“Absolute dedication to our clients – it’s the way we do things.”

Who We Are

In 1990, Doug Karam and Frank Vanzler founded KVA after working together at one of the nation’s leading construction management organizations, Turner Construction. They shared a belief that leadership provided with respect and encouragement to the entire project team would result in the best outcome for their clients. For twenty-six years, that core belief has yielded a thriving business based almost exclusively on repeat business or personal referrals.

KVA provides a diverse background of experienced staff, including general contracting, architecture, engineering, development, and facilities management. Our skills include project feasibility planning and budgeting, regulatory approvals, team selection and procurement, design management, value engineering, construction oversight, owner-furnished equipment and furniture selection and procurement, and occupancy planning, move-in, and project close-out.

We take pride in building relationships as well as buildings, and capitalizing on the reputation we have in the industry for assembling the highest caliber firms and nurturing the best service to our client’s benefit.

Comprehensive Management from Start to Finish

We specialize in the following facility types:

KVA’s role as the client’s advisor is to manage the project as if it were our own, from project inception through move-in and project close-out. We start by defining and documenting project requirements and parameters. We prepare a delivery strategy that manages the plethora of risks that will or may come to bear on the project. We assemble the best qualified team of numerous experts required to design and construct the project. Finally, we execute the delivery strategy; managing the entire process on behalf of our clients. Through proactive planning and diligent pursuit of project goals, our clients reap the benefits of the highest capital and operating expense reductions – typically far in excess of the investment in our fees.

  • Program Management
  • Owner Representation
  • Project Feasibility
  • Cost Estimating – Budget Preparation
  • Value Engineering
  • Design Document Review
  • Consultant/Contractor/Design Professional Selection
  • Preparation of Design Consultant and Construction Contracts
  • Municipal Utility Coordination
  • Scheduling
  • Cost Control – Financial Management
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Monthly Construction Draw Reviews
  • Project Closeout

“If you want your project to be on time, on budget, and within the scope that was expected, hire KVA.”

-Louis Salemy
Former School Chairperson, Town of Concord-Carlisle

Brookline Bank

Boston, MA 

Working with KVA was both personally and professionally one of the most rewarding experiences I had in nearly thirty years with Brookline Bank. I learned a great deal working with them and will value the experience far beyond completion.” 

-Andrew Schieffelin, AVP
Brookline Bancorp., Inc.


The Boston Conservatory

Boston, MA 

(KVA) added value from the moment they came on board, taking over from another project management firm as we selected our builder, negotiated final contracts with both the builder and the architect, and began construction.  Now eight months into the project, we continue to enjoy the benefits of KVA’s work as Owner's Rep in all aspects of the project.

-Richard Ortner, President
The Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA

Berklee College of Music

Boston, ma 

“In working with KVA over the course of the past fifteen or so years, I have found the company to be an invaluable member of the project team for complicated, time-sensitive projects, as our repeat business suggests.” 

-William Whitney, Vice President for Real Estate
Berklee College of Music Boston, MA



Wayland High School

Wayland, ma 

“Dear Wayland High School Building Committee...Thank you for planning and organizing the construction of our new Wayland High School. The buildings are beautiful, and I’m excited to spend the rest of my senior year traveling through the hallways. After having a mere two classes in the new school, I feel at home. The learning and study spaces are comfortable, and I know I will be able to learn extensively with the new and improved technology. Thank you, again, for dedicating your time to create this space. We all truly appreciate it!!”

Student at Wayland High School


KVA’s direct connection between our words and our deeds assures that each project will be handled with our high-standard of integrity and reliability.


KVA’s absolute dedication to our clients means standing in their shoes and seeing their goals and priorities as our own. At the end of the day, we consider ourselves an extension of our client’s staff.


We pride ourselves on developing strong relationships with our clients. We strive to work together and unleash every client’s potential to achieve their goals. At KVA, a job is considered a success when an open and honest environment is created and all team members enjoy the journey from start to finish.


We approach each job with a sense of creativity and resourcefulness – looking beyond the basics to discover the best solution for every issue. At KVA, we believe you should never stop looking for creative alternatives to save the client time and money.


Reaction time is crucial with all projects at any phase, as is anticipating problems before they arise can circumvent larger issues down the road. At KVA, we aggressively do whatever it takes to eliminate obstacles and anticipate potential issues.