Josh Marrillia


Josh Marrillia is the founder and President of Marrillia Design and Construction, a Lexington based commercial general contractor whose work includes K-12 education, higher education, medical, municipal, streetscape, landfill and military projects.

Josh was born in Louisville, KY to Susan Beck and Scott Marrillia. He grew up as the eldest son in a fourth-generation, 80-year-old, family-owned excavation company, and from an early age, construction was all around him. Josh attended St. Xavier High School and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Josh began his professional career working for a design/build construction firm whose primary client base was Japanese owned automotive manufacturing companies. Showing a knack for developing and implementing design/build strategies, he quickly rose to the position of Director of Engineering.  Josh’s notable design/build accomplishments include expansions to YH America in Versailles, Hitachi (formerly Tokico) in Berea and Murakami Manufacturing USA in Campbellsville.

In 2005, Josh partnered with a Lexington based developer to start an in-house commercial contracting division under the umbrella of the developer’s parent company.  Josh led and supervised the construction of The 500s on Main, a mixed-use development with a combined construction cost of $25MM, located in downtown Lexington across from Rupp Arena.  A few blocks away, he completed the construction of Newpast on Main and the led the structural design of several of the developer’s suburban office building projects in Beaumont.

In May 2008, Josh founded Marrillia Design and Construction.  In response to a struggling economy at the time the company was founded, Josh directed the company’s business development efforts into the public bid market, where it quickly thrived.  With a focus on quality, schedule, budget and safety, Marrillia has solidified its place in the Kentucky construction industry as one of the top mid size general contractors in the state with revenues of approximately $30 MM annually. To-date, under Josh’s leadership and management, Marrillia has won six (6) AGC of Kentucky Build Kentucky Awards for such notable projects as the 5/3 Bank Pavilion and Cheapside Park Renovation, the renovation of a historic property on Main Street in downtown Lexington, the Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery in Frankfort and the renovation of the Oval Lawn at the University of Louisville, which included the conservation of Auguste Rodin’s priceless The Thinker sculpture. Additional work includes numerous projects at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Kentucky State University as well as projects for the Kentucky Department of Education, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Louisville Metro Government and several public municipalities and publically funded organizations throughout Kentucky.

Beyond his professional career, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife Christa and their two (2) young sons – Lincoln and Winston. Josh resides in Lexington, KY and occupies much of his free time with photography and working on his and Christa’s historic, 100-year-old home in the Ashland Park neighborhood of Chevy Chase.

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