We believe that a project well-planned is a project 50% on its way to successful completion.

  • Project Planning

    Our building process begins with a meticulous due diligence review by the full project team. Conducted well before the first swing of the hammer, we find and eliminate problems to keep the project on schedule and within budget. Our approach to planning—from the bidding process to post construction—differentiates us in the following ways:


    Pre-construction meetings with the project team and specialty subcontractors: Our process creates a more accurate bid and avoids costly surprises after the project starts.

    Page-turn review of project plans. We take an added step to ensure that the project team and subcontractors understand the design intent of each project. It is here that we address all issues of concern in order to generate more accurate shop drawings.

    Fine tuning our accuracy. We take digital measurements and make exploratory probes to maintain design integrity while keeping the building intact.

    Passing the building review. Thanks to our longstanding relationships with building architects of many notable buildings, we are able to work with the design team to pass strict building reviews. Our assistance typically shortens the approval process by 30-60 days.

    Managers of landmark residential buildings will confirm that Rusk follows all building rules to the letter. As a result, we are selected repeatedly to work in many of New York’s select residential buildings.

  • Bench Strength and Know How

    Systems Knowledge. In the 1980’s, we became students in the emerging technologies of mechanical and low-voltage systems. Today, Rusk leads the industry in specialized knowledge of sophisticated systems. We understand how to integrate them into a renovation without compromising the architect's or designer's vision. In addition we provide training on this topic to architects and designers in workshops approved by the AIA.

    Visual Presentation. Rusk provides the most detailed mock-ups and shop drawings for a reason: We know how important it is to see the finished project accurately in order to make the right design decisions. To finish, we prepare extensive material samples and 3-D renderings for a more complete sensory experience of the project's end.

    Beauty is Invisible. Rusk addresses the unseen elements of fine construction to further distinguish the sophistication of our projects. The attention to details such as laser-level framing and tight mitres are consistent with of our time-honored approach to building. Changes to building codes and regulations require that we continually update our practice to meet new standards in sound attenuation, waterproofing and fire stopping. We satisfy these complex requirements and make sure that no structural detail calls attention to itself.

    Integration of Art and Craft. Rusk "gets" the aesthetic intent of each project. Our management and key project staff have academic training in fine arts, architecture, engineering, and the building trades. In addition, all staff receives on-going training relevant to disciplines that inform our work.

    Post-construction and warranty services. We provide warranty and post construction services to our clients. Doing so ensures that every project looks and functions beautifully for years.



  • Supervision and Field Staff

    The individuals who work in your home are the people we’d welcome to work in ours.  Most of our staff are second or third-generation builders.  Many are academically trained in fine arts, architecture, engineering, and in the building trades.


    Our application process includes multiple interviews in the office and in the field, skills testing, and a thorough background check conducted by an independent third-party service. 


    Employee training and development is ongoing to ensure that we continue to lead the industry in building technology, new materials, and techniques. Rusk possesses an uncommon depth of institutional knowledge and project continuity thanks to our dedicated staff.  Our high rate of employee retention leads the industry.