Message from CEO Doug Kennedy:

sealAt Johnson & Galyon, our rich tradition of meeting the construction needs of the Knoxville region is important to us, but even more special is the large number of relationships we have been able to make and maintain throughout the community.

Our clients seem to be drawn to the fact that we strive to understand their business and how they got to where they are. They recognize that we have the ability to find efficient solutions to challenging facility needs regardless of the industry or size of the project.

We are proud of the fact that our buildings have touched so many lives over the years, and we’re excited about contributing to and being a critical part of East Tennessee’s growth into the future.

If you have a construction project on the horizon, look no further than Johnson & Galyon. We would love the opportunity to develop a relationship with you.

Doug’s Signature

Company Overview

Johnson & Galyon has been in continuous operation in Knoxville as a general contractor and builder of custom homes since 1914. Founded by A.H. Whisman, the firm’s ownership evolved to W.K. Johnson, who joined the firm as a bookkeeper and J.E. Willard, a respected civil engineer. In those days the firm was known as Johnson & Willard. In 1942, E.L. Galyon joined the company as an estimator and the company later became Johnson & Galyon, a term synonymous with the highest levels of construction quality, tradition and innovations.

Today, Johnson & Galyon continues to be a Knoxville-based, employee-owned company. Our staff includes professional engineers, accountants and architects, proven superintendents and foreman, as well as skilled craftsmen.

Our company is built on repeat business with several relationships spanning more than 50 years. Our repeat client list includes Covenant Health, University Health System, Carson-Newman College, University of Tennessee, Walters State Community College, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Keurig Green Mountain, Knoxville-Knox County Public Building Authority, Commercial and Investment Properties and numerous others.

Building on tradition and innovation while completing projects on schedule and within budget, Johnson & Galyon continues to earn the trust of new clients while maintaining relationships which we have valued for decades, both commercially and residentially.


Throughout our history, Johnson & Galyon has maintained a successful, comprehensive safety program. Our program embodies key elements that contribute to the collective success of our team’s efforts.

Community Support

What a privilege it is to be part of Knoxville and this region. At Johnson & Galyon, we are proud of the projects we have been involved with over the last century, and we continue a strong belief that has been passed down throughout our history, of giving back to our local community.

Leadership Team

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