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Providing a ‘true partnership’

KEVIN FRANTZ, President and chief operating officer, Skepton Construction Inc., Pennsburg

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Kevin Frantz, president and chief operating officer of Skepton Construction Inc. believes a true partnership is the key to success in the industry, approaching each project and client, with a strong commitment.

Kevin Frantz, president and chief operating officer of Skepton Construction Inc. believes a true partnership is the key to success in the industry, approaching each project and client, with a strong commitment.

His philosophy and leadership role – along with 24 years working in all areas of construction, including industrial, commercial and institutional – help to make Frantz one of the most influential business people in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

After finishing his degree in industrial business management, Frantz spent several years working as a finish carpenter and layout foreman before working as a job superintendent at Skepton, managing complex school construction projects. The company promoted him to vice president of field operations and then to his existing role – after many years developing best practices and streamlining construction processes.

“My guiding philosophy in business is the belief that in order for a project to be successful, in addition to being completed on time and within budget, it must meet the owner’s parameters, criteria and goals,” Frantz said. “We believe in responsible commercial construction by providing our clients with a true partnership on general construction, construction management and design-build projects and consistently delivering exceptional results – on time and within budget.”

His top goal for 2015 is to continue the company’s focus on integrating cutting-edge technology into every stage of construction to position the company as a top contender in a competitive, ever-changing industry. This initiative also includes a strong commitment to train his team of 60 employees in best practices and the highest safety standards.

Notable projects have been completed along the way.

Most recently, Skepton was construction manager in the renovation of a 6,000-square-foot dining facility, Canova Commons in Tompkins Hall, at Cedar Crest College in Allentown. Workers built the facility while classes were in session in a fully occupied building.

Also, Skepton finished the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus in Tannersville, serving as general contractor for the $60 million project for 5,000 students in three buildings. The company constructed the buildings with materials and technologies to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.

“Every project is equally important to us,” Frantz said. “From dining hall renovations to building an entire campus for Northampton Community College, we approach each project with tenacity and attention to detail. Our most important project is the one we haven’t completed yet.”

Frantz said his company has had very low turnover, and many of its employees have been with Skepton for more than 20 years, another sign of success.

Brian Pedersen
Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108.

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