History

P.J. Callaghan was founded in 1948 by Pete “P.J.” Callaghan and John C. Burket, Sr., and was originally called Burket & Callaghan Construction. In these early days, the focus was on building residential homes in St. Petersburg. The name changed to P.J. Callaghan after the passing of our founder John Burket, Sr. in the 1950s. We turned our focus from residential homes to commercial projects in 1967 when we became an authorized builder for Star Building Systems.

In memoirs kept by co-founder P.J. Callaghan, he wrote about a range of topics, but primarily he covered best practices for doing business. Among those best practices, he stressed the importance of working hard and pushing to get the most out of a full day’s work. Decades later, we still follow his strong work ethic and attribute it to our continued success.

We are a family-owned, family-run company, and we see our employees as an extension of our family. Our family tradition continues with our founder’s grandson, John C. Burket, Jr., at the helm as president. At the same time, John’s son Tom Burket and son-in-law Tobin Robeck are ushering in the fourth generation of the company and the future of P.J. Callaghan Construction.

Recent Awards

  • 2013 Star Building Systems’ esteemed Million Dollar Award for sales volume exceeding $1 million.
  • 2013 Star Building Systems’ distinguished President’s Club Award for cumulative sales achievement of more than $14 million since becoming an authorized builder in 1967.
  • 2013 Star Building Systems’ Outstanding Builder Award for market share and sales volume achievements within the company’s district.
  • 2013 Star Building Systems’ Top 10 Award for top performance in the Florida District.

General Contractor, Design/Builder and Metal Building Specialist