A love for residential construction led George Fritz and Joe Bohm to found Horizon Builders in 1982. Though Bohm passed away a few years ago, Fritz still spearheads the company—which reflects his emphasis on craftsmanship, comfort and longevity. “George understands complex building environments and how to make them last for a long time at a high-quality level,” notes Horizon’s David Mallon, director of preconstruction. That mindset is at the core of the company’s philosophy.
Since Fritz and Bohm first launched Horizon Builders, the company has evolved. Horizon HouseWorks, led by Geary Deptula, was born about 20 years ago out of a need to provide customer service to clients with one-off and recurring projects, maintenance and home repairs. Ten years later, the company launched Alliance Builders, headed by Abe Sari, to handle medium-scale, architect-driven jobs involving condos, town houses and high-rises, and to provide expertise in navigating the complexities of construction with neighbors above, below and beside you in close, urban environments. The flagship, Horizon Builders, takes on large-scale, multifaceted architectural projects with complex programs and aggressive time frames.
Now all under the umbrella of Horizon Group, the divisions offer different scopes of service. While Horizon Builders works along the East Coast from New York to Florida, Alliance Builders and Horizon HouseWorks tend to limit their purview to the DC Metro area. Horizon Group currently employs about 160 people who move among divisions and job sites to meet deadlines and needs. “This way, we are flexible,” Mallon explains.
In all three divisions, every project boasts at least one dedicated supervisor on site at all times to ensure that the architect’s vision is supported and that top-quality materials and workmanship are implemented consistently. Horizon Builders executes between one and three projects a year, while Alliance completes three to five. Horizon HouseWorks handles six to 50 smaller projects, along with as many as 400 customer-service calls a year.
Horizon Group works within a wide range of budgets, often collaborating with architects early in the design phase to help control costs. “Our goal is to build architect-designed homes using the best construction techniques and materials.
We try to be competitive; we don’t want to be out of reach,” Mallon avers. “The biggest compliment is when we get called back to do multiple projects for one client.”