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A Premier Midwest Construction Firm

McCownGordon Construction has a people-first way of doing business.

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About Us.

We bring a high level of involvement, engaged communication and an innovative, problem-solving approach focused on building lasting client partnerships.

We view every project through a customer-centric, future-focused lens. This approach challenges us to redefine the way we see, think and work to bring your project to life. We’re here to be your partner.

We start with active listening, finding ways to create the most value for your investment. Through our delivery methods, cutting-edge technology, unprecedented safety and leading sustainability solutions, we can not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

If you’re ready to get started, our Project Planning Tool is here to help.

 

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About McCownGordon Construction

McCownGordon Construction is an employee-owned construction company in Kansas City, with offices in Manhattan, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas as well. As a thought leader in our industry, we strive to fulfill a role not just as a contractor, but as a full partner throughout the project. That same philosophy drives our commitment to respect and inclusion for our associates.

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Who we are.

We’re the kind of construction company that hires people based on who they are, not what they’ve done. Training someone in our unique processes is easier than training someone to embody our core values—integrity, performance and relationships. Our team is friendly, hardworking and trustworthy.

Our goal for each project is to deliver the best building experience and enhance the journey for our associates, clients, partners and community. To see more of who we are, learn about our culture.

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What We Do.

Preconstruction

We want to do things right from the outset. When you partner with McCownGordon, you get preconstruction services that go far beyond estimating—it includes things like feasibility studies, financing analysis, ROI analysis, and more. Preconstruction includes everything up to groundbreaking and ensures our clients, team leads and third-party contractors are in constant and clear communication from day one.

Construction Technology

We are a technology leader in our industry. We think ahead and vet leading-edge technologies to improve the outcomes of projects, from virtual construction in preconstruction to 360 photography and drone footage for schedule tracking. The right tools are essential to the success of any project, and our team of innovators dedicates their time to researching and testing emerging tech to find those tools. Our construction technology team also teaches the project owner and trade partners how to effectively use relevant technology for an overall smoother process.

Delivery Methods

Our team of experts can help you evaluate the construction delivery method for your project. Our experience has given us a lot of insight into what factors to consider when choosing a construction delivery method. Our collaborative Design-Build delivery method brings the construction manager, architects and trade partners together early to initiate strong communication throughout the life of the project. It also features a guaranteed maximum price early in the process, keeping things on budget. We are also a premier provider of the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) delivery method, which provides a level of transparency and efficiency for construction projects across the midwest.

Safety

When it comes to construction, safety is the name of the game. McCownGordon’s Experience Modification Rate is lower than the overall industry average because we always provide a safe working environment. We’ve had nearly 2 MILLION work hours without a lost-time incident.

Specialty Services

Our specialty services department has engineers, architects and licensed commissioning professionals who are all experts in their fields. Specialty services through McCownGordon provide a great complement to the project team with unparalleled knowledge and focus.

Trade Partner Prequalification

Building relationships with our trade partners is as important to our firm as the relationships we build with clients. We prioritize honesty and accountability when looking for trade partners and believe everyone on the job has input and adds value. If you hold those beliefs, reach out as a trade partner and fill out a form!

Our project approach.

Stage One: Pursuing the Project – we learn everything we can about a project while we’re pursuing it. 

Stage Two: Preconstruction – Preconstruction is a huge part of any project. We make sure the project owner is able to make the best decisions for the overall project and that construction goes off without a hitch.

Stage Three: Construction – Now it begins to come to fruition, and shovel is put to soil to start the actual building. This phase is built upon the success of our thorough preconstruction processes and managed using our stringent site safety protocols, best-in-the-industry communication and streamlined logistics. 

Stage Four: Close Out – We work hard to coordinate every step with our client to determine how they’re moving into their new space. From the preconstruction phase, we’ll be working with the vendors for things like furniture and IT systems so the close out phase goes as smoothly as the rest of the project.

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Why choose McCownGordon?

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, McCownGordon strives to be more than a construction company; we aim to be thought leaders in our industry who understand the value in good relationships. We look at every project that comes through our company through a customer-centric, future-focused lens.

Through our processes and philosophies, our team consistently produces results that are on time, within budget and that exceed expectations. 

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Marcus Watts
My favorite part of my internship was my project team! I've never been in a work place like McCownGordon. I was excited to go to work each day to learn from and work with the awesome people on my job site."

