History

McKENZIE is a boutique Miami-based design, construction and high-end millwork manufacturing firm that works with high-design commercial and residential projects. 


Since starting in 2005, McKENZIE has grown to become one of the area's leading client-focused firms, working with some of the most recognizable brands and high-end residences throughout the South Florida area.


Our work embodies our passion for creating beautiful products and spaces that improve the quality of life for those who utilize and inhabit them. We provide transparency and encourage client collaboration throughout all of our projects.


The Beginning of McKENZIE Construction

McKENZIE Construction was born out of the 2005 storm season.

Our founder, Gavin McKENZIE, had recently graduated from the University of Florida and was back home in his native Miami, close to his beloved Everglades, working with Lennar Homes, fishing when he could, and continuing to refine his knowledge of the building process.

With the impact of Hurricane Wilma on South Florida, Gavin assembled the makings of the first McKENZIE team. Working as a self-performing general contractor, he swung hammers by day and built project schedules and budgets at night.

During the first few years of McKENZIE Construction, the company predominantly took on residential gut rehab projects in Key West and South Florida. The company’s operations, revenues, and team grew at a steady clip, and the company continued solidifying its core purpose and brand identity.


McKENZIE Craft is Born
2012 was the year that McKENZIE became more than McKENZIE Construction. We moved our offices to the Miami Ironside warehouses. This space had a special place in the company’s development. Its raw loft aesthetic matched the company’s growing identity as a design-focused GC.

At the same time, we had rented a warehouse in nearby Little Haiti and began storing construction materials there while also fabricating more and more of our own finely crafted millwork pieces. Just some short months laterm McKENZIE Craft was incorporated.


McKENZIE 3.0: 2247 Offices and Workshop    

In 2015, after tripling both revenue and staff size, the McKENZIE team sought a bigger home, one that could house both companies together. The McKENZIE 2247 warehouse, located in the mixed industrial-residential Allapattah neighborhood, is a unique 25,000 SF office and workshop.

The McKENZIE team revived the old 1938 warehouse, and now both companies operate together as one unified McKENZIE team.

Shortly thereafter, McKENZIE boosted its growing roster of design-focused projects with an in-house architecture team. Across McKENZIE's Design, Construction, and Craft teams, we take pride in being a one-stop shop for high-quality, boutique level of attention-to-detail to all of our work.

As our portfolio continues to Now, the McKENZIE team stands at over 90 employees and growing.

Our Vision


The McKenzie companies were created with the vision that a company can be profitable while upholding these four important client-focused values:

 

 Provide high quality construction and craft fabrication services
 The appreciation for design unites all McKENZIE staff and clients, and our companies exist first and foremost to strive to create some of the best designs and built products in South Florida and beyond.

 

 Respect the value and intent of our client’s designs
 As client's bring us their design dreams, it is our vision that we can be the best team to help preserve and execute this design.

 

 Provide exceptional customer service
 Within South Florida's building and craft industry, we aim to ensure that our clients know that they will be treated with respect by our staff, that we will always make their project a priority, and that they have become a part of the McKenzie companies family.

 

 Introduce sustainable building practices whenever possible
Our knowledge of materials and building technologies is extensive, and we enjoy helping clients find multiple avenues through which their Craft or Construction project can be sustainable.

 

Our companies strive to also have equally important inward focused values:

  • Innovate
  • Operate & Live Sustainably
  • Invest back into our neighborhood & South Florida’s communities

Sustainability

McKENZIE respects our collective responsibility as stewards of our planet. Focal to this, we value the sustainability of a space. Wherever we can, we employ reclaimed materials and natural, eco-friendly products in our projects. With a team of LEED-certified individuals, McKENZIE places emphasis on providing a purposefully designed and developed space for our clients as well as  in our offices.


In working with us, our clients have the opportunity to seek more sustainable materials and building practices. We're skilled in exploring less toxic materials, opting for low VOC materials and finishes. The integration of these materials leads to higher performing buildings and less energy use.


Outside of our client-work, we focus our attention on creating an environmentally conscious office space where we encourage team-members to recycle, compost, and help care for our rooftop garden.