McDonald Building Company celebrates the groundbreaking of New Market West at 59th & Market Streets in Philadelphia

On Friday, McDonald Building Company joined city and state representatives for the official groundbreaking of New Market West, a 1.5 acre abandoned lot near the 60th and Market Street El stop in West Philadelphia that will soon transition into a hub for retail and community services in the Haddington and Cobbs Creek neighborhoods of West Philadelphia.

Governor Wolf announced the approval of $10.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to support the project accompanying the state’s $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) investment announced in December.  “This project will turn a vacant lot into a centerpiece of this community – giving our families a place to gain access to critical services,” said Governor Wolf.  “The strength of this project is the partnerships between groups that will bring much needed educational, workforce development, and other services to this building to assist people and families living in the area.”

State Senator Vincent Hughes, one of the several legislative speakers at the groundbreaking, characterized the ceremony as a “significant moment that will transform this struggling neighborhood”.  As the city and crowd of attendees were still flying high on the E-A-G-L-E-S Super Bowl win, Hughes related the recent Eagles championship to the energy of this project and the collective partnerships between Mission First, Horizon House, and ACHIEVEability, the primary nonprofit partners in the project.  Hughes added, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.”

In collaboration with McDonald Building Company’s Joint Venture partner, CPM Housing Group, New Market West will include the construction of a five-story Class A commercial office & retail building with an 80-space underground parking garage.  The project will bring high quality early childhood education, workforce development, educational and emergency support, community outreach services, and behavioral health services.

“We are honored to once again join forces with Alfredo de la Pena and the Mission First team on another landmark project in West Philadelphia.  New Market West will be a beacon for the community creating much needed jobs during construction and for years to come,” says MBC President Paul McDonald. 

This transit-accessible location is expected to create 120 temporary full-time construction jobs and once completed, the project anticipates the creation of nearly 100 full-time permanent jobs.  The project is hosting a construction job fair for all trades this week on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 3pm-8pm at Home Health Care Plus, 6011 Market Street. Visit for more info on the job fair. 

Kitchen & Associates of Collingswood, NJ is the Architect of Record and construction of New Market West’s first phase is expected to be complete by the fall of 2019.

For more project info and to view renderings, click here.

  City and State leaders, including Gov. Tom Wolf

City and State leaders, including Gov. Tom Wolf

  CPM/MBC Project Team including Kitchen & Associates Architects

CPM/MBC Project Team including Kitchen & Associates Architects

Best of Luck to Frank Lewery, our 2017 co-op from Drexel

Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of welcoming Frank Lewery, a co-op from Drexel University for some exposure to the professional field of construction management.  Frank joined us in the springtime to take on some responsibilities in the estimating department and assist in the bidding process for a handful of potential projects, some of which were awarded.  Namely, Frank had the opportunity to work on the Holt Center @ Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem along with the S.T.E.M. Lab there as well.  He played a vital role throughout the bidding process – evaluating the design documents, trade buyouts & scope evaluations, and daily interactions with our potential subcontractors. 

Frank described the best part of his co-op was “the opportunity to experience the day to day operations of being an estimator and the daily responsibilities of working in the construction management field. Working with multiple projects from the time they were sent out to bid to the time of them being awarded helped create time management skills as well as how to work efficiently under a deadline. The responsibility I was given included delivering bids and receiving permits, among other critical tasks. Frank continues, “As a company, McDonald Building helped me experience the family type of workplace I hope to work in in the future. This co-op was extremely helpful for me to narrow down my career path and overall it was a great experience.”

This was Frank’s first co-op in a series of the required three and is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Frank is an avid ice hockey player and in addition to playing on the Drexel University team, he has served as Captain on numerous ice hockey squads in his hometown of Staten Island, NY and surrounding areas.  Frank has volunteered for various organizations during his early college career including “Cook for a Friend” Soup Kitchen and relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.  He anticipates on graduating from Drexel in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Says Brad Springer, Lead Estimator, “It was a great pleasure for myself and MBC to have Frank with us during his co-op experience.  The experience always provides a different perspective of our work in an interesting manner.  Whether being questions about construction and associated drawings or just overall company processes, Frank was always interested in expanding his knowledge and role in projects.  We wish him all the luck with the reminder years at Drexel and hope to see him back at MBC.”

