Arizona1707 East Highland Phoenix, Arizona 85016 (602) 264.4411
Southern California853 Camino Del Mar Suite 200 Del Mar, California 92014 (858) 947.5144 (Kitchell Development & Kitchell Contractors) 8880 Rio San Diego Drive Suite 800 San Diego, California 92108 (619) 209.6010 (Kitchell CEM) 940 South Coast Drive Costa Mesa, California 92626 (714) 278.4499 2910 E. Inland Empire Blvd. Suite 100 Ontario, California 91764 (909) 724.4119 2476 Lillie Avenue Summerland, California 93067 (805) 969.1531
Northern California2750 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 300 Sacramento, California 95833 (916) 648.9700
Tennessee1616 Westgate Circle Suite 126 Brentwood, Tennessee 37027 (615) 844.6166
TexasStonelake 4 4030 W. Braker Lane, Suite 400 Austin, Texas 78759 (512) 298.4181
Iowa1601 West Lakes Parkway West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (515) 223.6135
Sam Kitchell hailed from Massachusetts, attended Amherst College, and served as a commander in the U.S Navy during World War II. After the war ended and he found himself out of a job when the pre-fab housing company he worked for went bankrupt, Kitchell decided that he needed a more stable position in the construction industry and relocated his growing family to Phoenix, Arizona. He worked for a local architecture firm as a supervisor of construction projects, and also as an estimator for a building contractor before meeting Phoenix businessman James B. Phillips, who had sold a business and was looking for a new investment. Kitchell convinced Phillips that the construction industry was a good place to invest, and the businessman provided $10,000 to begin a new company. The two partners incorporated Kitchell-Phillips Contractors, Inc. in January 1950.
For three months, no one in the company drew any salary. Kitchell worked as the firm’s estimator and his wife served as the company’s secretary. By the end of year, however, Kitchell-Phillips was contracted to build a number of Safeway retail stores and a few schools near the city of Phoenix, resulting in sales of $800,000. The two men were also aided by the onset of the Korean War. Kitchell-Phillips Contractors secured projects for the American military at Luke Air Force Base and the Yuma Army Test Station. The most important of these wartime contracts was the rehabilitation and improvement of the Tank Training Command. Located at Camp Irwin in the Mojave Desert in California, the size of the contract doubled to nearly $2 million by the end of 1952.