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Commercial | LATITUDE DEVELOPMENT - LATITUDE BUSINESS PARK

Making
It Happen
LATITUDE AIMS TO DELIVER HIGH
QUALITY WITH A NEW PROJECT.
BY BIANCA HERRON

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ounded in 2003, Latitude Development is a partnership between
Principal Dave Kessler and Kevin
and Darryl Donovan, the owners
of Donovan Brothers Construction. The
company's goal is to develop quality, institutional-grade projects throughout the
Puget Sound region.
Whether developing property held for
investment or developing for third-party companies, Latitude is committed to
providing a high-quality, cost-effective
product. "We've built the company by
primarily focusing on office, industrial and
retail development," Kessler says, noting
that Latitude will celebrate its 15-year
anniversary this year.
"It's been a successful partnership," he
says proudly. "The relationship between Latitude Development and Donovan Brothers
Construction has been mutually beneficial."

Keys to Success
Kessler attributes Latitude's success to its
ability to look at all projects like they are the
Auburn, Wash.-based company's own. "For
example, when we're building a project for
someone we build it as though we're spend-

Latitude Development
- Latitude Business Park
www.latitudedev.com
* Construction cost: $20 million
* Location: Evere , Wash.
* Scope: Two office and manufacturing
buildings

"Our philosophy is at it's only
a uccessful project if it's good
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succeeds by
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approaching each project as
if it is the company's own.

ing our own money," he says. "That mentality helps us to build projects within budget
and encourages us to deliver on time.
"That's really what I believe to be our
company strength; we do what we say we
are going to do," he adds, noting that he
and the Donovan Brothers are Latitude's
only employees.
"We all serve as principals," Kessler
explains. "This allows us to be nimble and
pivot when necessary. We only work on
about three to five projects simultaneously
per year, which allows us to be hands-on
and focus on each project."
In addition, Donovan Brothers self-per-

forms concrete and carpentry work on
projects and manages the subcontractors
performing the rest of the work. This allows
Latitude to control 90 percent of the project
cost and meet its clients' expectations with
regard to quality and scheduling.
"Donovan has been around for 25 years
and has a longstanding history of paying
their subs on time," Kessler says. "We believe that we get competitive pricing from
subcontractors because of that, and the
fact that Donovan treats its subcontractors
fairly, too. Our philosophy is that it's only
a successful project if it's good for both us
and our subcontractors."


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