Our Story

1949: Phoenix Building & Construction Company, Inc. is founded by Vincent Lombardi, affectionately known by friends and family as “Prince," in his hometown of Phoenixville, Pa. The firm finds success early on by focusing on building homes.

Image from newspaper in the early days of LA Holding LLC1950s: Phoenix Building has continued success in the residential industry and begins moving into commercial construction work as a general contractor. Early projects in the company’s history include the Santa Anna Italian Club and the Exton Baptist Church.

1960s: By the 1960s, Phoenix Building has grown to become a respected contractor, well known for the quality of its work. With the addition of Prince's brother Eddie as a key project manager, they begin to expand into larger institutional projects, including Chester County Hospital, Chester County Airport, and Newman Student Center at West Chester University. In addition, they complete Mother of Divine Providence Catholic Church in King of Prussia, which leads to many other successful church construction projects for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Despite the company's growth, it continues to perform the smaller residential work that had been its mainstay from the beginning, a trait that was well known and appreciated within the local community.

1970s: The 1970s is the beginning of a new era for Phoenix Building, as Prince’s son, James P. Lombardi, begins his career in the construction industry as an estimator. This addition to the company leads to an explosion in growth, as work in the public school sector significantly increases. Some of the many projects successfully completed during this time are the Western Montgomery Technical School, Charlestown Elementary School, Manatawny Manor, and Phoenixville Manor. The boost in work completed during this time established Phoenix Building as a leading contractor in the area.

1980s: With the business in the hands of his three sons, Vincent “Prince” Lombardi retires from the company that he had founded over three decades ago. Phoenix Building moves into the retail construction industry, completing a wide variety of projects such as the design and building of Phoenix Cleaners.

1987: In an effort to continue his success with the public sector and commercial work, James P. Lombardi, decides to take a different path and leaves the family business to pursue a job opportunity at Irwin & Leighton (I&L). Starting as an estimator, utilizing his years of experience from the family business, he quickly moves up in the company to become a Director of Sub-Contractor Relations, Vice President of Purchasing, and partner at Irwin & Leighton. During his time at I&L, he is involved with many projects including over 40 Walmarts, Dover Air Force Base, 1600 Market St. Philadelphia, J.C. Penney, and Burlington Coat Factory.

1990: James' son, Kristopher Lombardi, begins work at Phoenix Building, continuing the tradition of his father, uncles, and grandfather. Kris develops his skill as a carpenter/assistant foreman.

1990s: Kris and Jim formed LA Holding Group, LLC for their real estate investment, including 17 rental properties and over 20 house flips.

1995: Kris Lombardi decides to move on from the family business to begin work as a general contractor with a focus on custom homebuilding and commercial construction fit-outs under the name Keystone Construction Group. 

2005: Kris Lombardi moves into another branch of the construction industry by founding Roman Rolloff, which specializes in supplying dumpsters for commercial construction. The business sees growth quickly with many repeat customers on large construction jobs.

Image of Roman Rollof Truck

2011: Roman Rolloff is bought out by a large container service in the region, and Kris makes a move back to his roots by taking on specialty carpentry projects and select demolition.

2012: Finding success in the commercial select demolition industry, Kris opens Azzurro, Inc. Over the next several years, Azzurro completes projects including multiple Walmart and Dollar Tree stores, Johnson Matthey’s global headquarters, Johnson & Johnson, Vanguard, Cabrini College, and many others.

Image of an Azzurro Truck

2017: James P. Lombardi retires from I&L after a long successful career. By this time, Azzurro Inc. has been operating for 5 years strong. Jim and his son Kris decide to join forces and launch Lom-Con Inc, which will provide both redi-mix concrete and 10-15 yard dumpsters to local contractors and homeowners.

Jim does not stop with the addition of Lom-Con, and in mid-2017 he founds LA Building Contractors, a general contractor/construction manager whose primary focus is out-of-the-ground public and private construction projects.

Jim and Kris purchase land on the edge of Phoenixville to construct a new office and shop, only a short distance away from where Phoenix Building had begun nearly 70 years earlier. The office is completed in a few months, and all three companies are now based under one roof. The new shop is also home to Lom-Con’s state-of-the-art concrete batch plant.

LA Holding Group, LLC, which started as a real estate holding company, has now come to be the parent company for three separate divisions serving the construction industry.

A Partial History

Some of our work through the years
Santa Anna Italian American Club Phoenixville, Pa. 1950
Exton Baptist Church Exton, Pa. 1958
Valley Forge Army Hospital P.X. Building Phoenixville, Pa. 1959
Chester County Airport Coatesville, Pa. 1959
Mother Of Devine Providence Church King Of Prussia, Pa. 1959/1960
Mary C. House Elementary School West Chester, Pa. 1960
Chester County Hospital West Chester, Pa. 1961
Royer Greeves Blind School Paoli, Pa. 1962
Conestoga Elementary School Conestoga, Pa. 1962
Holy Ghost School Phoenixville, Pa. 1964
Newman Student Center At West Chester University West Chester, Pa. 1966
Rupert Elementary Pottstown, Pa. 1967/1968
Lincoln Elementary Pottstown, Pa. 1968
Epiphany Church Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 1968
Daily Local News Building West Chester, Pa. 1968/1969
Phoenixville Manor House Phoenixville, Pa. 1969
St Annes Chapel Phoenixville, Pa. 1969
Phoenixville Borough Maintenece Garage Phoenixville, Pa. 1971
Pathway School Jeffersonville, Pa. 1972
Culligan Water Co. Eagleville, Pa. 1973
Fame Fire Company West Chester, Pa. 1974
Western Montgomery County Vo-Tech School Limerick, Pa. 1975
Charlestown Elementary School Charlestown, Pa. 1976
Phoenixville Hook And Ladder Phoenixville, Pa. 1977
Manatawny Manor Pottstown, Pa. 1978
Schuylkill Elementary School Phoenixville, Pa. 1979
Hancock Fire Company Norristown, Pa. 1980
Penn Square Community Church East Norriton, Pa. 1980
Leader Nursing Home Pottstown, Pa. 1981
Leader Nursing Home Norristown, Pa. 1982
West Chester Arms Nursing Home West Chester, Pa. 1983
Green Acres Nursing Home Cheltenham, Pa. 1983
Conrail/Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard King Of Prussia, Pa. 1983
Caln Elementary Thorndale, Pa. 1984
St. Mikes Parish Center Mont Clare, Pa. 1984
Homer Printing Trooper, Pa. 1984
Ambler Savings and Loan Schwenksville, Pa. 1985
Midas Muffler Norristown, Pa. 1985
Midas Muffler King Of Prussia, Pa. 1985
Midas Muffler East Norriton, Pa. 1985
Carfagno Chevrolet Norristown, Pa. 1985
West Chester Senior Center West Chester, Pa. 1986
United Terex Norristown, Pa. 1986
Phoenix Cleaners Phoenixville, Pa. 1986