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We’re problem solvers. We’ve built trust for over 85 years, using expertise and creativity to deliver innovative solutions to complex infrastructure challenges.

Why Richards

We’re more than providers of plumbing and mechanical solutions. We’re trusted partners, dedicated to ensuring the efficiency and longevity of every project. We set the standard for excellence – embodying quality, reliability, and integrity in every endeavor.

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Core Values

  • Honest

    We build trust. From bid to execution, integrity defines our people and our work.

  • Professional

    We build excellence. With skilled, experienced, and certified teams, we deliver great outcomes for our clients every day.

  • Expert

    We know what we’re doing. Generations of experience and a commitment to excellence help us see new possibilities.

  • Partners

    We listen. Creativity, innovation, and efficiency come from understanding.

“We know you need a partner that brings integrity, professionalism, and expertise. We’ll work with you to forge an enduring partnership rooted in trust, excellence, and shared success.”

Richard B. Turchiano, Chief Executive Officer

Meet our Leadership Team

At Richards, we’re dedicated to continual improvement, adaptation, and the incorporation of new technologies that anticipate New York City’s infrastructure needs. Our diverse team exemplifies that commitment, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every relationship.

  • Joseph L. Turchiano


    Joseph L. Turchiano


    Joseph brings over 40 years of experience in the design, supervision, and management of commercial, industrial, and institutional projects. He’s overseen the installation of plumbing systems, medical gas including bulk storage, laboratory gas, natural gas, jet fuel, mechanical systems, and fire protection systems for a wide range of new construction, major rehabilitation, and maintenance projects. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York, a certificate with the MCAA Institute for Project Management, a NYC Master Plumber License, and a NYC Master Fire Suppression Contractor License – and is instrumental in driving the design, implementation, and orchestration of all plumbing and fire protection projects at Richards. His in-depth knowledge of the New York City Building Code ensures that a high quality of workmanship is consistently delivered across all projects, and that Richards meets and exceeds our customers’ expectations.

  • Richard B. Turchiano

    Chief Executive Officer


    Richard B. Turchiano

    Chief Executive Officer

    Across commercial, industrial, and transportation projects, Richard has nearly 40 years of experience in mechanical contracting, engineering consulting, and construction management. He is an expert in boiler plants, fire standpipes, fire protection, and plumbing systems including estimating, design, and project coordination for both design-bid-build and design-build projects. Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical from the State University of NY Maritime College, is a Professional Engineer in New York, a NYC Licensed Master Plumber, a NYC Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor, and a Licensed Construction Superintendent. Richard is also an AWS Certified Welding Inspector and US Coast Guard Licensed Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor, Unlimited Horsepower. He drives our company vision, anticipates our customer needs, and steers Richards into the future by implementing and executing innovative design solutions.


  • Michael Serrone

    Logistics Officer

    Michael Serrone

    Logistics Officer

    Michael has held numerous key roles in his 40-year tenure with Richards. As the Logistics Officer, he focuses on the allocation of resources to efficiently execute a multitude of projects. His unparalleled knowledge of industry equipment and supplies is essential to the maintenance of shop specialty equipment, tools, and materials. Michael ensures jobs are properly resourced, executed, and staged through meticulous work with the field team and utilizes a wide range of experience to analyze and improve productivity in daily shop and field operations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Brooklyn College.

  • Tammy Lee


    Tammy Lee


    Over the span of more than 30 years, Tammy has honed her expertise in implementing rigorous financial controls tailored to the ever-evolving requirements of the construction industry. Her innovative system has not only facilitated the growth of Richards but also facilitated compliance with the myriad regulatory standards enforced by city agencies, local unions, and governmental bodies. In her role as Controller, Tammy has skillfully structured the finance department to adeptly manage the nuanced intricacies of construction accounting.

