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KAI Design & Build Announces Acquisition of Volk Construction Company

The acquisition went into full effect in October.

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David Volk Jr, Michael Kennedy and Melanie Volk
KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. stands between David Volk, Jr. and Melanie Volk.

KAI Design & Build today announced that it has acquired St. Louis-based Volk Construction Company, effective Oct. 1, 2018. The acquisition provides KAI’s clients with a greater pool of construction expertise and talent, and Volk’s clients with a greater depth of integrated design and construction solutions.

“Volk Construction Company has earned a reputation in St. Louis for treating subcontractors and owners fairly and equitably. Their dedication to quality workmanship, ethics and safety is unsurpassed in the industry, and we couldn’t be prouder to have acquired such a reputable and well-respected general contractor to join our team,” said KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “Each of our great companies bring complementary strengths that combine to a sum much greater than our individual parts.”

Since 1967, Volk Construction has provided construction management, design-build, renovation and general contracting services to a variety of public and private sector clients in the St. Louis marketplace. Over the course of its history, Volk Construction has served hundreds of clients and worked on thousands of projects in the healthcare, commercial, institutional, industrial and financial industries. Some of the significant projects that Volk Construction has been a part of include:

  • Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology Clinical Center for Imaging Research
  • Washington University School of Medicine Genome Sequencing Data Center
  • Cooper Bussmann Headquarters
  • Christian Hospital Northeast Emergency Department Renovation
  • Audubon Center at Riverlands
  • Washington University Danforth Campus Busch and Wilson Hall Renovation
  • Christian Hospital Northeast Kitchen Renovation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 6th Floor Renovation
  • Veterans Honor Park Memorial
  • YMCA Trout Lodge Renovation


Founder R. David Volk, Sr. worked in the construction industry for over 20 years before starting Volk Construction Company 51 years ago. His son, David Volk, Jr., became the company’s president in 1995 after working over 40 years in a variety of positions at his dad’s company.

Volk Construction Company will complete current contractual commitments with its owners, subcontractors and suppliers. All new opportunities as of October 2018 will move forward as KAI Design & Build.

“Over the last several years, the A/E/C industry has evolved dramatically with innovative technologies, enhanced means and methods, and greater collaboration with customers, staff, architects and engineers, subcontractors and suppliers. In short, our industry has become much more efficient. This modern model of efficiency and collaboration is exactly what has driven Volk to become part of KAI Design & Build. The combination of Volk’s heritage and commitment to St. Louis combined with KAI’s progressive approach to collaborative design and construction solutions aligns perfectly and will create a powerful platform to meet the evolving needs of our industry and national customer base,” said Volk, Jr. “My daughter Melanie Volk and I, along with our other team leaders are very excited about the future with KAI.”

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