—Marcus Watts

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

MGC staff
My favorite part of the internship was Friday site tours. I interned many places, but never really saw much outside of my tasks until experiencing the McCownGordon Internship Program. By living proximal to other interns, I was prepared to develop and maintain an important part of McCownGordon post-graduation, RELATIONSHIPS.  "

—Nija Threat

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

major walker
My favorite part of the internship was getting to meet the great people both in this company and in the group of interns. Most of the interns who also work for McCownGordon are now my good friends. Every single time I reached out to an employee of McCownGordon for help I was greeted with enthusiasm and willingness to help."

—Major Walker

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

Beau Lynch
My favorite part of the internship was the exposure of jobs we got to tour. While we might all be spread out throughout the week, it really brought the company together in perspective as we toured several jobs across Kansas."

—Beau Lynch

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

michelle reed
I loved realizing that I was not just a number to the company – my opinions and thoughts mattered and no matter who I talked to on the executive team or on my project, they provided positive advice and feedback for my future and always had an open door to listen."

—Michelle Reed

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

daniel martinez
Being an intern for McCownGordon Construction was an amazing experience. Not only did I get to learn about the construction industry and have real responsibilities, but I also got to build relationships with a lot of friendly people."

—Daniel Martinez

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

micquille robinson
My favorite part of my internship would definitely be the culture that McCownGordon brings to the table, all of the excitement everyone has, and all of the meals that are provided!"

—Micquille Robinson

2019 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2020

Through my internship with McCownGordon, I discovered my passion for working on a jobsite! The daily interaction with trade partners that I was able to experience built on my educational foundation of the building process. I was encouraged to explore my strengths as an individual and learn to apply them to team environments. Everyone at McCownGordon made me feel like a valued member of the team. I couldn’t wait to come back full-time!"

—Lauren Franken

2018 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2019

I chose to come back to McCownGordon because I couldn’t imagine a better place with better people to work with every day. We always have a vast range of exciting projects to work on and I get to learn every day from the best team around. I knew that if I went somewhere else it wouldn’t be able to live up to my experience at McCownGordon and I would regret not coming back full time."

—Julia Blank

2018 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2019

During my summer at McCownGordon I learned from the best of the best. My superintendent gave me responsibility, respect, and taught me a ton about construction. I loved how all the employees of the company were engaged with the interns. My summer at McCownGordon put me light years ahead in the classroom. A few of my favorite parts were spending time with other interns, company socials and events, and all that Kansas City had to offer."

—Levi Hargrove

2018 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2019

When I started my summer internship with McCownGordon I instantly became part of the team and gained responsibilities. I learned something new almost every single day. I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience."

—Emily Zahn

2015 Summer Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2017

The McCownGordon staff has been great to work with. We have had very few problems and when a problems have come up they've been quick to address them."

—Kate Ryan

KSU Foundation | Executive Operations Specialist

We always enjoyed a great sense of friendship and brotherhood here. I wanted to ensure we maintained that as best we could. McCownGordon did an exceptional job bringing it together for us and we went to them because we knew of their reputation, quality of construction, and the attitude of their employees."

—Ron Shaffer

PIKE House KSU | Member & Alumni

I, as an owner, never had a bad day on this project and this project was 24 months long. We kept the school open, so for me as an owner to not ever have a bad day is a big deal."

—Kris Upson

USD 305 | Owner

Without question, the final product of this design-build endeavor beat the KCFD’s expectations. Owner driven change orders aside, this project came in under budget and under schedule without any sacrifice of quality or specs."

—Sal Monteleone

City of Kansas City, Missouri | Deputy Chief

The McCownGordon team establishes relationships with everyone involved in the project through open communication, honesty and hard work. The team listens, understands and prioritizes the needs of the client and works to improve the project every step of the way from pre-construction to construction and delivery. They constantly strive to exceed your expectations. The attention to detail in estimating costs and providing creative cost-saving solutions help maximize the budget and improve the overall project."

—Thomas L.G. Price

Kansas Bureau of Investigation | Director

McCownGordon has been an excellent resource over the last five years. Their expertise in pharmaceutical construction and clean room construction has been vital in making several BIVI projects a success.  Not only do they have great experience, but they have shown to be very flexible as a company and very easy to work with. I am very satisfied with their performance and would use them again in the future."

—Jerry McMillen

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

McCownGordon did an outstanding job coordinating the work and was very effective in addressing any construction issues that arose."

