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About

Get to Know Our Company

Bracy has been a prominent and respected builder in the greater Lehigh Valley for 30 years. Many landmark facilities we encounter today were built by Bracy. These include the Allentown Public Library, the American Bank, St. Joseph’s Center of Learning and numerous facilities at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital.

Today, Bracy has evolved into a premier professional construction services companies, providing construction management, general contracting and design build services to clients in Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition, Bracy utilizes a staff of experienced carpenters and laborers to handle self-perform work and to provide the flexibility needed to satisfy our clients ever changing needs. Over seventy percent of our work is for repeat clients such as Carpenter Company, Lehigh Valley Health Network, PP&L, Sacred Heart Hospital, Diocese of Allentown and Air Products & Chemicals.

Our core values revolve around building client trust and satisfaction. We achieve this by viewing each new project as an opportunity to build a long-term client relationship forged by integrity and commitment. We strive to make our clients’ jobs easier and reduce the stress that can come with construction projects. Our employees are the face of our company so we foster a positive and safe work environment that allows them to continuously improve and work to exceed our client’s expectations.

Our History

Meet the Team

Matt Puchyr

Matthew Puchyr

President and CEO

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Matt joined Bracy in 2010 after spending some time outside of the family business at a leading civil construction firm.  Matt literally grew up in the business, spending his high school and college summers working on Bracy concrete crews, demo crews or filling one of many other needs.  As President, Matt oversees all field operations for the company ensuring our projects maintain schedule and our self-perform crews are operating as efficiently as possible.  Matt has gained expertise in Healthcare, Institutional and Industrial/ Manufacturing sectors during his career and maintains close relationships with those clients.

Matt earned his Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University, where he was a member of the Villanova Rugby Football Club.  During his time at Villanova, Matt also gained relevant and rewarding experience as a member of the Amigos de Jesus Mission trip to Honduras and working as an intern for the London Underground, in London England.

Dan Puchyr

Daniel Puchyr

CFO

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Modeling a strong work ethic and family-based culture, Dan focuses beyond just the physical building structure when taking on his projects. With forty-five years of “hands on” construction experience, 32 years at the helm as CEO/Owner of Bracy, and completion of over $1 billion of construction in Southeast Pennsylvania, Dan is still excited about Bracy’s next project.

Dan believes that putting himself in the owner’s position and understanding their initial project motivations are key to success. Financing, value of construction, schedule, and critical needs are all in the forefront of Dan’s mind as he collaborates with owners. It’s not the profits that should solely motivate every company decision, but rather the satisfaction of welcoming that owner back for a second project and appreciating the value within the community. This philosophy has served Bracy well with over 75% of their construction projects for repeat clients.

Dan is the 3rd CEO who has led Bracy companies over the past seventy years. His 45+ years of experience with the most challenging, diverse projects from negotiation to groundbreaking to that final ribbon cutting should provide owners peace of mind from the first handshake. Additionally, his commitment to family values and community involvement have set the tone for his employees and contribute to an ethical, positive work environment.

Dan is a graduate of Penn State University (A.E.), and Spring Garden College (B.S. Construction Management). He has served on the Advisory Board of Penn State Lehigh Valley, and is currently on the Boards of Holy Family Manor, and Catholic Senior Housing and Health Care Services, Inc.

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Andrew Recco, AIA

Senior Project Manager

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Andrew joined Bracy in 2016, bringing with him a diverse portfolio of experience in the realm of construction. Andrew worked for an HVAC & Plumbing systems installer for 5 years before becoming an architectural designer in Center City Philadelphia for large clients including Verizon. After Andrew graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, he then went on to design multi-million dollar residences and restaurants in and around the Doylestown area. Looking to broaden his portfolio further, he later became a designer for one of Lehigh Valley’s most prominent commercial architects, working on an array of projects including the Sand’s Casino expansion. Still pushing to grow his career, Andrew made his transition to the project management side of construction. Since joining Bracy, Andrew has successfully managed projects ranging in volume from 1 to 22 million dollars. He has since acquired his Architectural Professional License in Pennsylvania and is currently the Senior Project Manager on a 56 million dollar project that will be under construction until 2025. Andrew plans to complete this project on time and under budget, the Bracy way!

