Dr. Jill Karliner
HASC Program Director
I am pleased to write a letter of reference for Tristate Contracting Solutions, Inc. In early 2022 we were notified by the Nassau County Department of Health that our building was required to undergo a significant lead abatement project. Our 108-year-old school building houses 17 special education preschool and early elementary classes. We have over 130 students in our building every day, receiving classroom special education services, as well as therapeutic services. This lead abatement project posed a significant challenge to our school, as we did not have the luxury of closing the building or relocating our students during the construction project. Our abatement project included encapsulating most ceilings in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms, encapsulating multiple classroom walls throughout the building, encapsulating all staircases in our four-story building, and scraping paint from stairwell handrails and some doorframes.
George Kourkounakis, the Founder and CEO of Tristate Contracting Solutions, was a pleasure to work with. George immediately recognized that as an educator, I personally have little knowledge of contracting and construction work, and he was patient and professional as he explained the scope of work in a manner I comprehended. Our school also did not have a maintenance supervisor or general construction manager to coordinate the work, so George was understanding and accommodating to the multiple questions I posed regarding the work to be done. Once the abatement work began, the challenge was how to run a school program during the day, with construction work needing to occur. Once again, George was extremely flexible and accommodating to an atypical work schedule. The workers would arrive at our building at the end of the school day, and worked Monday – Thursday until 11:00pm, as well as worked on Sundays. We were so grateful and appreciative that Tristate Contracting Solutions was able to work with this schedule, so as not to interfere or endanger our students during the school day.
Each morning when we would arrive to school, it was clear that the workers were highly trained in cleaning up after themselves. The spaces in which they worked were always clean, dust-free, and their equipment was packed away in a storage room we made available to them. The work that was done was truly top-notch. George and his team took the time to add finishings to the work, such as moldings around the ceiling, and decorative moldings around doorframes and windows. In addition to the contracting work, Tristate Contracting Solutions also painted the walls and ceilings that required abatement. Their work was truly excellent. They were able to match colors to our existing room colors, and the painting work they did was high quality. Tristate contractors were also highly skilled with electrical issues that arose during the construction project.
I am so pleased that we chose Tristate Contracting Solutions to do our lead abatement project. George and his team of contractors turned a stressful situation into something manageable. George was a wonderful communicator. When I called or texted him, he always responded immediately. That is rare to find a contractor, and I am so grateful that George was always available when I needed him.
If you have further questions about our experience with Tristate Contracting Solutions, I would be more than happy to speak with you about the project and experience working with this wonderful company.
Project: 321 Woodmere Boulevard, Woodmere, New York 11598.