Over the years, Kelco has grown in size and efficiency to offer a full general construction suite of services on some of our area’s most complex landscape construction projects. Our distinctive capability to manage and install an entire landscape project all under the Kelco umbrella of services and capabilities provides our clients with one one-stop shopping of products and services – guaranteeing greater efficiency and overall project delivery.
Large Urban Park Experts
To construct an urban park in New York City, from a construction viewpoint, is essentially one of the most daunting tasks. The logistical challenges and unique conditions in bringing to life the urban parks of NYC requires an organization of proven landscape professionals and the resources and networks to deliver in the most formidable circumstances. Kelco has been the organization to deliver under these conditions and prides itself on our project portfolio and the success of today’s urban parks.
Kelco Construction has the unique capability to manage and construct large urban parks and all of the intricacies, nuances, and complexities that come along with crafting them. Over the years, we have collaborated with extraordinary clients and talented design firms to construct some of our areas most celebrated urban parks. We have the distinctive expertise to build out entire parks from the initial pre-construction, estimating and budgeting phases to demolition, site work, and civil phases to full landscape construction and full maintenance services.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
BBP is an 85-acre (34 ha) park on the Brooklyn side of the East River in New York City. The park has revitalized 1.3-mile (2.1 km) of Brooklyn's post-industrial waterfront from Atlantic Avenue in the south, under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and past the Brooklyn Bridge, to Jay Street north of the Manhattan Bridge. The site includes Brooklyn Piers 1–6, the historic Fulton Ferry Landing, and the preexisting Empire–Fulton Ferry and Main Street Parks. Two Civil War-era structures, Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse are integrated into the park. Over the past decade, over 1,000,000+ visitors have enjoyed Brooklyn Bridge Park. In 2014, the park welcomed 170,000 visitors to over 500 free and low-cost cultural, educational, and recreational events in the park.View Project
As Kelco has been the landscape organization behind the installation of the Highline, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Lincoln Center Green Roof & Bousque, Governors Island Park & Open Space, MoMA Sculpture Garden and countless other transformative landscapes we have learned a thing or two about logistics and being inventive within the complex urban fabric of NYC Area. Whether it is utilizing barges and marine equipment, or revitalizing a new island park, Kelco looks at landscape construction with a uniquely innovative perspective. Our team has faced it all. We have created our own equipment for job specific needs and our fleet of equipment and resources is some of the industries most innovative and robust.
But it isn’t just a matter of heavy lifting; Kelco has mastered the complex logistics of working in the busy, crowded context of New York City. For many Kelco built -work projects, we obtained the necessary permits, coordinated material deliveries, road closures and safety measures, and has performed work to minimize traffic disruption. Our precise planning enables us to perform work in any condition.
Kelco President, John Kelly, notes that, “As the landscaper, we’re usually the last contractor on the scene, so sometimes we have to play catch-up to ensure that the overall project is completed according to schedule.” Yet the company leaves every job site with a finished look.
Constructing a NYC World Class Park on an Island is no small task. Kelco Construction's rigorous project planning and innovative construction strategies and approach ensured that the modern Governors Island Park Project lived up to the hype and anticipation its users and participants were expecting. Barging all materials to the island and dealing with the ever-changing environments in the area, Kelco Construction leveraged all of its experience and in-house capabilities to install thousands of cubic yards of engineered soils, thousands of plant specimens, thousands of linear feet of irrigation and countless other aspects of the park. All barging and blending of soil types for the first phase of GI Park was conducted by Kelco in collaboration with the entire design team. We went through a rigorous process of soil procurement, barging logistics, installation methods, and blending strategies to complete the project.View Project
Integral to most landscape construction projects is the element of hardscape and masonry craftsmanship that requires an incredible level of proficiency and attention to detail. Kelco Construction has our own in-house masonry and hardscape teams that have laid and built in almost every flat and vertical masonry condition. Because of our experience with all masonry materials and installation requirements, we provide our clients with the unique capability of any scale hardscape and masonry installation.
