Over four decades of building have shown us that our determination is far tougher than any problem. And that creativity, experience and the right team can overcome even the most complicated challenges. At PARIC, barriers are fuel for better ideas. Anticipation is the antidote to surprise.
Diligence determines the strength of our plans. And problems are just an exercise in ingenuity. As a nationwide builder, our services have scaled into integrated solutions and our skills have pushed us toward even more complex challenges to solve.
As much as any structure, We Build Answers and opportunity. And to that end, there’s one thing that’s more valuable than any tool on our job sites: the drive to ensure that nothing stops the build.
Who We Are & What We Do
At PARIC, we complete projects that both alter the physical landscape and reshape our communities. Whether it is delivering a large-scale project like Ballpark Village, constructing vital infrastructure for Ameren, or reviving historic structures like the Butler Brothers Building, the impact of our projects on the community fuels our drive to Build Answers.
PARIC’s quality of construction has been excellent and they have done a really good job working with their subs - consistently going with the changes we have made on the project. I think this is going to be one of the highest quality office buildings in the region when we are done.
Third Man Development
PARIC works with the owner or tenant to meet their scheduling and budgeting goals. PAIRC, also, works well at the front end to develop both the scheduling and budgeting parameters of the project.
Vice President, Project Management
We feel that the successful and on-time completion of the Carle at the Riverfront Project was due to the consistent and transparent communication and dedication of the PARIC team.
Vice President of Facilities and Construction
The History of PARIC Corporation
In 1979, entrepreneurs Paul McKee Jr. and Richard Jordan linked their first names to form PARIC Corporation and launched a legacy as construction efficiency pioneers.
The foundation of PARIC’s success is its people, who are given the support and confidence to make high-stakes decisions on the spot. This is not a micromanaged firm; instead, it is highly selective in employment.
Interviews for positions at PARIC are well known for their thoroughness and duration. As a result, an entrepreneurial spirit courses throughout the organization. Several PARIC employees have launched or now serve as senior executives at other building firms. That entrepreneurial culture earned PARIC the honor of Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996.
While technology became an integral part of PARIC’s operations, the firm set its sights on expanding the horizon of design/build. As the market struggled to find greater efficiencies in the often sluggish bid/build delivery method, PARIC turned the problem on its head by striving to become the first and last point of contact on its projects. The firm began orchestrating all facets of a project, including design, engineering, pricing, and subcontractor coordination.
On the Leading Edge
After solidifying a strong, detail-oriented design-build model in the 1980s, PARIC entered the 1990s committed to building even stronger partnerships in business and the community at large, including vigorous support of civic and philanthropic institutions such as the American Heart Association, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement. At the same time, PARIC expanded its reach from the Midwest to work in the Dallas area.
By 1991, PARIC emerged as a frontrunner in the healthcare market, as the company formed lasting partnerships with Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital.
Soon after, PARIC also created a niche in the educational market, working on educational buildings, student housing facilities, performance theaters, research facilities, and even a venue for the 1992 St. Louis presidential debates for institutions such as Washington University, University of Missouri St. Louis, Maryville University, Webster University and St. Charles Community College.
The accolades from the media, the industry and the business community continued to build, with Paul McKee, Jr. featured in a St. Louis Commerce Magazine cover story (focusing on PARIC’s people-oriented business model). Both Paul and Rick Jordan were named the 1996 St. Louis Entrepreneurs of the Year in the Construction and Real Estate Category by the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association, St. Louis Business Journal and Ernst and Young in association with the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute.
Again, PARIC ended the decade on the forefront, ranking 222nd nationally in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractor list in 1998.
The Next Level Starts Here
The new century found PARIC hailed by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association as the champions of the design/build model, while leadership at the company was transitioning to the next generation, with Joe McKee named president and Greg Frick chief operating officer.
In 2002, Joe McKee made the shift in leadership complete by purchasing the company from Paul McKee, Jr. and Rick Jordan, with the headquarters soon moving to 1001 Boardwalk Springs Place, O’Fallon, Missouri. That same year, PARIC cracked the Top 200 of the Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list, at 178th, with ENR also ranking PARIC as 50th among the largest design/build firms in America.
A testament to the company’s continuing commitment to safety, during the first part of the decade, the company reported 1,000,000 hours without a lost time accident, with PARIC later winning the AGC’s Excellence in Construction Safety Award.
Throughout the decade, PARIC continued to receive recognition from industry, media, civic and municipal sectors, with awards varying from the AGC’s Excellence in Construction Safety Award; the Mayor’s Spirit of St. Louis Award; the CMiC Innovation Award; AGC’s Keystone Award and the American Institute of Architects Design Merit Award. PARIC now was consistently completing projects throughout the Midwest region – including Illinois, Indiana and Ohio — and ranking among the Top 400 Contractors in the Engineering News-Record’s annual listing, and had become a fixture in a multitude of other “Top of the Industry” lists.
By 2007, PARIC moved to tagline the “Next Level Starts Here,” encompassing a total customer experience, helping customers envision their dream for their building or project.
The company began looking ahead by capitalizing on the success PARIC enjoyed during the first decade of the new century under Joe McKee’s leadership. In 2012, PARIC embarked on a leadership transition that included the ascension of Keith Wolkoff to President and a move into a new headquarters location in St. Louis County.
2012 also brought the culmination of a thorough evaluation of the PARIC brand that led to an evolution of the brand strategy and recommitment to the company’s Core Values.
The rebranding resulted in a complete visual identity redesign, codifying PARIC’s brand attributes and the subsequent slogan, Experience Excellence™.
With a legacy of innovation spanning more than three decades, PARIC has helped elevate the efficiency standards of an entire industry. That commitment continues with innovations evident in PARIC projects today – with the potential to set a loftier standard for excellence in the delivery of construction services for decades to come.
We Build Answers
Over four decades of building have taught us that the most complex challenges require the foresight to anticipate what happens next and the ingenuity to overcome any obstacle that stands in the way.
At PARIC, our team utilizes integrated technologies, deep pre-construction expertise, and a project lifecycle perspective to design more intelligent plans and build high-performing structures for our clients.
The most complex challenges require plans with the utmost precision and the agility to adapt when needed. Our best-in-class preconstruction team uses proprietary technology to visualize, estimate and plan every aspect of the build. We rigorously plot the impact of each decision on budget, timeline and project phasing—ensuring accuracy, adding value and streamlining schedules.
Expertise is nothing without truly understanding the client’s vision and an enduring commitment to creating it. We plan and build with long-term relationships in mind—from clients who become repeat customers and friends to a suite of services that range from project design and financing to final facility management. Across each step, real-time data and open communication provide transparency across each step to make informed decisions.
Over four decades of construction expertise have earned us a reputation for exceptional quality, safety and hands-on ingenuity. Whether we’re managing subcontractors or using our own team of 300+ trade experts, skill and safety are cornerstones of every build, and an unwavering legacy of integrity is the foundation they rest on. No matter how strongly we perform, we’re relentlessly driven to do even better— for our clients, ourselves and the impact we make on our communities.