Solidus is a multi-state, licensed contractor providing comprehensive Design+Build+Brand℠ services to financial institutions in the Northeast market. In business for 88 years, we are family-owned and known for our capable, creative, friendly, and responsive people. We are committed to teamwork, superior service, and above all, satisfying our clients. We function as the single point of contact for your entire project. Avoid the many headaches caused by traditional construction methods — let Solidus coordinate and build everything for you at competitive prices we guarantee.
Business accountability is an expectation. But we take it further. The Solidus process is transparent in every sense. We show you all markups and fees — nothing is hidden. Our mission is to minimize and largely eliminate the risk in your investments.
How can Solidus guarantee its pricing? Integrated Project Delivery makes it possible, a comprehensive business process that elevates us above our industry competitors. Solidus has effectively practiced IPD since 2001, improving productivity and earning a degree of trust you simply can’t find elsewhere.
Number of branches refreshed, renovated, built, and branded by Solidus in the last 10 years
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Solidus projects that have change orders
National average is 35%, according to KPMG
One client’s average loan volume increase, as well as 50% reduced transaction times.
Brian Woodward, FINEX Credit Union
A graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Finance, John began working with Solidus as an account executive, advancing to vice president and CFO before becoming president in 2004. His primary focus is organizational efficiency, intelligent decision-making, and fiscal responsibility. John’s versatile industry experience has been instrumental in growing the company’s assets and a factor in his determination that Solidus diversify and also serve medical, education, and insurance facilities.
John is involved with several commercial real estate entities and industry peer groups, including serving five years on the National Independent Contract Dealers Council. He is currently on the board of Grace Academy, a tuition-free middle school for underserved middle school girls in Hartford. John has also served on the board for the Hartford Golf Club.
Mark has been a leading voice on innovative branch design for decades, and continues to push the boundaries of how banks and credit unions can evolve to better serve their communities. His vision of providing superlative customer experience via data, efficiencies, staffing models and technology has placed Solidus at the vanguard of design-build for the financial industry.
Mark’s commitment to devising ever-more efficient forms of project management is supported by more than 40 years’ experience supplying guidance to senior management. His best-practice commentaries have appeared in The Financial Brand and he is quoted at length in the book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution on the virtues of Integrated Project Delivery as a construction process.
Brian has more than 20 years’ experience in business ownership and management. A licensed general contractor in Alaska for over 15 years, he is an avid adventurer and global traveler, having completed ultra-marathons around the world. Brian leads Solidus’ operations, its department heads, and administrative support staff.
Brian is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a professional certificate in Business Strategy and Accounting from Cornell University, and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology. He serves as a board member of Children in Placement Inc., which serves children in the child welfare system across Connecticut; and as a member of the Town of West Hartford’s Design Review Advisory Committee. He resides in West Hartford with his wife and their three children.
Tony has a strong background in both commercial construction and finance management with over 30 years of combined experience in these industries. As a graduate of Central Connecticut State University his career path has since fostered a unique blend of qualifications and skills. For 20 years he concurrently served as the CFO for two commercial contractors in the state of Connecticut. When he’s not contributing his valuable leadership to our accounting team, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.
Charlie has worked with financial industry executives for over 25 years with a focus on integrated technology, design and construction. He joined Solidus in 2013, bringing industry knowledge that helps successfully execute projects from small renovations to significant sized new construction. Charlie is happy to be a resource for clients, and is always mindful of the fact that no single approach is the right one for every individual or project. He describes his relationships with clients as “trust-building exercises rather than a hard close”.
Alan has almost 35 years of experience in design and construction for the financial industry and has worked in various capacities including interior design, sales, and project management. His areas of expertise span both the technical and creative aspects of design-build projects, as well as building a presence in new trade areas. Alan resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters, and in his spare time he enjoys cycling and participates in several charity rides for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Adam joined Solidus in 2020. He brings proven skills as a relationship builder and sales veteran with a deep understanding of construction and financial services. He most recently worked in sales for a large design-build firm and has prior experience in the pharmaceutical, transportation and software industries.
Adam loves sports and spending time with his family. A graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a degree in economics, Adam currently resides in Pittsburgh, Penn. with his wife and two children.
Allison most recently served as operations manager for The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, and previously worked for The Savings Institute Bank & Trust where she managed risk, facilities, and security. She was formerly on the board of directors for United Services, a mental health and human services organization that serves northeastern Connecticut. Allison resides in Ashford, Conn. with her two children, ages 14 and 5. She enjoys golf and playing the violin.
