Construction and design run in his family
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Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
I’m from Brooklyn, NY. I have been in construction since 1990.
How did you get into construction?
My father was an architect and my brothers were builders—I worked for them. When I got to design school, I started to build my own designs and started construction for design firms.
Describe your favorite project.
They are all different—it depends on the client. When I finish a job, I’m happy when clients say, “Wow, this is better than I thought it would be.” It can be a commercial job, a small one-piece item, a whole kitchen, or even a big development. It depends on the job. I like them all—designing, meeting people, and solving problems for them.
Yankees or Mets?
Favorite New York City building or structure?
First thing that comes to mind is Louis Sullivan’s building on Bleecker Street. It’s the only Sullivan building in the city.
James has been a Sweeten contractor since 2014.
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