I first met Kinsley Construction Co. in late 2017, at the company’s sprawling headquarters on the outskirts of Chicago.
A few months later, as construction of Trump Tower in the heart of the city was heating up, the two companies began working together to design and build the Trump-branded building that would house Trump Tower, as well as the future Trump International Hotel & Tower in downtown Chicago.
That year, Kinsleys construction company had just launched its first major construction project: a three-story building that was designed to house a hotel and condominium complex that was being built by the Trump Organization.
As the project progressed, it became clear that the project had the potential to be a multi-million-dollar construction project, and the two men working on it knew that building it together would be a boon for their careers.
But the building’s location in the center of Chicago meant that it would have to be constructed in such a way that the tower would be built on top of the Chicago River, the source of an existing flood control system that was already under threat from the city of Chicago’s heavy winter rains.
When construction began, Kingsley construction company took on the construction of the Trump Tower at its downtown office, where it had offices from 2009 to 2018.
“We were doing construction work in the city,” the company told Recode.
“That was really the big thing for us.
We wanted to build a tower in the middle of downtown Chicago that would be able to handle the floods that would come.”
Kinslers construction company would eventually move its headquarters to its current location at a nearby construction site, where construction of its new skyscraper began in 2017.
As construction of one of the tallest buildings in the world continued to progress, KINSLEY construction company and its partner, Hockenheim Partners, were part of a construction consortium that also included the Chicago Bears and the Trump campaign.
As of 2018, HOCKENHEIMS construction company was the largest privately-held construction company in the United States.
It had been part of the Obama administration for more than a decade, having been acquired by a company headed by the brother of Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The Trump Organization, in turn, was led by the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has since been indicted by the Justice Department for running a corrupt political operation.
In addition to the Trump Towers project, the Chicago Cubs had also been interested in building a new stadium in the Windy City.
In early 2019, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein, who was also working as the chairman of Hockens construction company, reached out to Kinslleys construction partners to ask them to join a bid to build the new stadium.
Epstein also reached out through his son and grandson to the Kinsllys construction company to get their support for the stadium project, according to a person familiar with the matter.
At that point, the Cubs were interested in a $1.7 billion deal to build an entirely new ballpark in downtown Miami.
“It’s like, ‘Hey, we’ve got a bunch of money here, we’re interested in you guys building a stadium in Miami, too,'” Epstein told a Miami television station at the time.
“So, you know, we wanted to get involved.
We were going to help.
And we were going, ‘Sure, let’s do it.'”
Epstein and Hockenhals construction company were interested, too.
The Chicago Cubs were not the only team interested in the project.
Epstein and his son, Brian Epstein, were also interested in buying the Miami Marlins, according the person familiar, who did not wish to be identified because the private deal was not publicly disclosed.
The Marlins were the team that had the most to gain financially from the Trump project.
In the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the team was trying to build new stadiums in Miami and Miami Beach.
Trump was reportedly offering a $10 billion offer to buy the Marlins, but it was not clear at the end of the year whether or not the Marlins were interested.
“At the time, we had no interest,” Brian Epstein told Recodes.
No, I mean, we knew nothing.
We had no idea.
We just assumed we would be there.
And now it looks like that was a mistake.”
By the end, the Marlins had been interested, and were eager to get a stadium built in Miami.
By the time of the 2019 presidential election and the construction process that followed, the Miami Dolphins were also in the running for a new baseball stadium.
In November 2019, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and the team’s chairman, Mark Davis, reached an agreement that would see the team construct a new $150 million stadium in downtown South Florida.
Ross had initially planned to have the stadium constructed on the site of the now-closed Marlins stadium, which was on the National Mall in Washington, D