Ralph, better known as Joe, has an extensive and varied background in construction. His range of experience crosses many different fields such as surveying, architectural design, and draftsman. Joe spent 4 years in the Engineering Division of the U.S. Marine Corps where his love of building began. Under adverse circumstances serving in Vietnam, he began to learn the fundamentals of construction. Being adept at this type of work allowed him to prosper and advance within the corps. After Joe was honorably discharged from the service and returned home to his family, he was hired by a local builder and continued to learn all the phases of construction. Joe’s journey led him to Roger Williams College (now Roger Williams University) where he obtained an associate degree in Technical Engineering. He worked for the builder during the day and attended college during the evening. Even though this was a difficult work schedule, Joe persevered because he understood the value of a good education. It also taught him about the rewards of hard work that has been helpful to Joe throughout his career. When the builder Joe was working for closed his business, he went to work for an architect. After two years of working for the architect, Joe decided he wanted to work out in the field so he started his own building company. Joe has successfully owned and operated his own company for over 35 years and continues to do so to this day. Throughout his long and extensive career as a builder, Joe has developed many devoted customers. They've spread the word to their friends and families, consistently remarking at what a skilled, conscientious, and honest person he is. This has given him the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects including: building homes, additions, remodeling, turning a gas station into a restaurant, building an MRI room, and remodeling several churches.
Michael began his career in construction working summers with his father, Joe, with his company J&L Builders. After high school, still working summers with his father, Michael attended the University of Rhode Island. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. After college, Michael joined J&L Builders full-time as a carpenter. He decided that continuing his education would be best for his career, so he started taking classes at Roger Williams University toward a second BS in construction management. Half-way through obtaining his second degree, Kennedy and Rossi, a large construction firm out of Boston, offered him a job as a project engineer. He worked primarily on projects at MIT. This was a three million dollar project which included complete renovation of chemistry labs and offices. It included the complete renovation of offices, laboratories, and the student center. After working on multiple multi-million dollar projects, Michael decided to move on to a new company and new challenges. He joined George B. H. Macomber as a project engineer, renovating Higgins Hall at Boston College. This was a three year, three phase, 56 million dollar project. He stayed on through phase 1 before being promoted to assistant project manager for a new assignment. This new project was worth 85 million dollars and was a 360,000 square foot building being constructed for EMC. The project was to be fast-tracked with design development drawings to have substantial completion in 14 months. Inside the building was an Olympic-sized swimming pool and raised access flooring throughout. As the last project neared completion and the commercial market slump deepened, Michael's priorities changed. He wanted to be closer to home for when he and his wife started their family. He brought his knowledge and experience back to J&L Builders and became a partner with his father in the family-owned business. In the twelve years Michael has been with J&L, he has been an enormous asset. He has brought his large company skills and knowledge to a small family-run company to better serve J&L Builders’ clients. Email Michael. See the article on Michael in the Rhode Island Builder's Association Magazine.