James McKenna II
Jim has a long history in construction and a strong working knowledge of insurance, and risk management. Starting out as a laborer while still in high school Jim knew that he had a passion for construction. He enjoyed learning all he could about building in all the assorted trades. He learned carpentry and framing, masonry using poured concrete and unit blocks, plumbing and electrical, roofing and siding and all the related disciplines in residential construction and remodeling. In 1988 Jim returned to college to get is Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. After competing his degree, Jim went into project management to round out his knowledge of the construction process and learn the paper side of building and remodeling. Shortly after his entrance into the commercial building world, an opportunity presented itself to assist in the family insurance business. In this role Jim took control of the daily processes in running a small family run insurance practice. Jim’s main focus was sales and servicing over 2000 accounts for policy maintenance, claim intervention, need based selling, and business operation.
Jim is returning to his roots, and back to his love of construction and remodeling. Jim is not interested in running a company the way they were ran 25 and 30 years ago. From quick and accurate estimating to scheduling and procurement, Jim has assembled an entourage of programs and software to streamline the business of remodeling and construction so that his customers have a unique experience when they use Square Construction.
Remaining fit in an increasingly sedentary world is important to Jim's daily routine. Whether it be for his wife of over 35 years, his kids or now his grandchildren, you have to be able to run, drop down to the ground or climb a slide in the park at a moment’s notice.
One of Jim’s favorite places to be is at the Jersey Shore. Life is Better at the Beach are words he cherishes. Being on the beach, playing in the waves, and digging in the sand with the grandkids is a welcome change to his daily pursuits. You might see him off in the back bay enjoying a peaceful kayak paddle as the sun sets.
Jim Has also recently taken up welding as a hobby. Ask him about which process he prefers to weld with, or better yet, ask to see one of his “Projects” Jim learned quickly that someone can teach you to weld two pieces of steel together in 10 minutes, but it takes a life time to become a welder.
James McKenna III
Jim graduated with honors from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and earned the 2010 Thesis Prize titled ‘PARK: Negations of Meaning’. ‘PARK’ studies the impact of power, access, resources, and knowledge on space and place making at both a land organizational level, as well as an individual user level. Upon graduation Jim continued his architectural investigations at point b design and b fabrication, a design and fabrication studio in the hills of Roxborough, Philadelphia. While there he gained exposure to high-end custom residential architectural design, furniture design, shop and field construction methods, and digital fabrication techniques and processes. In 2015 Jim joined the JKRP Architects family and continued his growth grounded in a more formal practice of architecture. Here he specialized in both single and multifamily residential architectural in the City of Philadelphia, completing some 45 townhomes and 300 apartment units.
Jim believes in both the practicality and functionally of architecture. He considers how buildings house our daily lives and are a physical tapestry for our society and culture. He seeks to celebrate the function of the building in conjunction with its cultural importance through thoughtful space making and design.
When taking notes as a grade school student, Jim once thought he missed the explanation to the question: “What is the Meaning of Life?” As such, Jim wouldn’t mind jumping headlong into the disciplines of Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics. Jim takes joy in the act of thinking and looking at things from multiple points of view. He is fond of exploring the world and learning from others. Jim delights in sharing pizza with his wife on Friday nights and wrestling with his son on the living room floor. Jim loves laughing with his family and friends, even when it turns out he is the punchline to the joke.
John began his interest in construction by working with Jim II at an early age. Throughout his high school years, he assisted with side work, learning the ropes on site acting as a laborer and green apprentice. With his interest in construction growing, he attended Williamson College of the Trades, a three-year para-military trade school. Here John earned his Associate’s in Construction Technology with an emphasis in Carpentry. His summers at Williamson were spent in internships working in high-end residential homes with various builders acting as a carpenter’s apprentice. After Williamson, John continued to learn high-end craftsmanship with local builders while obtaining an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Delaware County Community College. Upon obtaining this degree, John honed his skills in coordination and management in mainline homes throughout the Philadelphia region working for a large design/build firm. He ran multiple jobs, juggling client expectations and trade partners schedules to keep everything running smoothly.
John enjoys working on writing, recording, producing, and performing live with his band, The Polychromatics, where he plays lead guitar and acts as backing vocals. With whatever time John has left he enjoys studying philosophy, art, and spirituality. He also collaborates extensively with his peers conducting creative writing experiments that set up problems that require out of the box thinking. Needless to say this is another Square member who enjoys critical thinking!