St Jude Dragon Boat Races

This year, a total of 48 teams participated in the annual Duncan Williams Dragon Boat Races benefitting St. Jude. That's 22 more teams than last year! In true Esprit de Corps fashion and with plenty of GAD, MMC Hammers finished 1st in our Division! Need proof of the team's intensity and focus? Just watch the video below!

We had a great day supporting St. Jude!

Promoting From Within

Project Executive

Mac McDaniel has been promoted to the role of Project Executive at MMC. In this role, he will provide senior-level oversight of construction projects and their management teams while demonstrating the company’s core purpose, values and strategies. 

Construction Compliance Coordinator

April Hitzfeld has been promoted to Construction Compliance Coordinator. She will now coordinate the compliance work of all Project Managers and set standards for the performance of administrative duties. Additionally, she will manage all Project Management support services in MMC’s main office. 

Assistant General Superintendent

Joey Woodard has been promoted to Assistant General Superintendent. In this new role, he will assist Charlie Jenne’ with the daily activities required of the General Superintendent. This includes overseeing the daily needs of MMC’s labor forces and ensuring that all MMC field employees have  up-to-date training.

Edge District Art Installation

Montgomery Martin Contractors managed the new art installation on the corner of Madison and Marshall. Cat Pena attended the Memphis College of Art from 2006-2008. Her work has been displayed in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas along with many other places. This specific piece is named "More to be Proud of". Artist Cat Pena was inspired by the car lot that was once located in the Edge District. The opportunity to be a part of beautiful touches throughout Memphis is what we enjoy most. 

St Mary's Catholic Church Soup Kitchen

Montgomery Martin employees and their loved ones volunteered to serve at St Mary's Soup Kitchen. The group divided up tasks, including sorting and distributing clothing, preparing and handing out meals, as well as cleaning. This specific soup kitchen runs six days a week. They serve from their location in downtown Memphis and always accept volunteers. We can tell you first hand that volunteering is well worth it! 

Walnut Grove Animal Clinic Ground Breaking

Today we officially broke ground at the Walnut Grove Animal Clinic. Look out for a new luxury dog day care and grooming building. After completing the new building Montgomery Martin will renovate the existing 7,000 square feet. Big things are happening at Walnut Grove Animal Clinic for the customers and the five full time veterinary doctors. 

2017 Building Memphis Awards

Montgomery Martin Contractors always enjoys spending a night with the talented individuals who share our city. This year Montgomery Martin had two tables of employees, clients, designers and architects. Our work wouldn't be possible without the wonderful teams we work with and the employees who carry out the technical work. We are proud to announce we returned to the office with four awards this year. The Southline Apartments won "Best New Construction $15 million and above". Shelby Farms Park won "Best New Construction $50 million and above". Shelby Farms also received a "Community Impact Award". Forth, we received a "Best Renovation Award" for the Grace St Luke's project. The competition at the Building Memphis Awards is not taken lightly and being recognized means a great deal to Montgomery Martin Contractors. 

 

 

2016 in Pictures

As we approach the end of 2016 and another successful year, it would be easy to simply focus on the future and what 2017 has to offer. In many ways, that approach is easier. Reflection isn't always as picky as we'd like, and sometimes the valleys are brought into sharper focus than the peaks.

Fortunately for us, 2016 was a historic year for Montgomery Martin Contractors. We turned 21. We completed the largest land-moving project in our history at Shelby Farms. We welcomed new ownership partners, and, we defined our Core Purpose and Core Values as an organization. Furthermore, we built a ton of stuff and had some fun, too. So yes, 2016 was a great year for our company and deserving of a little reflection.

As always, we could not have accomplished any of this without our staff, their supporting families, our subcontractors, our vendors and, most importantly, all of our clients who have chosen to rely on us to build their structures. For that, we are ever grateful. 

We wish all of you a happy New Year and wonderful start to 2017. 

Clayborn Reborn!

MMC crews have been working to stabilize and clean up the Clayborn Temple from years of neglect and weather exposure after being completely vacant since 1999. This includes pressure washing the entire structure, replacing rotten flooring, adding safety rails, and cleaning and stabilizing much of the interior to make it safe for visitors. 

The development group, consisting of Rob Thompson and Frank Smith, will begin having open meetings for the public to come inside the space and learn about the history of the church and suggest ideas for its eventual new purpose, beginning with a blessing ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 25. At 6:30 p.m., artists are invited to visit and begin brainstorming as well.

They are working on the project on behalf of Downtown Church, where Frank Smith is a member. The church currently hosts its Sunday service inside Central Station on South Main, but will have to move when the redevelopment of the building begins.

If the Clayborn Temple restoration project is successful, the church will move its congregation to the building as a Sunday tenant. Their desire would be for the space to be used for other purposes the rest of the week.

The goal is to have the project completed by April of 2018, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. 

Ownership Changes Announced

Montgomery Martin Plans for the Future

Meagan Nichols    Reporter   Memphis Business Journal

What do Shelby Farm’s Heart of the Park, the Tennessee Brewery, The Chisca on Main and the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid projects all have in common? Montgomery Martin.

