Brisa Builders Corporation is a family owned development, construction management and general construction contracting firm founded by the late Lilly W. Keller under the advisement and support of her husband the late Thomas B. Keller. Together, the couple had a combined 70 years of experience in general contracting, construction management, real estate development consultation and property management. Beginning with Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation- the nation’s first community Development Corporation created by the joint efforts of Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits, Mr. and Mrs. Keller began their careers as “true community builders for the community by the community”. For both faith based and community based organizations, as well as New York City agencies they served as liaisons between architects, lawyers, and owners and other general contractors in the building of housing for senior citizens, handicapped people, homeless persons, low and moderate income persons and people with AIDS. They distinguished themselves as human resource engines in the minority community, employing numerous sub-contractors and providing invaluable training in the construction and real estate management industries. They were joined by their nephew Michael E. Keller, whose expertise and extensive experience is in the design, development and construction of hospital facilities and medical offices across the United States, and their daughter, Ericka Keller Wala specializing in real estate.
From the development of the project with the sponsor/ owner to the permanent Certificate of Occupancy the company has completed over 400 million dollars in combined budgets of current and completed construction projects for local sponsors, including:
Association of Brooklyn Clergy for Community Development, Bethany Baptist Church, Bridge Street AWME Church, Brookdale Hospital, Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Church of St. Mark- Episcopal, Consortium for Central Harlem Development, BEC New Communities, Calvary Baptist Church of Christ, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, Janes United Methodist Church, United Church of Jesus Christ, Episcopal Health Services, Evening Star Baptist Church, Harlem Congregation for Community Improvement, Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Northeast Brooklyn Housing, St. Paul Community Baptist Church
National Medical Facilities- Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center-Nevada, Parker Adventist Professional Building I and II- Colorado, Brentwood Professional Building- California, 2020 Medical Office Building MOB- California, Memorial Medical Center, Addition and Expansion- New Mexico
Project Consultation/Management Experience:
Project Consultants for 640 units of Senior Citizen Housing funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); 53 units of housing for the homeless persons funded by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), 720 units of housing under the Low Income Tax Credit Program, providing permanent housing for the homeless, low, moderate income persons with funding from the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), HPD and the New York Equity Fund (NYEF), property manager for senior citizens, SRO, low and moderate housing projects, specializing in tax abatement and exemption expediter.
Brisa Builders is M/WBE Certified with EMPIRE STATE, DASNY, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYC Small Business Services and MTA