Our Mission

EcoBuilders Inc. is a full-service general contracting firm serving clients throughout the beautiful Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountain regions of New York State.

Our core principles embrace all aspects of sustainability including durability, energy efficiency, and affordability. We ensure that your expectations of quality are actually built.

EcoBuilders positively contributes to the environment and community with every project.

We believe “built to last” should be the standard not the exception.

Why Choose EcoBuilders

You can trust that at EcoBuilders we build, and maintain long lasting, trusting, relationships with all members of a project team.

We work with excellent subcontractors and suppliers, who provide high quality customer care. We provide, to you the owner, true market value construction costs in a transparent open book bid.

When working with EcoBuilders you will be provided with multiple construction alternatives for pricing various building options and system types.

We are better, faster, and more efficient!

OUR TEAM

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Rick Alfandre

Alfandre Architecture
EcoBuilders
PRESIDENT

Rick Alfandre, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a prolific architect who, over the past 25 years, has designed and built more than 250 projects ranging from multi-million dollar hotels and resorts to solar residences. The founder and President of Alfandre Architecture, he is expert in the design of maximally energy-efficient, climactically responsive buildings that are solar-ready, and include state of the art construction systems to maximize the health and well-being of their occupants. He launched EcoBuilders Inc. in 2009 to provide full design and build services to his clients. EcoBuilders completed projects include office buildings, resort and hospitality facilities, high performance residences and historic restoration projects.

VIRGINIA TECH
Master of Architecture, 1987

SUNY NEW PALTZ
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, 1980

OFFICE LOCATION
LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy, Office Building
Main Street, New Paltz, New York

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Sam Dillehay

EcoBuilders
ARCHITECT

Sam Dillehay joined Alfandre Architecture in 2007 as a project manager, and has been responsible for managing all phases of projects, from pre-design through construction administration. Sam has been chiefly responsible for the exploration and implementation of new technologies within the office, including incorporating Building Information Modeling into the office workflow, and using 3D models for comprehensive daylight and shadow analysis.

VIRGINIA TECH
Master of Architecture, 2006

Aaron Kirchoff

Aaron Kirchhoff

EcoBuilders
PROJECT MANAGER

“My name is Aaron Kirchhoff, and I consider myself a blue-collar intellectual. I’ve set out on a journey to be a master builder; in my estimation, designing and building are equal forces, as one informs, limits, or extends the other. Because a builder may not wear a tie, does not mean he is not a professional. Because an architect may not dirty his hands, does not mean he is more valuable than the builder.

The process of construction is a collaborative effort, it thrives on communication and synergy in the amalgamation of all parts, people and places involved. There is an inextricable spirit of place developed during the process of construction, the energy is captured in the attention to detail and the dedication and focus of all involved. I believe in a linear path of progression being patience, excellence, and then efficiency, borne out of a never ending quest for knowledge.”

Aaron joined Alfrandre Architecture in 2020 as Project Manager. His previous experience has allowed him to develop a well-rounded understanding of the construction industry which ensures a smooth project delivery.

Aaron Kirchhoff received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from NYIT Manhattan in 2012. Aaron has worked as a Junior Architect in New York City, Carpenter’s Apprentice in Tokyo, and a builder in California and Virginia.

Robyn Gullickson

Robyn Gullickson

EcoBuilders
PROJECT MANAGER

Robyn joined Alfandre Architecture in January of 2020. Before completing her architectural studies, Robyn designed many local projects including multiple additions, complete-home renovations as well as two new-home builds. Her involvement and joy in these projects led her to pursue a formal degree in Architecture. Naturally curious and with an artistic eye, Robyn brings over 20 years of experience in interior and spatial design. As a part of the Alfandre Team, she is currently working on multiple residential and local municipal projects while continuing to pursue licensure.

Robyn has received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz and an Associate in Applied Science and Architectural Technology from Dutchess Community College.

Sean Grim

Sean Grim

EcoBuilders
PROJECT MANAGER

Sean Joined Alfandre Architecture in the summer 2020 as a Project Manager. He is a skilled carpenter and woodworker with over a decade of experience in residential construction. In addition to his work as a carpenter, Sean has years of experience as a furniture designer-builder and shop manager. His fascination with architecture and design lead Sean to go back to school to study architecture, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to become a design professional.

He is currently working toward a certificate in sustainable building and design from the Yestermorrow Design Build school in Waitsfield Vermont. He is passionate about working to preserve the rich architectural and ecological character of the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Sean has received a Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design and an Associate in Applied Science, Architectural Technology from Dutchess Community College.

Linda Engler

Linda Engler

EcoBuilders
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Linda is the head of business development at Alfandre Architecture. She provides marketing; branding; media planning and buying; advertising and graphic design, illustration and photography; website development and digital marketing. Her essential skill is deep listening to client needs and enabling those visions to be turned into beautiful and sustainable projects. With Linda, buildings and client relationships are built to last.

Linda owns Ad Essentials, a full-service advertising and marketing firm located in New Paltz for over 26 years. She began her career in advertising and marketing at DDB Needham Worldwide.

She currently maintains a position on the board for Local at Heart, a non-profit organization that fundraises to build infrastructure and support for community food pantries, and is a board member for the New Paltz Community Foundation.

Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY New Paltz with graduate courses in typography and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts.