About Us

As commercial renovation specialists, we’ve provided quality commercial construction services to businesses throughout Northeast Florida for over 30 years. We are committed to treating our clients, employees, and partners with respect, and delivering the highest quality work in our industry.

Meet the Leadership Team

Hank Duckworth

Founder, Chief Development Officer

Hank founded Duckworth Construction in 1988, and the company has experienced exponential growth over the years. He has earned the reputation of delivering projects on time and on budget. Hank graduated from University of North Florida’s Computing, Engineering and Building Construction school. Hank is an active member of Southside Businessman’s Club and has been active with NAIOP for over 30 years.

Coleman Lay

Owner, Chief Operating Officer

Coleman joined Duckworth Construction in 2015 and has been involved in all aspects of the business, including project management, estimating, operations, and finance. Coleman earned his Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Coleman is active in NAIOP and serves on the Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity. Florida Contractors license CBC1262908.

Gene McCutcheon


Gene joined Duckworth Construction in 1991 and has made significant contributions to the success of the organization by building a team of skilled professionals. Gene has worked in the building construction industry for over 40 years.

Jake Chamberlin


Jake joined Duckworth Construction in 2013 and was promoted to vice president in 2015. Jake has been instrumental in the company's business development, marketing, and client services capabilities.

Duckworth Construction's attention to detail and management of all subcontractors and work site personnel was outstanding. Their project manager Jake and foreman Steve communicated well with my team and were responsive to our questions concerns and were able to adapt to changes we made along the way with ease.

Chris Hays
Facilities Manager, CoventBridge

How We Work


Integrity is our cornerstone value, and you will experience fairness and honesty in every interaction with us.


We know it’s important for your project to get done quickly, and we’ll work in a timely manner to make it happen.


The vision you have for your project will become reality in compliance with building code requirements.


You will have one point of contact during the construction of your project to eliminate miscommunications, slowdowns, and mistakes.


Our team has over 80 years’ combined construction experience for you to rely on.



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