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The Story of Nexgeneral Construction

Phillip Kliewer and Ed Smith are two long-time co-workers and friends who held a common passion for building the right way.

(Left to Right) Ed Smith and Phillip Kliewer

The two friends came up in the industry working with mentors who demonstrated to them the value of preparation, quality, attention to detail, and most importantly, the value of building authentic relationships with clients, designers, trade partners, and tenants.


Phil and Ed have managed over $5 billion dollars in projects throughout their career. Their project highlights include:

  • Colburn School of Music

  • Westmont College

  • California Armenian Home

  • Leprino Cheese Factory

  • Tachi Palace in Lemoore

  • Pontiac Department of Social Services Campus

  • Fresno Housing Authority projects and others.

After many years of working for large corporate companies, in 2020 Phil and Ed agreed that the was a need in the Central Valley for a better way of doing things in construction. At the behest of former clients, Phil and Ed took the opportunity to embark on their own construction business.


(Left to Right) Lucy Kazanjian Grayson, Phillip Kliewer, Dennis Bacopulos, Ed Smith

Neither Phil nor Ed previously planned to start a construction firm, but they recognized a need for a highly relationship-driven, people-first, Central Valley-focused general contracting company that could offer a large construction firm’s value at the smaller overall cost of a local firm.


They want to take the best of what has been done in the past and do it better. The “next generation” of construction. Thus, Nexgeneral Construction was born.


Nexgeneral began by taking on small renovation projects for their first client. Soon, they were receiving more and more project requests and growing their team.


As of 2023, Nexgeneral has established itself as one of the most respected construction companies in the Fresno, California area. Nexgeneral has built numerous high-quality projects including offices, housing, commercial kitchens, and remodels.


Interested in connecting with the Nexgeneral team about your project? Contact us today.




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