Voted one of America’s best cities to live, Olathe is a suburb of Kansas City, and its local economy is thriving. It offers its residents a dense suburban feel; travelers are in for some local attractions. The city’s commercial and industrial parks are home to a number of important companies. 

If you plan to start a business in Olathe, we have compiled some of the best commercial contractors in the area. These firms were chosen for their backgrounds, affiliations, and awards.

Nabholz Construction

17300 W 116th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219

Established in 1949, Nabholz Construction is a large, multi-discipline, employee-owned company that offers a wide range of services, including constructing spaces for the arts and culture, community worship, commercial, government, municipal, and mission-critical, and industrial sectors. Since its inception, Nabholz has been helping its clients achieve their goals by providing exceptional craftsmanship and unrivaled customer service. Integrity has always been the foundation of every project it undertakes, and it also means valuing its employees by providing opportunities for their advancement.

The company has won an impressive number of awards over the years, including the 2019 ABC Excellence in Construction Award, the 2018 ABC Excellence in Construction Award for the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) Headquarters, and the 2017 ABC Excellence in Construction Award for a Ronald McDonald House. Nabholz Construction is also certified by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

MW Builders

13725 W 109th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215

MW Builders is a widely-respected and relationship-driven commercial construction company that provides pre-construction, design-build, general construction, and construction management services. Founded in 1971, the company relies on its integrity, quality craftsmanship, teamwork, and entrepreneurial spirit to create lasting partnerships.

MW Builders is led by Todd Winnerman, who is responsible for its overall performance and manages its daily operation. He started his career in the firm after he graduated from college and worked his way up through the organization. 

MW Builders has built a reputation in the building industry as a group of expert craftspeople and trusted partners. Over the years, it has received numerous awards, including the 2020 Merit Award from the Design Build Institute of America, the 2020 ABC Heart of America Excellence in Construction, and the 2020 Excellence in Construction Top General Contractor Award. The company is also certified by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, and the Chamber of Commerce.

J.E. Dunn Construction 

1001 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

Headquartered in Kansas City, J.E. Dunn Construction is a family and employee-owned company servicing Kansas City, Olathe, Wichita, and Springfield. Established in 1924, the company provides general contracting, construction management, and design-build services for the commercial, aviation, federal and military, life science, industrial, courthouse, and local government sectors.

J.E. Dunn is led by Gordon Lansford III, a graduate of Baker University with a degree in accountancy and business. Before being named president and CEO in 2013, he was the company’s Chief Financial Officer for 15 years.

With over nine decades of experience in the industry, J.E. Dunn has become a trusted name in the construction industry. With over 3,500 employees and 24 offices nationally, it consistently provides the highest quality of craftsmanship and unmatched customer service. It has been awarded the Construction Safety Excellence Award by AGC Kansas and is certified by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Chamber of Commerce.

Crossland Construction

3252 Roanoke Road, Kansas City, MO 64111

Established in 1977 and regarded as one of the top-ranked contractors in the United States, Crossland Construction provides pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting services. It develops government, education, healthcare, retail, and other buildings from its eight offices in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, and Colorado.

Ivan Crossland, the founder of Crossland Construction, has extensive experience in the construction industry, taking on various roles in numerous projects. Over the years, the company has met all the challenges that come with every project by setting quality standards and delivering the project on time and in a more cost-effective way.

Crossland Construction won the 2018 Excellence in Construction presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Likewise, the company is certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the Advanced Certified Steel Erector, and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Excel Constructors

8041 W 47th Street, Overland Park, KS 66203

Headquartered in Kansas City, Excel Constructors provides construction services ranging from general contracting, design-build, preconstruction, and construction management services. Founded in 1991, the company has since grown and expanded, developing a best-in-class staff with the highest standards of integrity and commitment. The firm’s project managers, superintendents, administrators, and artisans have years of combined experience, competency, and technology to create processes that finish projects faster, safer, and more economically every year.

Excel Constructors is led by Jerry .T Katlin, who holds a dual bachelor’s degree in accountancy and management from Kansas State University. In his current role, Jerry takes the lead in the company’s operations, including the accounting, financial, human resources functions, risk management, and marketing sectors. 

Excel Constructors has received multiple awards for Excellence in Construction and Community Impact from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The firm has also been named a Best Company to Work For by Ingrams Magazine. Likewise, the firm has professional affiliations with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Construction Financial Managers Association.


520 W Pennway Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64108

Founded in 2010, Centric brings the commercial model to residential new homes in construction, additions, and renovations. The firm helps clients attain their goals through comprehensive budget and project schedules while ensuring quality craftsmanship, security, and clean job sites. Centric builds projects of growth, social change, and community, and for more than a decade, it has been rising to the challenge of successfully making a name in the building industry.

Centric is led by its main principal, Richard Wetzel, who completed his education from the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management with a Master of Business Administration degree. He manages the company’s daily operations, ensuring that the schedules and budget are met, and the results exceed the clients’ expectations. The company’s projects are about pioneering possibilities and technical innovation. Centric is certified by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America and the Chamber of Commerce.

Luke Draily Construction

75 NW Business Park Lane, Riverside, MO 64150

Luke Draily Construction was founded in 1997 and has become one of the trusted names in the construction industry. The firm provides a wide array of services that include multifamily developments, mixed-use, retail, retail lifestyle centers, industrial facilities, senior living communities, medical, dental, and vision professional office buildings, home improvement stores, restaurant and hotel construction, grocery stores, and movie theaters. The company is involved in each phase of every project, from its inception to completion, and it works collaboratively with the clients to ensure that the design and budget goals are met.

