Moses I comes to America as a slave from West Africa at 12 years-old
Owned by a prominent contractor, he learns the building trade. His knowledge and passion for building would pass on to the future McKissack generations.
Brothers Moses III & Calvin begin the first McKissack company
The grandsons of Moses I launch the beginning of the McKissack legacy and family tradition in the building industry in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brothers Moses III & Calvin earn first architectural licenses by African-Americans
Despite the challenges and obstacles of discrimination of the era, the two brothers were the first and second African-American architects registered by the State of Tennessee.
Tuskegee Army Field—the home of the Tuskegee Air Men
The $1.5M project was the first major Army Air Forces base built by a black construction company, and the first and only major military flight training base for black pilots.
William McKissack is named President of McKissack
William, the youngest son of Moses III, succeeded Calvin, his uncle, as president of the firm leading with innovative ideas furthering the family legacy. He led the firm until 1983, when he suffered a stroke and had to retire due to his illness.
Leatrice Buchanan McKissack is named CEO
Under her leadership, the firm won major contracts for new buildings & renovations at Fisk University, Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, a $50 million renovation project for Howard University in DC, and the design of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
McKissack opens 1st office in New York City
122 East 57th Street
McKissack opens 1st office in Philadelphia
1515 Walnut Street
Lincoln Financial Field
As part of a tri-venture, McKissack provided construction management services on the $350 million NFL stadium for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cheryl McKissack named CEO
Cheryl begins the next chapter of growth for McKissack providing executive leadership on many new high profile projects for important new clients in NYC and Philadelphia.
McKissack awarded first contract at Philadelphia International Airport
McKissack’s construction work has comprised multiple terminal, hangar, and land- and airside projects. Our current contracted work continues through 2020.
McKissack constructs Medgar Evers College New Science and Student Services Buildings
McKissack was instrumental in orchestrating the day to day operations of this multi-prime and complicated science center (above) project, which included over 20 construction contracts at its peak.
NYC SCA Emergency Response CM Contract
This $75M program required McKissack and its JV partner to provide on-call services on a 24/7/365 basis in order to correct emergency situations and on priority projects in any NYC School. We continue to work successfully with SCA today.
McKissack provides CM services on the Harlem Hospital Center Major Modernization project
McKissack provided construction management services in support of the Harlem Hospital Major Modernization Program for Phases 1, 2 and 4, and the new $325M Patient Pavilion. It was here at this project in Harlem that McKissack’s Office of Community Employment concept was born.
Atlantic Yards/LIRR Vanderbilt Yards Relocation/Barclays Center
McKissack provided CM services for the relocation of the MTA LIRR Vanderbilt Yard integral to the Atlantic Yards development plan, which included the new Barclays Center. McKissack
McKissack opens the Office of Community Employment in Harlem
During the Harlem Hospital project, McKissack established the Office of Community Employment Program for local community worker involvement on this project to provide M/W/LBE consulting services to attract, assist and facilitate minority, women and local business enterprises as well as community residents seeking construction-related employment in all phases of the project. The OCE opened in a permanent office on 125th Street (above) in 2012.
McKissack selected to fill key role in Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus project
Columbia selected McKissack--along with Bovis Lend Lease, the lead CM firm--as a core team member for the site preparation, approval process, and construction of the first phase of the Manhattanville campus in West Harlem.
McKissack’s first award as the MTA Independent Engineering Consultant
McKissack’s first JV contract as IEC started in 2009—we won the subsequent contract extension as a Prime. In March 2016, our 3rd consecutive Prime contract began, which will run through 2019.
McKissack selected for the WTC Oculus and Retail Concourse project team
McKissack served as a major subconsultant to the JV team provided CM, project coordination and supervision, sustainable design, and MWBE procurement compliance and monitoring.
McKissack completes the fast-tracked NYCEDC/HHC Henry J. Carter Hospital project
After the client expressed the need to accelerate the project completion by one year, the JV team shifted to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Using IPD and LEAN construction principles, the team collaborated to align project scope, budget, schedule and expectations to maximize efficiency, minimize waste, and successfully completed the project within the new schedule parameters.
New York State’s NY Rising Program enlists McKissack in Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts
McKissack immediately mobilized more than 250 damage assessors and support personnel. For the contract period from September to October in 2013, McKissack provided 1,233 damage assessments and prepared 2,466 Estimated Cost of Repairs and Allowable Activity reports.
The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) inspections assessed the appropriate allocation of funds for the repair and replacement of homes damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
McKissack wins first prime contract in State of New Jersey
McKissack provided the City of Camden CM services for the Nine Pump Stations Project. Based on our excellent efforts the contract has been extended well into 2017 and will cover approximately 22 locations city-wide.
McKissack is part of winning CM team on The Studio Museum of Harlem
McKissack is currently providing Community Outreach and MWBE Monitoring and Compliance services for the new SMH project. We will provide CM services as the project progresses into construction.
McKissack is awarded the Coney Island Hospital Redevelopment Project
McKissack, in a JV with another firm, was recently selected to provide construction management, resident engineering and inspection services for the $700 million Coney Island Hospital (CIH) Campus Renovation Project, which is a result of the damages from Hurricane Sandy.
McKissack awarded prime CM Retainer Contract by NYCEDC
cKissack was selected by NYCEDC’s Asset Management Division to provide construction management services at various properties located throughout the five boroughs of NYC. First projects awarded include two Bronx projects: Hunts Point Coop Market, Fulton Fish Market, and MART125 on 125th Street in Harlem.
McKissack provides community opportunities to the City of Camden, NJ
As part of a major redevelopment project in Camden, McKissack provided Community Outreach and Workforce Development services and expertise in locating and identifying opportunities for the local and community workers.
McKissack awarded 2nd prime contract with the School District of Philadelphia
McKissack will commence with managing all design and construction initiatives on this four-year contract.
McKissack was part of the Baton Rouge Program Team providing recovery services following historic floods in August 2016
McKissack’s expanding Recovery and Resiliency division provided emergency response Program Design, Subject Matter Expertise, Case Management and Outreach staff to administer the State of Louisiana’s Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ (FEMA and HUD funded) disaster recovery efforts.
McKissack expands its infrastructure and resiliency portfolio of contracts and projects
Many recent project wins include GOSR Living with the Bay Resiliency Project (above), NYC DEP 235th Street Pump Station, NYC EDC Green Infrastructure Project, Fresh Kills Redevelopment, and the Pier 57 Redevelopment, to name a few.
McKissack’s Strategic Plan 2017
Following $500M worth of contract awards in the final two quarters of 2016, McKissack kicks off the year with the 2017 Strategic Plan to craft and form our strategy for our next chapter of growth and the continuance of the McKissack legacy.
McKissack awarded Pier 42 Demolition and Hazard Abatement Project
McKissack will prepare Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan for the next phase of the East River Waterfront Park and Esplanade for NYCEDC.
McKissack’s Recovery and Resiliency Division continues its growth in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.
Contract wins include the Port Authority of NY & NJ, Town of North Hempstead and City of Long Beach (above).
Aligning with McKissack’s mission, the Mentor Program increases, facilitates and encourages the participation of minority, women-owned and locally-based enterprises within the construction industry.
McKissack joins the Farley Building New Penn Station Redevelopment Team
McKissack is providing CM and MWBE Monitoring and Compliance services to the team working to transform the James A. Farley Post Office into the New Penn Station.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners taps McKissack to be part of the LGA Redevelopment team.
McKissack is part of the project team providing CM services and MWBE Monitoring & Compliance services.