2 min read July 2022 — Drew Hardin, director of operations at Monteith Construction, talked with Invest: about the company’s focus in the past year. He also discussed the areas in which the company is seeing the most construction activity.
What have been Monteith Construction’s areas of focus in the past year?
Monteith Construction is involved in a variety of projects in areas that include healthcare, higher education, K-12, municipal, and private development. In the last year we have seen continued growth throughout these sectors, with particular focus on healthcare, K-12 and higher education projects. We are thrilled to have been a part of important projects for our community including the Chavis Park Community Center, the General Education and Student Services Building at Wake Tech’s new East Wake 4.0 campus, Lyon’s Farm Elementary in Durham and important healthcare projects.
What has been the impact of growth in the construction sector for Monteith Construction?
The migration of business to the triangle brings exciting opportunities for the area and for continued growth in the construction sector for Monteith. We specialize in projects that serve our communities and with the increased growth of the Raleigh Durham region we have seen a steady growth in these types of projects. This has allowed us to continue hiring great people as the industry growth has led to increased opportunities for Monteith.
What are the areas in which you’re seeing the most activity?
There is a strong development focus on Downtown Raleigh right now as well as in RTP as life sciences continues to thrive. We’re also seeing construction spread out from Downtown Raleigh-Durham towards Fuquay Varina, Wendell, South Durham and surrounding communities. The continued growth in North Carolina has created more demand for impactful developments and buildings in communities outside of the city centers
In the last year, what are some challenges that Monteith Construction has faced?
The big buzzword is supply chain constraints. There’s still market volatility concerning the pricing and material availability, but we have been able to adapt and overcome a lot of these challenges. This takes heightened awareness to make sure materials will arrive on time and maintain budgets. We have been able to overcome these challenges through proactive communication and strong partnerships. Through the pre-construction phase of the project, it’s critical to start identifying materials that may have increased volatility and lead time constraints. We’re working closely with architects and vendors to start releasing these materials as early as possible. It has been incredible to see our project teams deliver projects and build relationships through difficult times by coming up with creative solutions to new challenges on projects.
COVID-19 has shifted mindsets when it comes to project deliveries. In order to deliver projects in the same timelines, we have seen an emphasis on the importance of early release of key components of the project, being heavily integrated through the design process to ensure availability of products specified and remain nimble enough to adapt to changing market conditions.
Monteith Construction is community-focused. What effect does that have on the company’s day-to-day and how does it affect your decisions?
Our employees are driven to build relationships, and this is in the back of our minds with every decision being made. The community-focused culture of Monteith has been something that we’ve been able to rally around through the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep our employees, communities, and projects safe while still delivering for our clients.
What does being a good neighbor mean to Monteith Construction?
Being a good neighbor means leaving our community better with every chance we have. As far as our projects go, we are conscious of making sure that the workforce on our projects is representative of the community we’re building in. It’s important to us that the community sees its community members building these important projects. Strong diversity and inclusion, both within our employees at Monteith and on our projects, is critical to being good neighbors and great partners for the community. Sustainability is another important aspect of being a good neighbor. The construction industry owes it to our communities to reduce the environmental impacts of construction, and Monteith is making strides to become a leader in sustainable construction practices.
What partnerships does Monteith Construction currently have?
Within the Raleigh region, Monteith is currently working with the City of Raleigh, the City of Durham, Durham Public Schools, Wake Tech, Wake Med, UNC Hospitals, First Health and private developers. We are excited to continue to expand our footprint in the triangle and build relationships with new clients.
What is your forecast for the construction business in Raleigh-Durham?
I am forecasting continued growth in Raleigh-Durham. I think there may be a slight slowdown compared to what we’re seeing right now, which will help ease some of the supply chain constraints. With the steady migration of business to the Raleigh-Durham area, I anticipate continued growth for years to come. The biggest priority for Monteith in the Raleigh region is to build the brand in this market. We currently have some important projects with great partners, so our focus is to continue building those relationships.
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