction jobs, over 700 jobs created and/or retained and over 2.2 million total square-footage developed, renovated, or newly constructed. The full story can be found in our organization’s (GRCC) quarterly magazine, Commerce Quarterly.
The event and awards were developed in 2018 as an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate innovation and positive economic growth and development through construction projects in Greater Reading, Pennsylvania. Applicants submitting nominations for projects were asked to include all parties involved — from the banking institution to the contractor to the municipality — to honor everyone involved in making projects in our community come to fruition!
The nominees of the 2021 Building Berks Awards are part of a larger story we have been telling about Greater Reading for some time — our region is growing and is primed for even more development. The 2021 nominated projects are more than just the walls and square footage, they represent opportunity, growth, jobs and possibilities for our region. All nominated projects must have been completed between July 2019 and July 2021.
We want to thank everyone that voted for us! We are looking forward to celebrating again in 2023.
During the spring of 2021, D&S Elite Construction, Inc. worked on-site at Christ Episcopal Church to replace 51-custom made Marvin Ultimate Venting Picture Windows. The original 60” h. x 38” w. windows featured a single pane, stained glass and metal frames design that was visually interesting. Nonetheless, over 50 years’ time they had lost their functionality, becoming drafty and costly to repair and maintain. Muhlenberg Green Architects worked with the Church to produce a design styled like their windows located within the connecting lobby of The Church and Parish Hall.
The installation offered a couple of challenges due to the existing conditions of the building. The exterior being brick and granite wanted to remain uncompromised while still allowing for a proper installation structurally while maintaining a weather tight seal. We also needed to properly remediate asbestos caulking that was found on the exterior of most of the windows. Each section of windows needed to be properly quarantined and a licensed asbestos remediation contractor assisted in the removal of each window unit and completed the roper remediation of the asbestos caulk before any installation could occur.
Our installation began by creating a wooden subframe that was secured to the existing masonry opening. That subframe was wrapped with flashing tapes as an added protection being we had direct contact with the masonry. We then fabricated custom aluminum sill pans which were installed at each sill location. We utilized a Flex Wrap tape on the pan as an extra means of protection as well. The window unit was installed into the sill pan and secured directly to the subframe using a mechanical fastener. We then applied, inflashing tapes to the legs and the head of the window in the recognized traditional method. This method allowed us to maintain the existing copper head flashing that was previously incorporated into the granite slabs on the exterior of the building. A frame extender was installed on the exterior of the window and caulked into the brick using a bronze colored caulk. For the interior, prior to any trim installation, we applied a continuous bead of spray foam insulation around the entire perimeter of the window jamb and subframe jamb to achieve an airtight seal. We then applied a wood ½”x 3 casing and a quarter round backband. All of the interior sills were removed and replaced with Impala Black Granite to match the black interior trim color.
We took a phased approach to complete the window replacement as to limit the disturbance both within the church and on the outside of the building. Staff was still utilizing the church so we needed to develop a detailed schedule to keep the church operations running smoothly. All of the upper level windows were replaced first followed by the lower level to expedite the manlift and get it off site due to the unique challenges of working in the city. The people at Shuman Development Group were nice enough to allow us to use a parking spot in their parking garage to store the lift and we decided to complete the entire second story in sequence prior to beginning the first floor so we could have the lift removed form the site as quickly as possible.
The project was completed in 36 days and actually finished almost three weeks ahead of schedule. We were able to collaborate with both Marvin Windows and Muhlenberg Greene Architects to develop a detail and a process that proved to be successful in not only the installation of the windows but also the efficiency of the install. We were extremely happy to get this project done for the church and the community.
See Christ Episcopal Church project >
Read the article in Religious Product News - November 2021 addition >
American Crane Building Expansion
D&S Elite Construction, Inc. recently started a project to build a new manufacturing building for American Crane & Equipment Corporation, at their Douglassville, PA location. This building will expand the company’s manufacturing capacity.
Contact us for your next project! Call us today at 610-385-0475or visit our Commerical Construction pagefor more info.
D&S Elite Construction, Inc. Just recently completed exterior facade renovations to the Redner’s Quick Shop at their West Lawn, PA location. Contact us for your next project! Call us today at 610-385-0475 or visit dseliteconstruction.com for more info
‘Creating trust and integrity with clients’
Protecting your business or home from water and fire damage should be a top priority in assuring safety to employees and assets.
Adopting a good coverage policy and ensuring safety equipment is up-to-date can go a long way should a disaster arise.
Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions and offer insight on fire and water restorations is Joseph Delibertis, owner of D&S Elite Construction Inc. in Douglassville, PA.
Lehigh Valley Business: How long has D&S Elite Construction Inc. been operating in the region and what are its primary services?
