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addition to its general contracting
ยป Inwork,
MCN Build is involved with
many philanthropic endeavors.

Uncommon Approach
This strong focus on building projects that
are of significant benefit to its market is
what sets MCN Build apart in the Washington, D.C., area. "Community" is the one
common theme across its entire portfolio.
"We started focusing on projects that would
better the communities, educational work
especially," Khoury says.
Another added benefit of working on
these municipal projects is the opportunity
to work with subcontractors and tradespeople from the places where projects are
taking place. This allows MCN Build to work
with different certified small and disadvantaged businesses.
"We want to use the resources of the areas
where we build," Khoury says. "We're not
just focused on the benefit of the finished
product. We're also focused on having community members involved in the project."
Even on privately funded projects that
don't have requirements for working with
locally-based partners, MCN Build still goes
out of its way to use homegrown businesses
and workers on its projects.
MCN Build's efforts extend far beyond
simply engaging in the construction of a
project and then moving on to the next
opportunity. Philanthropic endeavors make
up a significant part of MCN Build's operations. MCN Build has purchased more than
500 textbooks for the third grade students
at one of its school projects. At another elementary school project, MCN Build acquired
and installed playground equipment free
of charge after realizing that the school
couldn't afford the playground equipment
on its own.

"Our people work very closely with our
clients and partners on our projects, and
that builds closeness," Khoury says. "We
work together with them on fundraisers
and our team members get involved in
youth mentorship."
Beyond Washington, D.C., MCN Build's
belief in giving back is well represented as
well. The company has engaged in projects
in Africa, even sending its own employees
to perform the work on the ground. "We
think of ourselves as a company based on
soul, rather than a company based solely on
profit," Khoury says.

'As we build
the company,
we must find
people who
align with our
vision.'
Because its philosophy has been a key
differentiator for the company, MCN Build
has been able to create a team of qualified and dedicated people that puts those
philosophies into action. This team will play
a critical role in MCN Build's effort to grow
and expand.
"As we build the company, we must find
the people who align with our vision," he
says. "Our people enjoy taking part in social
work as team-building activities during

work hours. Our culture really appeals to
our people, as they appreciate how we work
as a team and serve. They are able to bring
in the groups they have worked with and
provide us with new ideas for the kinds of
organizations that we can support."

Spreading its Message
MCN Build has found success in Washington, D.C., as a philanthropically inclined
general contractor. The company believes
it has been able to get its message across
to the D.C. market, and its clients know
that community is its focus and strength.
At the same time, it is excited at the
prospects of taking its vision to nearby
markets. The company recently opened
a satellite office in Baltimore, and it will
continue to look for new markets where
it can apply its expertise. The company is
looking to build ties in the areas, counties
and school systems that surround Washington D.C.
By looking for opportunities to get to
know the needs of its neighbors, MCN
Build will be able to gain an understanding of how nearby markets operate and
what kinds of projects can help it build on
its mission to put community above all
other concerns.
"We want to be known for who we are
here and in the surrounding communities," Khoury explains. "We are looking
for opportunities to build our presence.
We believe we are moving in a positive
direction by maintaining our focus on
delivering community-based projects and
providing support long after a project has
finished."

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