For over one hundred years, our company's foundation has been built upon a commitment of doing business the right way. That means taking care of our people and creating an outstanding work environment. It means respecting our partners with relationships structured around honesty, integrity and fairness. It means valuing our customers as the bedrock of our business. It also means doing our part to build a better world in the community we call home. Although many things may change as the years pass, our commitment – our cornerstone – remains as it was originally laid in 1903.
Richard F. Conlon, an innovator who believed in “guts and hard work along with good, sound business practices”, founded Conlon Construction Co. in 1903. For the first two decades of the 20th century, he left his mark across Southwest Wisconsin working on a variety of mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering projects in Cuba City and the surrounding area. In 1922, after a period of exceptional growth, R.F. moved his business and family to Dubuque, Iowa.
R.F.'s sons, Orlin and Dell, joined Conlon Construction Co. and continued the tradition of building client relationships in Dubuque and the surrounding area that are still going strong today. Construction projects included a number of prominent college and university buildings, factories, religious institutions, and municipal buildings throughout Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
As the decades passed, a third generation of Conlons – Mike, Steve, and Tim – assumed leadership roles and upheld the values that R. F., Orlin, and Dell laid down before them. Their commitment to the values of honesty, integrity, and “guts and hard work” is the reason Conlon Construction Co. has been in business for over 117 years.
In 1978, Conlon Construction Co. was awarded their first contract with Target Corporation. Since then, Conlon has completed hundreds of projects for Target in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In response to this growing line of work, Conlon created a store fixture and furniture installation division that heralded further national work with Target and other major retailers. In 1996, Conlon Construction Co. was awarded Target's first ever Vendor Award of Excellence award in recognition of leadership, dependability, and superior service and support. Conlon continues to work with Target Corporation on projects all over the United States.
The Conlon team is proud to have project managers who are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals, and are recognized experts in integrated design and the certification process. In 2005, Conlon built Target's first-ever LEED certified store in Allen Park, Michigan.
Since 2007, Conlon Construction Co. has been a member of the United States Green Building Council. USGBC is a community of leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated. Conlon shares the USGBC commitment to transforming the way our buildings are constructed and operated in order to produce “healthy, efficient, and equitable buildings and communities for all”.
Long Term Client Listing
|Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters||1920|
|Archdiocese of Dubuque||1932|
|Klauer Manufacturing Co.||1940|
|American Trust & Savings Bank||1943|
|Farmland Foods, Inc.||1945|
|Sisters of Charity, BVM – Mount Carmel||1950|
|Mercy Medical Center||1952|
|Sisters of the Presentation||1953|
|John Deere Dubuque Works||1960|
|City of Dubuque||1963|
|Sisters of the Visitation||1970|
|University of Dubuque||1980|
|UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital||1990|
|Sisters of St. Francis||1993|
|Best Buy Co., Inc.||1995|
|Luther Manor Communities||2009|
MISSION AND COMMITMENT
Conlon Construction Co. will operate with integrity and sound business practices to provide high-quality General Construction, Construction Management, and Design-Build services to clients in Dubuque and throughout the nation. We will work to continually explore new construction methods and technologies in order to increase value for our clients. We are committed to maintaining our family tradition of a midwestern work ethic, and respect and support for our community.
The building blocks for our company's continued success:
- Maintaining and nurturing long-term client relationships
- Delivering high-quality, timely value on every construction project
- Involving an owner of Conlon Construction Co. on all major construction projects
- Providing professional skills in all areas of the construction delivery process
- Demonstrating respect, responsibility, and flexibility at all times
- Continuing to educate and innovate for the betterment of our clients and communities
- Building a skilled and loyal workforce by providing a safe, efficient, and enjoyable workplace
- Graciously acknowledging our role as a community leader and investing our time and resources to improve our community
$100,000 in Scholarships
We are active in giving back to the profession we work in. In celebration of our 100th year in business, we established a $100,000 Scholarship and Training Fund to support education in construction. This money goes to students interested in construction management, construction engineering or the construction trades.
Scholarship programs have been established at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Iowa State University. The Craft Training Program is administered through Northeast Iowa Community College.
We are active members in the construction community. Our memberships and associations provide us the current information to better perform in one of the most competitive industries in the country.