McHugh Construction Names Ryan Keane Vice President, Nashville Operations

NASHVILLE, Tenn.: James McHugh Construction Co., the Chicago-based general contractor whose Nashville office opened in 2014, is pleased to announce that Ryan Keane has been promoted to vice president. Keane, formally a senior project manager, will continue to oversee all construction operations for the company’s Nashville office while shifting additional attention to McHugh’s business development and relationship building efforts across the market.

Keane joined McHugh Construction in 1999 as an intern and, in 2001, accepted his first full-time position with the company. He has held roles as estimator, project engineer, assistant project manager, and structural project manager. After spending eight consecutive years managing construction for several projects owned by Magellan Development Group in Chicago, Keane relocated to Nashville in 2014 to lead construction of Magellan’s 313-unit luxury apartment tower, The SoBro. Since then, he has helped solidify McHugh’s reputation as a full-service local builder, attracting talented individuals from leading firms and growing the company’s Nashville-based team from three to more than 25 full-time professionals. 

Keane, who is responsible for all aspects of McHugh’s Nashville construction portfolio, has led construction of some of the city’s most exciting developments, including The SoBro and Kenect Nashville, the 20-story, 420-unit complex developed by Akara Partners slated to become the second largest apartment building in Nashville. The team has also recently completed construction of the Fieldhouse Jones Hotel, a 72,000-square-foot, 93-room boutique hotel in East Nashville. 

Keane and the Nashville team show no signs of slowing down. In fact, McHugh crews are currently managing preconstruction for the Southall Inn & Spa outside Franklin, Tennessee, and recently broke ground on West End Residential, the 25-story, 358-unit residential complex on West End Avenue in Midtown. Additionally, Keane continues to pursue new opportunities that align with McHugh’s expertise across residential, commercial, hospitality and institutional development.

“This promotion is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team in Nashville,” said Ryan Keane. “I am honored to lead such a talented group of construction professionals, each of whom shares a commitment to client service and satisfaction and to approaching each project with the boldness and creativity that defines McHugh. We continue to see enormous opportunity in the Nashville real estate market and look forward to growing our presence here over the long term.”

Part of that presence, according to Keane, is establishing and fostering meaningful, long-term relationships not only with local developers, subcontractors, and trades organizations, but also with the nonprofit community. Since 2014, McHugh team members have become involved in a variety of philanthropic programs, including those supporting St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Middle Tennessee Chapter, and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

“Our goal is to become part of the fabric of Nashville,” said Keane. “We want to play a role both in building the city’s skyline and strengthening its communities and residents. For us, the two go hand-in-hand.” 

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About James McHugh Construction Co.
James McHugh Construction the premier builder of landmark, one-of-a-kind structures in Chicago, Nashville and across the Midwest. Specializing in high-rise residential projects, concrete construction, historic restoration, ultra-high luxury hospitality, entertainment, special use, rail and infrastructure works, McHugh serves clients in both the public and private sectors, delivering a seamless and positive project experience driven by excellence and innovation. Since its founding 1897, the company has constructed some of the Midwest’s most complex and recognizable structures, including Marina City, Aqua Tower, Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel, Kenect Nashville and The SoBro, earning a reputation for leadership and innovation in general contracting. McHugh is known for its unwavering commitment to clients, its ability to deliver exceptional results on time and within budget, its dedication to growing and developing partnerships with subcontractors, and its steadfast pursuit of building stronger communities in the markets in which it operates.