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Josh Cooney, PE

Lead Preconstruction Manager

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Joining BRACY in the fall of 2022 and bringing over 17 years of experience in engineering and heavy industrial construction, Josh Cooney is a seasoned Project Manager known for his expertise in equipment design, plant layout, and project execution. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to lead and contribute to the successful completion of multi-million-dollar projects, with a particular focus on mechanical installation and site commissioning.
As a Project Manager, Josh has overseen a diverse range of projects, both independently and as part of collaborative teams, with budgets reaching up to $200 million USD. His comprehensive knowledge of project management, coupled with his meticulous approach to cost estimation for engineering design and site construction, has consistently yielded optimal outcomes for clients and stakeholders.
Josh’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, earned in 2006. Additionally, he holds certifications as a Mine Safety and Health Administration certified safety trainer, reflecting his commitment to promoting safe working environments within the industries he serves. As a Licensed Professional Engineer registered in the state of Pennsylvania, Josh brings a high level of professionalism and adherence to engineering standards to each project he undertakes.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Josh finds fulfillment in staying active and engaging with his community. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, regularly enjoying activities such as running and biking. Furthermore, he devotes time to coaching youth sports for his two children, fostering teamwork and leadership skills in the next generation.
With a track record of successful project management and a passion for contributing to his community, Josh Cooney is a valued asset in the field of engineering and industrial construction. His dedication to delivering excellence, coupled with his well-rounded skill set, makes him an ideal partner for any project seeking a results-driven and experienced leader.

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Tim Massie

Project Manager

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Tim joined Bracy in the beginning of 2019 bringing seven years of construction experience with him.  He first started with a residential General Contractor and worked his way up to being a carpenter, building fine homes on the Jersey Shore.  He then moved on to get his Bachelor of Project Management at Liberty University.  After finishing school, he returned to the residential construction business with newfound knowledge on scheduling and subcontractor management.

Outside of work Tim is an enthusiastic woodworker who crafts everything from custom cabinetry to fine dining tables.

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Steve Ackerman

Project Manager

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Steve joined Bracy in the fall of 2022 bringing thirty-seven years of construction experience with him. He graduated from LCTI in 1984 after completing the carpentry/construction program and began his career as a carpenter’s helper and worked his way up as a foreman, superintendent, and project manager. Steve has a diverse background having worked in both residential and commercial construction. He also adds to his repertoire by having served as a Township building official/inspector/zoning officer and as a public works director. Steve has successfully completed a variety of commercial projects over the years including health care, office, adaptive re-use/residential, public & private projects, including ground up new construction, alterations, and tenant fit ups. He was also involved in his local government, having been elected to the board of supervisors in 2006, a 6 year term, serving as Chairman of the Board for 3 of those years.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time at his camper, working on woodcraft projects, spending time with family, fishing with his granddaughter, and dabbling in winemaking.

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Kevin Shehab

Project Manager

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Kevin joined Bracy in the summer of 2023 bringing eight years of construction and estimating experience with him. After graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management, he went on to become an estimator for large residential and commercial projects. He quickly worked his way up to Project Engineer and now Project Manager. Kevin has successfully managed numerous multi-million-dollar projects. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family and friends and playing basketball.

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Michael Scarpa, RA

Preconstruction Manager

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Michael Scarpa joined Bracy Construction in June 2022. A registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since March 2016, Michael brings over 16 years of architecture and design experience across a variety of building types and construction methods, both commercial and residential, to his role as Preconstruction Manager at Bracy.

In his personal time, Michael enjoys boxing, baseball, history, guitar, and most of all, spending time with his son.

