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Company Profile

As both a General Contractor and a Carpentry Contractor, KCI has been serving the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region for more than 20 years. We employ an average of 35 union carpenters, tapers and laborers, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. Our offices are located at 1440 Huntington Drive, Calumet City, IL 60409.

We have worked in the city of Chicago for more than two decades. Working in Chicago has showcased our versatility and ability to adapt to the demands of building requirements, owner requests and city requirements. Our projects have varied from data centers to delicatessens. Our clients and projects have included the CME Group building critical facilities, Lettuce Entertain You and the Rosenthal Group, as well as building new restaurant chains such as Wow Bao, Corner Bakery, Sopraffina and Poag Mahone’s; all quite often at the same time. All projects large and small receive the same level of respect and attention. We are not in business to develop a long list of clients. We seek to build relationships with our clients that foster repeat business based on our outstanding performance and service.

We pride ourselves in maintaining budgets and project schedules. By ensuring accurate construction scheduling and a unique approach to project management, we exceed the expectations of each of our clients by providing the highest level of quality assurance and quality control.

Partnering With KCI

Knudsen Construction, Inc. has formed and maintained several relationships with clients, however, KCI is also dedicated to the relationships formed with our many subcontractors and architects. KCI is grateful for and takes pride in the relationships formed throughout the years which have contributed to the continuing success of KCI.


As a small subcontractor I am very selective in the general contractors I will work with. Over the many years I have been dealing with Knudsen in short they treat you like you would like to be treated and how I treat my subcontractors when I need to sub out work. The larger percentage of general contractors have little regard for the way they treat the people that are helping them i.e. subs and Knudsen has never lost sight of the way it should and does work for everyone especially the customer

Paul D. Kenna
Kenna Construction, Co.

“KCI has completed many tenant and building related construction projects over the past 18 years, from acting as a full general contractor with full project management to simply handling smaller tenant or building requests as a carpentry contractor. Our tenants and the building appreciate the full service KCI offers, and many of our tenants have established a long lasting relationship with KCI due to their availability to get any size job completed with the dependability and expertise as needed. KCI is rated a ten plus on a ten scale for their past work completed for our buildings by my office”.

Bruce Hill
Director Operations
Jackson Management and Investment Co.

175 W. Jackson, LLC.
175 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604
Dowd & Dowd, Ltd.
457 N. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60610
CME Group, Inc.
20 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (IL.)
550 W. Washington Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60661

Associates Planning/Design
Group, Inc.
1327 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Merrifield Architects, Ltd.
225 E. Park Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048

Solomon Cordwell Buenz
625 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Behles & Behles
818 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Management Profiles

Doug Photo Douglas Knudsen, President, Supervisor
Since founding KCI, Doug has overseen countless projects-small to large. He involves himself with projects from the beginning estimate to the date of project completion. He visits the property on a regular basis to oversee its progression and meet with the project superintendents. Over the past 25 years, he has established excellent relationships with the management at each project.

“Building a trustful relationship and offering quality service is more important than getting every dollar to the bottom line.” - Douglas Knudsen

Laura Photo Laura Knudsen, Vice President, Project Manager, Estimator
Drawing on over 25 years of contracting experience, Laura performs as a project manager and estimator with efficiency and accuracy. Her responsibilities include contract administration, coordination between KCI, subcontractors, owner and architect, weekly job meetings and schedules. She works closely with all parties to ensure that each project, no matter the size, runs efficiently from start to finish. She shares in Doug’s commitment to building and sustaining relationships, and her years of expertise allow her to offer insightful suggestions that often result in savings of time, money and potential frustration on the job.

John Photo John D. Boersma, Jr., Project Engineer, LEED AP
With experience in all aspects of the construction industry from conception and design, estimating, project management to project close-out, John ensures the highest standards will be maintained. He has made a reputation of turning even the most detailed project over on time and on budget. By becoming a LEED AP BD+C, he has distinguished himself as a leader and resource for others seeking to achieve their sustainability goals. His specialized knowledge of green building principles and the LEED Green Building Rating System will benefit all of your projects.

Mike Photo Michael W.Ryan
Michael brings over 20 years of construction experience to the team. In serving a variety of industries from industrial to institutional, his ability to understand the customerís needs reinforces his proven ability to bring each project from concept to completion, all while establishing you as a satisfied customer. His experience and skills have encompassed nearly all aspects of the industry from field supervision to company operations. The highest level of customer satisfaction is what you will receive when entrusting your construction needs to Michael and the KCI team.

Gerald Miller, Superintendent
Possessing experience ranging from small tenant interior renovation projects to high-rise commercial facilities, Gerald knows what it is like to work in the field on site as well as in an administrative position and handling the necessary documents related to each project. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry you can be sure that with his control the job will be done right and on time.

Office Staff
Knudsen Construction’s success in large part can be attributed to the outstanding office staff that has consistently provided unwavering support to the management team. The management of the day to day operations is no easy task, however, our superior staff, many of whom have been here over 10 years, are dedicated to maintaining an exceptional level of customer service that without them KCI would have never achieved.

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