We partner with clients from the beginning so we can account for challenges right through to the end. At J.B. Donaldson, our client’s vision is our signature of success, and we take great personal responsibility in delivering on that promise.
IT'S ALL ABOUT PREDICTABILITY
ABOUT J.B. DONALDSON
J.B. Donaldson is a premium design-build contractor with a unique process that keeps projects on time and on budget. Through 20 years of building in a wide range of industries, we have developed an exceptional ability and expertise to help our clients successfully navigate each aspect of the project. This provides a high level of predictability. Predictability in quality. Predictability in schedules. And predictability in cost. This unique ability is the foundation of everything we do – and is the reason our clients come back to us again and again, and recommend us to others.
Many clients choose to engage with us much sooner in the building process than a typical construction company. This enables us to achieve a high level of certainty that far surpasses industry standards. We have developed a unique collaborative process that guides the efforts of our clients, and our design teams, toward success.
This process is hard-wired into every project, enabling us to predict total project costs and timelines with unprecedented accuracy. This accuracy can many times be established during our initial discussions with our clients.
That’s predictability. And that’s one of the many benefits of working with J.B. Donaldson.
A HUNDRED-YEAR HISTORY OF EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS
Four generations of leadership in design and construction. J.B. Donaldson has built a legacy of excellence in the design and build industry. In 1910, Donaldson Lumber Company was founded by Bennett William Donaldson. Following in his footsteps, son John Bennett Donaldson Sr., and then grandson, John Bennett Donaldson Jr. each made their living in the lumber and construction business in Michigan. Close to 100 years later, great grandson John Bennett Donaldson III leads J.B. Donaldson Company, a premium commercial development and construction firm that delivers a quality project at a great value to clients. J.B. Donaldson’s goal is to fulfill the needs of its clients on every construction project by providing creative designs, practical solutions and innovative ideas for all construction needs. J.B. Donaldson takes pride in working collaboratively in partnership with its clients and looks forward to establishing the same rapport with our future clients.
SPECIFIC SERVICES DESIGNED TO MEET YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS
We specialize in design-build projects, and offer a range of services to meet each client’s specific needs. J.B. Donaldson Company has been providing construction services to a vastly diverse client base. J.B. Donaldson’s strengths reside in its ability to interpret a client’s vision and execute that vision on all levels of accountability.
J.B. Donaldson performs construction services in multiple market sectors; industrial, medical, retail, multi-family and even custom homes. The organization reflects its diverse 100-year family history in construction and development.
J.B. Donaldson currently employs 25 seasoned construction professionals from project managers, superintendents, project engineers, designer and administrators to ensure the realization of our client’s vision.
Our organization’s drive to deliver on that promise has propelled J.B. Donaldson to annual sales volume of more than $40 million.
Our Design-Build project delivery system combines architectural, civil, entitlement and construction services all within one contractual agreement. We work closely with leadership to ensure transparent budget forecasting and a billing system that won’t take a client’s time or energy away from managing their firms operations.
Using this project delivery method a client can have as much or as little involvement in the process as they desire. The turnkey approach is a great option for busy clients that want to spend more time on their business and less time worrying about the construction process. J.B. Donaldson Company is the single point of accountability throughout all phases of a project, which greatly increases predictability and reduces an owner’s financial risk.
This option allows a client to design a project with an architect of their choosing. Once a design is complete, J.B. Donaldson Company will utilize our expertise to establish the budget, set a schedule and submit a lump sum proposal to the client. Upon full execution of a contract, J.B. Donaldson Company will manage the construction process, adhering to stipulated budget and scheduling milestones. J.B. Donaldson can also assist the architect and client in procuring entitlements.
The Construction Management approach gives a client ultimate flexibility and control over budgets and schedules. Clients are involved throughout the project design process and tracking the budget. Unlike the General Contract delivery method where a client hires an architect and engineer for designing and developing a site, J.B. Donaldson assists the architect and client in the construction design from start to finish. Throughout the design process, J.B. Donaldson is providing estimating and scheduling input.
In a construction managed scenario, trade costs are open for client review, as well as the subcontractor selection process. There are several advantages to this arrangement including: speedier completion of construction because bidding and building can progress as design and budget goals are met; changes to the design and budget can be made as the process moves forward, and design decisions can be paired with budget and schedule impacts.
Many times, prior to being awarded a construction project, a client will hire J.B. Donaldson for pre-construction services. These services include site feasibility studies, cost estimating, value engineering, scheduling, subcontractor qualification entitlement procurement, and site plan approval.
Whether we are hired as a General Contractor, Construction Manager or for pre-construction services, J.B. Donaldson Company can assist a client in developing a construction solution that best fits their needs.
J.B. Donaldson Company has the experience and resources to be your one-stop, full service real estate solution. We are equipped to acquire land, procure entitlements and build on property for our clients. We are also able to lease to your clients a build to suit facility with any of these scenarios we allow our clients to focus on their business while we focus on the real estate.
A TEAM WITH DECADES OF EXPERIENCE TO ACHIEVE YOUR VISION
Our clients are comforted knowing we have a long history of handling every imaginable challenge.
