2017 Best of Topeka: Kendall Construction Inc.

Couple builds construction company over 20 years

Rick Kendall, right, president and owner of Kendall Construction Inc., and vice president David Cooper oversee the daily operation of Kendall Construction Inc. The company has completed several building projects in and around Topeka. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

Best Builder/Remodeler — Commercial


Best Builder/Remodeler — Residential

Kendall Construction Inc.


Kendall Construction Inc. brings the image of a family business into focus.

“We started with our office in the basement of the house,” said president and owner Rick Kendall, who worked his way from union carpenter to Topeka entrepreneur. “Now, we have 15,000 square feet of office, workshop and warehouse space. We average about 30 employees.”

In 1994, Kendall decided the time had come to take a shot at building a construction company. His partner in life and business, Sheri Kendall, stayed with her insurance company job in the early years to make sure the family had a steady income. They’ve worked side-by-side in construction for the past 20 years.

Rick Kendall talks about Kendall Construction, which was named Best Builder/Remodeler — Commercial and Best Builder/Remodeler — Residential for 2017.

The fingerprints of Kendall Construction, 2551 N.W. Button Road, are on Lewis Toyota, Tallgrass Medical, Topeka High School, Century Business Technologies, Prairie Band Casino & Resort and other properties in and around Topeka.

“Our craftsmen are some of the best trained,” Rick Kendall said. “We thrive because we stand by our work.”

The objective from the start was to build solid working relationships with customers and stay hungry about exceeding their expectations. In other words, he said, the plan was to demonstrate nice guys could finish at the top.

Best Builder/Remodeler — Commercial

First runner-up: McPherson Contractors Inc.

Second runner-up: Garner Remodeling

Best Builder/Remodeler — Residential

First runner-up: Dultmeier Homes

Second runner-up: Garner Remodeling