  • Angelo Baldassarre

    Chief Commercial Officer


    Angelo Baldassarre

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Angelo has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, construction, engineering, and construction management. He’s provided oversight of large capital improvement programs and is an expert in project delivery methods including design-build, design-bid-build, and construction management at-risk. Angelo is dedicated to our clients and provides experienced client management, contract management, quality assurance, cost negotiation, conflict resolution, and financial and risk mitigation analyses. Angelo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and Economics from Hofstra University and a Master of Business Administration in Economics from Adelphi University and is certified as a Construction Manager (CCM) and a Design Build Professional. He holds safety training from Dupont and CEM Energy Management. Angelo also serves as a member of the New York Building Congress Energy and Sustainability Committee and previously served as the Director of Industry Affairs for the CMAA Metro board.


  • Frank Vettese

    Chief Construction Officer


    Frank Vettese

    Chief Construction Officer

    Frank brings over 40 years of experience in the heavy construction industry and is known throughout the industry for his expertise in pre-construction and construction processes. His extensive experience also includes estimating and oversight for a multitude of public works projects. He serves as a project executive across numerous sectors and specializes in structural design and analysis. Frank is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and a NYC Licensed Master Plumber. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil/Structural from Columbia University.


  • Brian J. Nicholas

    Chief Corporate Officer


    Brian J. Nicholas

    Chief Corporate Officer

    With over 40 years in corporate and startup settings, Brian is a seasoned leader dedicated to customer and employee satisfaction. Known for building high-performing teams and crafting efficient solutions, He brings strategic insight to drive both growth and operational excellence. As an inspirational leader with a proven track record, Brian is poised to strategically contribute to the ongoing success and outstanding reputation of the company. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical from the State University of New York at Stony Brook along with a Master of Business Administration Degree from Adelphi University.


Interested in a career at Richards?

At Richards, we’re always on the lookout for exceptional talent to join our team. We strive to cultivate a dynamic workforce of driven, innovative, and passionate individuals who are committed to making a difference. If you possess these qualities and are ready to contribute your unique skills, we want to hear from you. We’re excited to connect with you and explore the possibilities together.

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The history of Richards

For four generations, we’ve adapted to a rapidly evolving industry and changing client expectations, retaining our steadfast dedication to providing reliable, professional, and honest service for our clients and partners.


Giuseppe L. Turchiano, along with his son Richard Turchiano, started a business delivering ice and coal to clients in Yorkville, Manhattan, New York City.


Founded and incorporated as Richards Fuel Oil Company by Richard Turchiano.  Richard Turchiano was granted one of the first oil burner licenses in NYC.


Joseph L. Turchiano joined Richards Fuel Oil Company in 1948 upon graduation from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree following his service in the U.S. Navy. Joseph L Turchiano Sr. formulated and drove the company strategy for the conversion of heating systems in the early 1950s.


After serving in combat during the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, Richard V. Turchiano joins Richards Fuel Oil Company and provides additional leadership for the company’s continued growth and expansion.


Richards Plumbing and Heating Company was created and incorporated by Joseph L. Turchiano Sr. and Richard V. Turchiano. Joseph and Richard had the vision to expand into the plumbing and heating business – the cornerstone of their growing family-owned and operated business.


Richards Plumbing and Heating Company expands into the commercial marketplace and into fire protection systems.


Joseph L. Turchiano Jr. brings additional expertise to Richards Plumbing and Heating while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.


Richard B. Turchiano, an engineering graduate of the New York Maritime College (Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical), joins Richards Plumbing and Heating Company after 7 years consulting with a major engineering firm. He helps the company expand into mechanical contracting opportunities and larger, more diverse projects.


Joseph L. Turchiano Jr. and Richard B. Turchiano become the owners of Richards Plumbing and Heating Company. Together, they build a team of professionals with extensive expertise in industrial and commercial construction projects and help Richards evolve into a multi-faceted corporation serving the growing needs of customers in all five boroughs of New York City.


Richards Plumbing and Heating Company moves to Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in 2018 move into their new building located at 231 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY.