It's (almost) a wrap!

Closing time for TownePlace Suites - completing final inspections and punch list right about now! ✓ Our Fort Worth, TX hotel is scheduled to open the middle of December.

Get to Know Jason McClelland

Get to Know Jason McClelland

Our newest Project Manager, Jason McClelland, has recently joined our team at Jaco and has been a great help to keep chaos at a low level in our office, when managing our multiple active projects. Born in El Dorado, KS, Jason has worked in the construction industry for the past 13 years, from numerous school projects to the most recent ones like Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Wichita Center for the Arts and the Koch Industries headquarters expansion.

Where are you in birth order?

I’m the oldest of 3.

How many different states have you lived in?

2 - Kansas and Missouri.

What kind of pet do you have, and how did you choose its name?

We have 2 Yorkies, my wife picked out the names.

What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?

Fishing pole, sunscreen and a boat.

What’s your favorite sports team?

Philadelphia Eagles.

What TV show or movie do you absolutely refuse to watch? Why?  

Reality TV. It’s all written to make people watch.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Bahamas.

Name one thing you’re willing to spend more money on to make sure you get the best quality.

Toilet paper!

What’s the best thing that has happened to you so far this week?

Hopefully Thanksgiving.

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were in elementary school?

I think it was a fireman.

What motivates you?

My two boys.

How do you wind down after work?

Spending time with the family.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Spending time with my wife and two sons.

World, Meet Marvin

World, Meet Marvin

Marvin Pritchard came to Jaco beginning of November as an addition to our team of project managers. The Kansas native brings over 38 years of experience in the construction industry under his belt and a great personality. He’s answered one of our most interesting questionnaires so far—take a peek below!

What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

My home town is Edna, KS. It is a small farming community with less than 500 people. It had an old grain elevator made out of wood, not concrete. It always looked like it could fall down at any time, but stood until 2010. I have a framed painting of it. 

How many different states have you lived in?

Not counting construction jobs, I have always lived in KS, but if you consider the 7 years working on the road, I have lived in 15 or more states. 

What animal do you think most closely matches your personality?

Dog. 

If you could choose one age to be forever, what age would it be and why?

50 experienced enough and secure enough to know the best way to live, still young enough to enjoy living. 

What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?

Knife, gun and a big boat! 

What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?

My grandfather once told me to “always take warm clothes, you never know when the weather is going to change”

What’s your favorite sports team?

KC Chiefs.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Steak, baked potato, with everything on it. Of course my life would be much shorter! 

What’s your favorite hobby?

Tie, golf and boating. 

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Hawaii. 

Name one thing you’re willing to spend more money on to make sure you get the best quality.

Mattress. 

What’s the best thing that has happened to you so far this week?

Started new career at Jaco!!

If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?

Charleston, SC for the history, warm climate and ocean. Plus there is always King Street! 

If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

Make every country have a free society where the people can strive for success. 

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were in elementary school?

Baseball player.

Where was your first job?

My first job was hauling hay on the farm and for neighbors. 

What motivates you?

Building something that you can point to and say I helped build that. 

How do you wind down after work?

Sit on the porch with a drink. 

What’s something that has surprised you about your chosen career path?  

Technology changes. I was in construction before pagers were available! 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Outdoor activities.

What job would you be terrible at?

Health care. It takes a special type of person to give care to people they don’t know. 

What’s a topic you wish you knew more about?

Classic cars.

Are you more productive in the mornings, afternoons or evenings? Why?
I think mornings, but when the day is about over and I still have a lot to do, I seem to find another gear. 

Have you ever had to “unlearn” something in your professional life?

Yes, certain construction methods that are obsolete.  

How do you describe what you do for a living to family and friends?

Sit in the office and push a pencil.  

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

Owners will always complain about the cost, but will always return for the quality! 

 

 

Jaco's "Nightmare on Emporia Street"

Jaco’s 2018 Halloween Party, “Nightmare on Emporia Street” was a blast! Thanks to everyone who joined us for music, drinks, snacks and scares!

Get Familiar With Dylan Currier

Get Familiar With Dylan Currier

The Colorado native started with Jaco as a superintendent last spring, and has now joined us at the office as an assistant project manager. Married with a 2-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter, Dylan brings to the team over thirteen years in the industry and a strong safety-driven background in commercial and industrial construction. Get to know him a little better below.

Got any favorite quotes? 

None that are appropriate.

What was your favorite band 10 years ago? 

Jedi Mind Tricks.

Been anywhere recently for the first time? 

This past summer I went to Niagara Falls with the family for the weekend. It’s really just one big tourist trap.

How do you like your eggs?

Scrambled is the way to go.

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Fruit loops with marshmallows.

What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy a good old fashion clash of clans battle. Not sure if that game is still in?

What, if anything, have you ever re-gifted?

I have been known to re-gift hats.

What’s the strangest talent you have? 

I am fairly good at picking up things with my feet. 

What was your childhood nickname?

“Nasty D” due to my moves on the football field.

Do you have any strange phobias? 

I HATE RUBBER BANDS.

What are three things still left on your bucket list? 

Snowboard in Alaska and Chile. Go on a safari in some place in Africa. Kayak the Grand Canyon.

If you could be any animal, which would you be?

Honey badger.

Cats or dogs? 

Dogs (I would prefer a pig but the wife won't allow it).

What's the craziest thing you've ever done? 

Skydiving in Arizona.

What are you currently watching on Netflix? 

Peaky Blinders.

What's the best meal you've ever had? 

All you can eat crawfish and crab legs.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? 

Shaun White or Jeremy Jones would be pretty sweet to switch spots with.

What do you love the most about your job? 

The people.

We're Hiring!

Calling out all project superintendents who like to travel! We are in search of our next Jaco rockstar. Please send your resume to info@jacogc.com and share this post with friends and family!

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Jaco To Start Building at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport

Jaco To Start Building at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport

PM Kayne Shum and Superintendent Jeff Kinniburgh are getting ready to head to New Orleans for Jaco’s newest addition to our portfolio, 6 brand-new spaces in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Among the stores that we have been awarded are the accessories manufacturer and retailer Brighton Collectibles, the all-things-New Orleans Nola Couture, the travel apparel TripAdvisor, southern goods shop Fleurty Girl, and the sports store The Scoreboard. Construction starts mid-September.