E.W. Howell is a midsized New York general contractor and construction management firm that is a regional leader in retail construction. With offices in Manhattan and Long Island, E.W. Howell builds hospitals, labs, libraries, office interiors, schools, and restaurants. It typically bids on projects in the private sector, but it also selectively competes within the public sector. The contractor's clients have included Bergdorf Goodman, Target, and Columbia University. Established in 1891 as a home builder for the wealthy Hutton and the Guggenheim families, E.W. Howell was acquired by Japanese construction group Obayashi in 1989. It now ranks within the top 20 largest contractors in New York by revenue.