Brooks & Co started in July of 1980 when Dave Brooks pursued his vision of developing a new construction firm. Working out of a small office warehouse located in Ashland, Virginia, the firm began operation doing residential and small commercial projects. While starting small, the initial days formed the firm’s nucleus as a number of the company’s key employees have grown with the company since the early eighties. These key employees continue to positively impact the day-to-day activities of the company.
One of the key clients in the early development of Brooks & Co was AMF. Brooks & Co assisted them in building and renovating a large number of bowling centers up and down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida. Brooks & Co also built their main manufacturing plant off of I-295 in Hanover, and its sister plant Reese Manufacturing, which produced industrial sewing machines.
In addition to working with AMF, the 1980’s led to opportunities for the firm to work with most of the local governments in the region. These relationships with central Virginia municipalities have become the backbone of the business. Notable projects built during the 1980’s were the Richmond Fire Training Academy, the dam at Echo Lake, the sanctuary addition at Bon Air United Methodist Church and Dominion Pottery.
In 1990, Brooks & Co developed and relocated to their current office building on the north side of Richmond, across from Bryan Park. In 1993, the sister building on the same site was completed. During the 1990’s, Brooks & Co honed their reputation as a competitive contractor in the Richmond market. Some of the highlights through the 1990’s were the development of the In Your Ear studio, and the construction of numerous buildings for VDOT including over 30 chemical storage buildings throughout the State of Virginia.
Another specialty developed during this time was church work. Brooks & Co now has a resume of over 50 church projects including new buildings, additions and renovations. Understanding the workings of church committees and the budget constraints under which they operate has strengthened the firm’s ability to aid them in reaching their construction goals within their financial limits.
In the early 2000’s, Brooks & Co purchased land and developed a 65 acre industrial park known as Hunter’s Ridge in Hanover County. As a part of this development, the company worked with numerous clients to help develop their properties into the facilities tailored to their particular needs. Other highlights during the 2000’s were the construction of a recreational facility for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, the construction of the Reconciliation Statue in downtown Richmond, St David’s Episcopal Church and the Motorcycle Training Facility in Hanover.
Through its history, Brooks & Co has worked hard to improve its ability to assist Owners with a wide diversity of needs. Brooks & Co has developed a thorough system to help reduce project costs and maintain project budgets. We closely track construction progress so that our jobs remain on schedule. Most of projects now finish ahead of schedule. We have had LEED accredited employees since 2007 in an effort to meet the future demands of green construction.
Over the past thirty years Brooks & Co has developed numerous long term relationships with many of the local architectural firms and business enterprises. These firms know they can count on Brooks & Co. for responsible budgets, quality construction, timely schedules and sound advice. With decades of experience and a strong financial package Brooks & Co. is positioned well to assist the Central Virginia community with their construction needs for many years to come.