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Jeffrey Brewer named one of Birmingham’s 2023 Who’s Who in Building

June 15, 2023 · People

Birmingham Business Journal recently named Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) CEO Jeffrey Brewer one of its 2023 Who’s Who in Building.

This honor is bestowed upon individuals who are not only changing the skyline of the city, but are also shaping the suburbs in the metro area with innovative ideas and high-impact projects. As part of his acceptance, Jeffrey shared insight on what sets GMC apart from other firms. Here is what he said:

What does your company do? 

As one of the Southeast’s most comprehensive multidisciplined architecture and engineering firms, GMC provides all of the services associated with architecture, interior design, civil engineering, environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, surveying and disaster recovery.

What makes your company stand out from the competition? 

Our mission is “to create opportunities for our people and the people we serve to create communities that thrive,” and this drives everything we do. Whether designing schools, parks, hospitals and other commercial developments, or providing clean water, safe streets and restoring resilient environments, we take great pride in serving our communities through the work we do. This authentic desire to have a positive impact is something we feel is evident to our clients and those we serve.

Why do you think your company has been successful? 

For GMC, it’s about feeling local and delivering a high-quality product. If our clients know and trust us, and we are committed to growing our people, we’ll be able to leave a legacy of good. This, coupled with maintaining a focus on our mission, has been a key driver in our success.

What does your company do to recruit and retain talent in this competitive post COVID-19 workforce? 

We get to work on notable developments across the Southeast, from economic development projects, to trails and parks to major sports facilities like Protective Stadium, but also more “behind-the-scenes” projects that support basic needs like water and roads. Being involved in projects like these gives our people pride in knowing they’re having a positive impact through the work they do every day. It’s also key to find the right cultural fit. When you enjoy who you work with and what you do, your office becomes somewhere you want to be. 

What’s the next big thing on the horizon for your company?

In the last couple of years, we’ve been awarded some of the largest projects in our firm’s history, including treatment plant projects, healthcare facilities, new schools and more. This is truly a testament to our people and the intentional focus we’ve placed on developing technical experts capable of designing some of the most complex and comprehensive projects in the region. As we continue down that path, the sky’s truly the limit for what we can accomplish together in the future.