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M & D Construction LLC: Setting the Bar for High Quality

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M & D Construction LLC (M&D) has been building value for clients across Colorado for almost 30 years. “I came to M&D because of the integrity that defines how we do business,” explains Brian Hall, managing member at M&D Construction. “For us, it’s about delivering on both quality and cost-effective construction and we settle for nothing less.”

The company’s origins date back to 1984 when Mike Dawson ventured out to build a company that would actually deliver the quality workmanship to which all contractors aspire. Today, this straightforward objective is complemented by an ingrained teamwork ethic and solid financial standing that continues to put M&D at the top of the many project owners’ and construction managers’ lists.

Hall joined the company in 2007, already having a depth of development and construction industry knowledge. Hall earned his master of accountancy degree from Brigham Young University and worked for Arthur Young and Ernst & Young with a focus on engineering and construction clients before joining CRSS Constructors in 1993. Hall has also worked at The Broe Group, a Denver-based private investment and management firm, as well as RK Mechanical and LONG Building Technologies.

His extensive work history provided a wide range of construction industry experience, including owner/manager, general contracting/construction management and subcontractor trade. “Experience has enabled M&D to understand projects from an owner’s vision and the role the construction team plays to making that vision a reality,” explains Hall.

Hall’s additional financial expertise has helped M&D establish itself as a reliable subcontractor, especially in the fiercely competitive open-bid market in recent years. Just as project owners look to find contractors with not just extensive experience and competitive prices, but also a solid financial standing, so too does the M&D team. “The quality of work is just as important as price and we only deal with a select few companies when considering suppliers and subcontractors,” asserts Hall.

M&D is based out of Centennial, Colo., which is part of the greater Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. Though most of M&D’s work is concentrated within the greater Denver area, the company will travel as far as economically feasible for the client. The company specializes in commercial construction in focused areas, including steel framing, drywall, insulation and acoustic ceilings.

A Lean Approach

As a general rule, M&D prefers to keep as much of the work performed by in-house labor, which accounts for the company’s robust workforce of roughly 85 employees. Every once in a while, though, M&D will reach out to a network of trusted and experienced subcontractors to lend a hand, especially to augment M&D’s insulation or ceiling crews.

Still, the M&D team understands the importance of maintaining a lean operating structure, which underscores the company’s emphasis on teamwork. M&D has a history of tackling complex projects, often requiring innovative framing approaches, as was the case in building an assisted living facility. “It was a very complex structural framing job that really required us to take a different approach than usual,” adds Hall.

All the same, M&D pulled through for the client and delivered the project as requested. Other recent highlights in M&D’s project portfolio include work at the Denver headquarters of United Launch Alliance LLC (ULA), a joint venture formed between Lockheed Martin’s Atlas team and The Boeing Company’s Delta team to facilitate cost-effective access to space for federal space missions. The joint venture officially materialized in 2006 and a Denver headquarters for both operations and some manufacturing soon followed.

The three Denver locations were later consolidated into a central corporate campus in 2010 to accommodate a growing staff of 2,000 professionals. ULA reportedly opted to relocate into existing space instead of building a new corporate campus from the ground up as local demand for Class A office space fell, bringing down prices in the process.

Shifting Gears

Though the economic downturn did take M&D for a bit of a spin, promising signs of opportunity abound. “I think we’ll see a bit of growth as we continue to re-establish our reputation in the Denver market, as over the last 10 years I believe M&D was viewed as a mountain contractor,” admits Hall. That perception was formed through M&D’s completion of the Dancing Bear luxury condominiums in Aspen, The Viceroy in Snowmass Village, The Arrabelle at Vail Village and Solaris Residences in Vail.

M&D has also focused its efforts on a Denver-based 75-unit assisted-living center built for the Christian Living Centers. The scope of M&D’s work includes structural cold-formed metal framing for the building and the metal decking, utilizing lightweight concrete panels for the flooring above grade. Additionally, M&D has focused on healthcare facilities, building a number of specialized surgical rooms and PET cat-scan projects.

Additionally, M&D turned its eyes toward the multifamily residential market. M&D is in the final stages of completing Building E at The Lofts at Peloton in Boulder Colorado, which offers one, two and three-bedroom residences in addition to spacious open lofts. It is clear that wherever opportunity presents, the M & D Construction LLC’s strong financial standing and experienced staff will ensure the company pursues growth responsibly.

Published on: March 15, 2013

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