company history

Partners from the Ground Up


Killian Construction is a third-generation family-owned company. After nearly 75 years of operation, we’ve grown into a successful commercial general contractor. Our superior construction techniques and technology set us apart, and our emphasis on client relationships is unmatched.

We offer Owners, Developers, Architects and Subcontractors more than the promised project—we offer a truly collaborative partnership.

See How We've Grown

Our company history

Killian Construction has grown since its establishment. Learn more about our history below.


A Carpenter's Dream

Carpenter J.P. Killian and his family move to Springfield, MO, also known as the Queen City of the Ozarks.


Partners from the Ground Up

Using his experience as a hands-on carpenter, J.P. Killian founds Killian Construction with his son Bob. They begin building residential housing developments across Southwest Missouri.


Bob and his wife Betty purchase Killian Construction from J.P. and successfully build over 1,500 homes in the Springfield area.



Bill Killian Joins the Company

Killian Construction crosses three generations. J.P.'s grandson, Bill Killian, officially joins the company after growing up around construction sites.



Growth & New Partnerships

Bill buys the company from his family, becoming president and CEO. Under Bill's vision, Killian Construction explores new technology and expands its capabilities to complete more complex projects outside of the Midwest region.


New Headquarters

Killian Construction unveils its new headquarters in Springfield.


A National Presence

Robert Low, the founder of Prime Inc., becomes a partner. He helps the company grow from a well-respected, self-performing enterprise to a successful construction firm with a national presence.


John Q. Hammons Founder’s Award

Killian Construction receives the prestigious John Q. Hammons Founder’s Award, given to a company that has shown great and continued support for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and athletics in the state.

Killian has been a corporate sponsor of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for 25 years and supports the Hall of Fame in numerous ways from building sports venues to promoting local events, as well as presiding as the lead contractor who built the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame facility.



Killian Construction employs nearly 100 associates, partners with more than 15,000 Subcontractors, and has completed projects in 28 states. We've received numerous accolades, including 20 Excellence in Construction Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Killian Construction has previously been recognized as an Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 400 firm nationwide, as well as an ENR Top 25 hotel builder nationwide.