In 1946, Grant Burkey started a journey that changed his life. He formed a small residential construction company, designing and building small homes in Ephrata, PA. It wasn’t long before he had an opportunity to enter the commercial construction market near Reading, PA. That slight direction change was the start of one of the leading construction firms in the Reading and Berks County area. Working primarily as a general contractor, larger and more significant projects were completed and relationships were established that have endured generations.
As the Reading and Berks economy grew, Burkey Construction participated in the growth with some of the county’s most notable companies such as Western Electric, Gilbert Associates, Met-Ed, and Boscov’s Department Store.
In 1969, after graduation from Lehigh University and military service, Rick Burkey joined the firm with the goal of father and son taking the company to the next level.
Throughout the next three decades, Burkey played a major role in building many of the more significant buildings in Reading and Berks County, to include the Exide Building, Penn Square Center, Penske Plaza, The Wachovia Regional Headquarters, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Sovereign Plaza and the Gateway Office Building. Historic restorations to some of Reading’s most prominent buildings were completed, such as the former Berkshire and Abraham Lincoln Hotels, and the Meridian Bank Operations Center.
Not to be omitted from the list are the many educational, institutional, and public projects that were also built throughout these decades. During this time as the market grew, Burkey’s services expanded into construction management, design-build, and real estate development. As a result of the pursuit of customer service, quality construction, and dedication to the community, Burkey Construction Co. has been fortunate to be one of the leading contractors in the Reading and Berks County area.
As Burkey Construction continues into the future; the excitement, enthusiasm, and dedication are still as pertinent as when Grant Burkey wrote his first contract. Especially gratifying is to see Eric Burkey, the third generation, joining the firm. With six years of previous experience with a major national contracting firm, Eric is a valuable asset to Burkey’s future.
As a local family-owned business, Burkey Construction is proud to serve Berks and surrounding counties and pledges to continue its passion to provide craftsmanship, quality, and dedication in serving its clients and community.