ENR New York is pleased to announce International Asbestos Removal (IAR) as the 2022 ENR New York Specialty Contractor of the Year. 

The Babylon, N.Y.-based firm with two divisions (environmental remediation and insulation) will be featured in the September issue of ENR New York along with the Top Specialty Contractor rankings, which will include firms from New York and New Jersey. 

IAR ranked No. 10 on the 2021 ENR New York Top Specialty Contractor rankings with $48.49 million in regional revenue. The previous year, the firm ranked No. 14 with $43.52 million in regional revenue. 

On ENR’s 2021 national Top 600 ranking of specialty contractors, IAR ranked 398 with $54.5 million in total revenue, a 15.2% increase from the previous year when the firm ranked 443 with $47.3 million in total revenue. 

IAR attributes its success to the fact that it was considered an essential contractor, and able to keep its doors open during the 2020 pandemic while making sure its field teams were working safely. 

The firm also continues to increase its share of the Boston market after expanding there in 2019.

IAR contributes to its community by supporting a variety of charities that benefit local youth groups, hospitals, first responders, the Special Olympics and the Feinstein Center. Karen Grando, the firm’s chief executive and president, is on the board of Northwell Hospital. She has also served on the boards of The American Heart Association Go Red for Women and Solace House.  Chris Grando, the firm’s president of insulation services, has run in several New York City marathons for charity.

Some of the firm’s current notable projects include:

The Jamaica Armory Project: Both divisions of the firm’s company, remediation and insulation, are on this job. The remediation contracts total more than $6 million and IAR removed the entire roof and eliminated the environmental and safety hazards. The firm’s insulation teams are working on the upgrade of the mechanical systems. The armory serves as a home to the New York Army National Guard and is an integral part of the New York City Emergency Response Readiness plan.

550 Washington “Googleplex”: IAR Inc. continues its involvement to the rebirth of the Hudson Yards complex with more than $5 million in awarded contracts for 550 Washington “Googleplex”. The reimagined St. John’s Terminal site, annexed to Hudson Yards, will have 1.3 million sq ft of office space. IAR has worked in every building in the Hudson Yards Complex in addition to 550 Washington Avenue.

Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport: IAR was HVAC insulator on that project.  Onsite since August 2019, IAR is still taking part in the creation of a state of the art facility at Newark Liberty Airport.

Check out the September issue of ENR New York to learn more about IAR and to find out where the firm ranks on this year's Top Specialty Contractor list.