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Our Story

Path Mission Statement

Our mission at Path Construction is to provide extraordinary building services for our customers, foster fulfilling careers for our people, and sustain high levels of integrity, safety, and quality while attaining a fair balance of accountability, community, and profitability. Our passion, vision, and knowledge drive us to be the best in the industry.

History of Path & It's Owner

Richard Krause started in the construction industry at the age of nine working for a concrete construction company shoveling pea gravel and stripping forms. The following summer, Ric worked for an electrical contractor, bending conduit and pulling wire. For the following two years, he worked for a carpentry contractor and a plumbing company. Ric’s career began at the age of 13 when his parent’s best friend asked him to finish their basement. After performing each and every trade, and because of his struggles of being a perfectionist, the project became a showcase for the neighborhood.

After this first project, Ric became a very popular young contractor in the neighborhood. He was well known by the Villages he worked in and the companies he did business with, particularly because of the quality of work he did at such a young age.

Ric went on to study Civil Engineering at The University of Illinois, focusing on Structural and Soils Engineering. Along with receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, Ric also assisted with new courses for graduate engineers at the University.

Post college, Ric started his career at Walsh Construction Company, where he grew at a rapid pace. Just one year out of college, he estimated and bid on one of the largest projects Walsh Construction had at the time and then ran the project. The project proved to be a complete and total success in all aspects, including schedule, financial, and complete customer satisfaction.

Immediately following that project, Ric became one of the top executives in the Walsh Construction organization and led the Building Division in Chicago. He also supported the other offices around the country and started the work program that led to establishing Walsh’s office in the Washington, D.C. market.

Ric’s career at Walsh Construction started with a volume of $30 million per year. He worked with a handful of top executives to help grow the organization to $3.5 billion in annual sales before starting Path Construction Company.

Path Construction Company started in 2008 with himself and one part-time employee. Today, Path Construction is a diverse General Contracting firm performing work in multiple asset classes including but not limited to: Civil, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Multi-Family, Public Facilities, Recreation, Retail, Self-Storage, Senior Living. The company is now approaching 100 employees, has 3 offices, and is performing work across the country. With an emphasis on unwavering quality, reliability, experience, and accountability, Path’s clients can expect an unparalleled project delivery experience and finished product.