Founded in 1986 by two experienced craftsmen, Jeff Fredrickson and John Lafian, Crown Construction Inc. is a full-service remodeling and construction firm located in Dryden, New York.
Jeff and John’s business philosophy – based on integrity, quality work, commitment to their employees and a collaborative relationship with clients – has endured for over 30 years, making Crown Construction a leader in the remodeling industry in Central New York State. John retired in 2016, but that philosophy continues to this day under the ownership of Jeff Fredrickson.
“If you take care of your employees, they will continue to offer the high-quality services that make your company successful,” says Jeff Fredrickson. “I believe in empowering our people.” In return, Crown Construction enjoys a dedicated team of top-notch craftsmen who consistently deliver outstanding results to our clients.
President and Co-Founder
Jeff is one of the co-founders of Crown Construction when it began in 1986. Prior to that time, Jeff had his own business, which was also very successful. His passion for helping people realize their dreams is a motivating factor in what he does today. Jeff leads the Crown team with diligence – sometimes relentlessly but often sprinkled with humility. He cares for the Crown employees and their families. Jeff works hard to keep the wheels running year round, which can be a challenge in the winter.
When Jeff has a moment to breathe from the pace of running a business, he can be found fishing on one of the beautiful Finger Lakes or hunting in the woods. He also enjoys riding motorcycle and his bicycle with his wife, Melody. And of course, who can forget the pets. Jeff and Melody have two Jack Russell Terriers, Harley and Gunner.
Michael May – CGR, CAPS, CGP, EPA RRP Certified Renovator
Michael May is from Homer, NY and came to Crown Construction in 2014 after choosing to close his own business, Michael May Construction. His wisdom and wit are a welcome addition to Crown. Mike grew up in an 1850’s farmhouse and got the “remodeling bug” when his father taught him the howto’s of renovating the home they lived in. An older home offers many experiences and challenges, which require a great deal of thought and planning. Mike enjoys those challenges and takes great pleasure in helping people realize their dreams.
Mike keeps up-to-date with industry standards for quality and best practices. His many certifications include Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), and Certified Green Building Professional (CGP) awarded from the National Home Builders Association (NAHB) as well as being certified through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead renovation, repair, and painting (RRP). He is also the corporate building sciences trainer for all of Crown’s field crews.
Mike is very busy outside his work at Crown Construction. The outdoors is his gymnasium. He is very involved as a troop leader for Boy Scouts – even taking his troop hiking and camping in the winter and loving every minute of the cold. And when time allows, will hunker down with a good book.
Adam – like the prodigal son – returned to Crown Construction in 2015 after having been away for several years pursuing a career as a Pastor. Adam started with Crown in the early 1990’s as a laborer working his way toward roofing foreman. Then in the early 2000’s become a construction foreman and eventually moved into the office as an Estimator and Design Consultant. Throughout these years, Adam followed his heart and moved several times for pastoral positions – taking him away from the area each time. But his return to Crown was – and is – welcomed.
Adam’s in-the-field remodeling experience ensures his thoroughness and efficiency in design and estimating when meeting with homeowners and his pastoral experience helps him understand the emotional ups and downs of remodeling from the customer’s perspective.
Adam’s time outside the office is somewhat limited for recreational activities as he is serving as Sr. Pastor of Christian Assembly of God church in Cortland, NY. Adam truly enjoys life with his wife, Annmarie, and their three children. He loves to hunt, laugh, and boisterously cheer for the Colts.
Jim came to Crown Construction in 1988 and has earned the distinction of becoming a National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) certified Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD). He is one of the ‘senior’ team members at Crown although you wouldn’t know it. Jim’s wit and humor helps the office move through the day in ‘high fashion.’ Jim started at Crown as a foreman and moved into the office as an estimator. He soon found his niche in design. Jim is his happiest when designing an addition, kitchen, basement, bathroom, sunroom – you name it. The more complex the design, the more fun he has. He is methodical and thorough with each design –making changes as he meets with the homeowners to fine tune their desires.
