Kinco Founder and Visionary L.A. “Jack” Kinnaman Passes at 86
In 1974 Jack Kinnaman founded Kinco Constructors with the vision of building excellence. He far exceeded his goal and the numerous iconic buildings that he built stand as a testament to that vision. Yet, Jack was more than an excellent builder. He was a husband, father, and grandfather first. He was also a friend, mentor, and leader who gave back greatly to the construction industry and to the state.
Reflecting on Jack here is what Doug Wasson, President/CEO, had to share, “He was a great man and had big impact on so many of us here at Kinco and across the whole construction industry. His impact on the construction industry in Arkansas is still being felt. Those of us that knew him and worked for him, I know are still grateful for all he did for us and this company. He had a vision of what he wanted Kinco to be and become and not a day goes by that I don’t think of things that he said or did as I try to lead our company. He will be missed, but man what memories I have…”
Jack Kinnaman, 86, died Thursday morning at his home in Little Rock. Kinnaman founded Kinco Constructors of Little Rock in 1974, and over the course of a long career his company left it’s mark on projects throughout the state, including Donald R. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.
Raised in southeast Missouri, after working as a laborer on a power plant as a summer job after high school graduation, he found construction to be exciting and made it his lifetime passion. Kinnaman worked on numerous large power plant & municipal projects across the nation for Gust K. Newberg Construction. He arrived in Little Rock in 1971 as project manager for the new Baptist Medical Center. Upon completion, Kinnaman and his family decided to make Little Rock home as they had fallen in love with central Arkansas.
Few people are capable of great success, fewer still are willing to share the success with others. Jack was one of those unique few capable of both finding his dreams and sharing them with others. Jack gave back in many ways, not only to his profession, but also his community, church and family. He devoted his time to construction education across the country. In service to his profession, his recognitions and contributions include: University of Arkansas Little Rock 2004 Athletics Hall of Fame and recognized as one of UALR’s most substantial supporters. He also received the UALR Honorary Doctorate in Construction Education in 2013. He began the Jack Kinnaman Constructor Endowed Scholarship and the Phyllis Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship in memory of his first wife. Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame, Arkansas Business Executive of the Year. American Institute of Constructors: College of Fellows, Board Member and Executive Committee, Past National President, First President of Arkansas Chapter, Leadership Award in 1990 and 1980. Associated Builders and Contractors: Past President, Arkansas Chapter, National Board Member, Liaison Chairman AIA, Arkansas Man of the Year 1982 and 1980, Chairman, Speakers Bureau, chairman, Partners in Education. American Council for Construction Education: Past Trustee and Member; Certified for Accreditation Visitation. Arkansas State Building Services Council: Past Member. American Arbitration Association: Certified Arbitrator. Advisory Boards: University of Arkansas, John Brown University, Southern Arkansas University, Clemson University. Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors. Class II, Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, Watershed Project Advisor, Junior Achievement of Arkansas: Past Board Member.
Jack remained very involved in his church where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, Building Committee member and participant in the Living Christmas Tree program at First Baptist Church of Little Rock. He later joined his wife, Marge, at the Park Hill Christian Church in North Little Rock where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School.
Jack shared his love for people and music in many ways all over the world. Friends recently recalled: “I remember watching Jack sing folk songs in a bar in Scotland while on a golf trip with friends. The act playing that night went on break, Jack walked up and sat down on the stool and took the guitar and started cranking it out. One song after another, at one point the whole bar was singing. Great stuff.” In 2001, Kinnaman and his daughter, Anne, joined slightly better-known artists such as Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Darrel Scott and Delbert McClinton in recording a CD of songs written by Texas songwriting legend Guy Clark. The CD was a gift to Clark on his 60th birthday.
Friends recently commented “Jack would always take time to mentor you, teach you, coach you. He truly had an incredible vision for his company and his employees. He cared deeply for each and every one of us”. And also,
“My heart is breaking for all of my sweet Kinnaman loved ones. The love of family has always run deep in your home. I can remember as a teen coming over at Christmas and almost being overwhelmed with the joy your family had at expressing their love for each other. It was a great gift to know and love both Jack and Phyllis Kinnaman. And I know how much they loved all of you and were so proud of their family.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Kinnaman daughter Brenda Kinnaman and grand daughter Emily Wasson. He is survived by his wife Margie, daughter Lynne Wasson (Tommy), daughter Anne Woker, son Art Kinnaman (Kim), five grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Foreman Holds Groundbreaking for New High School
Foreman held a groundbreaking ceremony on October 1, 2020 for their new high school. The Kinco team consists of Heath Rheay – preconstruction, Lance Wright – project manager, Bob Archer – superintendent, and Foreman alum Chris Mason – project coordinator. The new school will be ready for the 2021 school year.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for England Elementary School
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new England Elementary School on August 12, 2020. The project consists of:
- 58,000 Square Feet
- 24 Classrooms – K-6
- Computer Lab
- Music Room
- Parking Lot
The project will be completed by October of 20121.
