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Signature Construction & Design was founded in 1999 by Eric Holloway as an offshoot of Signature Furniture Services LLC, a full-service commercial furniture installation, storage and moving company.

Signature Construction & Design specializes in renovations and additions that add value to unique homes. We rarely complete the same project on two different houses. The size of the project is not as much of a concern as the value imparted. We can just as easily add a closet organizer system as perform a whole house renovation.

Signature Construction Crew
Paul Fortunato, Eric Holloway, Andrea Roberts, and the company mascot, Winnie
Our Team

Eric Holloway founded Signature Construction & Design in 1999 as an adjunct to Signature Furniture Services, a full-service office furniture installation company specializing in the installation, reconfiguration, storage and moving of office furniture. Prior to owning Signature Furniture Services, Eric was the third-generation owner of Holloway Bros Tools Inc, a wholesale distributor of supplies to construction and industry concentrating on the Mid-Atlantic States. That business was sold to MSC, in 1998. Eric attended Hamilton College in New York majoring in Economics and Texas A&M University in Texas majoring in Industrial Distribution. He lives in Westover Hills with his wife Monique and company mascot, Winnie. He lives in an old house and enjoys and understands the challenges that come with multiple renovation projects on his own house.

Andrea Roberts was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Interior Design. She started with Signature Construction & Design in 2006 as a production assistant and designer. Andrea has grown with the business and become an expert in renovation as well as an expert in running a renovation company. In 2020, Andrea and Eric signed a buy/sell agreement whereby Andrea has become a partner in the business and will own it outright in the future. Andrea is now the President of Signature Construction & Design. She continues to work closely with clients on selections and details to ensure they are happy with their project from start to finish.

Paul Fortunato joined Signature in 2011. He graduated with a degree in business management from Widener University. He has 30 years’ experience in Residential and Commercial Construction in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the 3rd generation in the family business general construction business, A. Fortunato & Sons, with his Father and Brother. Paul performs the duties of estimation and production management for Signature.

Approach
What We Do
Signature Construction & Design specializes in renovations and additions that add value to unique homes. We rarely complete the same project in two different houses. While we frequently work on specialize in higher end homes, we are more concerned with unique projects that add value to the houses. The size of the project is not as much of a concern as the value imparted. We can just as easily add a closet organizer system as perform a whole house renovation.
How We Do It
We employ carpenters/craftsmen on staff who are trained in various facets of construction from rough to finish carpentry, masonry, drywall, painting, tile work, and hardscapes. In addition, we have long term relationships with a dedicated sub-contractor network of electricians, plumbers, roofers, HVAC technicians. We believe in treating our subcontractors as friends and partners and know doing so results in better service for us and our clients.
FAQ
What is the Specialization of SC&D?
Signature Construction & Design specializes in renovations and additions that add value to unique homes. We rarely complete the same project in two different houses. While we frequently work on higher end homes, we are more concerned with unique projects that add value to the houses. The size of the project is not as much of a concern as the value imparted. We can just as easily add a closet organizer system as perform a whole house renovation.
In what geographic area do you work?
Signature Construction & Design works primarily in New Castle County Delaware and Chester County, Pennsylvania. Many of Signature's projects are located along the Route 52 corridor and North Wilmington, but any construction project within a reasonable distance could be a fit for SC&D.
Is any job too small for you?
No, while there are some efficiencies to concentrating on larger projects, we are always in need of small fill-in projects to complete during down times on other projects. We do not mind installing a new door or window when called upon.
How many projects can you run at one time?
We typically have anywhere from 3 to 5 midsized ($50,000 to $200,000) projects under construction at one time and when we have a larger project $500,000 + we might only undertake 2 to 3 of the mid-sized projects during that time. We do not believe in juggling multiple projects with limited resources and are conscious of what projects and timeframe we commit to. Once we start a project, we do not leave it until it is complete, and no punch list exists.
How do you differentiate yourselves from your competition?
We believe we offer the sophistication of a larger company based upon our experience both in business and construction with the personal service of a small company. We foster a team approach to develop an integrated project design process that successfully addresses the client's needs. We have the capital to undertake large projects without creating undue stress to our organization. The owners of the company are hands on and visit every project several times weekly. We are bonded with New Castle County and maintain all the necessary worker's compensation insurances as required by law.
Another differentiator for Signature Construction & Design is our commitment to the concept of sustainability. We have come to understand the waste in construction and are constantly seeking new methods to make the inherently wasteful business of construction more sustainable. Please see the tab on our website for more details.
What tasks do you perform yourself versus using a subcontractor?
We manage the entire project and typically perform all the carpentry tasks from demolition to final detailing, integrating various subcontracted tasks - such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing and flooring - along the way.
How do you address safety issues?
We have been a member of the Delaware Safety Council since our inception in 1999. We routinely send our staff for safety training from defensive driving to first aid classes. In addition, biweekly, our supervisors hold a tailgate safety meeting to discuss maintaining a safe working environment concentrating on such topics as power tool safety, lifting techniques, personal safety protection in the form of gloves, eyewear, hearing protection... We qualify every year for the Delaware Workplace Safety Credit which is a program offered by the State of Delaware to lower worker's compensation rates significantly if standards of safety are followed. Both job sites and our internal shop are toured and graded yearly as part of this program.
Do you have a process?
Absolutely, the typical steps we perform once we receive a call concerning a project are: 1. Eric Holloway and Andrea Roberts meet with a client in person and determine the nature of the project and try to understand the needs of the customer. 2. Based upon the information gathered at that meeting an architect might be invited to the process to help with the design or if a design is already in place, we will perform a preliminary budget analysis. The purpose of this step is for all parties to get a good idea of an approximate budget within 10-15%. 3. Eric and Andrea will meet with the client to review the preliminary budget numbers, assuming design is completed. At this point a decision is made to move forward or to cease the process. 4. Should the determination be made to move forward, we will refine the preliminary budget into a final proposal including selection details and a detailed scope of work along with a contract based upon AIA guidelines. 5. The project is then added to the schedule and when the necessary manpower and product is available, the project commences.
Do you mind giving me another bid?
It has been our experience that all parties are best served when a homeowner interviews multiple builders/contractors up front prior to any design. When compatibility has been found, reference calls and construction site visits are encouraged to confirm the decision. Then the development of a plan can begin with a designer architect. The homeowner will benefit greatly by having a builder/contractor involved in the process from the very start of the design versus bidding on an already designed project.
Our experience is the process of designing a project with no feedback from a contractor and then going out to the market for “three bids” results in more expense and time for the homeowner and a less satisfying experience. We are happy to speak to this concept further in person.
Do you provide design services?
Yes. On many of our projects, particularly kitchens and baths, we do the design work. On large projects we partner with an architect (one we recommend, or one you already know) to produce the final detail designs and drawings. In either case, we always provide design input and guidance throughout the entire process, keeping client goals, construction practicality, and budget in mind.