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How It All Began

Landing our partnership with Kohl’s. Developing our expert guide process.

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.

In the 16 years that followed, we partnered with Kohl’s to provide management services for more than 60 projects-nearly $170 million of work. Our success with Kohl’s and Kimco led to organic growth with other retail developers.

Today, we use the same strategies that first captured Kimco’s attention to engage in a wide range of retail projects. The Shoppes at River Ridge in Dublin, Ohio, is one of our most recent success stories. By engaging in pre-construction for nearly six months, we saved the client more than $3 million through value engineering. Both then and now, collaborative relationships make great results possible.

Today, the company has passed on to the next generation. Kurt’s children – Greg Schmitt, President and Andrea Schmitt, Executive Vice President – are leading Lincoln into an exciting future of growth and new capabilities. However, the same ideologies that founded Lincoln are still deeply woven into our culture.

Always quality work. An intense level of care. Real talk with our clients.

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“The next generation of Lincoln Construction is focused on one goal – providing an environment where our team can grow, thrive and be supported in providing the best in class service to our community.” Andrea Schmitt, Executive Vice President

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