Robert Naylor and Peter Breen established Naylor & Breen Builders in 1978 as hands-on managers operating small crews of 2-5 tradesmen. For their first five years the majority of work involved residential new construction and renovations. Throughout the 1980’s, riding the condominium boom opportunity in Vermont, Naylor & Breen established itself as the premier framing contractor in the mid and southern Vermont regions. The company’s work force through the remainder of the decade ranged from 20-40 field employees, annually grossing over a million dollars in labor-only framing contracts.
The end of the 1980’s also brought the end of the condominium boom and therefore the end of the need for large framing contractors. Naylor & Breen made a conscious decision at that time to diversify into general contracting. In 1992, Naylor & Breen performed its first bonded general construction project at the Neshobe Elementary School, in the company’s hometown of Brandon. This project presented the challenge of additions and renovations scheduled in and around the school calendar. The job was executed efficiently with minimal disruption for the students and staff and was turned over to the owner on schedule.
Since that first bonded project, Naylor & Breen has completed hundreds of construction contracts which have encompassed a wide variety of contract and construction types, design, mechanical and electrical systems, completion schedules and site demands. Construction types have included traditional wood frame, post and beam, log, pre-engineered steel, structural steel and masonry. These projects have included single-family residences, schools, multi-residential housing, and commercial and industrial buildings.