The Claris Story

In 1987, Claris’ founder, Phil Clark, obtained an architectural engineering degree from Penn State. After graduation, he worked for various companies including Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Shankel Construction. “I always had the desire to own my own construction business and when the construction company I was working for downsized, it provided me the opportunity and incentive to get started,” said Phil.

Claris began during the 1991 recession with a rotary phone, a desk in the garage, and $100 in the bank. It grew to become one of the most well–respected successful companies in Connecticut and beyond.

Claris specializes in architecture, engineering and commercial construction. Market segments include auto dealerships, non-profit organizations, healthcare, recreation, manufacturing, distribution and industrial. Claris continues to expand its expertise in a variety of delivery formats, including design-build and open book. Site selection, evaluation, cost study analysis, as well as property management services are available.

Claris Design Build is an award-winning dealer for Butler, the world’s leading producer of steel building systems.

Claris Locations

Newtown, CT

Hartford, CT

Charlotte, NC

Salt Lake, UT

Collaborations