Meet the J.B. Donaldson team:
John Bennett Donaldson, III
President / Owner of J.B. Donaldson Company
22 years of Progressive Leadership Experience
Bennett Donaldson, President of J.B. Donaldson Company, is a 4th generation builder. He founded J.B. Donaldson Company after spending his entire career in the construction industry. He began his “education” as a laborer for his father’s construction company. As time passed, he moved into superintendent and project management positions before finally branching out on his own in 1997. This lifetime of construction experience has exposed Bennett to all aspects of the construction process and ultimately became the cornerstone of the comprehensive construction, design-build business he proudly oversees today. Bennett is a high-energy manager, successful in building, motivating dynamic teams and cultivating a company culture in which staff members feel comfortable voicing questions and concerns, as well as contributing new ideas that drive company growth. He is a results-focused management professional offering 20 years of progressive leadership experience. Bennett transforms high-potential staff into outstanding leaders who demonstrate the creativity and savvy that is critical to financial, operations success, and providing client with facilities they require.
19 years of Interior Design
Karen is an award-winning Design Consultant who manages large-scale commercial interior projects. She is successful at listening to the needs of the client and collaborating on a creative vision. She is an innovative thinker who customizes each space in a unique way, with visually appealing and inspiring designs to meet the clients goals. Karen is skilled at finding cost-effective solutions and materials while creating excellent space plans, elevations and designs for all commercial projects, including Preliminary Floor Plan programming.
Senior Project Manager
32 years of Construction and Development Experience
Scott has over 30 years in the construction Industry and also has held his Michigan builders license since 1992. Throughout his career, Scott has worn many hats including Director of Field Operations, Lead Estimator, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Executive. He has worked in many areas of the construction industry including Commercial Retail, Office, Health Care, Education, Non-Profits and Industrial. With the time that Scott has put into his career, he has gained many strengths allowing him to bring his projects to completion successfully. Conceptual estimating, Plan and Specification Estimating, Project procurement, Project presentation, contract negotiations, Contract and Scope writing, Scheduling, Situation Solutions and excellent organizational skills.
2 years of Project Engineering Experience
A Spartan graduate with a Master’s in Construction Management and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Sahil is a young passionate constructor. He has experience in Project Controls, Integrated systems in construction, Building Information Modeling, Lean and Sustainable construction principles amongst many other skills, he is on his way to an advancing career in Project Management. Apart from work, Sahil enjoys soccer and world travel.
12 years Business, Billing and Contract Management
Jen is a skilled financial professional with practical management experience. At J.B. Donaldson Company, she oversees large and complex projects, while maintaining high team morale and energy. She is experienced in A/P processes and managing vendor relations, while diligently managing various contracts, billing, AIA, sworn statements and waiver protocols to ensure company success and client satisfaction.
Clay B. Thomas
General Counsel / Chief Financial Officer
20 years of Real Estate Development Experience
Clay is an accomplished real estate and construction lawyer who has helped numerous clients successfully navigate industrial, office, retail, multifamily and residential development projects. Clay is an energetic real estate executive with experience in many aspects of commercial real estate, including: development, law, management, construction, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. Clay has an undergraduate degree (B.A.) and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Michigan. Clay is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and serves on the council for its Real Property Law Section. Clay is also a Michigan Real Estate Broker.
Senior Project Manager
20 years of Construction and Project Management Experience
With over 18 years of construction experience, Chris began by installing the underground conduit that powered the old Wonder Bread factory and now powers the Motor City Casino. With projects in over 30 states, he has completed work on light industrial buildings, 700-unit multi-family apartment buildings, retail buildings, country clubs and high-rise renovations for fortune 500 companies. Chris has worked in various capacities, including superintendent, field manager and project manager for companies such s Milzow Builders, Acme Enterprises, PCI and Edward Rose and Sons. Chris managed construction projects for GM, Ally Financial, Ulta Beauty, BCBS Michigan and Walmart. His experience, along with a B.A. Degree in Project Management, give him a solid understanding of differing construction approaches and help him think outside the box to provide exceptional results to his clients.
Eric earned his Bachelor of Science and Engineering Technology with a major in Construction Management and minor in Industrial Technology. He started his professional career as a Project Engineer. After a about a year, he wanted to gain some different experience and changed positions to a Preconstruction Engineer/Estimator. As an Estimator, he was part of teams that won many high-profile projects ranging from $50,000,000.00 to $120,000,000.00. His experience and education make Eric a force to be reckoned with in the construction industry.
Prior to joining the JBD Team in March of 2020, Scott has had several years of experience as a Project Engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Public Policy. Scott assists the Project Managers in permitting, cost management/budgets, and project scheduling. One of Scott’s career highlights was working on the Orchard Lake Country Club Renovation since he is an avid golfer.
Mariam took an interest in construction at an early age and couldn’t wait to start her career. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Wayne State University. After graduating with honors, Mariam became a Project Engineer. She started with JB Donaldson in September of 2021. Through her experience, she has learned to take proactive steps to a smoother construction project, rather than react after a problem happens. Mariam works closely with our Project Managers providing support in all aspects of a project. She helps with planning, budgeting, contracts, permitting, and scheduling. When she is not working, Mariam enjoys volunteering at the Huda Urban Garden in Detroit.
As a Project Engineer, Andrew is responsible for actively managing new project bids, coordination with subcontractors, project scheduling, contract amendments, project control documents as well as close-out documents. Andrew graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction/Project Management. He has worked on a wide range of construction projects, mostly healthcare, commercial office space, and schools. Since Andrew started at JB Donaldson, his focus has been in multi-family construction projects.
Kristen is new to the construction industry and brings expert experience to the JBD teams administrative needs. Her background is in the Hospitality Industry, where she worked as an Executive Assistant for many years. Kristen assists the team with administrative duties such as processing invoices, close out documentation, making sure subcontractors have updated insurance requirements, and providing a high level of customer service.