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Congratulations to our Lead Estimator, Brad Springer, and his team on receiving the 2017 Community Design Award.

Congratulations to our Lead Estimator, Brad Springer, and his team on receiving this year's Community Design Award. The volunteer team was selected among three finalists based on excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact and was presented the award at the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards Gala on October 18th.

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MBC Sponsors Women Build Week for Habitat for Humanity of MontCo

Last week, the women of McDonald Building Company volunteered in Pottstown last Friday to “Build Like a Girl” and participate in Women's Build Week for Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity's latest project.  This year the Women Build Week volunteers rehabbed a 3-story row home at 430 Walnut Street in Pottstown and McDonald Building Company was the main event sponsor.  Led by several dedicated and knowledgeable Habitat volunteers, the MBC crew of 10 teamed up to sand and stain some interior doors, build patio stairs to the backyard and replacing exterior fence posts.  The Thompson family of five plans to move in early 2017 and MBC is thrilled to contribute to the Pottstown community.

 “We are currently rehabbing Beech Street Factory, also in Pottstown, only a few blocks away from the Thompson family home.  To have the opportunity to participate with Habitat and help in a meaningful, impactful way to this family and community is what we love to do,” said Laura Clevenger, Director of Marketing.  “And it's awesome watching women come who may not feel comfortable using power tools and learn by the end of the day how to use them.  And use them well.”

McDonald Building Company is planning another Corporate Build Day for the entire staff in the spring to continue the support of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.  To learn more about HFHMC, visit

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Best Wishes to our Interns, Andrew & Mike

This summer, we had the pleasure of welcoming a co-op from Drexel University and an intern from Temple University for some exposure to the field of construction management.  We wish them both the best of luck in their future studies, here is a little more about them.

Andrew Coleman (pictured left) joined us early summer to take on some responsibilities in the estimating department and assist in the bidding process for a handful of potential projects, some of which were awarded.  Namely, Andrew had the opportunity to work on the Nicoletta Pizza Kitchen project, a new restaurant fit-out at the King of Prussia expansion corridor and see this restaurant all the way through the construction process - buyout, scope evaluations, and subcontract administration among other functions.  Andrew’s favorite aspect of the Nicoletta project was identifying the job details, verifying them from the drawings and specifications, and then visiting the jobsite to see those actual details come to life.  A highlight of Andrew’s co-op was a job visit to the Masonic Temple of Philadelphia’s Grand Ballroom renovations.  Particularly the day a 13-foot bronze statue of Ben Franklin was installed and secured became an impactful experience for Andrew.  “On that day, I was able to meet so many people involved in the project and statue install.  I could see first-hand how important communication and logistics are within a project to execute such a detailed operation,” said Andrew.

Andrew began his third year this fall at Drexel University, majoring in Construction Management and a minor in Finance - he is anticipated to graduate Spring of 2019 in the five year program.  He is a member of CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) as well as a part of the Drexel Concrete Canoe Team.

Mike Cinalli (pictured right) started his internship with us at the Elmwood Park Zoo Trail of the Jaguar project.  Mike primarily assisted the carpenters on a daily basis performing light carpentry duties, general cleanup, concrete pour preparations, and offered an extra hand to subcontractors as needed.  “Despite the elements of the summer heat and intense physical labor, learning about how construction projects flow in general and seeing how the trades work together is impressive.  I had some solid training on how to safely operate carpentry tools and learned a lot about the industry from our Site Superintendent, Chris Pili,” said Mike. In addition to field exposure, Mike spent time reviewing architectural plans, engineering documents and shop drawings as part of his Project Engineer training.  He was able to make the connection between the design documents and how they translate to construction details, means and methods.

Mike started his third year in the School of Architecture program at Temple University this fall and expects to graduate Spring of 2018.  Mike participates in the American Institute of Architecture Students through Temple University as well as being involved in The Architecture Lobby.

“It was a pleasure having both Andrew and Mike on board these past several months, Paul McDonald added.  “Andrew made great progress working with Brad Springer and understanding the fast-paced nature of the Estimating Department.  Mike was also a quick learner and his hard work ethic ensured he was in high demand with the superintendents he was assigned to.  Best of luck to Andrew and Mike and we look forward to hearing updates from them and their studies.”