—Tim Geary

Stowers Institute for Medical Research | Senior Director of Research Operations

McCownGordon’s team was excellent to work with throughout the entire project. Their dedication to the success of the project was evident from the start. The project schedule was a challenging one but never in doubt because McCownGordon diligently kept it at the forefront."

—J. Joseph Waters

Johnson County, Kansas | Director

The team was able to plug in numbers as we were talking and examining space by square footage. They provided live updates on how the costs increased or decreased based on the design changes. So, we were very impressed with all the preconstruction knowledge and framework that McCownGordon and Health Facilities Group brought to the table for the Clay County Medical Center project."

—Austin Gillard

Clay County Medical Center | CEO

I know it saves a lot of time and trouble when I can look at somebody in the room and say, ‘Why would I want this instead of this?’ or ‘What were the consequences of going that direction versus that direction?’ And not only do I get the functional answer but I get the money answer."

—Karen Shumate

Lawrence Memorial Hospital | Owner’s Representative

University of Kansas health systems x-ray
The design and construction teams have been phenomenal groups to work with. I so appreciate their collaboration with us."

—Mary Bianchi

The University of Kansas Health System | RN, Nursing Director

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What makes working with McCownGordon stand out is their people. Their focus on relationships and ability to go above and beyond to meet our needs really shines through."

—Brad Nachtigal

University of Kansas Athletics | Associate Athletic Director - Operations/Capital Projects

They manage their subcontractors very well. They know their trade partners, and if they do not have experience with a subcontractor, they take certain steps to protect the project with a new subcontractor. If they make a mistake, they take the responsibility and correct the issue. This does not happen often, but with any construction project issues come up and they handle these in a very professional manner that leaves the owner feeling good."

—Ron Cattelino

Kansas City Art Institute | Executive Vice President of Administration

I was particularly impressed with the commitment from McCownGordon. The operations team proved unrelenting in finding solutions that kept our budget and timeline. The firm’s professionalism, skill, integrity and capabilities made an impossible project prove a wonderful reality."

—David Mucci

University of Kansas | Director

The strongest asset McCownGordon brings to a team is the firm’s commitment to the partnership approach and the client-focused philosophy to which they adhere. The team listens and administers engaged communication while providing guidance and leadership that allows us to make the best-informed decisions. I am impressed with their skillful handling of difficult situations and their professional attitude in dealing with challenges."

—Greg Lohrentz

Kansas State University Foundation | Chief Operation Officer/Chief Financial Officer

In the preconstruction phases, McCownGordon’s team collaborated seamlessly with our design team. At each phase, the team developed high quality, encompassing estimates, which allowed us to track the cost of construction down to the dollar. Their preconstruction team also provided a number of creative options, saving money and making the most of our funding dollars."

—Dean Johnson

Crossroads Academy | Executive Director

I grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the U.S. when I was 21. Being a Jayhawk at heart, I married a Wildcat and we set our roots in KC. We love raising our boys in a community that is engaged, diverse and strives for inclusion and empowerment. Having been in the construction industry for more than a decade, I came across story after story of McCownGordon’s reputation, their loyalty to their clients and partners in the region, their core values that are carried at the heart of every decision made, their sustained growth and success, and last, but not least, their PEOPLE. It was a natural choice for me."

—Pegah Karstens

McCownGordon | Project Manager

In the preconstruction phase the team worked collaboratively with the architect to develop a number of cost-saving solutions for the project. By utilizing a team approach, they were able to bring valuable cost-saving ideas to the project enabling our district to maximize the project scope while being cognizant of the community’s dollars."

—Kyle Hayden

Blue Valley School District | Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Frank Tuffour
I was drawn to McCownGordon by the core values, unique projects undertaken and the continuous efforts of investing in future leaders. My transition at McCownGordon surprised me as I settled in quickly, mostly because of the amazing culture. Employees lived up to the core values, exhibiting true integrity, relationships and performance in every aspect of what they did. I worked on real projects as an estimating intern and became a valuable team member with lots of responsibilities. I gained experience that will propel me to persevere in my pursuit of excellence in the construction industry. I am very grateful to be given such a once in a lifetime opportunity."

—Frank Tuffour

2018 Intern | Hired Full-Time in 2019

Let’s start building together

 

Getting started with McCownGordon has never been easier, so why wait? Our unique Project Planning Tool will take you through the highlights of your future project, and a member of our team will reach out to you within a day or two. 

 

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McCownGordon believes in making the most of every project, every day.

We’ve been consistently recognized for this commitment. Not just for our excellence in construction, but for our dynamic workplace and team camaraderie.