ECA Member Ferreira Coastal Construction is celebrating its climb up the Engineering News Record Top 400 Contractor List to 185 rank. Here’s an excerpt from the company profile that explains why they are doing so well. For the full report visit //

Nelson Ferreira got his start in the construction industry as a member of the Local 472 Laborers Union. He was employed by Frapaul Construction and learned the business under a very influential foreman – his father, Antonio Ferreira.

In 1988, Nelson decided to branch out on his own when he formed his own company with only one Mack dump truck and a relentless drive to build a successful company. Nelson realized that his penchant for diversification was paramount to the success of the company and states that “market forces had a hand in

[his] diversification plans as well. If highway construction slowed down, Ferreira Construction moved into areas on the rise, such as power transmission and solar construction. Ferreira could reduce risk and increase revenues simultaneously.”

This ideology would ultimately lead Nelson to establish the Ferreira Family of Companies and propel Ferreira Construction forward.

In the mid-1990’s, Nelson Ferreira’s company began to expand with the completion of its first bridge project. This project was the replacement of the Burnt Mills Road Bridge for Somerset County. Within six months, Ferreira Construction completed several other bridge projects in Somerset County, and from that point, the company was on a fast track of success.

By the new millennium, Ferreira Construction expanded its capabilities, and successfully completed three concurrent projects for NJDOT in total of more than $80 million dollars. This milestone solidified that the company had well established roots in the New Jersey market. Ferreira is currently working at the World Trade Center as a sub-consultant to the Tishman/Turner joint venture, multiple Con Edison projects, Cornell Tech University – Roosevelt Island campus, and the bi-state Bayonne Bridge project, expanding its capabilities in the New York and New Jersey markets.

Expansion in Other Markets

In 2004, Ferreira began working in Florida, and has since then completed several projects for clients such as the Florida DOT, Lockheed Martin, Florida Power and Light, Sailfish Point and Martin County. The company has also completed numerous shoreline stabilization, dredging and diving projects.

Ferreira Coastal. In 2013, Ferreira Construction made a strategic decision to head west and open an office in southern California. This decision was based on a unique opportunity to hire a pre-existing team of individuals that had been working together for over 15 years for a California contractor who closed their operations. Because of this exceptionally talented team, Ferreira was able to make a seamless transition into the California construction market. In just four years of operation, Ferreira Coastal has completed multiple projects with revenues in excess of $40 million and currently has a backlog of $45 million.

Vanguard Energy Partners, an affiliate of Ferreira Construction, is a national solar construction firm that has designed and installed over 100 MW of solar projects since 2003. Vanguard has completed numerous projects for commercial, private and governmental entities. A few notable projects include the highest solar array in the world in New York City, one of the largest rooftop arrays in North America and the first net-zero electric facility in the United States which also happens to be Ferreira Construction’s corporate headquarters.

American Pile & Foundation, established in 2013, is the East Coast’s premier pile driving and drilling specialty contractor. American Pile provides innovative and economical foundation design and construction.

Ferreira Power Group, recently added to the Ferreira family of companies, has a strong team of professionals ready to support utility companies all along the East Coast. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Ferreira Power provides qualified personnel with a wide range of services focused solely on the Utility Industry in the Transmission and Distribution, Substation, Power Plant/Nuclear, Renewable Energy, Transmission and Distribution Engineering Design and Emergency Storm Services market sectors.

Ferreira is a nationally recognized leader in the construction industry, garnering numerous awards due to a proven track record of successful project execution, effective planning and an emphasis on safety. A key component of Ferreira’s success is its unwavering commitment to workplace safety and education. Today, Nelson’s companies generate sales over $400 million annually and employ over 1000 people operating in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and California.

Our corporate mission reflects a commitment to quality work and safety on every project. These ideals strengthen our resolve to “Building the Future with Pride” for this generation and the next.