Construction is in Joe Krusinski’s blood. You might even say it’s in his genes.
He shares his late father’s name and passion for an industry that has seen many changes since Joe began working in construction more than 60 years ago. Watching his father move up the ranks to become a carpenter and then a project superintendent, Joe would often work on projects with him during weekends, vacations and summer breaks.
Another family member reinforced the younger man’s interest in the field. Joe’s uncle was an architect and a general contractor and encouraged Joe to make construction his life’s work. Joe enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago and after graduating with an architecture degree in 1969, he accepted a full-time job with an architectural and engineering firm, where he had worked while in college.
It wasn’t long before Joe accepted a position as Midwest Division Architect at a national convenience store corporation, where he gained experience in all aspects of building for about two years. In 1973, he struck out on his own as a general contractor. He leased an office in Schiller Park, Illinois, and grew the business based on the ideals of customer satisfaction and service that Joe Sr. instilled in him.
He started with commercial and industrial work in the speculative building market, which dominated the industry at the time. The spec market sputtered when interest rates soared and Joe had to diversify to develop new business. His ability to adapt to changing market conditions and demands, find and serve diverse markets, and expand Krusinski Construction’s services helped the firm grow.
In 1989, Joe’s younger brother, Jerry, joined Krusinski Construction. The brothers expanded the business with Joe’s three children: Jeff, president, and Joe III, senior project manager, joined the firm in 1994. Gina, vice president, joined the family-owned company in 1995. With Jerry as CEO, they are all instrumental in shaping the company into a successful venture, along with a strong and skilled nonfamily team of construction professionals.
Today, Joe continues to emphasize doing things the right way, just as his father taught him. Everyone in the organization – from senior managers to field employees – puts clients’ interests first while maintaining the highest quality and safest working environment. They create and nurture trusted partnerships with local and national clients, working with them during the early phases of a project by providing preliminary budgeting, scheduling and other preconstruction services.
This dedication and commitment to core values prompts clients to continue putting their trust in Krusinski Construction, as demonstrated by the firm’s repeat business level and strong referrals.