About Us

We build relationships with owner, subcontractors and project professionals, resulting in the success of projects.

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A&E Construction Co. is a premier construction firm headquartered in Upper Darby, PA with a branch office in Lindenwold, NJ. Serving the Mid-Atlantic Region since 1978, A&E Construction Co. has repeatedly succeeded in exceeding the expectations of its institutional, commercial, retail, private development and municipal clients. Founded by Bud Santora, A&E Construction Co. has grown from four employees to its current staff of over seventy full-time employees. Bud Santora was responsible for instilling a philosophy of unyielding dedication to providing premium service and quality to clients of A&E. It is this philosophy that continues to drive A&E through his sons Bill Santora, CEO, and Tony Santora, President, as they continue to lead the business their father started.

During our almost 40 years, A&E has experienced steady growth and built strong relationships with our clients. Over 70% of our business is through repeat customers and recommendations.

Safety

A&E’s approach to safety management is to be as proactive as possible to avoid potential accidents by incorporating a project specific safety program during the early planning stages and monitoring its implementation to ensure the highest level of success. Towards that end, we retain the services of a health safety and environmental consulting firm to assist us with our safety program.

Prior to construction, A&E and the safety consultant meet with the owner’s representatives to establish a project specific safety program which incorporates A&E’s Accident Prevention and Safety Program components along with all of the owner’s health, safety and environment requirements.

This project safety program is then incorporated in the subcontractor procurement process thereby ensuring that the construction team buys all of the necessary safety components with each subcontract awarded. Prior to starting work onsite, the subcontractor safety programs are reviewed with each subcontractor to ensure that their field personnel are prepared to follow the project safety program.

Our field crew motto of Safety First has become emblematic of our dedication to safety in the field, as evidenced by our Experience Modification Rating of 0.786. All of our superintendents receive OSHA 30-hour training.

Regular and specific project safety inspections are performed independently by the safety consultant’s personnel to ensure proper implementation of the project safety program. All necessary follow up from these site inspections are immediate. The Field Superintendent has daily responsibility to ensure that the project safety program is being implemented and meets with the owner’s representatives to review on a regular basis. The entire site construction team is also responsible to assist in reinforcing the project safety program on a daily basis.

Awards

Philadelphia Business Journal

Top 25 General Contractors since 2002
Top 50 Family Owned Businesses since 2010
MassMutual Citizenship Award (2013)
Philadelphia Area’s 60th Fastest-Growing Private Company, with a growth rate of 133% (2006)
Best Real Estate Deals – Rehab/Renovation Co-Winner for The Wharf at Riverton (2004)
Best Real Estate Deals – Rehab/Renovation Runner Up for Horizon Corporate Center (2004)

Smart CEO

2012 Circle of Excellence Award for Family Owned Business – Bill Santora, CEO

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Philadelphia 100 Fastest Growing Businesses (2003, 2004, 2006)
Placed 3rd for International LEAF award, held in Barcelona, Spain, for The Wharf at Rivertown (2005)
AIA Top 10 Green Building, Cusano Environmental Education Center at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (2004)
Robbins Sports Floor Surface of the Year for Princeton University’s Jadwin Gym (2002)
Lower Merion Historic Preservation Award for renovations and addition to St. John Vianney Church (2002)

Management Team

Bill SantoraCEO

Tony SantoraPresident

Fran BaylisVice President of Construction

Marianne Calabrese Vice President of Administration

Tim DonoghueVice President of Estimating

Bob McClureVice President of Operations

Larry KritzController

Vicki HibbsDirector of Marketing and Business Development

Community

Members of the A&E Construction Team are strongly encouraged to be part of the communities in which they live and work. It is a rarity not to find employees involved in sponsoring or assisting local charities, institutions, and associations that make our communities better places. It was Bill’s and Tony’s father’s philosophy of “hard work is not hard but essential to being successful,” and their mother’s teaching that the only way to feel good about success, whether financial or physical, is to give some of it back to those less fortunate.

Participation Includes: We participate more than financially in most of these organizations.

Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia
Coaching and Officiating Baseball, Basketball, Football, Lacrosse, and Soccer
DAP (Domestic Abuse Project) of Delaware County
Elena A. Santora Food Pantry at Casa del Carmen
Greater Philadelphia Chapter of UNICO (Helping people in need)
Local Township and School Boards
Our Closet
Time For Teens (Teen Mentoring Program in Upper Darby, PA)

Financial Support Includes:

CREW Philadelphia
Mothers’ Home
Operation Warm
Speak Up!
St. Francis Food Pantry
The Joseph Fund
Upper Darby Police Relief

Timeline

1970's

1970

Bud Santora and crew travel the country fitting out Computer Learning Centers, delivering and installing custom built furniture made in the West Philadelphia shop.
Four full-time employees 1970

Location : 1978-1988

48th and Chestnut, Philadelphia. PA

1980's

1980

Tony and Bill Santora work at A&E after school and summers, along with current employees Bob McClure and Vicki Hibbs.
Most of the work is tenant fit-outs in center city Philadelphia.
Six full-time employees 1980

Location : 1988-1994

Chester, PA

1981

Bill Santora joins A&E as a full time carpenter 1981.

1988

Jamie Dugery, A&E’s longest non-family employee, join A&E as a truck driver 1988.

1990's

1990

A&E completes its first major renovation, including demolition of an existing building, new site plan, and interior tenant fit-outs, at CRW Financial, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA.
A&E is awarded its first demolition and renovation of space exceeding 100,000 square feet; turning a factory into Class A office space at Icon Clinical in Fort Washington, PA.
Twelve full-time employees 1990

Location : 1994-2003

1740 South State Road, Drexel Hill, PA

1992

Bill Santora takes over A&E as President 1992.

2000's

2000
2000

A&E builds its first federally approved green building, the Cusano Environmental Education Center at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
Over seventy full-time employees

Location : 2003-Present

152 Garrett Road, Upper Darby, PA

2006 : New Office

A&E opens a full service branch in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Soon after, A&E moves to a larger space in Cherry Hill, NJ.

2017

A&E expands its New Jersey operations, moving to a new office location with a shop and yard in Lindenwold, NJ.

2003

Tony Santora joins A&E as a Vice President, bringing his extensive retail experience to A&E 2003.

2005

A&E reorganizes; Bill becomes CEO, Tony becomes President, five Vice Presidents are appointed (Administration, Business Development/Marketing, Construction, Estimating, Operations).

2008

A&E celebrates 30 years in business!