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Paul Hammer

Project Engineer

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Paul joined Bracy in 2021 with a diverse work experience background ranging from farming to food service. Paul graduated from Penn State University with both a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Leadership Development.

Outside of work Paul enjoys hiking, fishing, and acting.

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Tyler Bonsall

Project Engineer

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Tyler joined Bracy in January of 2024, bringing four years of construction experience with him. He started his construction career as an electrician’s apprentice for three years, working on residential and commercial projects. He then went on to join the U.S. Army, serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division where he developed his problem-solving and leadership skills. After his service, Tyler went on to earn his BS in Project & Supply Chain Management from Penn State University. He then began his career as a Project Engineer for a large concrete construction company in Florida, working on commercial and heavy civil projects. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys fly-fishing and spending time with his family, including his two dogs.

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Chris Cochran

Project Engineer

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Chris attended the University of Central Florida and graduated on the Dean’s list with honors obtaining his degree in Business Administration. From college, he entered the work force as an executive manager for Target in 2006. Spending 16 years as an executive manager for a big box retailer allowed him to hone his management skills with leading large teams to successful results year after year. During the last 5 years of his time with Target, he was a district executive that was in charge of coordinating and managing remodels one store at a time. After his first remodel and getting into the construction side of business, he was reenergized and quickly knew he wanted to remain in construction and eventually decided to leave Target to pursue his interests and desires to lead projects. Chris joined Bracy construction in 2022 as a project engineer to continue growing in the field of construction.

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Blase Drotar

Accountant

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Blase joined the Bracy team in September 2023. He brought with him 13 years of accounting experience, 6 years in public and 7 in corporate finance. Blase has held various roles, but his previous few have been financial controllerships where he oversaw entire accounting departments. Blase has prepared financial statements including board financial reportings and has prepared budgets and coordinated results and KPI’s with regional leaders. Blase got his BS in Accounting from Albright College in 2014. In his free time, Blase enjoys walking his dog Ryker and spending time with family.

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Asli Puchyr

Human Resources Manager

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Asli joined the Bracy team in 2016. After studying Business Management at Turkiye, she moved to the US and gained experience in corporate management for 11 years. She also holds a degree in Industrial and Human Resources Management. This diverse employment background has driven her to be outstanding at adapting to different cultures and environments. Asli is proud to be part of the Bracy family where she works with professional and result driven team members. She believes this differentiates Bracy from others in the industry. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling world and experiencing different cultures. She also loves a healthy lifestyle, creating healthy recipes, and is a certified health coach.

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Brenna Dunn

Office Manager

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Brenna joined the Bracy team at the beginning of 2018 as an Office Administrator.  She brings with her 10 plus years of experience as an executive assistant in the home building and marketing industries and also branched out into the field as a leasing manager.  She helps manage the accounting, cost control, contracts and administrative functions ensuring day to day business processes run smoothly.  She takes pride in being a team player and cultivating strong working relationships with both Bracy’s clients and subcontractors.

Brenna earned her B.S. in Marketing from West Chester University.  Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

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Amanda Wilhelm

Office Administrator

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Amanda joined the Bracy team at the beginning of 2024 as an Office Administrator. She brings 10 years of experience as an administrative assistant and mortgage loan officer in the residential mortgage industry. At Bracy, Amanda assists the project managers with organizing bids and gathering signed contracts and insurances. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors camping and spending time with her husband and two children. 

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Shirley Yeakel

Administrative Assistant

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Shirley joined Bracy over 25 years ago and has played a key role in supporting the office staff and business operations.  At Bracy, Shirley is responsible for assisting project managers with submittals, RFI’s, close-out documents and organizing each of Bracy’s project bidding process and proposal booklets.

Our Community Partners

Bracy has a long history of community involvement and charitable giving.  The aspiration to make positive changes in the communities in which we live and work has become one of Bracy’s core values.  Below are just some of the programs and organizations that Bracy has supported throughout its history.

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