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ABOUT US

Since 1996, Key has been building uncommon places — primarily in Bend, Hood River and Portland, Oregon. With every project, we strive for a workable paradox: to fit into the surroundings while also standing out — creating whole new opportunities for residents and businesses without unnecessarily disrupting historic precedents.

Many of our projects are the result of successful collaborations with public agencies including the Urban Renewal Agency of Bend, the Ports of Klickitat and Hood River, and the Portland Development Commission.

We take places that have been untouched for decades and turn them into vibrant community hubs for industrial and retail use alongside work-live areas.

Through our projects, we aim to build a sense of place and economic activity, where tenants and residents can feel they are part of something bigger. By strengthening the physical community fabric with a sustainable design/build philosophy, our work results in improved human habitat. This is our approach to environmentalism.

Meet the team

Jeff Pickhardt

Jeff Pickhardt PRESIDENT

Jeff has been developing and investing in commercial real estate across Oregon and Washington for over 20 years. He particularly enjoys public agency work, which many of Key’s projects include — most commonly through the acquisition phase.

Claudia von Flotow

Claudia von Flotow DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

After a brief academic career in Geophysics, Claudia joined KDC as Development Director to act on her passion for placemaking. She sees development as not just an opportunity to build new structures, but a vehicle to create places that offer dynamic connections to citizens and communities.

At Key, she oversees projects in Portland and Hood River — negotiating contracts, preparing budgets, coordinating private and public parties’ design, and tracking schedules. In addition to leading people and processes, she provokes discourse with diverse stakeholders to create cohesive strategies for development.

Mannie Mills

Mannie Mills CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Mannie has over 20 years of construction management experience. He works closely with owners, designers, financial managers, subcontractors and construction teams to ensure a collaborative approach to project execution.

Mannie is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys contributing to the built environment here, while ensuring it enhances the natural beauty and sustainability of our environment.

Sean Hallissey

Sean Hallissey FINANCE DIRECTOR/ASSET MANAGER

Sean brings nearly 20 years of finance and property management experience to Key. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he went from being a CPA to joining the real estate world as a commercial property manager and later as a development project manager. Today, he could not be happier to be contributing his years of experience to the Key team.

Jed Barnes

Jed Barnes CONSTRUCTION SITE SUPERINTENDENT

Jed’s extensive knowledge and experience in construction and construction management has lead him to his position as superintendent for Celilo Contracting, where he oversees project construction. Jed has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a carpenter, contractor, business owner, and construction manager. Jed rejoices in the fact that he gets to live and do what he loves in beautiful Hood River, OR.

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson PROJECT ACCOUNTANT

Since 2009, Katie has managed accounts payable and receivable at Key. She specializes in construction accounting, and plays a central role in job cost tracking, reporting, and billing of each Key project, from beginning to completion.

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