Timeline of The Korte Company

The building equipment has changed, so have the faces. Our thinking, however, has always been the same. At The Korte Company, we build smart.

1958

  • Ralph Korte Construction is founded

1963

  • First healthcare project completed (Helvetia Nursing Home – Highland, IL)
  • Completes first multi-unit apartment building (Poplar Apartments – Highland, IL)

1977

  • Founded Ralph Korte Planning and Management, an internal Design-Build division (RK P&M)
  • Begins first integrated Design-Build project (Bitzer-Croft Motors – Collinsville, IL)
  • First Con-Steel Tilt-Up project is completed (Safe Supply – Highland, IL)

1980

  • Completed jobs in Missouri and Illinois
  • Company reached $25 million in construction volume
  • RK P&M is changed to Ralph Korte Architectural Services, Inc. (RKAS)

1986

  • Missouri office opens at Union Station (St. Louis, MO)
  • Named to Top 400 Contractors
  • Projects completed in 14 states

1987

  • First federal government project completed (Scott Air Force Base, IL)
  • Company reaches $91 million in construction volume

1989

  • Awarded first Walgreens Distribution Center project (Mt. Vernon, IL)
  • Company reaches $137 million in construction volume
  • Completed first federal Design-Build project (NASA – Hunstville, AL)

1992

  • First United States Postal Service Design-Build project (Huron, SD)
  • Awarded first construction management school project (Gillespie HS – Gillespie, IL)

1997

  • Awarded first Military IDIQ contract
  • First project outside continental US begins (Kilaueu Military Camp, Hawaii National Park, HI)
  • First project to incorporate LEED-design principles (Scott Air Force Base, IL)

2001

  • Corporate name changes to The Korte Company
  • Todd Korte becomes CEO
  • Projects completed in 25 States
  • The Korte Company reaches $284 million in construction volume

2002

  • Constructed first building over 1 million square feet (Unilever – 1.3 million square feet)
  • The Korte Company opens Las Vegas division
  • Ranked 4th in the nation as the largest distribution and warehouse construction company – ENR

2003

  • Largest concrete pour in a single day (Hershey – 1,696 cu. yds.)
  • Under contract with Navy, Air Force, Army and US Marine Corps
  • First project completed using BIM – Building Information Modeling (Corporate Center III – Fairview Heights, IL)

2006

  • The Korte Company, Vegas Division, constructs new Design-Build headquarters
  • Projects completed in 37 states

2008

  • The Korte Company celebrates its 50th year
  • The Korte Company reaches $364 million in construction volume

2009

  • The Korte Company moves into new Silver LEED-Certified Headquarters (St. Louis, MO)
  • Awarded first Design-Build project outside of the US (Fort Allen, Puerto Rico)

2010

  • Largest Department of Defense project awarded (Fort Lee, VA)
  • Projects completed in 39 states

2012

  • Tinker Air Force Base Hangar completed, receiving USGBC LEED Certification and utilizing 57,000,000 lbs of recycled material

2013

  • The U.S. Army’s largest stateside lodging facility (Fort Lee, VA) completed by The Korte Company and certified USGBC LEED Silver

2016

  • Projects completed or underway in 43 states
  • Begin construction on largest Design-Build contract to date for USPS Processing & Distribution Center – Portland, OR