Grand Army Plaza
In September 2015, Central Park Conservancy and Kelco Construction completed a major restoration of the northern half of Grand Army Plaza. The project involved repaving the plaza according to its historic design, making it wheelchair accessible, and overhauling the drainage and irrigation infrastructure. Existing lamps and deteriorated benches were also replaced with new ones based on the design of the original features, which were installed in 1916. Finally, the Conservancy replaced the trees around the perimeter lost in a snowstorm in October 2011. The plaza now features a new double row of London plane trees, consistent with the original design. And to top it all off, the brilliant gold statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, also got a touch up. Conservators cleaned the bronze and applied new gold leaf to the surface. Finally, a protective coating of wax — tinted to emphasize the sculptural detail of the monument — was layered on top. Kelco acted as the General Contractor for the project performing all demo, utilities, hardscape, and landscape work. Granite, Bluestone and other hardscape materials were removed, cataloged, documented and reinstalled throughout the Plaza.View Project
Soil Installation Experts
Soil is a living entity. It is arguably the most critical piece to any landscape project. Kelco knows all too well the art of soil procurement, installation, and its future success with the designed plant material or seed / sod / landscape design. Kelco has its own soil blending capabilities and has mastered the ever-changing material of soils – from structural and engineered soils, to compost and amendments – Kelco has procured and installed soils in the most intense and demanding of project conditions.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Kelco procured, blended, and installed thousands of cubic yards of engineered and specific soil types for the entire Brooklyn Bridge Park. We custom made our own soils, blending and installation process and material to complete the demands of the project. Ecological and biological measures and strategies where employed throughout the park, which is an integral part of the health and success of all soils and plant material used. A full blending onsite facility was created specifically for the project and with our in-house soil experts, Kelco, along with the design team and all parties involved with the project, created an industry benchmark for soil procurement, blending, installation and maintenance.View Project
Reclamation & Environmental Impact
Reclamation and Mitigation site projects are a unique landscape that require experience with each project condition. From wetland installation, to beach erosion control installations, to reclamation sites, Kelco understands the importance of these unique landscape and environmental impact projects.
The Rockaways Beach Restoration
After Hurricane Sandy, more than $140 million was invested to repair and restore Rockaway Beach. As part of this work, led by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the NYC Department of Design and Construction, intact sections of boardwalk were repaired, damaged beach buildings were renovated with new boardwalk islands constructed around them, public restrooms and lifeguard stations were installed to replace destroyed facilities, and interim shoreline protection and anti-erosion measures were created.View Project
Green Roof / Roof Top On-Structure
Green Roof / Roof Top Projects present a unique set of challenges, logistics, processes, systems, and materials associated with each over- structure or rooftop venture. Our crews are highly experienced and know what it takes to implement any on-structure project and have mastered the working conditions of each project typology. Our crew works relentlessly, levering cranes and operating freight elevators, often working overtime hours, weekends, and nights – whatever it takes to positively impact our city’s urban landscape and environment.
Residential Landscape Installer
Over the years, Kelco has created breathtaking residential lifestyle driven landscapes for any scale residence. Our teams are highly skilled in all phases of residential landscape construction and have collaborated with some of the NYC tri-state region’s most talented landscape architects and designers. Using skill, creativity, quality materials, and attention to detail, Kelco builds and cares for the residences of discerning homeowners across the region.
Large Tree Installation Experts
Kelco Construction has mastered the art of Large Tree Installations within the ever-changing logistical riddle of the New York City urban fabric. From the use of a 500 ton Crane with a 200 foot Jib to lifting seven 50-foot tall multi-stem pre-grown birch trees craned over the seven story building down into the newly designed New York Times Building Courtyard, to an even larger project tree installation challenge at 260 Greenwich Avenue Building Rooftop. Kelco successfully craned and installed 101 White Pine trees up to 25 feet in height and 200 Bamboo plants averaging 18 feet in height onto the fifth floor rooftop. At the MoMA Sculpture Garden, all eyes where on Kelco as they successfully installed several large scale weeping birch specimens down into the celebrated MoMA Sculpture Garden in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
Full Service Landscape Installers
Over the years Kelco has grown in size and efficiency to offer a full suite of landscape construction services with the capabilities to install all aspects of any landscape project from a small garden to large scale urban park and large site projects.