A Brief History to Present Day
24 years ago Dwayne began his career as a Master carpenter’s apprentice where he learned top notch carpentry from frame to finish. He later started his own business in a partnership with a painter. Dwayne too often heard complaints about contractors failing to return calls and emails, failing to show up to meetings or to be on time, and failing to finish the project. When he and his partner had differing ideas about company strategy, performance, and growth, they parted ways, and ESHI was born.
Dwayne wanted to bring a new level of quality service to the construction industry. His attention to detail and insistence on getting things right has earned him a degree from the Harvard School of Hard Knocks because the unknowns of any construction project can come at a very high price. Always driven to succeed and to provide high-value customer service, ESHI Builders returns calls and emails and excels with time management, project planning, execution, project completion, and customer satisfaction.
In 2009 Dwayne was recognized with the Doris Duke Preservation Award for his work restoring Firehouse No. 8 on Prospect Hill Street in Newport. The project took over 2 years from deconstruction to Rebirth. Over 27,000 bricks were disassembled because once the roof was removed, the team discovered the only thing holding the structure in place any longer was gravity. The original mortar had turned to dust. While the building appears to sit on the original fieldstone foundation, it actually rests on a cantilevered system below. The project also sports geothermal heating and cooling, solar, and state-of-the-art insulation. Please see the attached article from Popular Mechanics Magazine article “3D Laser Imaging Helps restore a 19th-Century Firehouse” by, Lisa Palmer (Sep 30, 2009) It notes quickly and clearly more detailed challenges of the project.
Since then, ESHI Builders has been delighting clients on the island and off. Dwayne values doing business with other Islanders. “You’ve got to support the local businesses,” he says. With a new office and new staff, ESHI Builders is growing to meet the needs of more customers with custom building features and attention to detail that create high-quality environments reflective of his clients and respectful of their needs and desires.