As a worship team leader for his church, Jim can be heard practicing his guitar each day at lunch. He is involved in the Syracuse Rescue Mission. Jim enjoys riding his motorcycle as well as his bicycle in the warmer weather. He runs regularly, kayaks, enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks and is a huge Yankees fan. In the winter, you will often find Jim on the ski slope.
Production – Estimator
Andy grew up in the Dryden area and came to Crown Construction in 2013 as an Estimator. He also helps with the production side of the business – ordering products and material, processing the paperwork for the office and foremen – all to help make the job run as smoothly as possible.
Andy is gifted with a mind for detail, likes to work efficiently and helps keep every job on track. He often deals with insurance adjusters, suppliers, and specialty contractors to keep a job running efficiently. Andy’s father was a code enforcement officer and Andy learned a great deal about the right and wrong way to get a job done.
Outside of the office, when Andy isn’t playing basketball or refereeing his son’s games, he can be found in the out-of-doors. He enjoys his family and is an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman. Andy also keeps up with the Yankees.
Michelle Freiberger – CAPS, EPA RRP Certified Renovator
Michelle is the Production Manager at Crown Construction and oversees the production of our jobs. She grew up in DeRuyter, NY, and comes from a long line of builders and carpenters. Her early career was in healthcare but eventually her love of antique homes and architectural preservation lead her to own and operate a remodeling firm in Hudson, NH, that specialized in home accessibility modifications.
Michelle closed her business and returned ‘home’ in 2013 and joined Crown in 2014. She is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and a Principal Instructor for the EPA’s Lead Safe Certification program for contractors as well being an EPA RRP Certified Renovator herself. Michelle uses her background in home accessibility, regulatory compliance and lead-safe work practices to the benefit of Crown’s operations and clients.
In Michelle’s spare time, she enjoys motorcycling with her husband, activities with her two sons and working on the restoration of her 1860’s home.
Ben Hapgood – GAF Certified Installer, Versico EPDM Certified, EPA RRP Certified Renovator
Ben is from the Cortland area and has been with Crown Construction since 2014. He came to Crown with a wealth of knowledge and 18+ years of roofing experience. Ben knows roofs like no other. As we know, a roof is the first line of defense against the elements. Weather can be a friend or a foe to a roofer so Ben keeps a close watch on the weather and is sure to plan accordingly. His priority is his crews’ safety, OSHA compliance and protection of the customer’s home.
Ben stays current with industry standards for quality and best practices. He is a Certified Installer for the GAF Weather Stopper System Plus Roofing System® and the Versico EPDM® (rubber roofing) Roofing Systems as well as an EPA RRP Certified Renovator for lead-safe work practices.
Besides keeping up with his kids, Ben loves the outdoors. He is an avid fisherman whether it’s a small creek or Lake Ontario.
Brian Short – EPA RPP Certified Renovator, GAF Certified Installer
Brian Short came to Crown Construction in 2001. Brian’s desire is to see a project through and watch the customer’s satisfaction grow as their dream becomes a reality. The paper version of a project comes to life through Brian’s craftsmanship. He takes on the challenges of building in a methodical manner and quiet spirit. Some of Crown’s customers have commented that they hardly know he’s there.
Brian keeps up-to-date with industry standards for quality and best practices and is an EPA RRP Certified Renovator for lead-safe work practices as well as achieving the status of a Certified Weather Stopper® Roofing contractor for GAF.
Brian keeps busy outside of work with his family, sports and church activities.
Charley Bayley – EPA RPP Certified Renovator
Charley is as gentle as he is skilled. Although he can do just about anything, his specialty is kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Charley came to Crown Construction in 2000 and has been in the remodeling profession for 30 years. He has a self-taught talent, which combined with many years of experience, makes him a skilled craftsman. His “cool, calm, and collected” demeanor helps as he finagles his way through tight spaces or installs intricate custom tile patterns. Charley is a “green remodeler” choosing to recycle and reuse products if at all possible.
