• Kitchell Senior Project Engineer is part of Supergirl team working on Chandler parking garage
    As Kitchell Contractors builds the Catalina Street parking garage, hardison/downey builds the Novus parking garage and Kitchell CEM manages the largest parking garage in the City of Chandler, Kitchell is in some way involved in three major parking structures taking shape throughout metropolitan Phoenix. The City of Chandler recently marked a big milestone with its topping out, while recognizing the contributions of a team uniquely comprised of many women, including Kitchell CEM Senior Project Engineer Ashlee Pounds. Kitchell CEM Senior Project Engineer Ashlee Pounds “We poured the last part of five floors of concrete parking deck (16 separate pours in total) and celebrated the hard work of the team,” Ashlee said. “We didn’t miss one scheduled date for the pours, which is rare on a job this size. One issue we recognized early on was the approaching summer heat, so we started the pours at midnight with a noise variance and actively communicated with all the neighbors.” Ashlee may consider her role par for the course, but the City of Chandler took notice of the female dominance of the building team and actively promoted their participation in community newspapers and a TV news story that aired recently. In addition to Ashlee, the client, general contractor and structural engineer are all young building professionals, who also Read More
    Source: Kitchell ProgressPublished on 2019-08-05
  • Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson featured in ‘Conversations Around the Corner’
    Our CEO Jim Swanson was recently featured in the building industry blog: Conversations Around the Corner. Jim talks about his education, ambitions and how he came into his leadership role at employee-owned Kitchell, which is ranked as the #4 commercial builder in the Southwest. Click on the image below for the full transcript. The post Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson featured in ‘Conversations Around the Corner’ appeared first on Kitchell Progress. Read More
    Source: Kitchell ProgressPublished on 2019-07-08
  • Building our DBIA bench
    Achieving Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) certification is an achievement that deserves recognition, and six of our employee-owners recently completed the requirements to add the “DBIA” initials after their name. Kudos to the following professionals: Phil Glenn – Kitchell Contractors Inc. Arizona Ryan Hook – Kitchell Contractors Inc. Arizona Matt Ognar – Kitchell Contractors Inc. Arizona Morgan Sondreal – Kitchell CEM Northern California John Van Whervin – Kitchell CEM Southern California Bob Vincent – Kitchell Contractors Inc. Southern California “Design-build has been the catalyst over the past decade for how we can effectively change project delivery for the better,” said Van Whervin. Achieving DBIA certification is a rigorous undertaking requiring dedication and a significant time commitment. To be eligible for certification, individuals must have five years of active involvement in Design-Build projects, three professional recommendations, 18 continuing education credits and complete four core courses: the Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Design-Build Contract and Risk Management, and Post Award Design-Build. This is followed by a certification exam consisting of 100 questions. The end result? A win-win-win for individuals, owners and Kitchell. “Getting DBIA certification enhances the services we provide for our clients,” said Sondreal. “I also love learning new things and believe that learning never stops!” DBIA certification demonstrates that an individual has an understanding of best practices in every phase of design-build project delivery, from proposal preparation to substantial completion. DBIA is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry utilizing design-build Read More
    Source: Kitchell ProgressPublished on 2019-06-12