A Season of Giving

The holidays are always an especially difficult time for those facing financial hardship and homelessness. Despite the challenges of 2020, two of our favorite charities went the extra mile to serve those less fortunate this past Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were happy to be able to help them out.

The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission sponsored the ‘Prepare a Plate’ fundraiser to help fund a sit down family style Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless in Philadelphia. Per their fundraising page: “Many attendees may be enjoying their first hot meal since early March at the Mission’s Thanksgiving table”.

Due to COVID restrictions we were not able to send a group of volunteers to help them as in years past, but we did participate in the fundraiser. We were excited to have been among the top five fundraising teams! SBRM’s goal was $30,000, and they exceeded it by $2,706!

The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard is a wonderful local charity near our home office in Ambler, PA. Their staff serve local families that are living at or below the poverty line – providing food, clothing, holiday meals, toys for children, and financial assistance when available.

Early in December they received a huge donation of over 12,000 pounds of food. While they were very pleased, unpacking and sorting all of that food presented a logistical challenge. We deployed a team of M+K volunteers who were happy to have put a big dent in the task, all while being masked up and working outside. We paused for a moment to take this picture.

Kyle Sherman Promoted to Principal

Ever since Kyle joined the M+K team in 2006 he has been steadily rising through the ranks. A shareholder since 2016, his primary focus has been Multi-Family Apartments and Mixed-Use buildings. As the scale and complexity of his projects has grown, so has the size of his team, which now numbers 10. His cool disposition and breadth of experience makes him an invaluable resource for his clients, and a great mentor to our staff.

We’re excited to have Kyle join our Executive Management Team. We’re looking forward to his inevitable contributions, and to the key role he will play in strategizing our future growth!

M+K Opens New Office in San Diego

Starting with one client in 2013, we have grown to a base of near 30 on the West Coast. To better serve that growing list of clients – and to bring our in-depth knowledge of wood frame construction, efficient builder-friendly designs and quality service to the entire region – the time has come to establish a full West Coast presence. With offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, and now in San Diego, we are truly excited and humbled to be able to call ourselves a national firm. California, here we come!

Coronavirus Pandemic: Working Remotely

Many of us were impacted by the seemingly overnight mandate to work from home in mid-March. To say these past few months have been challenging might be the understatement of the century. Life as we knew it totally changed. IT departments have certainly earned their stripes. Most home computers and laptops can’t run AutoCAD, Revit, Sapphire, and engineering design software locally. Our ability to quickly shift to remote access to the office computer and server kept us in the game.

Microsoft Teams has become an essential part of internal collaboration, and we’re on it all the time. Zoom has been great for Staff Meetings, Updates, and Happy Hours. Going forward, we hope to continue/expand the use of Teams with our clients to improve collaboration. We hope you weathered the storm, some of us with a few extra pounds to shed. We’re grateful to be coming out of isolation and seeing people again!

Mike Boland Promotion

We are proud to announce the promotion of Mike Boland to Project Manager!

Since he joined our team almost three years ago, Mike has shown great initiative and work ethic. His eagerness to continually take on additional responsibility and put in whatever time it takes to get the job done are both hallmark traits of a successful Project Manager at M+K. With the support of a dedicated team, Mike has been providing a high level of service to his clients, most of which are based in the Midwest.

We couldn’t be happier to have Mike officially join our Project Management team and we all look forward to his contributions to our very bright future. Please join us in congratulating Mike on his promotion!!!

Woodmont Properties | Woodmont Bay Club

We have been working with Woodmont Properties on a variety of multi-family projects for nearly 10 years. The Woodmont Bay Club in Bayonne, NJ, offers renters in the NYC / NJ metro area upscale lifestyle amenities in a beautiful setting. The 4-story wood-frame structure sits on a 685’ long cast in-place concrete transfer slab over a parking garage, with 4 courtyards on the transfer deck, a 2-story clubhouse on the 1st floor, a 2-story lounge on the 3rd floor, and a rooftop deck. Over 1/3 of the foundation and transfer slab footprint was constructed previously. We re-used the existing foundation walls and column footings where feasible, relocated the elevator and stairs in the existing section, and retrofitted the remaining foundation as required.

Schell Brothers | Coastal Home

Focused primarily on the coastal resort communities of Southern Delaware, Schell Brothers builds homes with an emphasis on durability and energy. Their use of advanced building science provides the highest levels of indoor air quality, reduces energy usage by almost 50%, and ensures that their structural systems are tuned to deliver both efficiency and performance.

While Schell Brothers builds exceptional homes, what really sets them apart is an absolute commitment to their ‘culture of happiness’. Prioritizing the happiness of their employees and customers above all else has made them, in the words of Founder Chris Schell, “surprisingly successful”. They’ve discovered that having a great culture and amazing employees ultimately provides a great experience for their customers. We share their passion for great culture and are proud to work with the Schell Brothers team.

M+K Hits The Slopes

M+K’s award-winning culture is a big part of our continued success. We work hard because we love what we do. We play hard because…well, because it’s a blast! Every year we sponsor lots of great company events. Here are a few of our team members hitting the slopes at Blue Mountain in the Poconos.

M+K Opens Coastal Carolina Office

Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah…the building industry is booming all along the coastline of the Carolinas and Georgia. Over the past 13 years, our footprint along the coast has grown to over 20 customers. We felt it was time to put some boots on the ground to provide field service support to our growing base of business in the region.