Bill Kerkhoff arrived in Chilliwack, BC, in 1966 as a 16 year old, with his parents and siblings as immigrants from The Netherlands. He has been part of the company since it constructed its first home in 1968 on a part-time basis, while still working for a local home builder. In 1970 the company was started as JC Kerkhoff and Sons Construction, with father J.C. Kerkhoff as the president. In 1977, under the name of Kerkhoff Construction, Bill became the president, a position he still holds today.
Under Bill's leadership the company expanded to include a vast array of projects across virtually the whole construction spectrum, ranging from detached housing, town home projects, low rise apartments, high-rise apartments, schools, hospitals, courthouses, library, office buildings, warehousing, hotels, bridges, tunnels, and highway construction. It also included construction of prominent projects such as Expo 86 and the Surrey-NewWestminster Skybridge. Projects were also done over a large geographic area, including nearly every significant city in BC, as well as projects in Alberta, Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, California, and Nevada. Bill has also initiated projects in partnership with investment groups, as well as acted as development manager, construction manager, and consultant to clients in preparing project feasibility analyses.
Although Bill has no formal education in construction related business, his experience has developed by taking on challenges and opportunities that presented itself, and then retaining and hiring expertise to supplement his team to perform the task.
Management duties today are shared with partner and son Leonard Kerkhoff. Bill's chief role today is client development and relationships, overall corporate planning, financial matters, and passing on knowledge gained over more than 40 years to the next generation.
Vice President, General Manager
Partnering with father Bill in business management and overseeing of projects, Leonard Kerkhoff is the next generation of Kerkhoff Construction.
He joined the company full-time in 2007 following studies at British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management with a focus on Economics. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS BC), Applied Science Technologist of BC (ASTTBC), participates in the BC Construction Association, and is a Built Green member.
Leonard has a leadership role in project development and management, especially in the capacity of estimating, feasibility analysis on potential projects, contract administration, and marketing management.
He builds relationships with investors, clients, subcontractors, project superintendents, and suppliers, and is dedicated to innovative business growth and ensuring client satisfaction.
Cal joined the Kerkhoff team in 2015 bringing 24 years of experience in the areas of construction management, real estate development, and design / engineering.
Over the years he has been involved in a wide range of project types and sizes including; single and multi family residential, mixed use, commercial, industrial, & institutional.
Cal is a certified civil technologist (A.Sc.T) and has been a member of ASTTBC since 1995. His technical training covers the areas of civil design, structural design, subdivision planning, urban design, & light geotechnical.
Some of his industry accomplishments include:
Site Superintendent, Vista Green, Chilliwack
Link to project website
Site Superintendent, 1151 Sunset Dr, Kelowna.
Link to project website
Site superintendent, Haisla Town Centre in Kitimat, BC