Est. 1964

Welcome to E W Burman

Established in 1964, E. W. Burman, Inc. has grown to become a well-known general commercial building contractor in the Southeastern New England area. Founded by Edward W. Burman, Sr., the firm is represented by a team of skilled and dedicated professionals whose years of experience have effectively serviced clients throughout the construction process. It is this blend of construction project management experience coupled with client service that has gained us a respected position within the industry over the past sixty years.

Over this time our capabilities have expanded, but we have not lost sight of the fact that our job remains the same and that is to see that your objectives are met: that your job is designed and constructed on schedule and within budget; and that all your quality and aesthetic requirements are fully satisfied.

Our experience has enabled us to become involved in a full spectrum of projects ranging from the simplest to the most complex. We willingly accept the challenges presented by construction projects of any size, shape, and form.

Meet the members of our team

Edward Burman, Jr.


Paul Burman


Andy Burman

Project Manager

Edward (Tripp) Burman III

Project Manager

Rich Hawes

Project Manager

Josh Moniz

Project Manager

Jack Wright

Project Manager

Sergio Vieira

Project Manager

Bob Dandeneau


Ashleigh Siravo


Diane Cabral

Administrative Assistant

Gene Cabral


Dan Delory


Dean Martin


Tom Moulton


Ken Santos


Jeff Stone


Core Principles

Three generations of Burmans have managed this company since its founding in 1964. Our record of excellence guides our actions and serves as the foundation on which our reputation has grown over the years. We are proud to be builders. That pride in our craft remains constant because we have not wavered from our proven business principles: exceed goals, maintain a cadre of long-term employees, use the best tools available (including common sense), and honor the trust our clients place in us. This pride is our bedrock.


E. W. Burman is responsible with its clients' money. Some might even call us stubborn - digging in our heels with subcontractors, working to reduce or eliminate change orders, and rigorously managing costs. We continually improve our technology for estimating, scheduling and budgeting. Our systems allow accurate cost monitoring through design development, especially when we are involved at the early stages of a project. We meet the needs of our clients.


At E W Burman we've learned many ways to build many different projects. From a small renovation to a multi-million dollar dormitory, serving a client's needs is our foremost objective. Flexibility is an asset, and in an age of increasing specialization, we believe that the versatility makes us better prepared for every project we undertake.
Additionally, we are experienced working within various contractual disciplines: construction management, design/build, turnkey development or traditional lump sum general contracting. Each offers its own unique advantages to the prospective client.


Whenever and wherever we build, our standard is excellence. The timeless quality called "craftsmanship" is part of every task we undertake. It is required of all those we employ. But Excellence also means meeting completion dates within budget, working safely, protecting the environment, surpassing client expectations and assuring the shortest punch lists.


Safety does not happen by accident. It requires planning, clearly defined policies, commitment and a strict culture that involves every employee at E. W. Burman, Inc.

Our safety professionals perform regular safety audits, training, safety meetings, and more to ensure that our employees and job sites are as safe as possible.


Every project has its own

unique characteristics, and 

every approach to design

and construction has its 

strengths and weaknesses

Our philosophy is simple. There is no set formula. It is our experience that every project is unique. Every owner has different needs and desires. We begin the process by meeting with you to determine your requirements. Once mutual agreement is reached on the specific project goals, a project manager and team are assigned to work with you. E. W. Burman is a hands-on operation in which you will always be dealing with one of the principals of the firm from inception to completion of your project. We pride ourselves on client service.

We also take pride in the interdisciplinary nature of our firm, offering an atmosphere that is conductive to the free interchange of knowledge by all team members

We believe that the owner should take an active role in the management of his/her project.  Our task is to have team members provide the professional management tools and support to achieve your goals in an efficient, expeditious and economical manner.  We call this Total Quality Management.

Controlling Costs

Cost is certainly one of the first and most important ingredients for sound project control, and cost control is an essential feature of every successful project. Realistic budgets and careful monitoring of costs during the construction phase are significant factors.

We pride ourselves in providing accurate and reliable cost estimates. We also maintain strong and successful working relationships with all our subcontractors and suppliers.

Establishing Realistic Time Parameters

Another necessary ingredient for sound project control is the ability to develop and monitor sensible and realistic schedules for the design and construction of your project.

At E. W. Burman your project team is always thinking and planning ahead to identify future problems and find ways around them, ensuring that your project is delivered on or ahead of required completion dates.

Ensuring Quality

Not only is it essential to seek out the best balance between cost and completion dates, but it is equally important to assure you that your project lives up to quality expectations. You want to feel secure that you are getting what you are paying for.

It is here that the Total Quality Management Concept comes into focus – assuring you that your project has been finished to all specifications and to your complete satisfaction.

“I will recommend Burman to anyone contemplating a construction project – particularly a school, library or concert hall projects where special use is a consideration.”

David Beauchesne, Executive Director RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School


AIA RI Honor Award for Academic / Institutional
URI Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center
Rhode Island Monthly Design Awards
BCBS - East Providence Retail Store
Preserve Rhode Island Rhody Awards
Public Archaeology Laboratory
RI Monthly - On My Honor | Silver
Girl Scouts of Rhode Island
GrowSmart RI Award
Moran Shipping Agencies
Providence Preservation Society Adaptive & Historic Restoration Award
Moran Shipping Agencies
Rhode Island Monthly - Gold
The University Club
AIA Rhode Island - Merit Award, Interiors
Carter Center for Music Education, RI Philharmonic
RI Preservation Celebration & Rhody Awards
Rhode Island Medical Society Building
Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission “Preservation is Green” Award
Moran Shipping Agencies
Rhode Island Monthly Design Awards - Silver
Carter Center for Music Education, RI Philharmonic
RI AGC - Build Rhode Island Awards - Restoration
The Hotel Providence
RI AGC - Build Rhode Island Awards - New Construction
Swan Point Cemetery Mausoleum & Chapel
PPS - Adaptive Reuse
Brown University Cabinet Building
PPS - Institutional Rehabilitation
Brown University - Corliss-Bracket House
PPS - Citation for Renovation
Beneficent Congregational Church
RI AGC - Build Rhode Island Awards - New Construction
Audubon Society of RI - Environmental Education Center
RI Monthly - Residential Renovation - Gold Award
101 North Main Street Condominiums
RI Monthly - Commercial Construction - Gold Award
Audubon Society of RI - Environmental Education Center
PPS - Institutional Preservation
RISD - Pendleton House
RI AGC - Build Rhode Island Awards - New Construction
GTECH Corporation - Daycare Facility
Commercial Construction - Silver Award
RISD - Department of Industrial Design
RI AGC - Build RI Awards - Renovation/Restoration
Bank Boston Lobby and Plaza