Martin, founder and CEO of Memphis-based Montgomery Martin Contractors (MMC), has built and continues to build some of the city’s most notable structures. But, one of his most recent projects was constructed with his company’s future in mind – a succession plan. Read More.

Fish Fry at Central Station

Our team at Central Station, in downtown Memphis, was rewarded with a fish fry today for their continued hard work at pushing the project to completion. MMC employees, subcontractors, inspectors, designers and Henry Turley employees all celebrated their ongoing successes of navigating an accelerated schedule. 

Shelby Farms Grand Opening

There was beautiful weather for the grand opening and ribbon cutting day at Shelby Farms Heart of the Park project. A huge crowd turned out to hear donors, designers and park leaders reveal the new, exciting Hyde Lake and park amenities surrounding it. 

The weeks before consisted of a mad dash to the finish line by the MMC team with all hands on deck. Finishing touches were made on buildings, roads and walkways were cleaned and the last of the construction fencing was removed in advance of the grand opening celebration. Here is some of our drone footage during that time. 

Tennessee Brewery Flyover

We had the opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of the Tennessee Brewery renovation and expansion progress this August.

Paired with Grace Askew's song, 'Under Memphis Skies.' 

Gather Oxford Approaches Completion

This morning, the first students began moving into the newest student housing option in Oxford, Mississippi thanks to the MMC team, which included Jeff Emerson, Mac McDaniel, Scottie Smith and Steve Spencer. A short preview can be seen here.

Drone Footage of Concrete Pour

1,500 yards of concrete. 150 trucks. 40in thick slab. All in one Saturday down in Oxford. 

Here's a birds-eye view of how it was accomplished!

Mat foundation concrete pour at Uncommon Oxford, a mixed use development being built by Montgomery Martin in Oxford, MS.

Progress at Tennessee Brewery

The first phase of the Tennessee Brewery project is well underway as pre-cast concrete panels are lifted into place to form the framework for the parking garage. 

Commercial Appeal Features Shelby Farms and MMC

Shelby Farms’ $52 million ‘Heart of the Park’ project nears completion

By Tom Charlier of The Commercial Appeal

Roughly six weeks from completion, the most ambitious park-improvement project ever conducted in Memphis is taking shape in the middle of 4,500-acre Shelby Farms, near the city's eastern edge. Costing $52 million, the "Heart of the Park" initiative includes the enlargement of Patriot Lake from less than 55 to nearly 80 acres, the planting of nearly 3,000 trees and a fundamental re-imagining of the entire landscape. Read More.

Effort went into making the Water Play Sprayground at Shelby Farms an environmentally friendly place to splash around and cool off. The park's $52 million makeover is nearing completion. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal)

Effort went into making the Water Play Sprayground at Shelby Farms an environmentally friendly place to splash around and cool off. The park's $52 million makeover is nearing completion. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal)

Construction Today Features Montgomery Martin in July Issue

Montgomery Martin Contractors contributes to a major revitalization in Memphis.

By Chris Petersen

More than five times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tenn., covers approximately 4,500 acres, making it one of the largest urban park spaces in the United States. As the surrounding downtown of Memphis undergoes a revitalization, so too has the park undergone a significant upgrade. Leading the way on a large portion of these upgrades has been Memphis-based Montgomery Martin Contractors, and CEO/founder Montgomery Martin says the company is proud to be delivering a project of such importance to the community. Read More.

If you’re not growing, you’re backing up,
— Montgomery Martin

Even the Most Delicate Jobs

MMC has been working with Grace St. Luke's to renovate the church's nave, chancel, chapel, narthex and balcony for structural repairs, systems modernization, historical preservation and acoustical improvements. As part of the project, the church’s large Tiffany Ascension window was removed to be fitted with a new aluminum frame for long-term stability and waterproofing. 

For historical perspective, Tiffany Glass refers to types of glass developed and produced from 1878 to 1933 at the now famous Tiffany Studios in New York, by Louis Comfort Tiffany. This particular window was commissioned in 1900 and the original installation was actually overseen by Louis Tiffany himself! The Tiffany Glass is surrounded by panels comprising The All Saints Window, the later work of Payne-Spiers Studios, given by the parish from 1949 to 1954. Grace St. Luke’s has written more on the history of many of their stained glass windows here.

This week, the stained glass was painstakingly reinstalled, one panel at a time, into the new frame. The frame was custom fabricated to hold the Tiffany window as well as a layer of insulated glass to protect the historic window from the weather.

Shelby Farms Inches Closer to Completion

The park building designers, Marlon Blackwell Architects, have put together a nice compilation video showcasing the construction progress to date. Enjoy. 

2016 Dragon Boat Races

Our team, aptly named MMC Hammers, competed this past Saturday in the Duncan Williams Annual Dragon Boat Races benefitting St. Jude. Teams consisted of 20 paddlers, a steerer and one drummer paddling a 42-foot long boat in three races over the course of the day.

Roughly 30 teams competed in different rounds with three boats racing at a time down the 300-meter course in the Wolf River Harbor. Even though the races only lasted a minute and a half or less, the frenetic, incessant pace of the paddling tried the grit and determination of our team. But, with two second place finishes and a first place finish to close out the day, the MMC team felt quite accomplished with our results.