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Fundamental Beliefs

Our Core Values

McDonald York is guided by an enduring set of values — safety, collaboration, family, innovation, and integrity. These values define our relationships with employees, clients, and our communities.


We Are One Team Working Together

Collaboration fosters longstanding partnerships and relationships that are based on mutual trust, honesty, and open minds. We consider ourselves partners with our clients and collaborate closely with them, as well as project team members, throughout the duration of each project.


Committed to Our Local Community.

As a local and family-owned company, we treat each employee as an extended family member who has the opportunity to participate fully and to develop to his or her highest potential. A hallmark of our company has been our commitment to make a difference in the Triangle region where we live and work.


Exploring New Ideas to Create Our Best Work.

McDonald York is a leader, not a follower. It is our spirit of innovation that has enabled us to achieve a successful leadership role in our markets, multiple technologies, construction processes, and management practices.


Every Project, Every day.

McDonald York maintains an unwavering commitment to the safety of our people, clients, and trade partners. While we have one of the industry’s best safety records, what is more important to us is our “zero-accident” safety culture that sends our people home safely to their loved ones each day.


We Do What Is Right.

Integrity is the foundation of McDonald York’s reputation. We have earned the respect and trust of people around the Triangle through more than a century of honest, decent, and fair behavior. Such behavior must continue to characterize all our relationships, both inside and outside the McDonald York network.

A Company Where Employees Are Treated Like Family

We know operating with our employees’ best interest in mind at all times contributes to high levels of employee morale and retention. Recognized in 2021 and 2022 as one of the Best Places to Work in the Triangle is proof our approach to our employees is appreciated. Our employees take great pride in achieving the best possible outcome for their clients, partners, and projects.

What A Family Culture Means For McDonald York

As one of the research triangle region’s oldest family-owned companies, we have been working for over a century to support our employees by:

  • Making safety the most important thing we do every day.
  • Developing McDonald York University which offers a robust learning and development program.
  • Committing to fair and equitable pay for all employees
  • Cultivating a rich, diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Creating a multitude of innovations to enhance efficiencies and performance Supporting the health and well-being of employees and families through our active social and wellness program
  • Giving back through charitable donations to make a difference for the Triangle community where we live and work.

Family Ownership and Governance

The Next Generation of McDonald and York family members, Michael McDonald, Colleen McDonald Schmidt, Shannon McDonald Haynie, George York and William York, have served on our Board of Directors for 10 years. They play a crucial role in ensuring a family-owned business into the future as the next generation of family members to continue the 50/50 partnership between the McDonald and York families. The board members that make up the Next Generation partner with the Yorks – Smedes, Rosemary and William; the McDonalds – Jack and Sheila; and Tanner Holland to comprise the full Board of Directors for McDonald York. The caring attitude of the Board of Directors towards the families that work for McDonald York is an incredibly powerful mindset and is at the heart of our company’s success.

Diversity & Inclusion

McDonald York has been highly successful at creating a rich, diverse, and inclusive work culture that leverages the capabilities of our diverse employee population and vendor/trade contractor community to deliver greater value for our employees, clients, and the Triangle community. We have done this by:

  • Hiring and retaining a diverse employee base
  • Driving learning and development
  • Ensuring everyone can succeed
  • Valuing each person’s perspective
  • Proactively outreaching out to diverse trade partners
  • Community Service


The sculpture garden at the entrance of our corporate headquarters at 801 Oberlin Road, called Oberlin Rising commemorates Oberlin Village which is the only surviving freedman’s village in North Carolina. To learn more about the history of Oberlin Village, you are invited to view: https://friendsofoberlinvillage.org/video-gallery/.

This memorial was initiated and funded and is maintained by Smedes York co-owner of McDonald York. To learn more about this important memorial you are invited to view this WRAL interview, with Smedes York.