Top 100 CEO Interviews
Issue No. 56 - Month/Month year
Kennett diversifies to build capacity
When the original Mary McKillop School in Penola was severely damaged by a tornado in August, it was Kennett Builders who won the right to completely restore the historic building, and finished the job before the Canonisation Ceremony on Sunday 17 October.
The Brompton-based construction company posted Annual Turnover growth from $30 million (2008) to $43.6 million in 2010 for the Top 100 SA Companies Index, with a staff of 44 employees.
Recent projects Kennett has completed include Federally funded Building the Education Revolution projects in Adelaide, Naracoorte, Penola and Mount Gambier, and the firm’s largest Aged Care project at Playford for Baptist Care.
Kennett successfully tendered for Helping Hand Aged Care at Northgate, a new facility on a greenfields site to be built over two levels for 106 residents, which will be the firm’s largest project.
In 2008 Kennett was the Master Builders Associaiton Building Excellence Awards Commercial Contractor of the Year.
MD, John Kennett says education facilities are a prime focus at present as the Federal Government has given high priority to education from preschool through to universities and trade training centres.
In Aged Care, the need for new facilities to accommodate aged population growth and the need to upgrade existing facilities to meet standards for High Care accommodation is driving a significant work stream.
Kennett’s delivery system is also driving success, with a higher percentage of contracts undertaken as Managing Contractor or Construction Manager.
“Coming out of the 1990s, a period of very low growth, we have experienced a variety of opportuni...