When Kurt Schmitt joined Lincoln Construction
He saw a gaping hole in the industry. Everyone was willing to build buildings. None were willing to walk a client from ground breaking to ribbon cutting with transparency and care. So Kurt led Lincoln forward with one goal in mind — to be the best guide in the construction industry. He knew it would be good for clients, and, quite honestly, it would be good for Lincoln’s future, too.
In 1981, Lincoln Construction wanted to present the team-build concept to New York-based Kimco Development for an opportunity to work on the Arlington Square retail project. But with little known retail experience at the time, it was tough to get their attention-until they received our letter stating that we could save them close to $300,000 if they would consider negotiating the work with us. They agreed. And we delivered on our word.
But that’s not where the story ends. In 1991, Kimco and Kohl’s Department Stores challenged us to completely renovate over 500,000 square feet of retail space in five locations, while simultaneously coordinating with three different building departments-all in 90 days. We completed all five projects in 87 days, and the stores opened earlier than planned.