Case Studies

MBA Construction Co.

Following in Carnegie's Footsteps

Being a leading general contractor and construction management company for the energy, medical and industrial markets of the northern United States, it’s fitting that MBA Construction Co. would base it’s organizational philosophy around Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie, the founder of Carnegie Steel, helped lead the expansion of construction and steel manufacturing in the United States in the late 19th century. He was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who believed strongly in the capacity of the individual American construction worker, as well as the ability of a community to come together to achieve objectives. It’s according to those traits that MBA does business.

The MBA name represents the partners of the company: Cory Martin, Mark Brown and Dan Acevedo. Martin sits as the partner and director of business development at MBA, Brown holds the title of production manager and Acevedo is the business operations manager.

MBA’s website quotes Carnegie as saying, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability, to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” The notions of teamwork, and its results, are the engines of MBA. MBA may be a young company, having just started five years ago, but already embodies five offices spread across Montana, North Dakota, Texas, Idaho and Utah. MBA is also looking to expand its geographical footprint with establishing an additional office in Texas. The firm has become a leading contractor in the energy industry, which is credited to its goal-oriented employees’ drive to the best in the business.

Knowing When to Cut Costs

Martin is most proud of his company’s ability to be a one-stop-shop for construction needs. “We at MBA are a design-build general contractor and construction manager. So, we do a lot of turnkey projects and take them from the conceptual and schematic beginning all the way to completion. We even do elaborate 3-D modeling primarily with the energy industry. They don’t really have the time to do much themselves, so they hand us the project and say complete it. We do the layout, the conceptual, design, construction, shelving and furnishing, you name it. We really hand over the keys to them.”

Martin likes that the firm has complete control over a project. It allows MBA to not only control cost, but schedule and quality as well. MBA prides itself on its ability to determine accurate projects costs with little information. The firm keeps costs down through value-added engineering, and the utilization of the most experienced architects, engineers and suppliers available. MBA has compiled a trusted network of suppliers and subcontractors, as well as an experienced staff. All members of the process acknowledge the importance and significance of cutting costs, without sacrificing quality or functionality of the project.

However, when working in remote areas, MBA is often left completely to its own devices. “We set ourselves apart with our design-build turnkey approach within the energy industry. But we also are known for our ability to work in fairly remote locations such as in rural Wyoming, northern North Dakota and eastern Montana. Giving companies the turnkey approach is essential in such remote areas, especially because qualified subcontractors and vendors are difficult to find.”

Serving the Energy Industry

MBA provides clients within the medical and commercial industries as well as some public projects with its expertise. Currently, 80 percent of the company’s work is in the energy industry, specifically oil and natural gas. “We’re currently doing work for Sanjel out of Edmonton and Calgary, so we do all their work in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. We do their fracking and chemical storage facilities,” Martin says. “They are a fracking company in the oilfields, and that’s quite the process, but we put up their facilities all over to support them. They are Halliburton’s Canadian counterpart.”

In addition to Sanjel, MBA has worked closely with Superior Energy Services out of New Orleans. “We’re right now under construction of their master facility in North Dakota. I’ve been involved with that since the get-go. It’s going to be 40 acres total,” continues Martin. MBA has also worked on such notable projects as the Big Sky Apartments in Billings, Mont., and much of the Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Ultimately, the firm has been able to build such an impressive resume through a combination of teamwork, experience and a dedication to customer satisfaction. Martin touts the education and experience of the staff, but insists none of them would mean anything if he didn’t have employees that followed Carnegie’s philosophy of directing individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. This belief has made MBA Construction Co. into a leader and a powerhouse within the energy industry for years to follow.

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