Joseph Delibertis: It has been a pleasure to run a full-service construction company for almost an entire decade. I founded D&S Elite Construction Inc. in Douglassville in 2008. We have been a leading local construction company for nine years, specializing in commercial, residential and disaster restoration construction.
We work with both home and business owners in Berks County, the Lehigh Valley and the surrounding area to create beautiful, functional spaces to serve their individual needs. In addition to new construction, we can provide renovation services and can enhance any room or structure with interior and/or exterior upgrades.
Our … contractors ensure safety, quality and satisfaction on every job. Our No. 1 focus has and will always be our customers. … As the general contractor, we first create the highest level of trust and integrity with our clients. We value our role in the success of your project. At D&S, we strive to not just to meet your expectations, but to exceed them.
LVB: What have been some of the biggest challenges and opportunities that D&S Elite Construction Inc. has encountered throughout its years in business?
Delibertis: We’ve had many opportunities to work on commercial renovation projects, but with these specific renovations come several challenges to meet our customers’ expectations.
D&S offers a variety of commercial construction services ranging from new office construction to office remodeling and upgrading. Even in situations where business must continue as usual amidst commercial construction, we take great pride and care in our ability to stay as much out of the way as possible.
While renovating popular commercial buildings, we have to manage the work around the schedules of both the customers and employees. During a recent renovation at a Redner’s Warehouse Market, we had to perform work while the supermarket was open.
During this particular project, it was crucial to maintain a safe and clean environment while shoppers and employees proceeded to use the store. We had to make sure that there were no opportunities for hazardous accidents.
It was also crucial to ensure that dust and particles from our renovations were not contaminating the products.
Another challenge that I faced while operating D&S Elite Construction was in 2008 during the heart of the economic recession. It was a challenge to build our business during a time when the influx of work was low and the majority of business was dependent upon unpredictable disaster restoration.
However, I was able to pull through and persevere during this economically challenging period. Now we are in position to be even more successful with a higher demand for business than ever before.
LVB: What have been some of the most notable projects that D&S Elite Construction Inc. has completed on a local level? What projects does it currently have underway or have in the pipeline?
Delibertis: One of our recent projects, the Amity Professional Building, included a 9,000-square-foot new medical health care facility featuring medical and dental offices. This project married design with functionality, providing a beautiful comfortable space for patients to meet with their doctors. D&S offers new commercial construction services ranging from small office buildings to large office buildings …
A significant portion of our business is working with disaster restoration. D&S Elite Construction Inc. has 24/7 emergency service availability. We often work in situations that are difficult due to the extent of building damage and emotional situation of our customers.
We recently reconstructed a home that was entirely destroyed by a fire. This type of restoration has multiple challenges. First, we had to tear down an existing structure in a way that was safe for both our workers and the community. The next step was to rebuild the structure in a way that gives our customers back a sense of home and security.
We are very sensitive to our customer’s feelings and help them during this emotional time to ease the process. We treat our clients like our family and will work hand-in-hand with their insurance provider to get them back into their normal routines. …
We handle water and fire remediation and restoration by providing an array of services to restore and protect your building for the future.
Another area that we excel in is the renovations of residential homes. These projects allow us to help our customers take their dream and turn it into a reality.
One of our recent projects was to turn an unlivable attic into a luxurious master retreat, featuring a large master bath, two full walk-in closets and a beautiful bedroom space. This project exceeded our customers’ expectations leaving them with a beautiful space to make part of their home. …
LVB: How does D&S Elite Construction Inc. directly stimulate the local economy?
Delibertis: Our customers are located in the local area, and so are we. We work here and live here.
I began working as a carpenter helper beside my dad at the age of 10 here in Berks County. After graduating from high school, I went on to further my education at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport and received an associate degree in building construction.
Our region is a great place to grow up, learn and raise a family. It is one of the reasons I stayed in the area after graduation and started my business here.
We are committed to being good neighbors as well as providing exceptional service to our customers. The most powerful thing we do is work with other small businesses to help the community grow. We hire local employees, subcontractors and vendors using locally made products whenever possible.
We have a strong sense of family at D&S and this translates in our community involvement from JDRF [Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation] … and countless sponsorships of local golf tournaments supporting various local charities and organizations.
LVB: What does the future look like for D&S Elite Construction Inc.? Does it have plans for growth?
Delibertis: Our future looks bright at D&S Elite Construction Inc. We are gearing up to support our growing backlog for the spring, including several home additions and renovations. Our reputation has helped us grow through referrals and repeat customers.
D&S Elite Construction is a full service general contracting service located in the heart of Douglassville, PA. We specialize in commercial and residential construction and work with both home and business owners to create beautiful, functional spaces to serve their individual needs. We also provide renovation services and can enhance any room or structure with interior and/or exterior upgrades.
908 Benjamin Franklin Highway East
Douglassville, PA 19518