Our Team

 

Mark DeChick
Chief Operations Officer

LEED, AP BD + C

Mark is the President/CEO of AmBuild Company.  With over 25 years experience in the construction industry, Mark has been responsible for overseeing numerous construction projects from the onset through construction closeout.  He applies practical experience from his engineering, construction administration & project management roles to each project.  This approach has allowed him to complete projects with the most efficient and economical outcome.

Before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Mark enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  Mark served in the Persian Gulf War from 1990-91 specializing in clearing mines as a tanker.  During this time, Mark received the classification of Service-Disabled Veteran.

Mark developed his experience and talents through various roles within the construction industry. He is an experienced project manager in charge of projects ranging from several thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.  He prides himself on being thorough and delivering quality projects for his clients.

He continues to manage teams of experienced construction professionals. 

  Al Urban CEO   Global Urban Enterprises

Al Urban CEO

Global Urban Enterprises

As a Reserve Army Officer, a dedicated father, and a construction professional, Al has balanced the obligations, with success, through multiple military deployments.

As a construction professional with an engineering degree and NASCLA Certification, Al began his career by starting his own business immediately after graduation. Urban Custom Construction (UCC) was a general construction firm located in PA that built residential homes. UCC perfected a panelization process in a leased shop and delivered a pre-built building to the jobsite. The building was erected on site, while managing the sitework, electrical, plumbing and finishes. After 2 years, Al transitioned to Army Officer Candidate School and Infantry Officers Basic Course at FT Benning, Georgia. As a 2nd Lt. in the Army National Guard, Al took a role at Keystone College as the Director of the Workforce Education Partnership. Again, Al transitioned back to Urban Custom Construction, now in the commercial construction market, where his firm experienced dynamic growth over a 5-year period.

In 2001, AL was called to deploy to Bosnia on Operation Joint Forge with the 1st 109th Infantry Battalion. He is awarded a meritorious service medal for his actions and his family moved to Rochester, NY while he was deployed. In 2002, AL signed on with KBR, Restoration of Iraqi Oil Project in Southern Iraq. As the Chief of Staff for KBR, Al gained valuable experience working with USACE on a $2 billion construction mega project in a combat zone. He is awarded a Commander Coin for his contributions to the project, as he is called back to America to prepare for another military deployment.

In 2004, AL deploys with the 1/109th Infantry to Western Iraq attached to the 2nd Marine Division. This 1-year deployment provided valuable experience in military operations in Iraq. He is awarded his first Bronze Star for his contributions. Upon returning to Rochester, Al worked as a Construction Project Manager on an $8M USACE project at Niagara Falls Air Force Base and then went on to work as a Senior Project Manager for Rochester General Hospital.

In 2008, Al is deployed again with the 56th Stryker Brigade, 28th Infantry Division as a Contract Officer for the brigade. As a Deployed Contract Officer, he managed over 80 contingency contracts and 40 personnel in a combat zone. He is awarded a Bronze Star for his contributions again. He returned to Rochester and his role at Rochester General Hospital to manage the development of the facility master plan at Newark Wayne Hospital and work the design of the Emergency Department. In 2011, the Army called Al to active duty to work as the Brigade Planner for a proposed brigade deployment to Iraq. In 2012, after the deployment is called off, Al retired from the military as a Major with over 27 years and took a role with KBR in Australia. Here, he worked as a Logistic Contract Manager on the Gorgon Mega Project for Chevron. The Australia Project gives Al an international business experience and an opportunity to reconnect with his family after multiple deployments.

In 2013, Global Urban Enterprise, LLC. is established with a desire to return to an entrepreneurial role in business. Al spent years getting certified as a SDVOSB and studying the market, before he formally launched the business in 2015. In 2018, Al merged his firm with AmBuild, another veteran business, to increase the market share. They are currently working nearly $5 million in construction work with over 12 employees.

Global Urban is recognized by SCORE as the Veteran Business of Year in 2017 in Rochester and AmBuild was #6 on the Rochester NY top 100 fastest growing firms in 2017.

Andrew Claus
CFO / DBIA

For nearly 20 years, Andrew has been involved in the construction industry from one perspective or another.  Starting as a carpenter apprentice he soon moved into a back office role in Information Technology and accounting systems. For the last six years Andrew has had a focus on advocacy, government relations and supporting the education of Design-build as delivery model.

Gaining experience both in the field and in the office, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and best practices of the inner workings of the general contracting environment. Adding to his business knowledge, in 2007 he completed his MBA from St. John Fisher College. Shortly following, Andrew also completed his professional certification from the Design Build Institute of America.

In 2007 Andrew was presented the Leadership Award from the CIO Roundtable. In 2010 he  received the Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” award for up and coming business leaders and community advocates. In addition to his many accomplishments professionally, Andrew is very active in the community and volunteers his time on several not-for-profit boards, most notably for the last 10 years with the Arc of Monroe.

 

Associates & Staff

Matt Andres
Superintendent / Master Carpenter

LEED Certified

 

 


 

Patrick Shaw

Assistant Project Manager

 

Eric Boyum
Project Manager