About Us


About Us

Ujamaa Construction Inc. (UJAMAA) offers Owners high quality, fast-track general contracting and construction management services. We have a diverse range of experience constructing commercial, retail, higher education, multi-family housing and medical facilities.

Founded in 2002 by owner and Architect Jimmy Akintonde, UJAMAA has consistently built its portfolio with successful projects and satisfied clients. Akintonde’s vision for UJAMAA is to provide exceptional construction services in a socially responsible manner. The firm maintains a balance of corporate governance and social responsibility, striving to bring diversity into the work place and provide employment opportunities to the underserved.  UJAMAA strives to give back to the community without compromising quality or increasing costs.  This approach works, and allows UJAMAA to continue to attract and retain the trust and respect of quality clients.  Currently, more than two-thirds of the firm’s business is attributed to repeat clientele.

Ujamaa” is Kiswahili for the Tanzanian concept of people working together.  Ujamaa means unity in supporting one another by any means available.
As a seasoned Construction Manager and General Contracting firm, UJAMAA provides all of the necessary staff and support services for day-to-day project activities, as well as overall program coordination with the Owner, Architect, Engineer and subcontractors. Our scope of services includes pre-construction, design/build and design/assist services, construction management and general construction.

Our expert team of in-house engineers, construction management professionals, tradesmen and specialty subcontractors work seamlessly to ensure your project’s success.  UJAMAA’s client-focused approach allows us the opportunity to serve repeat institutional clients. In addition to the healthcare, educational and retail markets, UJAMAA has also successfully completed work in the religious, multi-family housing, commercial and industrial arenas.
UJAMAA is signatory through the Mid-American Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA) to the Carpenters and Laborers Union and we have the capacity and expertise to self-perform selective demolition and carpentry work on projects.  As an added benefit to Owners, UJAMAA is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firm as well as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.  In 2009, the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) designated UJAMAA as an 8(a) certified firm.