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What Does It Mean to Be a Builder?

You hear a lot these days about “builder mentality” or having a “builder mindset.” It’s become a catchy buzzword for business and professional development, showing up in all kinds of fields from computer science to customer service. As actual construction experts, we don’t mind one bit. After all, we’ve known for more than 75 years that being a builder isn’t just a job description—it’s a life philosophy.

So what is builder mentality? It’s approaching life with a humble resolve for growth and development. It’s knowing that things can always be better, and striving for those improvements, while acknowledging the work that’s already been done and the foundations that have been laid.

At Jaynes, we’re proud of what we’ve built, both the jobs we’ve done and the relationships we’ve built along the way.

Building Communities

Structures themselves are the cornerstone of a community. When you think of a neighborhood, the houses are likely the first thing to come to mind. When you imagine a city, you picture the tall buildings that form the skyline. Buildings are inseparable from the communities they serve.

Apartments and offices, schools and hospitals, all play a vital role in the lives of the people who live, work, and play there. These structures will be here for years, even generations, and they’ll be places where people will build their own connections and create a happier, healthier, more productive, and better community. It sounds simple, but the importance of what we do is something we cannot afford to overlook or take for granted.

When we take on a construction project, we adopt the mission of our client, and we’re invested in the outcome. When we build a hospital, for example, we approach the work knowing that it has a real impact on people’s lives.

A well-designed ventilation system isn’t just a nice-to-have feature, it’s a way to prevent illnesses from spreading and protect the most vulnerable patients. A sturdy multi-level parking structure isn’t just a place for cars. It’s peace of mind for visitors spending long, stressful hours waiting on news about their loved ones.

Thinking like a builder means never losing sight of the big picture of why we do what we do.

Building Relationships

At Jaynes, our mission is to build places, lead people, and grow the capabilities that will bring about a prosperous future. A big part of that is building a workforce.

We hire promising talent and invest in them for the long haul. We’re structured as an ESOP, meaning every employee is also an owner with a share in the company. We give our employees tools to build their careers through ongoing professional development, training, and growth opportunities.

Our own employees are not the only professional relationships we nurture. We also work closely with subcontractors, architects, Owners, and other construction industry professionals, not just on individual jobs but through ongoing networking and collaboration. We freely share information, seek counsel, and reach down to pull others up with us as we grow and expand.

Being a builder is a commitment to growth, a dedication to communities, and a testament to enduring relationships. As we look ahead to the next 75 years, we carry our builder mentality with us, ready to construct not only structures but also brighter futures. That’s The Jaynes Way: how we make a lasting impact on the world, one structure, one connection, and one partnership at a time.