D’Ambra Construction Company was founded in 1971 by Michael V. D’Ambra. Michael grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA. In 1967 Michael graduated first in his class with a degree in Building Construction. After graduation Michael worked briefly at Donatelli Building Co. as a Building superintendent shortly after which he took a position with the Campanella Corporation.
In December of 1970, Michael left Campanella and started D’Ambra Construction. The company was awarded its first job in February of 1971 in the amount of $94,000 with the New England Telephone Company for work in Acton, MA. For the next few years DCC worked exclusively for New England Telephone installing conduit and manholes. The company employed roughly eight people and by 1976 DCC had begun to diversify adding paving and instillation of water and sewer piping followed soon after by its land development operations.
In 1984 Michael agreed to buy the Campanella Corp. and its property including an asphalt plant from his personal friend and former employer. DCC grew from 25 employees to 160 and made the move from Knight Street to the new D’ambra Construction building on Jefferson Blvd. This acquisition would open the door for two new phases of construction: Heavy Highway and Bituminous Paving.
Over the years DCC has made a lot of changes and additions in equipment, land aquisitions and expansions. In July of 2009 DCC invested in an independently running quarry and concrete plant in Richmond, RI, and in March of 2013 DCC began an entire overhaul of its asphalt plant at it’s new location off site in Johnston, RI.
Today the company prepares to move to its new temporary home at 80 Centre of New England Blvd., Coventry, RI, while Michael and his team start construction on the first phase of his plan to attract business and travel to the Ocean State and Warwick City Centre. A Hyatt Hotel will be erected on the property where D’Ambra Construction has called home for the last 32 years.