January 03, 2022
Awards & Recognition

Jeff King Named to ENR's 2022 National Top 20 Under 40 List

Jeff King, a vice president with Clark Construction Group, is using his passion for tackling challenges to deliver transformational projects in the MidAtlantic Region and serve those in the communities in which he builds.  

In recognition as his role as a rising leader in the construction industry,  Jeff was recently named to ENR’s 2022 National Top 20 Under 40 List. This is the culmination of ENR’s annual Top Young Professionals program, which honors the best of the next generation of construction industry professionals across 10 regions.  

Jeff is currently responsible for construction efforts at Metropolitan Park, Parcels 6, 7 & 8, the first phase of Amazon’s new headquarters in Arlington, VA. In this role, Jeff leads Clark's 40-person project management team and oversees day-to-day operations to ensure the project achieves its budget, quality, schedule, and safety goals. 

Jeff, who joined Clark in 2006 as an engineer, was quickly promoted to join Clark’s National Operations Group when project leadership saw how assiduous he was. During this time, Jeff had the opportunity to work with the company’s chief operating officer to help manage enterprise operations and projects across the country. In 2010, he returned to the field. After successfully completing two commercial buildings in Arlington, Virginia, he was tapped to oversee construction of apartments at CityCenterDC, two luxury buildings totaling over 450 residential units that was part of one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the history of the District of Columbia.  

Recently, as project executive on 1770 Crystal Drive, a renovation project in the bustling National Landing development in Virginia, Jeff’s creativity in the face of a challenge was illustrated when site constraints precluded the erection of a tower crane, threatening to impact critical precast operations. Jeff initiated an unusual solution, installing a crane on the structure’s roof, allowing the team to access all sides of the building from a central location and ultimately facilitating maximum efficiency with an innovative engineering solution. 

For Jeff, being a “builder” goes beyond the construction site. Jeff has used his leadership skills and construction knowledge to forge a connection with the local community. Through organizations including the Youth Leadership Foundation and Urban Alliance, Jeff has educated young students about career paths in the construction industry. Additionally, through Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit that provides critical home repairs and accessibility modifications to the area's most vulnerable residents, Jeff has captained the effort to renovate five houses in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia.  

Outside of construction, Jeff works with young athletes to share his other passion – lacrosse.  As former captain of Lehigh’s division one lacrosse team, Jeff is now committed to teaching the game that played an important role in his own development. Transitioning from player to coach was a perfect way for Jeff to share the game that he loves while tapping into his natural leadership abilities.  He has served as defensive coordinator for the Gonzaga High School lacrosse team since 2010, winning nine league championships and helping over 90 players develop their skills and play at the collegiate level. Last year, Jeff was tapped to lead the program and serve as the team’s head coach.  

Whether it’s serving as a trusted advisor to his clients or as a coach to his students, Jeff has the mindset.

“There’s nothing I love more than seeing those who work alongside me reach their goals. Knowing that I can be part of their formula for success energizes me and makes me excited to get up and tackle the day ahead.”