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Our mission at Max J. Kuney Company is to be the General Contractor of choice in the Northwest. We strive to deliver our projects to our owner’s highest satisfaction, utilizing the safest means and methods possible. We invest in long term partnerships with our owners, subcontractors, suppliers, employees, and the communities in which we work, because this is home. Our reputation is driven by the experience, character and ambition of our people. The Kuney team is comprised of an elite group of project management, field, and office personnel who share the same values as the Company, and who have the capability and desire to work as a team towards our common goals. We are about combining safety, quality and performance into every project. We are about Building the Northwest.

Company History

"The more elements of a construction job that a contractor can accomplish with his own resources, the better control he has over the quality of the project. At Max J. Kuney Company, we have the equipment and expertise to get the job done on time, on budget, and within tight specifications." -- Max "Jeff" Kuney III, 1982

Formation: Max J. Kuney Company was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1930. Throughout the decades, the types of projects built by Kuney have evolved based on the needs of the area. What has remained constant is that Kuney has always been a family owned General Contractor, built around outstanding long-term employees, who self-performs a high percentage of its projects. Some of our highlights by decade are below:

1930’s – 1950’s

Max Kuney, Sr. founds the company in 1930. Company builds its reputation in public works projects involving structures and earth moving. Contracts with U.S. Army Corps, Navy, and Departments of Transportation in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.


Part of Joint Venture to build the Dworshak Dam in Orofino, Idaho, the third tallest dam in the United States (1966). Constructs over 80% of the elevated freeway in Spokane (1968).


Kuney is balanced between Transportation and Commercial Building divisions. World’s Fair (EXPO), comes to Spokane in 1974 and Kuney takes on 10+ contracts in preparation including the Opera House, Washington-Stevens Couplet and Havermale Island Preparation and Structures.

Max Kuney Jr. becomes President (1970).


Kuney bridge reputation grows, constructing dozens of interchanges and river crossings in Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Constructs the $24M one mile long elevated I-90 Wallace Viaduct to bypass the town of Wallace, Idaho, and the last stop light on I-90 between Seattle and Boston (1988). In addition to bridge work, constructs $13M powerhouse for the South Columbia Irrigation District in Coulee City (1986), and the Spokane County Jail (1987).

Max “Jeff” Kuney III becomes President (1982).


Kuney focuses on the Transportation, bridge, piling markets. Constructs $30M expansion of I-90 through Mercer Island, WA (1991). Builds $29M Foss Waterway bridge in Tacoma, WA, one of only 13 cable stay bridges in the United States at the time with towers reaching 214 foot tall (1994). Constructs multiple freeway widening and bridge jobs throughout the Puget Sound including $30M project to add HOV lanes on SR 520 from Bellevue to Redmond (1998).

Constructs foundation for Safeco Field (1997), home of the Seattle Mariners.


Kuney helps usher in the Design-Build era in Washington, building the $23M Thurston Way Interchange under WSDOT’s first Design-Build contract (2000). Takes on challenging bridge retrofits and more marine work, including the $30M St. John’s Rehabilitation in Portland, OR (2002) and the $25M Lewis & Clark Rehabilitation in Longview, WA (2003). Complex projects in Portland, OR include $68M, 1,700 foot long MLK Viaduct and the $35M Sauvie Island Bridge with its center span floated in via barge.

Max Kuney IV, takes over as President, complimented by fourth generation siblings Daniel Kuney as Vice President, and Valerie Kuney Whitman as Loss Control Manager (2005).


Kuney continues to expand its capabilities and customer base in both the Hydro & Marine and Transportation markets. Completes extremely high profile emergency projects in Wanapum Dam Monolith Stabilization and Mitigation for Grant County PUD (2014), and the award winning Skagit River Bridge Emergency Bridge Replacement (2013).

Widens two miles of I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass under $80M contract involving extensive blasting and 6 new bridges (2010). Expands Design-Build resume with $50M SR 532 Corridor Improvement project (2010).


Kuney Construction puts SAFETY AT THE CORE of everything we do. Our safety program emphasizes that working safely requires constant observation, oversight and reinforcement of safe working principles through a cycle of EDUCATION, PLANNING, COMMUNICATION and EXECUTION.

EDUCATION: Ensuring employees and stakeholders are properly trained.

PLANNING: Development of site specific safety plans, Job Hazard Analyses (JHA’s).

COMMUNICATION: Ensuring the plan is clearly understood by all stakeholders.

EXECUTION: Accomplishing the task at hand per plan, with each individual focused on their safety, their safety fellow workers, the public, and the environment.

EDUCATION: The cycle starts again by applying lessons learned and embracing a culture of continuous learning from new hires to 30 year veterans.