About Axis

What We Do

For more than twenty five years, Axis Construction has been widely recognized as an innovator in construction, design and management services, consistently raising the industry standard for the building community.

With a team approach that encompasses pre-design consultation, on-site project management, and post-construction follow-up, Axis strives to exceed expectations and deliver creative, sustainable, and cost-effective results for all clients. Axis was founded on a strong commitment to excellence and honesty that is brought to every project undertaken from small renovations to complex multi-phase assignments.

Axis has been honored with numerous awards and has received a platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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What Sets Us Apart

An industry leader for more than twenty five years, Axis is well known for superior quality, surpassing client expectations, and providing unparalleled insight into the design-build process.

Our team of talented professionals has more than 150 years of combined general construction, construction management, and executive management experience with the technical skills that result in top-notch projects for all our clients. Our strong commitment to safety is strengthened by a staff that has earned OSHA 30-hour and 7-hour certifications, as well as ASHE certifications. Working as a team with our clients and accommodating specific client needs are our top priorities, and consistently strive to control overhead costs so we can offer cost efficient budgets to our clients. Our team of experienced project executives accurately estimate the costs of projects during the conceptual stages, and assist clients in establishing overall project costs, including soft costs, equipment costs, and contingencies. We have a strong and trusted subcontractor base that shares our values and goals. As one of the original founders of the Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Axis is committed to environmentally sound building practices and we are proud to have multiple LEED accredited professionals on staff. Our national presence is also demonstrated by the participation of Executive Vice President and COO, Peter Cannuscio, PE in the revision committee for the 2010 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Health Care Facilities.

Meet the
Axis Team

Setting the Standard

Ralph Lambert
President & CEO

In 1992, Ralph teamed up with his father and Robert Wihlborg to form Axis Construction Corp. With his business marketing experience, Ralph moved the company into “niche” markets, such as healthcare, universities, laboratories, and retail. With a solid foundation built on knowledge and talent, and a focus on building relationships rather than just generating profits, they took Axis Construction Corp. from a small local business to the large construction management firm that it is today. One of the most well-respected companies in the industry. Axis now has multiple offices on Long Island and Westchester, and clients throughout the Tri-State area.

Peter Cannuscio, PE
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer

With over 25 years industry experience, Peter Cannuscio’s diverse background includes consulting engineering, executive construction project management and healthcare facilities management experience, with the ability to direct multiple and varied projects from the planning and design phase through construction and occupancy. A graduate of Manhattan College, Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering and a Master’s degree in business administration. Peter is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.

Andrew Meyerson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Meyerson brings 26 years of financial experience to Axis, 23 of which exclusively focused on the construction industry. He is responsible for overseeing all of Axis’ financial preparations including financial reporting, internal controls, audit management, and banking and insurance relationships. Andrew identifies cost saving opportunities to maximize profitability and has implemented a 401(k) plan and a comprehensive a cafeteria benefits plan for Axis employees.

Frank Piccirillo LEED AP BD+C
Vice President

A former Vice Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council-Long Island Chapter Healthcare Committee, Frank Piccirillo is Axis Construction’s senior administrator for project management and staff evaluations; staff placement, including new hires and promotions; and budgets and scheduling on all projects. He also serves on the Axis executive committee, steering the day-to-day operations as the second in command to the chief operating officer. Piccirillo has directed numerous LEED projects that have achieved Platinum, Gold and Silver Certifications.

John Buongiorno
Director, Modular Division / Director of Human Resources

John has over 33 years of business development and administrative management experience in the modular industry. He has been with Axis for over 21 years as the Director of the Modular Division and also serves as Director of Human Resources. His extensive knowledge of the modular building industry has led to long, successful partnerships with the top modular building manufactures, architects, supplies and contractors throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. He is a graduate of Manhattan College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/finance. He is on the Board of Directors of the Modular Building Institute and is also serving on the FGI subcommittee which is revising the guidelines for mobile/modular healthcare buildings.

John’s responsibilities include complete oversight for all modular projects, as well as leading the division’s marketing and business development efforts. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of the New York/New Jersey area as well as modular experience throughout the country to the Axis Team. He is a frequent presenter on the topic of modular building construction throughout the country.

Chip Dean
Chief Estimator

Chip Dean began working in the construction industry in the mid-eighties, after graduation from The University of New Hampshire with a Degree (Bachelor of Science) in Civil Engineering. Working alongside old-school construction professionals, his positive attitude, strong work ethic and willingness to learn allowed him to take on ever-increasing responsibilities … from Project Engineer to Project Manager to Chief Estimator and Project Executive.

Chip’s responsibilities include estimating department oversight, scheduling and workload; conceptual estimates, budget estimates and budget estimate updates; pre-bid meetings, in-house labor/material estimates, in-house quantity estimates, in-house pricing, subcontractor pricing, vendor pricing, bid proposals and client follow-up; pre-construction phase participation (lead role); construction phase participation (supporting role).

With family and friends from the east coast to the west coast, and beyond, Chip is involved in quite a few charitable endeavors, most notably fundraising and running with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and St. Jude. Chip lives in West Islip, New York with his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Rebecca.

Our History

Axis Construction was founded more than 25 years ago by Ralph Lambert, Robert Wihlborg and Roy Lambert with the initial goal of providing superior general construction to a broad range of customers.

Within four years, the company expanded to include construction management services and a new division, Axis Medical Imaging Construction, which specializes in the design and building of medical construction projects, including diagnostic imaging and radiology facilities. Over 20 years ago, Axis further expanded to include Modular Systems to accommodate our clients in the educational, commercial/industrial, and healthcare industries that require modular construction. More recently, we reached a milestone and developed a “green” construction group with LEED accredited professionals on staff. Axis Construction has become one of the leading construction management/general construction firms in the Tri-state region, with a prestigious client list that includes: Northwell Health, NY Presbyterian, Catholic Health System, LIJ Medical Center, NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., City University of New York, Molloy College, Long Island University, Hofstra University, Bloom Energy, Public Storage, Simply Storage, and Stop and Shop to name a few.