Building Our Team

KPH is proud to announce a number of new team members who bring a wide variety of talents to the company. Meet Jay Carey, Colleen Lake, and Jan Barr. In addition to expertise in the construction industry, can you guess which one is a beekeeper? A scratch golfer? A barbershop quartet singer? Read below!


Jay Carey 
Jay is KPH’s newest Project Manager and took no time to dive into a variety of highly visible projects. He is currently overseeing KPH’s work at the 115th Refueling Wing in Madison including the Arm/Disarm Ramp, and a new Cold Storage building. In addition, Jay is managing work at the Air National Guard’s 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee for the construction of a new fire station.

Jay is no stranger to large-scale projects. He brings experience in commercial construction project management for such projects as Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, various healthcare projects in the Chicago area, and a number of financial institutions around the country.

When Jay isn’t coordinating building at work, he and his wife are busy remodeling their new home. Jay enjoys golfing, defending the title in his bowling league and singing in a barbershop quartet.


Colleen Lake

Colleen joined KPH Construction as Assistant Project Manager/Project Superintendent after working in residential construction. She assists our PMs with sales, estimating and project management, along with site support and administrative assistance.

Colleen brings a diverse background to KPH with experience in construction-related industries including real estate, custom fabrication, architectural photography and project management.

Outside of the office, Colleen loves her dogs, family, home and backyard beekeeping. She enjoys boating and fishing in summer and cooking and building in winter. Colleen volunteers with the Iron Angels BUILD Team. She and her family have fostered 75 dogs over 10 years for Cairn Rescue USA saving many worthy animals from euthanasia in overcrowded shelters.


Jan Barr
Jan serves as Controller for KPH Construction and KPH Environmental, where he manages all financial reporting and analysis for KPH companies including SA Herbst, our environmental training division.

Jan is a seasoned professional in the area of accounting and finance. He previously served in the finance department for Hydrite Chemical Co. for 29 years, working in a number of roles from Senior Financial Manager to Controller.

When Jan isn’t studying numbers in the office, he’s keeping that tally low on the scorecard as an avid golfer.