While her educational achievements include earning 2 bachelors degrees from the University of Connecticut, it is Melissa’s interest in beaded jewelry design that inspired her to launch her own small business over 10 years ago. Since then she has developed a line of kits and patterns that she sells through an online shop which she manages with her husband. This mom of 3 also keeps herself busy by teaching workshops on various beading techniques.
Over the last 25 years, Jill has provided administrative and managerial support in several sectors that are relevant to the construction industry. Her work within the Office of Public Works for the town of Vernon has given her a solid understanding of state compliance laws and requirements. As a former electronic rep for a small, local bank in Connecticut, she is familiar with the day-to-day operations of these institutions.
Jen has been a steady fixture at Solidus since 1994. Making her debut in the furniture division, Jen has climbed through the ranks and provided support for multiple departments. For many years she excelled as our senior project manager and in 2020 she became our VP of Operations. Jen has been at the center of all decisions and initiatives related to project development and management. And just recently she has accepted the position of VP of Marketing & Design. In this role she will facilitate all communications with our architects, branding and interior designers, manufacturers, and clients.
Holding a degree in Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design, Jen continues to be an avid painter in her free time. She is also an animal lover who cares for an ever growing menagerie of hooved, clawed and pawed fur friends in her cozy cabin home.
Dave’s expertise in project cost management ensures materials and resources are properly allocated and jobs fall within time and cost limits. He organizes projects into detailed phases, as well as works both internally and externally with professional contractors, a keystone role in the business. Dave’s a valued resource for solving technical problems and assigning quality personnel to specific projects. His great experience and personality have earned him the respect of subcontractors and building officials alike. Dave has been with Solidus since 1995.
Christina is well versed in Revit, Enscape, Illustrator, and InDesign. She graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Interior Design and received her NCIDQ certification as a Project Designer from the Interior Design Institute in 2020. Her extensive experience includes everything from concept and design development to space planning and the production of 3D models and renderings.
With an extensive background in the design of printed and 3D signs, Brandon is a welcomed addition to the Solidus design team. His career in signage and logo design began in 2008 and since then his technical skills, many of which were self taught, have excelled exponentially. He thrives on creative challenges and his design choices reflect an intuitive level of expertise. We’re excited to see what his unique perspective brings to our branding services.
Aside from an incredibly strong work ethic and a great sense of humor, James also has over 22 years of construction knowledge and field experience. Having served as a laborer, facilities manager, foreman, and superintendent on several multi-million-dollar renovations and ground-up builds; he has a comprehensive understanding of this industry. His level of expertise has become increasingly difficult to find, making him an invaluable member of the Solidus team. He is also an avid hunter, welder, and mechanics enthusiast.
While Nicole’s essential role at Solidus is focused on construction administration, she has recently shifted some of her time and energy to generating and managing our social media and website content. As an English major Nicole spent her undergraduate years perfecting her writing and communication skills and she is grateful for the opportunity to showcase these talents. She excels in situations that require strict time management, attention to detail, and organization. Nicole is also a member of The Ethel Walker School alumnae board where she serves as Co-Chair of the Student Engagement Committee.
Patty joined Solidus in 2019. She grew up in Alaska where for 16 years she co-owned a construction company with her husband (Brian) and was responsible for the company’s books and finances. Patty enjoys spending time with her three children outdoors, especially cheering on their athletic and creative endeavors.
Sean is responsible for estimating flooring budgets and project management. He joined Solidus after career stops with Tesla, Sunrun, and BK Floors, where he worked in sales, estimating and project management roles. He holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. His love of the outdoors extends to saltwater fishing, hiking and camping. A Connecticut native, Sean grew up in Wilton and currently resides in Avon.
Mike has been with Solidus since 2016 and has over 25 years of commercial construction experience. He is responsible for managing Solidus’ field superintendents, carpenters, and subcontractors. In addition, he is responsible for plan review, site inspections, and quality control. He also helps facilitate project estimating and project execution. Mike is very well organized and dedicated to customer service. He has been working in the trade since 1982 and joined Solidus in 2016.
With Solidus since 1995, Ray has proven expertise in several disciplines, including commercial carpentry, drywall, hardware, acoustical ceilings, project supervision, scheduling and estimating.
Gil brings expertise from his work in New York City as a Head Carpenter, Head Fly Man and Head of Automation at a Broadway theater. His experience there coupled with his excellent communication and management skills are a valuable asset to the projects he’s tasked with. Gil joined the Solidus team in 2015.
