At McFarland Construction, collaboration is one of our core values. We know that collaboration begins internally by building the right team and workplace culture. Our employees are the building blocks of our team and every one of them has a story to tell. Up next under our Employee Spotlight is Ben, our Construction Manager. When Ben isn’t working on our healthcare projects, he enjoys spending time on his hobby farm with his wife and four children. Learn more about Ben from our recent interview with him:
How long have you been in the construction industry?
I graduated with a degree in Construction Management from ECU in 2000 and went straight into commercial construction. Before that, I actually did two years of residential construction work while in college.
What do you like most about the industry?
I work primarily in healthcare construction, so it’s really rewarding because the projects that I work on touch the lives of patients and their families, especially in my community. Out of my 20+ years in construction, 18 of those years have been in healthcare construction. It all started with my two-year degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology. That is what really got me interested in the healthcare field.
What brought you to the Charlotte area?
I was born and raised in North Carolina. I’m from Oakboro and left North Carolina in 2000 to start my career in commercial construction. When I began my career, I went up to Maryland and Pennsylvania for about six years and then came back to NC. I came back to be closer to my extended family since they live all around the Charlotte area.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My weekends are all about my four kids and working on our hobby farm. My wife always wanted livestock, chickens, and ducks, so we moved into our current farm house about two years ago. We love the privacy and all the farmland around us. I also love shooting sports and archery. My kids and I shoot archery together and they love it.
What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on?
It was a high-rise building in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a great team, and I oversaw all MEP operations in the interstitial space between existing and the vertical high-rise expansion. I actually lost my wedding ring in the existing cooling tower, and it ended up being found 9 months later after they demoed it out of the existing building. The job was a vertical expansion and was built on top of an existing electrical substation that powered 65% of Baltimore. It was so interesting to be a part of and it was also my first big jobs. The project team I was on actually worked primarily in healthcare, so I ended up sticking with that team.
What do you enjoy the most about your role?
Being able to pass onto others my knowledge of the healthcare field. I’ve been a superintendent, a project manager, and a construction safety officer, so I have experience in almost every different field of construction. I’m also very passionate about LEAN construction, especially when it comes to LEAN construction scheduling techniques. I’m bringing that to our McFarland team because it provides a consistent and predictable handoff of activities between trade partners. It gives us more certainty in our scheduling which allows us to deliver the best results possible to our clients, especially with all the recent volatility in supply chain.
What do you like most about working at McFarland?
When I was interviewing with McFarland, my big thing was that I had worked at a lot of other larger general contractors. Most did not live out their mission statements, they were just words. But when I came to McFarland, I saw that the entire staff stood behind our core values of community, commitment, and collaboration. The second reason is the diversity of our company. Everyone has a vastly different background and I enjoy being on a team that embraces diversity.