We've built in the Triangle for over a century.

1908

York and Cobb Construction Company which Charles Vance York started in Greenville, NC, with the Cobb brothers wins the contract to build the first five buildings for East Carolina Teachers College (ECU) in Greenville, NC. This is the first major construction job awarded to the company.

1910

Charles Vance York relocates York and Cobb Construction Company to Raleigh, NC and renames the company, York Construction. Charles becomes the first president of the company.

1911

York Construction locates its first office in downtown Raleigh on the top floor of the Citizen's Bank Building.

1926

York Construction completes construction of the first portion of the N.C. State Memorial Bell Tower.

1933

Memorial Auditorium, a massive granite monument in the classical tradition, is finished by York Construction. It is the largest single construction project undertaken in the city during the Depression.

1941

Upon Charles' death in 1941, his son, James Wesley (Willie) York, is named president of York Construction.

1947

Grading and road building for Cameron Village is started by York Construction. It would become the first mixed-use development of its kind in the Southeast.

1955

The Raleigh Farmers Market is built by York Construction and dedicated to the farmers of the state and to the produce industry of the country. Later the State of North Carolina purchased the facility from Willie in order to operate a state farmers market.

1963

The Velvet Cloak Inn on Hillsborough Street is finished by York Construction.

1971

Mission Valley construction begins on land leased from the Catholic Diocese. The finished project included a shopping center, hotel and apartments.

1977

Smedes York, son of Willie York, is named president of York Construction.

1983

Phil York, son of Willie York joins York Construction as vice president of the company. He retires from the company in 1993.

1984

York Construction completes the 801 Oberlin Office Building which is currently the corporate headquarters for McDonald York Building Company.

1992

York Construction is awarded its first contract at Glaxo. This led to a relationship that continues today. It also led to McDonald York's entry into what would become one of its core markets, life sciences as well as becoming a significant force in the Research Triangle Park.

1993

With the Washington, D.C. construction market in a slump, Jack McDonald, president and part owner of Coleman and Wood, a Washington-based general contractor, starts a search to find the best location to expand Coleman and Wood operations outside the Washington market.

1993

In October 1993, Coleman and Wood and York Construction merge and the new company is named McDonald York. Smedes is named Chairman and Jack is named President. The company starts operations on Raleigh Boulevard in Raleigh, NC.

1996

Heather Denny current President and Chief Operating Officer joins the firm. Heather joined McDonald York, as an estimator after graduating from North Carolina State University in December 1995. She became only the 5th president in the 100-year history of the company in 2010 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

2003

Smedes York and Jack McDonald purchase 100% of McDonald York.

2003

Shelia McDonald and Rosemary York are appointed to McDonald York's Board of Directors. Today the board includes Smedes, Rosemary, George, William and Parker York, and Jack, Sheila and Michael McDonald, Colleen McDonald Schmidt, and Shannon McDonald Haynie.

2004

McDonald York constructs Meadowmont Village Center which is one of Chapel Hill's early major commercial mixed-use projects.

2005

Projects such as Holly Park Shopping Center establish McDonald York as a specialist in the construction and renovation of commercial construction projects.

2008

Mike Kriston, currently senior vice president, joins McDonald York Building Company.

2009

Completion of the first phase of the 45–acre, 4-building Southpark Shopping Center in Holly Springs is another dramatic example of McDonald York's ability to construct complex and challenging projects. This project included a 300-foot tunnel bore under Route 55.

2009

McDonald York builds Old Chatham Golf Clubhouse. Building the club with its high-end finishes helps establishes McDonald York's reputation as a high-quality builder.

2009

Completion of John J. Kirlin office building is indicative of McDonald York's expertise in construction of office buildings.

2009

McDonald York's decade-long reputation for construction of healthcare facilities is again demonstrated on the Park at Lake Boone. McDonald York is noted for its ability to build a wide range of healthcare projects including lab and research facilities, medical office buildings, clinics and medical assistance spaces.

2010

Tanner Holland, current executive vice president and chief operating officer, begins his successful career at McDonald York.

2010

McDonald York introduces its philosophy for delivering projects called MYWay.

2010

McDonald York lives one of its core values which is constantly giving back to the Triangle community through charitable donations and participation in community organizations.   

2013

Marilyn Pendergraph retires in 2013. She started her career with the company in 1978. During her 35 years with the company, she serves in a variety of positions and is named vice president in 2004. Marilyn's professional approach to her job and her dedication and loyalty to the company set an example for others to follow.   

2013

Demolition and build out for 200,000 SF at the new RTP campus for a financial services company is indicative of McDonald York's expertise in corporate construction.

2015

Larry Stone retires in 2015. During his 33 years with the company, he serves as superintendent and retires as senior project manager. For over 20 years, Larry is the company's main contact with its largest client, Glaxo Smith Kline. At one point, Larry supervises an on-site staff at GSK that exceeds 50 McDonald York employees.

2015

Passion for client satisfaction continues to be the hallmark of McDonald York as evidenced by the renewal of McDonald York's annual contract with GlaxoSmithKline. For over 25 years, McDonald York has provided preconstruction and construction for GlaxoSmithKline's RTP campus.  

2015

McDonald York launches McDonald York University to provide its employees with technical, business, management, leadership and behavioral courses that prepare them for their current work assignments and help them achieve their long-term career goals. Classes are held in McDonald York's Learning and Innovation Center.

2015

Completion of CBRE's new corporate space on the 19 floor of the new Charter Square Building marks McDonald York's growth in interior construction, as well as its work with renowned architects in the Triangle including Gensler, BHDP, Little, Phillips Architecture and others.

2015

McDonald York's Culture and History Center which displays the proud history and culture of the company is opened for use.

2016

McDonald York opens Chapel Hill office in response to work and opportunities in the Western Triangle Region.   

2016

Further solidifying the firm's presence in Life Sciences, McDonald York completes a multiple fast-track laboratory projects in RTP.   

2016

McDonald York's formidable presence in the Triangle is exemplified by the negotiated 100,000 SF design-build Food Bank Distribution Center in Raleigh. It also signifies its strength in design-build delivery method and complex renovations.   

2016

The start of construction on the 250,000 SF, 9-floor interior space for Allscripts in the rapidly growing North Hills area of Raleigh is a gleaming example of McDonald York's accomplishments and reputation in the construction of high-end corporate spaces.

2016

McDonald York is recertified by NCDOL as a Building Star contractor continuing a 10-year span of being a member of this select group that is recognized for its outstanding safety program by the State of North Carolina.   

2017

McDonald York introduces the "Oppy" Award honoring the top project and project team each year.  

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