Our Story

OUR STORY

John and Les

John and Les have been working together for over 30 years.

   

Our Mission

Since 1972, we've seen each and every project as a real opportunity for our team to develop and challenge our skills as both craftsmen and as individuals. We are dedicated to excellence in design, craftsmanship, and customer service through providing remodeling services to our customers. We provide a systematic, professional and organized approach to our projects. Because we know you take pride in your home, you'll notice what makes us different right away. Creative, award-winning solutions for remodeling and renovation projects, with a DESIGN + BUILD managed process from your idea through completion.

TIMELINE

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1972

  • Sylvestre Construction begins as J & T Contracting with high school buddy Tom Ziegler doing basements, decks and kitchens
  • “Pong” introduces the video game craze

1972-1973

  • John Sylvestre attends Vocational Technical School and studies carpentry
  • U.S. Supreme Court rules on Roe vs. Wade

1974

  • John re-enrolls at the University of MN and is accepted into the School of Architecture
  • Nixon resigns his presidency

1976

  • John graduates from the University of MN with a Bachelors degree with a major in Architecture; continues his studies in architecture
  • Concorde makes its first commercial flight

1978

  • Purchase of first company pickup truck, a green Chevy
  • John graduates from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture degree
  • Space invaders video game developed by Taito in Japan

1980

  • Develop Blue Sheet, the basis of our current estimating system
  • CNN is launched

1981

  • Sylvestre Construction is incorporated
  • First launch of Space Shuttle
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana marry

1983

  • First Apple computer is purchased at Sylvestre
  • Les Anderson joins Sylvestre Construction
  • Created first computer-generated contract – used the typewriter as a printer
  • The compact disk makes its debut; vinyl records around the world mourn

1984

  • Purchased 1st IBM computer
  • Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer

1988

  • Bill Hoeppner is hired as Salesperson SCI moves to current offices
  • Received our 1st CotY Award
  • CD’s outsell vinyl records for the first time

1989

  • John becomes National Rep for MN NARI
  • Bryce Alexander is hired as carpenter and hire “out of level” Larry
  • Build house on lot on south side of Lake Calhoun
  • Berlin Wall falls after 28 years

1991

  • John becomes President of MN NARI

1993

  • Kate Irmiter-Post is hired as Production Manager
  • Craig Windle is hired as a lead carpenter
  • Clinton is elected President

1994

  • Judy Kurtz and Gerald Mastel are hired
  • Tom Hanks wins his 2nd consecutive Oscar for Best Actor in Forrest Gump

1996

  • Carpenters Rick Mikkelson & Dan Bishop join the crew
  • Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep is born

1998

  • John, Bill & Judy receive their CKD designations (Certified Kitchen Designer)

1999

  • Mark Barton is hired as a lead carpenter
  • The number of worldwide internet users reaches 150 million

2000

  • Gregg Hanson & Wendy Nortunen join the Sylvestrons

2001

  • Contract is signed for largest job to date: $1.1 million
  • John sends his first e-mail
  • The U.S. is attacked by terrorists on September 11th

2002

  • Carpenter Bill Cibik joins Sylvestre
  • Robot vacuum introduced by iRobot

2003

  • Celebrated Les’s 20th Anniversary with Sylvestre Construction
  • Don Ellingson hired as a new carpenter, Peter Sylvestre works part time
  • Sadaam Hussein is captured

2004

  • Tanya Hess, Josh Colvin & Joyce Heeter join Sylvestre
  • The 2nd Dynasty of Anderson begins as Les’s son Cole joins the SCI ranks

2005

  • Donella Olson and Heidi Lehrke join the Sylvestre team
  • Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans with 80% of the city under 20 feet of water

2006

  • New housing hits skids (again)
  • Remodeling continues to be quite an investment
  • Twins win AL division title

2007

  • Anna Sylvestre marries Don Bellefeille

2008

  • September start to a large project that leads into 2009

2009

  • Mortgage crisis stuns remodeling industry

2010

  • Worst year in Sylvestre history, volume is 25% of 2006 level

2011

  • First Quarter 2011 NARI MN ACE Award: First Quarter 2011 ACE Award Winners (Achievement in Consumer Excellence) announced by NARI of Minnesota (National Association of the Remodeling Industry).

2013

  • Judy Kurtz celebrates 20 years of working with John
  • Marc Sylvestre gets married
  • Craig's son Tom is drafted by the Dodgers as a left-handed pitcher

2014

  • John gives up his pager
  • Minnesota Wild reach playoffs

2015

  • Develop and implement new website
  • Kate's daughter heads off to college