Our purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives by creating unforgettable customer experiences and great projects.
There’s a great deal of satisfaction in turning an empty plot of land into a high-tech facility for manufacturing plant construction, automotive plant construction, distribution center construction, food and beverage plant construction, hospitality facility construction, and retail facility construction customers. At Gray Construction, you can be part of an amazing team that does just that, turns building concepts into reality.
Passion, commitment and a great team spirit all speak to the people at Gray Construction, making it an attractive place to work. We share an unrelenting focus on customer service, desire for creativity, and drive for success that creates a fulfilling and rewarding work environment.
The people at Gray go hand-in-hand with the challenging and rewarding work to make Gray Construction a really special place. We believe in working hard, but we also believe in playing hard through various team building activities that have become staples in our culture:
A bell-ringing ceremony is held every time we’re successful in winning a new project. Everyone involved in winning the contract gathers to ring a large bell that can be heard throughout Gray's Lexington headquarters. The bell is rung once for every $1 million of the contract's worth. If it's a $10 million project, the bell is rung 10 times. If it’s a $70 million project, the bell is rung 70 times! We also have a bell in our regional offices for our team members to physically participate in this Gray Construction tradition across the country.
Throughout the year, many events are available to team members and their families. We show our support for our home football team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, by hosting a tailgate party for team members, their families and friends. The regional offices host their own team member appreciation events as well. Jobsites and offices alike enjoy supporting charitable organizations as a way of coming together and supporting the community. There are also a number of other team member events such as anniversary celebrations and cookouts on Gray's balcony as well as administrative assistant retreats. Events are endless at Gray!
At many companies, only the top executives and shareholders generally attend the annual company meeting. At Gray, all team members attend the meeting where we recap achievements and share stories from the year, hand out team member awards, and discuss the future. The imported yearly event enables all team members to come together at one time to hear about the success of our past year, but more importantly, focus on the future through our company business plan.
The safety record of each individual job site is celebrated with a catered luncheon where management dishes the food in the buffet line to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of everyone on the job site, including subcontractors.
We recognize the tenure of team members at the 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30-year marks. The team member receives a gift of their choice and a commemorative pin.
Health and Wellness
Part of our strategic business plan is to promote and encourage wellness. To achieve this, we offer health risk assessments, participate in the Virgin Pulse pedometer, provide a discounted Weight Watchers membership rate, send out weekly wellness tips, have fruit and nuts available daily in the café and encourage employees to get active together. The company also hosts a health fair and features a story on health and wellness in each issue of our internal newsletter, The Graypvine. Gray also participates in Health and Wellness Challenges and won first place for the large division Bluegrass Wellness at Work in 2013. Our goal: to be an industry leader in health and wellness!
But, it doesn’t stop here. As part of our firm belief in continuous improvement, we believe in providing ongoing educational opportunities to help our team members grow professionally:
Gray University was developed to enhance our team members with quality training by internal subject matter experts and external resources. This platform keeps us current in the marketplace and provides development tools for growth within the organization with content ranging from safety to specific disciplines. Our custom-designed website allows us to host courses in Lexington, Ky.; stream them live to anywhere in the world; and archive them for later viewing. We offer a multitude of courses – Construction, Design, Project Management, Retirement, Health/Wellness, Communications, Soft Skills, Computer Skills, etc. On average, we host one live class per week, and all team members have access to 1500+ courses online at their fingertips.
Design Manager's Association (DMA)
The purpose of the DMA is to promote, educate, develop, define, and structure the Gray Design Manager. The DMA provides an open forum to address opportunities and issues related to company business, practice, policy, and procedure while promoting an increased level of communication and interaction between design and construction. The DMA consists of design managers, assistant design managers, the production team association chair, engineering group and process engineering group members and meets on an as needed basis.
Project Manager's Association (PMA)
The PMA allows team members to share construction project experiences, assist in the development of team members who are on a project management career path, assist senior management in developing and implementing new procedures, and provide a forum for subcontractors, suppliers and vendors to address project teams. This group consists of project managers, assistant project managers, project engineers, and project coordinators and meets at least on a quarterly basis.