Written By: Rachel Dempsey
“I have always heard good things about MCL Construction,” Brayton explains, “I like the way they do their work because it fits in line with my intentions as well.”
Brayton is from Le Mars, Iowa, and served in the Marine Corps for four years! After active duty and an honorable discharge, Brayton attended UNO where he earned his degree in Construction Management. Brayton enjoyed school, but as with most things in life, there are details of a job that just can’t be taught in a classroom.
“College wasn’t superficial, however you were not able to dive too deep into concepts because of time restraints. I believe true learning happens out in the field but gave me a good baseline to start with,” said Brayton.
Brayton originally had a background in civil construction but turned to commercial construction because he was more interested in it, an interest that started back in high school taking shop classes. However, his biggest influence was family.
“It’s in my blood, my dad and my uncle are both working in construction and, because of this, it has really always been a part of my life.”
When Brayton started at MCL as an intern, he began working with MCL’s Project Engineer Bill Quackenbush and Superintendent Matt Sovereign building the Creighton University Women’s Practice Facility. Early on in the project, Brayton learned that it's all about being thorough, which has now developed to be his favorite MCL Core Value. To him, it is all about making sure the messages being conveyed in the drawings to the actual construction are being delivered and this cannot happen without being thorough.
The Creighton project continues to be Brayton’s favorite job he has worked on so far, but this is likely to change soon because he is now not just going to be a part of building MCL Construction’s new headquarters building, he is the Assistant Superintendent for the project.
“To be here right after school, running a job like this is a lot, it’s trial by fire. It takes me out of my comfort zone, but you can’t grow without discomfort,” reveals Brayton.
Brayton admits that because MCL gave him certain tasks that pushed and challenged him during his internship is why he enjoys the company so much. To him, nothing is rewarding without a little bit of a challenge.
“Since day one they gave me a lot of responsibilities and I really appreciated that,” told Brayton.
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