Ujamaa Construction was originally founded in 2002 by Jimmy Akintonde, President and CEO. In 2017, however, Ujamaa Construction opened an Atlanta based office led by Co-Principal and Executive Vice President Todd Pressley. Serving as a general construction company specializing in demolition and mill work, Ujamaa has grown to an organization of 75 employees and projected growth throughout the southeast.
After opening the Atlanta office in 2017, Ujamaa Construction soon began working as a client of the Atlanta MBDA Centers. Since becoming a client, Ujamaa has pursued and received a number of contracts via the assistance of the Atlanta MBDA Centers staff. Most notably, Ujamaa was contracted on the START to Build Program for the Microsoft Atlantic Yards Project in Atlantic Station. The Atlanta MBDA Centers START to Build program is a client-led consortium that includes construction firms, specialty trade contractors, and developers, as well as facilities management firms interested in building connections to create new business opportunities.
In opening the Atlanta office, Ujamaa was specifically looking to fill the gap of black owned construction companies operating on the south side of Atlanta. Operating on their business values to help contribute back to their local communities and rebuild rundown areas, Ujamaa centers their projects around their tagline Rebuilding our Community One Block at a Time. At this time, Ujamaa has been contracted for a number of projects with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Atlanta including Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. They have also been involved with a mentorship program through Construction Ready West Side Works to help open up opportunities for apprenticeships in the construction industry.