Zellner Construction

Zellner's History

Since Zellner Construction's founding in 1966 construction methods, industry standards, regulations, and market conditions have changed. However, our philosophy is the same today as when Jesse Zellner founded the company nearly 50 years ago: 

Strive for excellence, work hard, and concentrate on giving personal attention to every project, regardless of its size.

  • 1966

    After several years working for Southern Builders as VP of Construction, Jesse Zellner pairs with William B Clark to form Clark and Zellner Construction Company, Inc

  • 1969

    Less than three years after opening the doors, Clark and Zellner achieved the distinguished honor of becoming one of the nation's largest construction contractors by Engineering News Record's annual Top 400.

  • 1976

    From log cabins to lakes and lagoons, Zellner Construction was called on to build them all ... and did. The 52-structure complex of LibertyLand included almost every type and style of architecture imagination could conceive. Construction means and methods required innovative approaches which were successfully overseen by many people who are still with Zellner today. Although the theme park has since been shut down, the project remains one of our most notable accomplishments.

  • 1982

    Golden Triangle Medical Center completed by Zellner

  • 1986

    Zellner Construction builds a 152 room addition on to the old Hotel Tennessee (built in 1927) on Union Ave in downtown Memphis for Radisson Hotels. The hotel now operates as a DoubleTree by Hilton.

  • 1988

    Among other projects for St. Jude, Zellner completes a multi story parking garage.

  • 1990

    Jesse Zellner’s son, Mark Zellner, takes over as company president.

  • 2005

    Zellner Construction Company, Inc. changes it's name to Zellner Construction Services, LLC.

  • 2010

    After the construction of Libertyland in the 1970’s and it’s closure in 2005, Zellner Construction built over the abandoned footings of their previous job to complete Tiger Lane. Aggressive scheduling and working 24/7 allowed the project to be substantially completed within 90 days of NTP so that the area could be used for all home football games.

  • 2011

    Zellner completes construction of University Place Apartments in Memphis, TN. This project was Tennessee’s first completed development to earn the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Neighborhood Development certification (LEED ND).

  • 2013

    Zellner continues to work with the City of Memphis to improve the infrastructure and aesthetic appeal of Downtown Memphis by being awarded two exciting city projects; Beale Street Landing and the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector project.