Our firm was founded in 1987 by the original owners, Jack McKernon and Kevin Birchmore. After almost a quarter century, Jack has recently retired and turned operational control of the company over to Kevin and his partner, Justus Cameron. We are located in west central Vermont and focus on custom residential and light commercial projects throughout the state and upstate New York. While we are structured as a design/build firm, a large measure of our work is with outside architects. We offer a wide array of services and, in order to keep direct control over our work, we self-perform a large percentage of the construction phase to include insulating concrete foundations, framing and finish carpentry, spray foam and blown-in insulation, solar thermal and photovoltaic installations, building moving, and the use of reclaimed siding and antique timber frames to name a few. We have a longstanding commitment to helping our clients solve energy efficient puzzles to reduce their home energy usage and improve comfort. A large measure of our work is for out-of-state owners of second homes who have trusted and relied on us for years to work on their property in their absence. We have the resources in terms of labor (48 employees) to complete our projects on or ahead of schedule while delivering first-class results. Please enjoy a trip through our website – it has much to interest those contemplating a project.
Kevin Birchmore, President and owner, has been with The McKernon Group since 1987. Overseeing all aspects of design and construction, Kevin runs the daily operations of the company. Because of his high standards for customer service, our clients enjoy the involvement of a talented owner who has vast experience in every area of construction. Kevin has been featured as a speaker on topics such as “Project Management” and “Green Build”. The McKernon Group was chosen to build a home which was filmed for the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. Kevin led our company through a week of amazing challenges and reinforced the reputation of the company’s ability to take on any project with speed and excellence.
Justus Cameron, Vice President and part owner, joined The McKernon Group in 2007. Graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, he has a degree in Construction Management. He has experienced all aspects of the company and excels in project management and juggling an amazing workload. He is quick to give credit to the skillful work force at The McKernon Group, and explains that this is his reason for becoming a shareholder and leader. His vision for the company is to push the limits in order to allow clients to expect the best. He feels that with responsiveness, flexibility and open communication, the company will continue to be dedicated to creating strong lifelong relationships with clients and partners.
Jack McKernon, founder, former President and CEO, retired in the summer of 2011 and passed away in May of 2015. Having spent 25 years at the helm of The McKernon Group, he has enjoyed a satisfying lifetime of building homes. Jack has a wealth of knowledge and imparts that to the clients who have invested their dreams with our firm. A talented craftsman, environmentalist and successful builder, he brought The McKernon Group to its present status among clients and architects who are looking for quality building with a pleasant experience. His long time interest in energy efficiency and technology has placed him well ahead of the curve as our country moves in this direction.