Gilbane Building Company’s Senior Leader Karrie Kratz Relocates to Chicago to Support Strategic Chicago Growth

Gilbane Senior Leader Kratz Relocates from Connecticut to Chicago to Support Strategic Growth

Chicago, IL – September 4, 2019 – Gilbane Building Company is pleased to announce that Karrie Kratz has relocated to Chicago as an operations manager focused on the private sector markets.

Karrie Kratz started her career with Gilbane in 1999, where she moved through the ranks on to her most recent role as an operations manager for the Glastonbury office in Connecticut. In her role as a vice president and operations manager in Chicago, Karrie will combine her business background, strong technical building skills and collaborative approach to effectively lead Gilbane’s construction field teams to execute and deliver safe and successful projects. Karrie will manage a portfolio of projects in construction for private sector clients and develop the careers of the Chicago operations team.

Karrie is a leader in several industry and community organizations that reflect her passion for improving the advancement opportunities for women in the construction industry, as well as mentoring young people in her local community to explore potential AEC opportunities. With a passion for building and operational excellence, Karrie also serves as a mentor to many individuals within Gilbane and in the construction industry.

“Strategically adding Karrie to our Chicago leadership team will support our continued growth in Chicago,” said Gilbane Building Company Senior Vice President Adam Jelen. “I am very excited and honored to welcome Karrie to the Gilbane Chicago family and have the utmost confidence the she will help take us to the next level.”

Karrie earned a BA in Architectural Building Engineering Technology from New England Institute of Technology. She has served in several leadership roles in local community organizations including Professional Women in Construction (PWC of CT), Connecticut School Construction Coalition, Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Karrie and her family currently reside in Campton Hills, Illinois.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 45 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit

Gilbane has two permanent offices located in Chicago, as well as an extensive knowledge of the Chicagoland market including construction processes, area subcontractors/suppliers, local M/WBE contractors, and familiarity with Chicago jurisdictional authorities. With more than 40 years of success in the highly competitive Chicagoland market, Gilbane is committed to continuing the strong tradition of excellence in the Chicago construction industry.