Our History

Joseph R. Nicolla founded the company that would become Columbia Development in 1988. He built the firm into one of the largest and most successful real estate development companies in New York’s Capital Region and the Northeastern United States.

From the very beginning, Mr. Nicolla envisioned building an organization with a strong business philosophy and strategy, coupled with a responsibility to give back to the communities the company serves. The result is a highly respected brand, whose guiding principles are exceptional service, comprehensive planning, and corporate social responsibility.

Columbia Development’s success is a direct reflection of this culture. The company has delivered impeccably produced buildings that positively change regional landscapes and enhance local neighborhoods. Over the years, Columbia Development has shared its success with dozens of local charities and organizations, quietly contributing millions·of dollars.