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P&C Construction is Building Trust in the Chattanooga Community

P&C Construction thrives by doing the right thing.

By Livability on September 30, 2021

P&C Construction has a large portfolio of projects ranging from banks and restaurants to retail.
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When Royce Cornelison’s career path took an unexpected turn in 1993, he did what any enterprising young man would do – he started his own company. 

P&C Construction, which is based in Chattanooga, started with a few small renovations for local banks and manufacturing plants like drug maker Chattem Inc. and Brock Candy. 

Courtesy of P&C Construction

Over the years, the business built a strong reputation as a go-to firm for turnkey construction, additions and remodels for projects that include: 

  • Regions, AmSouth and SunTrust banks
  • Erlanger, Memorial and Parkridge hospitals and medical, dental and optical offices 
  • Industrial sites like Wrigley Food, Duracell and Volkswagen 
  • Educational institutions like the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Covenant College and Harrison Elementary School 
  • Retail outlets ranging from Starbucks to Hobby Lobby and Aeropostale 
  • Locally owned restaurants like HiFi Clyde’s Chattanooga and Easy Bistro 
  • The It Is Written television ministry headquarters, churches and historic restorations 

An advocate for downtown growth, P&C is currently renovating Patten Parkway and the Patten Towers development, and recently finished the “Scramble,” a new public art space spotlighting the local rock-climbing culture. 

That has been the cornerstone of our business: building on trust and relationships and treating people fairly. 

Royce Cornelison, Owner 

P&C now serves the entire region from its new office on Main Street, with Cornelison’s sons, Nic and Jordan, running the company as president and vice president. 

“Just within the last year, we worked as far northeast as Maryland, as far south as southern Florida and as far west as Texas,” Royce Cornelison says. 

The family also owns OpTee, a development company, and Lake Majestik Farms, a 5,000-plus-acre, farm-fresh beef and conservation trust cattle farm in Alabama. 

Courtesy of P&C Construction

Despite the company’s impressive portfolio, it is P&C’s focus on trust and relationships that truly sets it apart. 

“When I started the company, the perception of general contractors was not that of honesty and integrity,” Cornelison explains. “I wanted people to realize that there are still some honest people that have morals and integrity, and I wanted to transform the face of the construction industry. That has been the cornerstone of our business: building on trust and relationships and treating people fairly.” 

Jordan agrees: “In all of our businesses, we want to be an honest partner that everybody wants to do business with.” 

Courtesy of P&C Constructio

As part of P&C’s people-first mission, the staff mentors budding contractors through internships, apprentice programs and boots-on-the-ground training. 

Cornelison is also working to get more trade education into schools. 

Due to building strong relationships with integrity, P&C boasts over an 80% customer retention rate that, coupled with its diverse abilities, has led to 27 years of construction success. 

For more information about P&C Construction, visit pc-const.com.

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