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Architectural Spotlight

Building Together: J.D. Traditional Industries

Any construction project in the New York City market is difficult enough, but to build a school in The City That Never Sleeps can keep even the most experienced contractor up all night. Whether it’s exacting specifications, tight budgets or constant flow of inspectors, building for the New York school system puts everyone involved to the test. Fortunately, contractor J.D. Traditional Industries is familiar with overcoming challenges.

In 2007, founder James Donaldson passed away. James’ daughter, Christine, had very little experience in the construction industry. But, she believed the family business was way too important to sell. So she quickly got to work learning the intricacies of the industry and set out to prove that though her father was gone, the business he created is as strong as ever.

For this project, Christine turned to USG — the only manufacturer to offer a complete line of products for the education construction market. With the help of USG representative Otto Ade, Christine was able to take the next step, sell her company’s capabilities, and put J.D. Traditional Industries in a position to confidently take on the project that was New York City Public School 316.

In the end, this project allowed Christine to prove herself while building a healthy and learning focused environment where future generations can succeed.

people involved

• Design Resources Group (Piscataway, NJ) — Architect

• J.D. Traditional Industries (Huntington Station, NY) — Drywall & Acoustical Subcontractor

• Christine Donaldson Boccia, Executive Manager

• Park Avenue Building and Roofing (Brooklyn, NY) — Drywall & Acoustical Distributor

• Raymond Rivera, President & CEO

project scope

444 Students – Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade

special factors

NYC School Construction Authority demand High Abuse Mold & Moisture resistant wallboard on all of their construction projects.