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Diversity + Equity + Inclusion

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A Statement From McCownGordon's Leadership Team

Respect and inclusion for all.

McCownGordon condemns racism, discrimination and violence. Two of our core values—integrity and relationships—remain cornerstones for our company’s long-standing beliefs that all people be treated with respect and dignity.

We remain committed to providing opportunities for all. Our focus on diversity and inclusion remains unwavering because we know diverse thoughts, ideas and perspectives from people of different races, genders, beliefs and backgrounds, make our company stronger. They make our community stronger. And they make each of us a better human being.

There are no easy answers to this issue, but we pledge to work with the community, and business and civic leaders to support initiatives that advance peace and equality for all.


At McCownGordon, we promote an environment where all cultures and backgrounds are acknowledged, celebrated, and embraced. June is recognized as Pride Month for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+) community.  Join McCownGordon in celebrating Pride Month!

McCownGordon Mentor/Protégé Program

The McCownGordon Mentor/Protégé Program enhances the ability of underrepresented trade partners to be competitive in the construction industry.

Applications are accepted between April 17 and June 16.

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By strengthening our commitment to improving the representation of women and minorities, we’ve seen increased engagement and a focus on taking ownership and giving back.

We regularly communicate to create an awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion and engage groups and resources throughout the community to support the efforts. Our internal Diversity + Inclusion committee focuses on three main pillars: understand, include and inspire.

Hear from our associates

James Maiden, a McCownGordon Construction associate
McCownGordon Construction recognizes the need for advancement in DEI efforts in the construction industry. The company’s leadership team and associates, strive to build a culture where all people feel accepted, safe and engaged at work. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I feel empowered to express my identity and engage with coworkers just like any other associate within the company."

—James Maiden

Internal Communications Specialist

Shunna McClendon, a McCownGordon Construction associate
At McCownGordon we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We foster an environment where all backgrounds are acknowledged, celebrated, and embraced. Living our core values reflects the desire that McCownGordon holds for inclusion. We strive to build great relationships and a culture where people feel supported and that their work has a real impact. We build trust and create a positive environment for people to feel safe and we also celebrate and acknowledge hard work. At McCownGordon we recognize the benefits of having a diverse workforce."

—Shunna McClendon

Administrative Coordinator / Receptionist

John Gregory, a McCownGordon Construction employee
The ultimate goal is to help everyone at MGC feel that this is a safe place to come to, in the office or out in the field, where whatever characteristics beyond your control and choices you have made to define yourself are not weaponized against you.  I would walk away right now if I felt that our culture could not withstand that kind of negativity.  We all work together for the good of McCown Gordon, and we all should be working together for the good of each other and those outside of the MGC bubble too."

—John Gregory

Carpenter Foreman

Caleb Skaggs, a McCownGordon Construction employee
McCownGordon prioritizes inclusion in the hiring process. They make sure to not just favor candidates that look, and talk like them. It is understood that McCownGordon being more diverse as a company makes us a more progressive and successful company."

—Caleb Skaggs


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McCownGordon is committed to respect and inclusion for all associates.

To deliver the best building experience, we strive to build a team of professionals with diverse perspectives and varying life experiences that reflect the communities we serve.

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Instilled from our leadership

At McCownGordon, we look at diversity as the people with whom we associate, and inclusion is how we engage them. Diversity alone does not drive inclusion. We know the importance of ensuring that associates speak up and are heard, making it safe to propose ideas, empowering team members to make decisions, and sharing credit for team success.

Minority and Women Business Enterprises

McCownGordon has a proven record of meeting or exceeding MBE/WBE goals on projects. Our relationships with minority and women business enterprises are built on mutual respect and a commitment to our community.

Our diversity and inclusion engagement program begins with project outreach. Ensuring each and every trade partner has an equitable opportunity to work on a project is key to reaching goals.

The goal of our mentor-protege program is to bolster the area’s minority and women businesses. These companies often face challenges a company with a bit of experience can help them navigate. Our team partners with local MBE/WBE contractors, meeting regularly to provide guidance in every aspect of business, from project management and estimating to accounting and marketing. Our teams have found that this type of one-on-one relationship yields the most positive impacts on our trade partners.

The quality of the construction management services from beginning to end have exceeded our expectations. The communication from Project Managers and Superintendents was above and beyond so that I was always up to speed and was never left in the dark. They have proven to be a true partner invested in achieving what the district has put forth in goals in creating the highest quality facilities that will serve the students, teachers and staff for years to come."

—Trisha Brooke-Fruendt

USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden School District | Construction Owners Representative

Flint Hills Discovery Center, a project McCownGordon completed in Manhattan, Kansas
McCownGordon managed a very fair, transparent process that ultimately allowed numerous local and regional contractors to share in the work. The Flint Hills Discovery Museum project was completed on schedule and under budget, and the quality of the work is second to none."

—Ron Fehr

City of Manhattan | City Manager

Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Training of Kansas
Working with the team at McCownGordon Construction helped to relieve some of the worry and stress associated with our project buildout. Knowing they had my back and performed with a very high level of professionalism put me at ease. Even though supply chains suffered due to the pandemic, their team continued to hit every goal and milestone which was set. I am proud to say that they were our preferred vendor."

—John Clark

Plumbers and Pipefitters | Training Director

“McCownGordon brought an immense level of value and trust to our project. They delivered high- quality results and exceeded all expectations. I would recommend McCownGordon to owners looking for an honest and efficient partnership.”"

—Bill Taylor

Shook Hardy and Bacon | Director of Facilities

McCownGordon has been a great partner to collaborate with in building a new facility for the Blackwell community. Their communication and commitment in working with the architect, owner, and community has resulted in a successful project. The project had many unforeseen challenges that the McCownGordon team effectively managed, providing solutions instead of just passing it along to someone else. They constantly remained engaged with staff to ensure any disruptions created by construction were minimized. I would highly recommend McCownGordon for any healthcare project."

—Steven Taylor

Stillwater Medical | VP/ Chief Administrative Officer

Aggieville parking garage in Manhattan, KS
McCownGordon understands the importance of keeping the community engaged and informed throughout the construction process. They were undoubtedly able to deliver a strong performance and partnership benefitting our community."

—Dennis Cook

Aggieville Business Association | Executive Director

Friends University Garvey Athletic Center Renovation
Friends University is very pleased with our relationship with McCownGordon, and the excellent work provided on the renovation and expansion of the Garvey Athletic Center. I greatly appreciated their attention to detail and thorough communication. We were well informed through every step of the process."

—Amy Bragg Carey

Friends University | President

Our Culture

WIlly Pegues IV diversity and inclusion executive leader in Kansas City, MO
McCownGordon Culture is a Team
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