CEO Q&A: James Phelps, JCP Construction

James Phelps

Last updated on March 23rd, 2022 at 05:32 pm

BizTimes: What sets JCP Construction apart from the competition?

James Phelps: It is important to know we are committed to delivering quality projects on time and within budget. Many contractors say this, but it is our brand promise. As one of the younger companies in the Milwaukee construction industry, we take this promise seriously. Clients benefit from direct contact with the ownership of JCP Construction. Clifton, Jalin, and I are hands-on ensuring construction quality, customer satisfaction, and efficient decision making. One of the areas where our team excels is in the pre-construction phase. Our team is nimble when it comes to providing preliminary construction budgets. This is a tremendous help for owners who want to validate if an idea or project is feasible before additional project costs are incurred. However, it is truly our people that set us apart. We have a strong, diverse, veteran workforce. From our skilled tradesmen in the field to the leadership in the office, each team member is personally invested in the success of a project and meeting our delivery commitments to our clients.

BT: What makes JCP an asset to developers?

JP: The JCP promise of delivering every project on time and within budget is important to development firms of every size. Our team excels at communication which is appreciated by development partners and important for keeping projects on track. Direct access to the JCP ownership team provides accountability and gives developers confidence. They benefit from our pre construction expertise by receiving multiple options for consideration when budget and schedule decisions need to be made. Developers who work with JCP know they have selected a collaborative project partner.

BT: How does JCP successfully partner with architects?

JP: JCP has had the pleasure of partnering with some of the area’s top small-to-mid-size architectural firms. As smaller companies paving the way in the Milwaukee market, our missions align, and we are all committed to a top level of performance. For architects, it is important to know JCP maintains a high level of communication throughout the pre construction process and is sensitive to the original design intent of a project as we work through any challenges together. We believe in working collaboratively with our architectural partners to make the best decisions for the client and the overall design integrity of the project.

BT: What projects has JCP worked on that people might not be aware of?

JP: JCP Construction has been successfully contributing to the growth and development of the Greater Milwaukee area for over 12 years. We are proud to have worked on some of the most recognizable projects and with some of the area’s top organizations. Past satisfied clients include Milwaukee World Festival, Milwaukee County Zoo, General Mitchell International Airport, and the War Memorial. We were an integral part of the team on the Fiserv Forum, provided and installed all the interior carpentry for Northwestern Mutual’ s new tower downtown, and served as the construction manager for Bader Philanthropies Headquarters. We have a master service agreement with both Advocate Aurora and Froedtert Healthcare.

JCP Construction

1849 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr    Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 372-7300

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James Phelps has more than 21 years of construction industry experience. He leads JCP’s construction by providing the leadership needed to push the company vision, ensuring accurate cost on projects, schedule and quality control. He also oversees preconstruction, project cost management and contract negotiations. Phelps serves as President of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Bid #8 and is a member of the Bradley Tech Foundation Board, MMAC Board and Milwaukee Repertory Theater—Board of Trustees.

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