This is Montgomery Martin's second year competing in the YMCA Corporate Games. The Corporate games are a way for companies to compete in athletic events while simultaneously supporting the Y and its continued program in Memphis. MMC signed up for Kickball, Corn hole, and Volleyball this year. Although we experienced a losing streak we are looking forward to the 2018 games!
The Universal Life building was designed and constructed by Tennessee's first African-American architectural firm, McKissack & McKissack, in 1949. It was home to the Universal Life Insurance Co., which became an important place for commerce, civic and social gathering during the era of racial segregation.
We are proud of our ongoing partnerships with Self Tucker Architects, Allworld Project Management, Bricks Inc. and others who are investing their time, money and energy to rehabilitate this important piece of Memphis' history.
Interior demolition and clean up is now well underway so check out these pictures of the existing conditions before it all gets transformed.
The Forrest Spence Fund is a local nonprofit that meets the needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families in the Mid-south. Montgomery Martin formed a team to run in their 10th Annual 5k. All of our participants finished the race but Richard Meena, one of our vice-presidents and the oldest runner from MMC, finished with a faster time than any of the younger runners!
HIs accomplishment definitely gives credence to the age ole mantra - Age Before Beauty.
Right, Richard? Right???
Yesterday, we had the privilege of hanging out with some of the folks at Carpenter Art Garden in Binghampton. They graciously hosted us as a thank you for some donated concrete work, but after meeting some of those kids, we were the ones giving thanks!
We saw first-hand how the Carpenter Art Garden continues to make an impact on the children of Binghampton. It is always enjoyable to be a part of something shaping not only the future of children but also the future of Memphis as a city.
The Carpenter Art Garden is a place for children to come and express themselves through take home art, permanent installations, and tending to the existing garden. Volunteers help run the program by spending time there on Tuesdays. The purpose of the Carpenter Art Garden is to better the Binghampton neighborhood and encourage creative and healthy activities for children in the area. Montgomery Martin was excited to help expand the Carpenter Art Garden. Our guys spent time preparing the site for concrete, pouring the concrete, and making sure the project was completed. Cordova Concrete and Ram Tool Construction Supply also helped make this project possible by donating supplies. The children who cultivate the Carpenter Art Garden will be able to adorn the new cement wall, stools and pillar with the mosaic tiles they hand make. The Carpenter Art Garden will continue to bring life to the block and neighborhood as a whole.
Dane Forlines of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative was gracious enough to spend some time discussing the work being accomplished in the Medical District including the recent installation of the large art project flying over the intersection of Monroe and Marshall.
Watch the video to learn more about this awesome project!
On Saturday July 22nd, volunteers from Montgomery Martin again visited St. Mary's Soup Kitchen in Downtown Memphis.
Billy Hardwick's Bowling Alley gave our employees a platform to show their competitive edge on Thursday, June 29th. Technique and experience were key for those producing high scores. However, the pizza, beer and friendships made losers feel more like winners as well.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.