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Kitchell donates 100 pairs of shoes to burn camp

Young burn victims attending this year’s “Camp Courage” in Prescott will be greeted their first day of camp with a new pair of athletic shoes, thanks to a generous donation from Kitchell.

Kitchell shoes burn victimsThe company purchased, sorted and labeled 96 pairs of shoes for the campers, mostly teens, who attend the annual camp. Many of the children are from backgrounds in which new athletic shoes are a luxury. The camp is offered through the Arizona Burn Foundation, part of the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

“It’s difficult for us as builders to deal with the intense summer heat in Phoenix, but for burn victims the effects are much more profound, because their skin suffers heightened sensitivity to sunlight,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “It’s great that these young kids can go to cooler climates, escape the heat, and just be regular kids.”

Kitchell shoesCamp Courage gives young burn survivors strength and confidence to face an often unaccepting world, helping their scars “disappear,” if only for a short time. Campers reunite with friends, and make new ones with those who share similar experiences of physical and emotional scarring resulting from severe burn injuries. The program offers activities such as hiking, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, rappelling and more. The majority of the children who attend camp are from Arizona. This year there are also four children from Calgary, Canada and two from Hermosillo, Mexico as part of the Sister Cities program.

Kitchell’s focus on safety is built into its culture and values, and the opportunity to make sure the camp attendees had safe footwear was a natural fit. Company representatives loaded the supply truck with the shoes, sunblock and lip balm prior to the kids departing for camp.

The Arizona Burn Center is a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence providing comprehensive and individualized care for patients and families who suffer from burn injuries. It is Arizona‚s only nationally verified burn center, which means it has met all the requirements to be called a burn center and offer the best and most progressive burn care available in the United States.


hardison/downey Becomes Part of Kitchell

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.