From Modest Origins to Distinguished Excellence: Our Triumph in the Construction Industry

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As the founder of Keola, my journey began with a personal quest—to build my own home. This experience ignited a deep passion for architecture and construction, leading me to establish Keola and embark on a remarkable trajectory. Join me as I recount our history, the challenges we’ve overcome, and the diverse projects that have shaped our reputation in the industry.

A Personal Journey Ignites a Professional Path

My background lies in engineering, with a specialisation in civil engineering. However, after spending some time in the field, I began to yearn for something more exciting, something that would allow me to channel my fascination with architecture and building design. Determined to explore this passion further, I took on the ambitious task of constructing my own house. To my delight, the project proved to be a resounding success, and it sparked a realisation within me—there was immense potential for me to make a meaningful impact in the construction industry.

From Homebuilder to Industry Innovator

Buoyed by the positive outcome of my personal venture, I eagerly took on projects for others who sought my expertise. This marked the inception of Keola, as we gradually expanded our project portfolio. Over the years, we gained a reputation for tackling challenging sites—ones characterised by steep inclines, weak ground conditions, and other complexities that demanded our civil engineering expertise. As our proficiency grew, we found ourselves working on high-end architectural houses, pushing the boundaries of design and construction.

Diverse Projects that Reflect our Passion

Keola’s adventurous spirit led us to explore other captivating realms. One such area of endeavor has been the construction of large-scale childcare centres, providing unique and engaging environments for up to 150 children. These awe-inspiring structures, some nestled within enchanting forest settings, epitomise our commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing young minds. Additionally, we were fortunate to undertake a prestigious hotel project near the Auckland Airport — a venture that challenged us, yet rewarded us immensely as we witnessed our vision come to life.

Confronting Industry Challenges with Determination

The construction industry is no stranger to challenges, and Keola has navigated its fair share. Cash flow fluctuations, project uncertainties, and extended payment cycles can place tremendous strain on businesses. However, our unwavering passion for the craft and our belief in the transformative power of construction drive us forward. Drawing on our extensive experience in large-scale civil projects and project management, we guide our clients through the intricacies of each project, offering valuable insights and strategies to optimise outcomes.

Pioneering Innovation and Cost Efficiency

At Keola, innovation and continuous improvement is at the heart of our ethos. Recognising the significance of cost savings in construction projects, we strive to deliver excellence while finding creative ways to optimise processes and reduce expenses. Our multidisciplinary background empowers us to approach each project with fresh perspectives, exploring innovative strategies to achieve substantial savings without compromising on quality. By meticulously analysing project requirements and leveraging our expertise, we have successfully achieved remarkable cost efficiencies for our clients.

Keola’s remarkable journey, rooted in my personal quest to build a home, has propelled us to the forefront of the New Zealand construction industry. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we continue to leave an indelible mark on communities through our diverse and transformative projects. As we forge ahead, expanding our commercial projects portfolio and catering to budgets ranging from 2 million to 20 million, our dedication to making a positive difference remains resolute. Keola’s legacy is one of reinventing the construction landscape, building a better future for all, and inspiring a new generation of industry leaders.

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Award winning

Our unique engineering approach to construction management is built on strong analytical minds that say there’s ‘never a problem, always a solution’.

We have an ethos of building things that work. Added to this an exceptional back office team who offer a streamlined, process driven approach to project delivery. On time with industry leading quality.

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Award winning

Keola has received industry recognition with a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the Residential and Commercial construction sector.

Excellent track record

We take care of the details, expertly navigating the intricacies of working with Council for RMA issues, noise, fire rating, inter-tenancies, unit titles, parking, infrastructure etc.

Can-do approach

Sometimes it takes a little Kiwi ingenuity to figure out a cost-effective way of bringing an architect’s vision to life. So if you’re looking for a builder that’ll add value and finesse to your project, call us.

Exceptional experience

Director Sanjesh Lal is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Registered Master Builder. He’s backed by the exceptional and experienced Keola team to expertly manage your construction project.

Difficult site? No problem

Constructing a building with difficult site constraints? Rest easy. We take pride in our engineering approach to construction management on challenging sites.

Low Variations

Our approach and deep understanding of the process means we price very accurately and pride ourselves on low variations. That means you can trust the figures we put forward.


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