Member Spotlight: Corna Kokosing

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Member Spotlight by Corna Kokosing

Provide us with a brief summary of your business’ services.

We offer comprehensive design phase and construction phase services under all delivery/ contractual methods, including construction management, general contracting, design/build and design/build/finance. In addition, we offer self-perform construction services including concrete, steel erection, carpentry, drywall and acoustical ceilings and an in-house AWI Certified mill shop.

Tell us about your company’s mission and values.

Corna Kokosing’s brand of Integrity, Quality and Commitment, was developed after we surveyed our clients and asked them, “What makes us different from our competitors?” These three qualities are not mere words. Rather, they are the core values and behaviors that are delivered to each client and every project that we build. So what differentiates us from our competitors?

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?

Our services include, but are not limited to: Construction Management, Cost Estimating, Budgeting and Value Engineering, Constructability Reviews, Scheduling, Preconstruction Planning, LEED® Analysis and Documentation, and Safety and Quality Control.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?

Our team members attend both general and specific construction related conferences around the country throughout the year. In addition, we have several committees within our firm that are focused on staying up to date with the latest and greatest trends of the industry. These groups focus on topics such as: technology, LEAN construction, safety, building materials and market-specific strategies to name a few.

What is your company culture like?

Much of our work is won due to our impeccably executed projects and trusting relationships within our regional community. Our company’s viability, reputation, and growth rest squarely on our ability to continually delight our clients. We take every job personally, because every project and every reference matters to us.

We Make Safety a Lifestyle, Not Just a Rule. Our safety program has evolved from a rules-based mindset, to a lifestyle change. We have a Safety 24/7 program that reinforces a “safe way of life.” We monitor leading indicators to identify potential problems and eliminate them before they lead to injuries. We also work with our subcontractors to improve their safety programs so that they meet our expectations. Because of our commitment to safety, we have won numerous awards recognizing our program and its results, including the prestigious AGC of America Construction Safety Excellence Award.

What does it take to be a successful employee at your company?

We embody quality. It is embedded in our training programs; it is emphasized in our employees’ performance reviews; it is supported by our planning efforts, processes and procedures; and it is reflected in every project we build. Corna Kokosing believes that quality starts at project inception and continues beyond the end of the job. We are distinguished as a quality-driven firm…because we know that quality projects equate to fewer hassles, fewer changes, and greater value for our clients.

What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?

We have well established relationships with the City of Columbus and the numerous utility companies that have infrastructure crisscrossing through downtown. With these well-established relationships, we are able to participate in pre-construction planning to avoid clashes with existing infrastructure, coordinate construction activities effectively and quickly resolve conflicts during construction as they arise.

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