R.D. "Pat" Neighbors started Neighbors Construction Company after World War II when the Navy gave him a tool box filled with hand tools in exchange for his exemplary service. Pat worked for contractors in the Kansas City area and found work wherever he could. With a growing tool collection and an unrelenting determination to become successful, Pat built a crew of craftsman and by 1951 he was framing houses.
Houses were not the only thing to come; in 1960 his framing crews took on apartments. It didn't take long before Pat saw his future in general contracting. 1968 marked the first apartment complex where Neighbors Construction Company was the General Contractor. The carpenters and foreman who once were cutting stairs and rafters or managing framing crews with Pat were superintendents in 1968. Many of these men stayed with the company for more than 30 years.
Pat's son, Roger, expanded Neighbors Construction's forte in 1977 when Pat put him in charge of running the first footing crew. Two aspects of the construction process, the foundation and framing, which are very critical for pushing the schedule, were now controlled by Neighbors Construction. This gave Pat and Roger an edge over the competition. In 1989 Pat sold the Company to Roger.
Since 2000, Roger's sons Ryan and Aaron have been with the company after both graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in construction management. Roger trained his sons as his father trained him, by insisting they learn from the ground up. Today, both Aaron and Ryan occupy central leadership and project management roles in the family company.
The year 2016 celebrates the 65th year Neighbors Construction has been delivering superior construction projects in Kansas City and the Central Midwest. On the heels of our success with the historic renovation of the Kansas City Power & Light Building, one of the city’s most beautiful skyscrapers, we couldn’t be more proud of the solid reputation we’ve built and we look forward to continued success in the future.
Today, our guiding philosophy is still the same as it was back in 1951: work hard, push the schedule, and hire loyal, dedicated people to build a quality project that exceeds the client's expectations.