Its early and the sun is barely up, but a lot of activity is going on already. People in hard hats, boots, and tool belts, building materials in hand…it’s part of the daily routine in the construction business.
In the midst of it all is an African American woman reviewing plans, looking at schedules and giving direction. She’s not just part of the crew. She’s LaTasha McCall, owner and president of LM2 Construction & Consulting, LLC.
Although only officially open for business this year, LM2 Construction & Consulting has already garnered a strong client base and is currently involved in several projects around the city. Yet McCall is far from new to the industry, possessing over 20 years of experience since earning a BS in Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
The most important things she and the company builds, are relationships.
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“Building relationships is the core value of my company and is a true reflection of how I live my life,” McCall said. “I’m a hometown girl who grew up in South Kansas City and graduated from Hickman Mills High School.” Even though she has had many challenges over the years, she truly believes that those challenges are what helped mold her into the woman she is today.
Before founding LM2 Construction & Consulting—the “LM” representing her initials and “2” to honor her two daughters who are her pride and joy—McCall worked for several construction companies in the metropolitan area where she gained experience in project management, owner representation and business development. She also served by mayoral appointment as a planning commissioner for the City of Blue Springs from 2012 to 2016, and is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the Minority Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City (MCA-GKC).
“I have been involved in the construction industry for a long time and built numerous strong relationships with other general contractors, subcontractors, building owners, developers, municipalities, schools, nonprofit and government agencies and others,” McCall explained. “As a woman, and a woman of color, I knew it was already tough to get into the construction business. But again, overcoming challenges, coupled with the confidence I gained through my work and those who entrusted me with their projects, were among the things that propelled me to make the decision to step out on my own.”
McCall also credits Kansas City’s incredible growth potential and ambiance promoting family values. “It was very important for me to bring my company to Kansas City where I was raised,” she said. “I think it offers support and opportunities to small businesses, minority and women-owned businesses. I have seen it continue to grow and support new developments for many, many years.”
LM2 Construction & Consulting’s wide range of services includes providing general contracting, construction management and construction administration services for commercial tenant buildouts and renovations for schools, office, churches, healthcare, nonprofit, multifamily, municipalities and government projects. This includes everything from ceilings to walls, demolition, painting, plumbing, complete HVAC/mechanical, electrical, flooring, carpentry, metal studs and roofing. The company also offers client support in branding and marketing strategies, as well as trade show preparation.
“In representing our clients, we work to minimize design and construction costs, project delivery time and facility costs while maximizing project flexibility and value through strong communication and process development,” said McCall. “Additionally, our staff and subcontractors are OSHA trained and certified. This commitment is an integral element of our core values, as we hold all projects to the highest safety standards in the industry and ensure that neither our clients nor our company are exposed to liabilities.”
According to McCall, it’s not just price that can drive a project, rather relationships and performance.
“It is our mission to provide the highest level of service through strong partnerships, professionalism, honesty, integrity and exceptional workmanship, resulting in the delivery of a quality project to our customers on time and within budget,” she said.
“It’s just who I am. I tell people all the time that I’m just a local girl who got into the construction industry because I have a passion for it. Being a woman in the construction industry has been challenging but through it all, I love it.”
For more information about LM2 Construction & Consulting, LLC, contact LaTasha McCall at email@example.com. You can also check out the website at lm2cc.com.