M/WBE Elite Builders Awarded Ornamental Steel Package For 125th Street In Harlem

Elite Builders & Management (“EBM”), a New York-based M/WBE design-build company specializing in ornamental, structural, and miscellaneous steel, has been retained by L+M Development Partners.

They have been retained for their transformative mixed-use project at 121 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., and Malcolm X Blvd., in Harlem, NY.

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As a supporting trade contractor, EBM is responsible for the entire miscellaneous and ornamental steel package at the 17-story, 414,000-square-foot development, which will feature 170 units of affordable income housing, 110,000 square feet of retail space, 70,000 square feet of Class-A office space, the new headquarters of the National Urban League, and the Urban Civil Rights Museum Experience.

“This game-changing project is providing multiple levels of opportunities throughout the area and we are honored to be a part of it,” says Christella Xu, President of EBM. “Working in tandem with Super Structure Builders, each stage is being closely coordinated to ensure the work is built and delivered at the same pace.”

For the first stage of the construction, EBM will be responsible for the production and installation of several components, including but not limited to, structural steel canopies, 2,500 linear feet of guardrails and handrails, and 2,400 feet of elevator counter-weight guards. All are being fabricated at the firm’s in-house facilities in Queens.


Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, the work on the development was activated in April 2021. In addition to L+M Development Partners, the development group includes BRP Companies, Taconic Partners, Dabar Development, and the Prusik Group. The projected completion date is late 2023.

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Elite Builders & Management is a M/WBE design-build company that provides high-quality, customized, steel fabrications and installation for projects of all sizes.

With a focus on commercial, residential, municipal, and institutional facilities projects in multiple capacities, among its multi-faceted service lines are general contracting and project management.

EBM offers premium services commencing with a state-of-the-art fabrication shop. Its projects are executed by a dedicated and skilled team offering years of professional experience and recognized for their ability to prioritize and remain organized even when conditions become demanding.

​EBM offers a single point of contact that minimizes risks, maximizes efficiency, and keeps costs low. Its management team, comprising Christella Xu, President, Alex Chalkias, Vice President, and, John Chalkias, Chief of Design, work hand-in-hand to set goals, foresee and define potential issues, identify opportunities, study alternatives, and provide immediate and collaborative solutions.

Photo credit: Christella Xu.

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