David Gervais: A Builder With 36 Years Under His (Tool) Belt
By Laurie Willow
From Issue 24: Fall 2014
I sat down across the table from David Gervais at the Village Market and Bakery and talked about Gardiner and his part in renovations and building here. David has 36 years of experience in painting, carpentry and contracting. He has worked with other contractors in the area as well as on his own jobs.
Last summer, Dave was part of the renovation of Susan Eckert’s building across from the Village Market. “That was a great job,” said David. “We took the building that was almost condemnable and turned it into a very sweet and viable building just waiting for its new renter.” On that job, David worked as part of the crew for Dana Wilkinson of Wilkinson Builders. Currently, working under the auspices of his own company, G-2 Construction, David is renovating an office building on Main Street in the Village of New Paltz that will be the offices for Allen Ross Architecture. When asked about Dave’s work, Mr. Ross said, “I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than Dave is doing there. His work is just fantastic.” High praise coming from an architect!
David grew up in Marlborough where his dad was a painter and contractor. Some of his earliest experiences came from working with his father and brother Jerry in the painting business. In fact, Dave actually started out in the painting business, and then moved into carpentry. He will still paint occasionally if carpentry is slow, but he prefers carpentry.
Dave and his wife Cheryl currently live in the Tillson Lake area in a house that David built himself. Dave can be reached at (845) 926-6736.