Two familiar names in Arizona’s construction industry are joining forces as hardison/downey construction inc. becomes part of Kitchell Corp., it was announced today.
The move is a transitioning from a joint-venture partnership between the two companies for the past four years.
“We have both historically served very distinct markets and rarely compete for business,” Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson said. “Our joint venture partnership in recent years demonstrates that our corporate values and cultures are closely aligned, so this transition makes perfect sense.”
Both Bob Hardison and Pat Downey, as well as the current management team including Jim Kurtzman, Mike Mongelli and Terri Rosko will remain involved in the company, overseeing the day-to-day operations and client relationships.
“I can’t imagine a better segue at this juncture in hardison/downey’s growth,” Hardison said. “We have worked with Kitchell for decades on various projects, and I’ve always had tremendous respect for their entrepreneurial spirit and diversity of services. Now hardison/downey will be a part of that storied success.”
Kitchell and hardison/downey have had a longstanding partnership that has spanned more than 20 years, and in 2006 evolved into a joint venture partnership specializing in building campus and senior housing communities. Under the name hardison/downey/kitchell, the JV’s projects include the LEED-Gold certified Barrett Honors College and Vista del Sol at Arizona State University. The JV’s current projects are Amethyst Gardens, a retirement and assisted living community in Peoria and student housing projects at the University of New Mexico.
hardison/downey will maintain its autonomy and its location – down the street from Kitchell’s corporate offices. The company will retain all of its employees, many whom have been with the company since its inception.