Aldevra is Now a Licensed Commercial Building Construction Contractor in Louisiana

Feb 14, 2023 | News

January 25th, 2023

(KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN) – Aldevra obtained its commercial license for Building Construction from the State of Louisiana’s Licensing Board for Contractors.

“Obtaining the license was critical as we develop and grow the construction division at Aldevra,” says Koren Douglas, Aldevra construction and facilities maintenance manager. “This enables our team to use our skills honed in over 45 years of combined military experience to pursue larger projects.”

Douglas has managed construction contracts since he was first assigned to the United States Air Force (USAF) Simplified Acquisition Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) section at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in 2005. He was selected to lead Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) construction projects based out of San Antonio, TX and later managed all construction and facility management activities in Greenland as the sole Engineering Flight representative for the USAF. His last military career assignment was in the rapid deployable engineering (RED HORSE) unit based out of Las Vegas. He has successfully completed renovations ranging from $300,000 to $2 million and managed military construction (MILCON) level construction activities valued at $40 million while stationed in Greenland.

Also on the construction team is Russ Kees. Kees began managing construction projects in 2018 for the Construction and Facility Management Office (CFMO) of the Louisiana National Guard. While in the CFMO, he managed IT, sustainment and renovation, modernization, and MILCON projects ranging from $25,000 to $14.5 million and was recognized as the CFMO Project Manager of the Year for 2021. As a U.S. Army Technical Engineer Specialist, his background includes computer automated design operation, soil analysis, survey, and construction management. In over 25+ years of military service, he has continually managed personnel and varying projects. His vast experience has been used during high level engineering operations managing construction projects in overseas deployment locations. Kees brings a multitude of experience in not only construction, but federal personnel, service and material contracts.

This team compliments Aldevra’s other divisions to bring greater value and depth to its customers:

  • Foodservice equipment – providing more turnkey solutions for foodservice equipment requests with extensive builds and renovations
  • Staffing for federal agencies – includes construction project managers, site superintendents, and skilled trades such as electricians and heating ventilation and air conditioning technicians

Aldevra’s bonding capacity is currently $10 million for individual projects and $50 million aggregate. The company holds certifications as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), minority owned company and is a member of the 8a Business Development Program. Contact us at to see how we can help you on your next Commercial Construction Building project. Read more about the commercial license requirements by State of Louisiana here:


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