Our Experience 2018-03-26T20:03:12+00:00

Our Experience

UJAMAA is the premier minority‑owned construction company in Chicago.

We have the financial strength and credentials that provide a solid foundation for a broad range of construction projects. Our expert team of in-house engineers and construction management professionals have combined more than a century of experience in the industry. Together, with our our tradesmen and specialty subcontractors, we work seamlessly to ensure your project’s success.
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Quick Facts

Founded in 2002

50+ Projects annually

$60M Aggregate Bonding Capacity ($30 for a single project)

Excellent EMR safety rating of .72, well below nationwide industry standard

Completed 84,296 hours worked by all employees without a single lost workday in 2016

More than 2/3rds of the firm’s work is attributed to repeat clients

Pioneer in promoting diversity, social responsibility and training in the construction industry

We’re Builders

At UJAMAA we’re passionate about our work. We’re proud of our accomplishments and record of reliability. We’re proud of our status as the leading MBE certified construction company in Chicago. And proud to contribute to our client’s success.

We have a diverse range of experience constructing commercial, retail, higher education, multi-family housing and medical facilities.

Midwest Reach

UJAMAA has grown significantly over the past 15 years and is now the largest MBE diversity construction firm in Chicago. We have completed projects not only in Chicago but throughout northern Illinois as well as neighboring states in the Midwest.

Today the firm has partnerships and alliances that extends its reach to Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio.

Lean Construction

We embrace modern construction practices based on an integrated approach known as “Lean Construction.” This process is centered on strong leadership to eliminate waste, reduce costs, foster excellent communications with exceptional construction project management, and improved schedule control with faster delivery – all to provide greater value to the client.

The A Team

We’re hands on. Our leadership team of professionals is heavily involved in our projects. We have the strength and experience to successfully complete major construction projects, combined with the dedication and commitment from the top down, to do the job right.

Customer Focused: The entire Ujamaa team was always available 7 days a week to address any questions by the owner, design team, or address any construction issues.

Adaptable and Flexible: As a result of the expedited completion date and complexity of the SATC project, the Ujamaa team was working off of incomplete design prints and demonstrated their patience and ability to overcome this critical hurdle while maintaining the original construction schedule.

Knowledgeable: As construction challenges were presented, the Ujamaa team was able to identify a solution in a timely manner.

Ray Deatherage, Manager Technical Training, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Company

Development of a 10-acre site in an urban environment can be very challenging with the underground unknowns and working with all the stakeholders and their variety of interests. However, UJAMAA Construction demonstrated a strong commitment to support the various goals of the project.

David Doig, President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

The retail environment is a fast paced, fluid world requiring adjustment as potential tenants change and the goals are adjusted to reflect new requirements. UJAMAA Construction was always focused on the goals of the Developer and making the experience as seamless as possible which is greatly appreciated.

Brian J Galey, AIA, Manager, Galey Consulting, LLC

UJAMAA Construction has shown a true commitment and dedication to their work and to the IIT Campus.

Terrence Frigio, Director/Design & Construction, Illinois Institute of Technology