Imagine you could start a Design Build & General Contracting business from scratch. In THIS era.

You’d marry experience, bleeding-edge standards, and passion for the craft with today’s service experience expectations. You’d factor in society’s growing awareness of how built and natural environments influence individuals, enterprise, and communities.

We did.

We built Ingenuity from the ground up to:

  • Afford attention to detail.
  • Celebrate care for craft.
  • Rely on process to drive quality outcomes.
  • Offer personalized, lean service with no bureaucracy.
  • Put people first (Clients, Communities, Tenants and Trades).

Eight years in, we’ve got an experienced, dedicated, and passionate team equally comfortable helping you envision a new room, building, or business park.

History

Half the kids in any playground are playing with trucks. Digging holes. Moving sand. Building things.

There was a time when it was common practice for corporate leaders to build buildings and spaces that contributed to their culture and their community.

Some still do. But somewhere along the way, other, less romantic perceptions of our craft have crept into the public psyche. People expect private projects to take three times as long and cost three times as much as their estimate. And they expect public projects to squander tax dollars.

How did these cynical expectations creep into such a dynamic, aspirational, imagination-driven, tactile, scientific, safety-conscious, and engineering based practice?

Like a lot of things that aren’t what they use to be, these perceptions developed slowly, over time. As companies get bigger, the nice people who work at them are distanced from the people and communities who their projects serve. They start to become accountable for different metrics. Numbers become easier to see than people.

But not everyone works this way.

People with the technical know-how to build, who stand on an untouched patch of ground and imagine what could be there get the same feeling they did as kids playing with trucks. They’re inspired. They’re excited to dream with their clients, partner with their Trades and build spaces that create returns for multiple stakeholders.

We were literally sitting around one day wondering whether there was a way to be successful in this business AND treat people well. We realized there was:

  • Rise above it.
  • Treat peers and partners the way we want to be treated.
  • Remember why we got into this field.
  • Remember why we started Ingenuity.

We started Ingenuity with a plan to use better treatment of clients and partners as a strategic advantage. Eight years in, we realize we can do more. We can teach people what we’ve learned.

Mission

We’re on a mission to rebuild the image of our industry, one project at a time.

For every story about a budget over-run, timeline obliterated, shoddy workmanship or cheated-tradesman, we’ve got a story about a project, partner or peer that inspires us.

We’ve worked for clients and tenants who are grateful for our passion, commitment and patience.

We’ve worked with architects and designers who appreciate our attention to detail and respect our opinion.

We’re going to manifest this audacious goal in our work and in our communications.

We’re going to infect others with the details that have moved us in our favourite projects. We’ll be transparent about the highs and lows of a challenging but rewarding business/project. We’ll promote the people whose products/services we use when our projects can afford our first choices. We’ll celebrate the people who trust us to make what they need. And we’ll explain the range of problems we need to solve while making abstract ideas concrete.

Helping other people see, appreciate, and enjoy the spark at the heart of our craft reminds us why we do what we do. Eventually, we hope our enthusiasm and values once again become the bar for entry. In the meantime, we’ll use them as a differentiator.