Pincus Construction: From concept to creation

Mike Pincus, president of Pincus Construction, at Play & Co., one of their recent Newport News’ projects in Hidenwood Shopping Center. (photo by Cathy Welch)

In the realm of construction general contractors, the assessments are “good, better and best.” When Michael Pincus—who prefers “Mike”—was asked in which category he considered himself, he confidently confirms he belongs in the latter.

And Pincus got there the old-fashioned way: he earned it.

Born and raised in Hampton, and a graduate of Hampton High School, Pincus matriculated “at Arizona State University in Tempe, outside Phoenix. It’s rated in the top ten schools in the nation,” he says, for the major in which he was enrolled: construction management.

Graduating in 1998, he worked for others, adding experience to his knowledge, before starting his own business.

“Pincus Construction incorporated in 2005 and opened for business in 2007,” Pincus says, first operating elsewhere before moving to his present location in Oyster Point. “It’s a great location,” he says, “with great visibility and close access to the Interstate—and because we’re growing.”

Pincus Construction does it all, from renovations to “building out” an office or building a shell, from constructing a “stand-alone” building to providing construction consultation services, or to simply managing a project. Anything involved with construction, Pincus Construction provides.

“With an office staff of four and six to eight field superintendents, we have completed approximately 33 projects in just the last two years,” Pincus says. Some have been local, such as in Portsmouth and three in the Newport News Tech Center.

“We are licensed in 25 states, and we’ve recently completed projects in South Carolina, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts,” Pincus says. When the company is awarded a contract, the field superintendents will access a database of local subcontractors. “And,” says Pincus, “actually be on-site for the duration of the project. Sometimes they feel they are living on-site until the final walk through and completion or punching out the time clock at the end of the work day,” he adds with a smile.

Some of Pincus’s jobs are more challenging than others, such as the Sperry Store in Florida’s Disney World. And there was also a Sperry Store project in Utah, where Pincus remembers the job as the largest in size—a 50,000-square-foot building, and also the largest in value, at $1.5 million.

Commenting on technology in construction, Pincus notes that “drone pictures providing an overview of the job site, with Federal Aviation Administration awareness,” is an innovation, as well as Global Positioning System (GPS), which are used in surveying. “However,” Pincus says, “There is no way to check the GPS data for accuracy.”

Pincus is a family man. He and his wife Noelle are parents of three daughters—a six year old, a five year old and their new addition, two months old.

Playing with his daughters brings him joy, and he also enjoys golf, observing, “Yeah, I chase the little white ball around.”

He also chases the waves, as a surfer, recalling that he lived for a time in California and surfed there, outside of Los Angeles, as well as in Mexico and Costa Rica, and closer to home in North Carolina and Virginia Beach.

Pincus Construction
Address: 11872 Canon Blvd., Ste. E, Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-223-6225
Fax: 757-223-6257
Contact: Michael Pincus, president
Specialty: Full Service Construction

About Allan Hanrahan 8 Articles
Allan Hanrahan was born in North Carolina and reared on the Virginia Peninsula, living there until moving to Smithfield. He is married to Renee (nee Koskinas). Their sons are Gary and Gregory, and their granddaughters are Rebecca and Sarah. A graduate of Newport News High School, NASA Apprentice School, Christopher Newport College (now University), he did graduate study at George Washington University. He worked at NASA's Langley Research Center for 36 1/2 years, serving as an electronic instrument maker/technician, production controller (planner) and writer/editor, and for 22 years wrote the column Personnel Profiles for the in-house Langley Researcher. He has freelanced for the Daily Press, incorporating many of those articles into a book: “Times and Places: A Glimpse of Life on the Virginia Peninsula.” After retiring from NASA, Allan was a substitute school teacher and middle-school tutor. He has been writing for Oyster' Pointer since 2000, an activity that he enjoys immensely, primarily for the intellectual stimulation he receives from meeting and talking with many accomplished entrepreneurs, always gaining knowledge from their encounters.

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