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    Phoenix Business Journal profiles Balfour Beatty's Jay McQuarie

    November 25, 2016


    Landmark Leaders 2016: Balfour Beatty Construction

    Balfour Beatty Construction operates under the mantra of being “a relentless ally for the success of each and every dream that we are entrusted to build.”
     
    “That philosophy is reflected in everything that we do for our clients,” said Jay McQuarie, vice president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s Phoenix office. “That means going above and beyond to deliver on each and every client’s requirements.”
     
    Balfour Beatty Construction likes to say that its Arizona office is led by a group of “young guns” all under the age of 40. And while the Arizona team is young, they are all “seasoned in the construction industry,” said McQuarie, who leads the office with more than 19 years of experience.
     
    Other members of the team include Project Manager Ryan O’Donnell, who was recognized by Engineering News Record as one of its top “40 Under 40” in the Southwest. They strongly believe “it is not only about the bottom line, it is about people, values and team,” as well as constantly keeping an eye on innovations in the industry.
     
    “We are living in a time of revolution in construction, and we are not the only contractor that sees new growth opportunities,” McQuarie said. “We either win the race, or get in line with the rest of the pack.”
     
    McQuarie cites two recent projects in which Balfour Beatty’s philosophy was instrumental in its accomplishments. McQuarie’s team successfully pursued and was awarded the Mountain Shadows Resort project in Paradise Valley. The $40 million project involves 183 guest rooms, banquet facilities, a signature restaurant, pools and fitness facility located on the historic site. McQuarie’s team performed so well on the resort, it also was awarded the $20 million contract for the adjacent condo-hotel project consisting of 42 units.
     
    Another standout project for McQuarie was the successful completion of the Iris USA plastics manufacturing plant in Surprise.
     
    “We were faced with an incredibly demanding schedule that required impeccable scheduling and a very concentrated team effort,” McQuarie said. “The schedule demanded that manufacturing was to begin the day that construction was completed. Our team was able to deliver on all of our promises.”
     
    McQuarie and his team aren’t resting on their laurels, however. The challenges and changes facing the construction industry are ever present.
     
    “The industry is changing. It is still driven by bricks and sticks, but now it is so much more than that,” he said. “The challenge becomes our need to be aware of how value-driven the industry is becoming, with value being so much more than monetary. It’s value as it relates to individuals, teams and total projects — personal accomplishments and personal satisfaction with a job well done.”
     
    Q&A with Jay McQuarie
     
    Years in the industry: 19
     
    The hottest topic in your industry: Subcontractor manpower.
     
    One thing you would like to change about your industry overall: The continued positive change in the perception of the contracting industry through trust and transparency.
     
    Personal accomplishment that means the most to you: I have been with the same company for my entire career, starting as a field engineer and advancing to managing the Arizona office.
     
    One word to describe yourself: Inspired.

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