Charley keeps up-to-date with industry standards for quality and best practices and is an EPA RRP Certified Renovator for lead-safe work practices.
Charley is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and cross country skiing. He is a true nature enthusiast.
Jason Bartholomew – GAF Certified Installer, OSHA Trained
Jason’s been with Crown since 2012. Jason grew up in the Dryden area and has been involved in the construction industry since he was a kid. His father was an accomplished “sheetrocker” (drywall installer) and taught Jason the tricks of the trade. Jason enjoyed working alongside his dad from a very young age. Jason is a multi-skilled worker – talented in many different areas from drywall installation to masonry work to roofing. When he is given a task, Jason takes ownership and the job is completed to the delight of many of Crown Construction’s customers.
Jason stays current with industry standards for quality and best practices. He is a Certified Installer for the GAF Weather Stopper System Plus Roofing System® and the Versico EPDM® (rubber roofing) Roofing Systems.
When Jason isn’t trying to keep up with his five kids, he can be found enjoying the outdoors. Jason grew up hunting and fishing and has kept the family traditions alive. His greatest achievement to date has been an eleven-point buck.
Pete Chapman – EPA RRP Certified Renovator, GAF Certified Installer
Pete grew up not too far from Crown Construction’s office in Dryden. He has been with Crown Construction eight of those years and enjoys the challenges of building and home remodeling. When Pete began at Crown Construction, he was mentored by one of the best, Ed Ostrander (now retired). Ed taught him the tools and skills of the trade and helped develop Pete into a true craftsman. Pete’s calm demeanor and varied skillset enable him to handle the toughest, most complex jobs successfully.
Pete keeps up-to-date with industry standards for quality and best practices and is an EPA RRP Certified Renovator for lead-safe work practices. He is also a Certified™ Weather Stopper® Roofing contractor for GAF.
Outside of work, Pete enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors.
Rob Luce – EPA RPP Certified Renovator
Rob Luce came to Crown Construction in 1997. Rob is a transplant from Eastern Long Island where he grew up involved in the family hardware business. He now lives on 43 acres of woodland with his wife and enjoys creative woodworking in his workshop. Rob specializes in fine cabinetry, kitchen and bath remodeling and finish carpentry. He’s an “old school” type of craftsman who can always figure out a way to achieve the desired result. His work is precise and the results are beautiful.
Rob keeps up-to-date on industry standards for quality and best practices and is an EPA RRP Certified Renovator for lead-safe work practices.
Outside of work, Rob crafts together intricate pieces of art using wood and various materials that sell in a local shops. He makes his own maple syrup and enjoys camping, canoeing, biking and cross country skiing.
Even though Joanne’s official title is Office Manager, she often uses the title of “Director of First Impressions.” Joanne’s voice will typically be the one you hear when you call Crown Construction. She came to Crown Construction in 2000 to work closer to home. Her background is the corporate world of IBM and Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY. Joanne works in the sales and marketing department – fielding calls, scheduling appointments for the sales staff, writing the monthly E-newsletter, and much more. Her positive energy and Pollyanna attitude are welcoming.
Joanne keeps herself busy outside of work with numerous church activities, community involvement, kayaking, and of course, her grandchildren – both two legged and four legged. She also tries to keep up with the office chatter involving the Yankees.
Book keeper Extraordinaire
Michelle Kinney was a wonderful addition to the Crown Construction team in 2013. Her even temperament makes her to the go-to person for anything involving math. She watches the numbers like a hawk but is calm and methodical in keeping the company’s numbers on track – and the rest of us towing the line. Michelle came to Crown from another local business finding, however, that her preference was for a smaller company.
Shortly after coming to Crown, she was discovered to have cancer and is proud to say that she is now cancer free. All of us at Crown rejoice with her!
Michelle is a softball pitcher for two different leagues, enjoys kayaking, biking and is very family oriented. And, did I hear anyone say shoes? Michelle will be right there.