Dan has worked with Solidus since 1996. He enjoys working with wood both on and off the job. In his spare time he crafts custom walking sticks as a hobby. He resides in East Granby with his two dogs, a Siberian husky and a pug.
Jeremy has worked in construction for 20 years, joining Solidus in 2019. When he was very young, Jeremy would often accompany his grandfather, an electrician, to job sites which sparked his interest in the field. Years later, Jeremy now has three children of his own who enjoy working with him and learning the trade!
Dave’s excellent organizational skills and unflagging attention to detail have led to him taking responsibility for project sequencing and overseeing timely execution of tasks by subcontractors and related personnel. Dave develops and maintains project safety protocols and coordinates all activities involved in the projects he oversees. Dave’s been with Solidus since 1995.
Tom brings more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry to Solidus. He coordinates all construction project activities and ensures they are completed in a thorough and timely manner. Tom is OSHA and BPI certified and is dedicated to safety protocols. He studied business management at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.
Tom lives in Wolcott, Conn. with his fiancé and two amazing dogs. Outside work, he enjoys camping, kayaking, tuna fishing, and snowmobiling.
Mike draws on 20 years’ experience working in multiple construction fields. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and a father of four. In his off hours, Mike loves spending time with his family.
Solidus is a multi-state, full-service, General Contractor – licensed, bonded and insured.
Our Guaranteed Project Price and fully transparent One-Page Contracts are the real deal. We take complete accountability for every aspect of your project. Meticulous planning ensures you avoid issues that frequently occur in traditional construction.
Our data analysts, designers, and skilled tradespeople all work to the highest quality standards and deliver measurable benefits. We know you are staking your trust and reputation on our services, so we innovate while being acutely sensitive to your specific challenges.
We think like owners and minimize risk for our clients.
We make it easy to do business with us.
We are ethical and transparent to build long-term partnerships.
We work in creative harmony to develop trusting relationships.
We believe in continuous improvement and the power of synergy.
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I would highly recommend Solidus for any project you might be considering. They spend a great deal of time before the project starts to ensure that there are no surprises along the way. The entire team is responsive, professional, and accountable every step of the way.
Solidus created a new look for our American Eagle Financial Credit Union branch, making 1,500 sq. ft. space stand out on a very busy street in a new market. Though the space was small, the Solidus design team provided us with all the essential components of a modern branch. Their highly competent project management team worked with our American Eagle team to ensure successful completion, on time and within budget.
Solidus took care of everything, from getting contractor trade bids to dealing with city permits and zoning boards. The professionalism, communication, and collaboration the Solidus team demonstrated made our experience worry free.
Throughout the entire design and construction phases of our new Norwalk branch, the Solidus team was extremely organized and professional. They demonstrated great attention to detail, finished the project on time and on budget…and the end result was a great finished product.
Solidus doesn’t just design and build beautiful branches. They consult and listen first, and I have always appreciated their focus on building a branch that will achieve our business objectives. Their financial industry experience helps us to sharpen our thinking and leads to a design that is effective both architecturally and strategically. Their ability to offer a guaranteed price and deadline reflects the level of expertise you gain when you hire Solidus – they know what they are doing and they stand behind their work.
Solidus designed and built what is a beautiful office building during the day, but at night, when it’s fully illuminated, you couldn’t pay for that kind of billboard on Route 30 if you tried. It’s incredible.
I didn’t have any constructive criticism following our Chicopee office renovation because everything went so well with Solidus. In fact, we’re using the firm again over in Westfield and we are confident everything will again proceed according to our agreement.
Finex CU chose Solidus for our branch redesign / rebranding project. With our branch delivery systems rapidly changing, Solidus displayed the needed expertise in new small branch concepts that enabled us to implement video ITMs and reshape our traditional cash operations. They seamlessly integrated rebranding concepts into the open flowing design which included glass partitions, pendant lights, flat screen TV, and spotlights. The new branch facilitates private consultative advice along with more efficient automated cash transactions. Solidus earned our trust and executed flawlessly with professional expertise and a friendly personal touch!
Solidus designed and built our new Financial Solutions Center. This full service center has dramatically boosted productivity. We’ve doubled our deposits, and tripled our loan volume compared to our old branch template across the street. Solidus understood our strategic vision exactly, and were there with innovative answers.
The Solidus team knows where the future of banking is going, and really understood our needs when developing a primary theme for the branch. They refined several design options before coming up with the ideal solution, and also helped establish best practices for us. Communication was always on point. We were always on the same page and, once finalized, our concept was realized on schedule.