Bob Becker, the company’s main principal, founded the company based on the values he learned from his parents: trust, integrity, and flexibility. Guided by these values, he aims to deliver results of exceptional value and better the lives of the customers and the community. As a result, the company has gained the respect and admiration of the community and its diverse clients.

A.L. Huber General Contractor

10770 El Monte, Overland Park, KS 66211

A.L. Huber General Contractor is a full-service, licensed general contractor providing preconstruction, construction management at risk, construction estimating, construction, general contracting, and design-build. Founded in 1903, the company is committed to its clients, partners, and team, assuring that it only delivers the best experience and built environments. A.L. Huber works side-by-side with its clients, believing in the highest standard of customer service, and provides a result that exceeds the clients’ expectations.

A.L. Huber General Contractor is under the leadership of its president, Phillip Thomas, who completed his education from Kansas University, where he earned both a BS in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration. He provides company supervision and direct management for many of the firm’s projects. He is also involved in various organizations, both philanthropic and construction-related.

A.L. Huber General Contractor is proud to have received the 2021 KCBJ Capstone Award and to ranked third in the Building Divisions Under 100,000 Work Hour Category in the 2015 Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards.

Rose Design Build

15311 West 109th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219

Established in 1924, Rose Design Build is a multi-disciplined construction and architectural firm specializing in commercial, industrial, and medical facilities. The company covers all aspects of building construction, and its process ensures the final results exceed clients’ expectations. Its professionals include architects, construction developers, and project managers committed to providing excellence and value with every project it tackles.

Christopher L. Herre ably leads Rose Design Build as its president. He has 37 years of experience in architectural design, planning programming, and construction management on various project types and sizes. He is in charge of overseeing the company’s daily operations, such as marketing, client relations, and project implementations.

Rose Design Build has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Merit Award for Veterinary Hospital Design for Olathe Animal Hospital. It was also recognized in 2001 as one of Ingram Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies. The firm won the Builder of the Year Outstanding Performance Award under the Commercial/Offices Category as well. The firm is certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Kansas Society of Architects, the Missouri Council of Architects, and the Wyandotte Economic Development Council.     

Strickland Construction Company

720 S. Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062

For more than four decades, Strickland Construction has been the industry leader in commercial and industrial projects specializing in design-build approach and value engineering. It is committed to providing creative solutions for its clients that are affordable, functional, and energy-efficient. The company works directly with the customer throughout the entire process, walking them through every stage of a project. Strickland also strives to establish and maintain lasting relationships with its clients, employees, suppliers, and subcontractors based on professional respect and trust.

Rogers Strickland founded Strickland Construction Company in 1980. He earned his Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and he was part of the United States Air Force before establishing his own company. His firm has expanded into commercial and industrial building construction.

Merit General Contractors

16400 118th Terrace, Olathe, KS 66061

Merit General Contractors is a general contracting and construction management firm that has provided quality construction for over 30 years. Founded in 1991, it offers commercial, community, industrial, religious construction, tenant finishes, and major renovations. Russell Merit will provide skilled and experienced personnel that always deliver the highest levels of craftsmanship. The firm works with the most qualified suppliers and subcontractors, and its construction team members have extensive backgrounds in construction projects.

The company has completed more than 500 projects since its inception and has continuously improved its services for its clients. Merit General Contractor has established long-term relationships resulting in repeat business and clients. 

The firm was awarded the 2015 Capstone Industrial Award Winner for Lenexa Logistics Center, the ABC Excellence in Construction 1st Place, the Industrial Construction Over $1 Million for Simmons Beautyrest, and the Excellence in Concrete, Memorial Division Winner for the Kansas Korean War Memorial in Overland Park.

Haren Companies

8035 Nieman Road, Lenexa, KS 66214

Established in 1932, Haren Companies serves as a general contractor and offers commercial, spiritual, municipal, and historic renovations. It works with multi-family, senior living, sustainability, mixed-use developments, and other projects. Haren aims to improve communities through its projects, creating places to live, work or gather. The company also has a thorough process for turning plans into reality, offering insights and innovation in managing construction projects.

Haren Companies is led by Wells Haren, who has been part of the company for 35 years. His career began working as a laborer, then he became a carpenter. After graduating from college, he worked in the office until becoming president and owner of the company in 1998. He oversees and manages the company’s day-to-day operations and is committed to guiding the firm by following important principles that include communication and collaboration between each individual connected to the project.

Harmon Construction

18989 W 158th Street, Olathe, KS 66062

Harmon Construction is a mid-sized construction management, design-build, and general contracting firm specializing in commercial, industrial, healthcare, senior living, and faith-based construction. Its team consists of highly-skilled, qualified personnel whose professionalism and experience have enabled the company to become one of the most respected builders in the region.

Harmon Construction was founded by Tim Harmon in 1987, who saw the opportunity to start a company where respect, integrity, and professionalism are its core values. Tim completed his education at the University of Washington, earning a degree in construction management.

Harmon Construction is a 2018 AGC Building Excellence Award Finalist, was named Ingram’s Magazine Best Company to Work in 2015, a 2014 Top 10 Small Business in Greater Kansas City Area, and one of the Top 150 Privately Owned Companies in Kansas City. Harmon is also certified by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America and Kansas City Chamber.