About Us

Our Story

In 1924, H. V. Collins Company opened the doors to our Providence, Rhode Island-based firm with the primary objective of providing clients with reliable and high quality construction project delivery. The firm maintained stability during the Great Depression, becoming a trusted partner for institutional construction work. After the second World War, our focus expanded to include processing, storage and pipeline distribution systems for the petroleum industry. Over nine decades, our work has expanded to include everything from Department of Defense design-build projects to higher education renovations, from commercial construction management projects to multi-family residential developments.

Today, we are honored to serve as one of New England’s premier builders, committed to growing relationships through consistent service of the highest caliber. The culture of our company is imbued with this commitment, starting with ownership and setting the tone for all we do.


Take a look at some historical pictures of our business below! Click on an image to enlarge it.


Our Values

We approach each client engagement, project and conversation in alignment with our core values:


Our work is purpose-driven. Success can only be mutual


Acting transparently and with the highest degree of integrity in all we do


Keeping the needs of our clients at the center of every engagement


Delivering consistent and favorable outcomes


Recognizing that service to others defines us

Senior Leadership

Harry Collins


Patrick Collins

Vice President

Project Portfolio

Learn more about some of our work below. Click on any image to enlarge the picture.

One Citizens Plaza

RIPTA Intermodal Center - Kennedy Plaza

School of Architecture - Roger Williams University

Marriott Courtyard Providence

West Office Building - Union Station

Block Island School

Portsmouth Abbey Girls' Dormitory

Bucklin Street Elementary School

University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute

Branch Avenue School

Providence Housing Authority - Codding Court

Doran Elementary School

Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex

Fast Facts

Get to know our company a little better in this Fast Facts catch-up!

  • In the years immediately before and after World War II, we built petroleum storage and distribution facilities throughout New England for Esso Oil Corporation
  • We completed multiple projects on Naval Station Newport During WWII
  • Our Founder’s son, Henry V. Collins, Jr., joined the company in 1954
  • We have deep expertise working with the Department of Defense, having completed more than $100 million in Design-Build construction projects for the federal government
  • In 1990, we completed work on One Citizens Plaza in Providence, RI
  • In 1996, Patrick Collins became Vice President, commencing our firm’s third generation of family leadership
  • Some of our most recent projects include: Rhode Island College’s Gaige and Craig-Lee Hall Renovations, Irwin M. Jacobs Elementary School in New Bedford MA, and the Early Childhood Education Center in Dedham, MA