Camosy Construction

An experienced staff and a focus on personal service to clients allow Camosy Construction to remain successful in a highly competitive market.The company, located on the Illinois/Wisconsin border, is keeping busy with a number of projects in the heart of the Midwest. The company has expertise in construction management, general contracting and design/build. More than 70 percent of Camosy’s work is construction management projects in the municipal, K-12 education, higher education, hospital, retail and commercial market sectors. 

“We’re well positioned because our primary sector has moved to the municipal market, and construction management has become a more accepted delivery market for that marketplace,” says John Bosman, director of business development.

The company self-performs concrete, masonry and carpentry work, as well as selective demolition. “In addition to our CM and design/build work, we have been able to maintain a presence in the general contracting hard-bid market as well as special projects work for our existing clients,” he adds. “The ability to self-perform has served us well.”

Full Workload

Camosy’s current construction management projects include a $12 million, 38,000-square-foot addition to the Glendale Heights Civic Center in Glendale Heights, Ill., that will serve as a new police station, as well as the renovation of the existing police station and municipal offices. The project will conclude in spring 2012. In addition, the company was contracted last year as construction manager for an $8 million renovation to the Glendale Heights Sports Hub recreation center and aquatic facility, Bosman says.

Other projects include:

  • An 80,000-square-foot, $22 million new police headquarters in Palatine, Ill., that includes a firing range, forensic labs, defensive training center, fitness center, training classroom and indoor parking. The project is on target for a December 2011 completion.
  • Renovations to the historic 2,500-square-foot commuter train station in Kenosha, Wis. The $800,000 project includes adding a pyramid steeple, Dutch-style gable end, cedar wood and stone columns, tuck pointing and new windows and doors to the facility. The project is slated for completion this year.
  • A new, $8 million, 80,000-square-foot Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, that includes an indoor soccer field with artificial turf, a multi-purpose court, a technology room and performing arts area. The building will be complete in June 2011.
Century of Experience

Camosy Construction is now in its third generation of family ownership. Company founder Dominick Camosy, a carpenter and billiard cue maker and Italian emigrant, established the company in 1910 as a way to practice his woodworking and carpentry skills.

Dominick passed ownership on to his son Remo, who in turn passed the operation onto his sons Raymond – the company’s board chairman – and John, its president. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.

Recent years have seen the company re-focus its efforts amid a difficult economy and take on less volume. “We’ve made the decision to stay a medium-sized company, as we feel this puts us in a better position to provide personal service to all of our clients, instead of taking on just any client,” Bosman says. “Limiting our size has allowed us to provide more personalized service.”

All of the company’s project managers are certified as construction quality control managers through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, seven staff members are Certified Professional Constructors by the American Institute of Constructors.

“When clients have that kind of people working for them, they know they’re dealing with people who know the business extremely well,” Bosman says.

Bosman credits the company’s family-oriented environment and flexibility with employees for its ability to retain staff. “Our environment is professional yet relaxed, and that comes across to our clients and subcontractors,” he adds. “The people here are dedicated to their work; it’s never `just a job.’”

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