Razorbacks Hunt Family Baseball Performance Center Topping Out Ceremony
A topping out ceremony was held for the University of Arkansas J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center on August 5, 2020. For a look at what the development center will look like when completed next spring, click HERE
More about development center the from the University of Arkansas:
The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center, an approximately 49,000 square foot baseball performance facility, will provide student-athletes with an improved and expanded locker room, team meeting room, strength and conditioning center, training room, nutrition center, student-athlete pitching and development lab and an in-venue batting tunnel. The Norm DeBriyn Champions Lobby will feature numerous historical displays and interactive content showcasing the history of Razorback Baseball.
The facility is being constructed in the right field corner of Baum-Walker Stadium, connecting it with the current west concourse and providing new premium viewing areas for games. It will also include a tunnel to connect the facility with the first base dugout.
The $27 million J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center is being funded entirely by athletic revenues, gifts and bond proceeds from a bond issue. No university funds, state funds or student fees will be required to complete the project. The facility was approved for construction in June 2019 by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
The addition of the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center will be the latest in a series of renovations and additions to Baum-Walker Stadium which first opened in 1996. In April 2018, Baum-Walker Stadium was ranked as the best collegiate ballpark in the nation by Baseball America.
Kinco Assists with ABC Youth Carpentry Workshop
ABC Facebook post on their Youth Summer Carpentry Workshop:
On July 21st, we (ABC) hosted a COVID-19 friendly Youth Summer Carpentry Workshop at the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy. This workshop was designed to introduce students to the basics of hands on learning that is associated with the carpentry trade. Under the guidance of Josh Aldridge and Cody Malone, Project Managers from Kinco Constructors (a large general contractor that serves the state of Arkansas) students learned and implemented key carpentry concepts. First, each student was given their own PPE (personal protective equipment) and Kinco swag bags to keep! Students then learned about career opportunities in this industry, reviewed all the tools that are essential to the carpentry trade, and learned how to properly read a tape measure. After some instruction, students constructed two table saws which involved properly measurering two-by-fours, using a miter saw to cut the right size boards, using power drills to connect the pieces correctly, then reviewing the finished product to learn how to improve. After all this practice, students were broken into four small groups where they were given a set of instructions on how to build an Adirondack patio/deck chair. Josh and Cody supervised the groups but for the most part, the students figured things out on their own and constructed the chairs by thoroughly reading the plans and working together as a team. There were many lessons learned along the way and everyone had fun! We didn’t quite finish the chairs, but thankfully, four families wanted to take them home and complete them on their own time. What a great way to extend the project! We are grateful to the parents that allowed their children to come learn with us. And we can’t thank Josh, Cody, and Kinco Constructors enough for helping us teach these kids new skills! It meant a lot to the kids to receive guidance from professionals working in the industry. What a fun afternoon!
Delta Gamma Wins National Award
The Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Gamma at the University of Arkansas was presented their national House Corporation Award on July 2, 2020. The teamwork on the construction of their new house was a major component of the award. Kinco was proud to serve as the construction manager on the team and concurs that the teamwork on the project was outstanding and the House Corporation is more than deserving of this award.
Wasson Named to Contractors Licensing Board
Kinco President/CEO Doug Wasson (R) was sworn in today to serve on the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board. Doug was appointed to a four year term by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Groundbreaking Held for AFTA Student Housing
(Camden, Arkansas) – Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) and the Arkansas Fire Training Academy (AFTA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the AFTA’s upcoming student housing construction project on February 5, 2020, at 1:00 pm on the grounds of the AFTA site.
The inclusion of student housing is meeting the need of the firefighters trained by the AFTA each year. The new facility will provide 39,000 square feet of space to house sleeping quarters, a dining hall, restrooms, offices, a student lounge, and study areas. The facility will accommodate 120 beds for trainees, which will eliminate the need for AFTA trainees to use SAU Tech’s student housing areas, thus freeing up space for college students. The inclusion of the new facility on the AFTA’s campus will create a more contained training environment and will allow for the Academy to more efficiently run nighttime and early morning drills.
Governor Hutchinson’s Rainy Day Fund is covering the cost of the construction, which is estimated at over 11 million dollars. Governor Hutchinson is a strong supporter of the AFTA and is an advocate for Arkansas’s firefighters. A representative from his office is expected to be in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony.
Cromwell Architects Engineers is the architects for the project, and Kinco Constructors is the construction manager. The projected completion date is scheduled for December 2020, with the AFTA taking occupancy in Spring 2021.
The AFTA operates under the governance of SAU Tech and is part of the SAU System. The AFTA provides statewide training to an average of over 20,500 students each year by delivering an average of 11,400 classes to firefighters. The AFTA Director is Rachel Nix, a graduate and long-time employee of the AFTA.
Kinco Named an MFHF Hero for Families
Kinco Constructors is honored to have be named as an inaugural 2018-2019 member of Heroes for Families, the Methodist Family Health Foundation’s annual sponsorship program.
Inaugural Kinco Cup Held
The inaugural Kinco Cup was held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock. The golf match pitted the Kinco Northwest Arkansas office versus the Kinco Little Rock office. The weather wasn’t ideal, but fun was still had by all.
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