Our Philosophy

As both a General Contractor and a Carpentry Contractor, KCI has been serving the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region for 30 years. Our offices are located at 1440 Huntington Drive, Calumet City, IL 60409.

Working in the Chicagoland Region 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, Trinity University, Northwestern University, Music Box Theatre, Byline Bank, First Bank & Trust, and many others. All projects large and small receive the same level of respect and attention. We are not in business to only 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.


Douglas Knudsen

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. Having started his career as a union carpenter, and having over 40 years of experience allows Doug to bring that knowledge to each and every project.

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

Laura Knudsen
Vice President

Drawing on over 30 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 D. Boersma, Jr.
Senior Project Manager

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.