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Meet John Redmond of Redmond Construction in River North

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Redmond.

John, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in the construction industry, and in 2013 at the age of 23, founded Redmond Construction Corp. as a small Corporate Interiors firm. The first year saw about $500,000 in revenue, and by prioritizing project management and business development, the firm is heading into its 5th year with revenues projected at $12M. RCC has experienced success in part due to Chicago’s booming tech and startup ecosystem, and has expanded alongside that growing industry by cultivating relationships with clients like G2 Crowd, Steelbrick (Salesforce), Pinterest, The Onion, Codeverse, and Industrious. The team has grown as well, from 2 people to nearly 20 people between corporate and field staff. RCC will be opening their new River North office in January of 2018 and we’re planning to announce additional team members and partners in the coming year.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Coming of age during the recession and watching residential markets bottom out certainly impacted the way we think about growing a construction company. We were lucky to find our niche with tech and startups at the same time that Chicago was investing in startups and creating the right conditions for those companies to grow and expand. However, the lessons of the recession are still fresh and we’re constantly looking to diversify our book of business and stay attuned to sectors that are traditionally reliable during a downturn.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Redmond Construction – what should we know?
RCC is a General Contractor that specializes in commercial and corporate interiors. We work in a range of spaces, from raw interiors in a new building to full renovation of an existing building, as well as tenant improvement and amenity space upgrades. Our portfolio is tech heavy, but we have also built spaces for private equity firms, hospitality, healthcare centers, banks, education, municipal, and civic organizations. We have an extensive network of vendors and subcontractors who are vetted and trusted partners on each project, and we have a wide network of women and minority-lead partners that we work with. As a young, lean GC with a startup mentality, we strive for inclusion and corporate values that support a strong company culture. Our firm is less than 5 years old and our entire leadership team is under 40, so have to be dynamic. We’re competing with GCs who are second and third generation companies, and we see innovation and agility as absolutely necessary to stay competitive.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Our team is critical. Brad Malouf is our Managing Partner and Project Manager, and he’s an architect by training who brings that crucial perspective and problem solving ability to the table. He has also built outstanding relationships in Chicago’s architecture and design community, which is always valuable when we’re looking for the right project partners. Michael Hedges is our Senior Project Manager, and he brought the experience of working at massive construction companies across the U.S. and as an owner’s rep to the table. Jamie Redmond is our Director of Marketing & Strategy, and she’s building our community and outreach initiatives to ensure we’re connected to Chicago and participating in a socially conscious corporate ecosystem. Our field superintendent team also brings decades of combined trades experience to the jobsites and truly takes ownership and pride in projects.

We’ve also had outstanding clients, like the leadership teams at Codeverse and G2 Crowd, who have championed us and made introductions for us countless times.

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