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October 7, 2019
Bradley Kirk Robinson, founder of The Robinson Co. in Seattle, died Sept. 18 at the age of 65.
Robinson founded his construction management and cost estimating company in 1985 after working for general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis. The company focuses on public sector work, including schools, libraries, museums, medical facilities and fire stations.
Robinson owned the company along with his wife, Jean, and business partner Sharon Kennedy.
“Kirk was a true mentor to me, instilling the importance of honesty and integrity in our industry,” Kennedy said in a prepared statement. “He was a great listener and had a keen eye at looking at all sides of an issue. His ability to instill confidence in me was something I will always be grateful for.”
As part of Kirk's retirement plan, The Robinson Co. merged at the start of this year with Rider Levett Bucknall, an international property and construction consultant. Kirk was serving as managing principal of the Seattle office to ensure a smooth transition for his longtime employees and new staff. About a dozen people work in the office, now called RLB Robinson.
Over the years, Kirk's company managed construction of projects exceeding $400 million and provided over 4,000 cost estimates.
An announcement from Kirk's family said he gave a lot of his time to his projects, always willing to help with fundraising to ensure bonds were passed to build schools. His greatest reward was repeat business.
Kirk was born in Chicago on Sept. 26, 1953, and raised in nearby Morton Grove. He earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he met Jean and was married to her for 40 years.
Outside of work, Kirk liked to ski, follow the Chicago Cubs and travel with his daughter, Sarah Gadzuk of Denver. He ran eight marathons, all after the age of 40, was a two-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention and worked to pass the state's Death with Dignity Initiative.
In addition to Jean and Sarah, Kirk is survived by his sister Linda Maggiore of Chicago, brothers-in-law John Cassady and Daniel Cassady, sister-in-law Anne Ferri, and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Homer Robinson and Diana Kimmell, along with older siblings Susan and Ronald.
A celebration of Kirk's life will be held 10:30 a.m.-noon on Oct. 25 at the Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle. The museum, which opened in 2018, was one of Kirk's last projects and his family said he worked tirelessly to guarantee its success.