McCormack Baron Salazar Announces Partnership with Marcus Lyons
McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) and Marcus Lyons announced that the companies will partner as developer and general contractor. The agreement brings together MBS, an innovator in community development and urban revitalization, and Marcus Lyons, an African American general contractor. Marcus Lyons started working with McCormack Baron Salazar in 2019, as a vendor. They collaborated again on the rehabilitation of Hayes Valley North and South, two family affordable housing communities in San Francisco. This collaboration resulted in Marcus Lyons acquiring its first city contract in San Francisco.
“MBS is thrilled to support a Black Bay Area Contractor with this important work at Plaza East, which will both help address repairs the residents have asked for, while also building capacity for Marcus Lyons to work at future job sites in San Francisco and across the region,” said Adhi Nagraj, Senior Vice President, McCormack Baron Salazar.
Through a series of community stakeholder meetings, Plaza East residents voiced a desire to have a general contractor from the area who represents and understands the needs of the community. Marcus Lyons’ familiarity with MBS and their prior experience on projects was a perfect fit in forming this partnership for repairs at Plaza East.
MBS has a decades-long demonstrated commitment to supporting minority businesses. Since its inception, MBS has committed to meet or exceed the participation goals within the construction scope for MBE/WBE and Section 3 hiring and contracting goals. MBS has paid over $300MM to minority-owned firms in development projects across the country, and hired nearly 2,000 Section 3 workers. MBS has an excellent track record of achieving MBE/WBE and Section 3 participation goals on its revitalization projects.
San Francisco has expressed a commitment to increase the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) partnerships and MBS is in full supports the city’s initiative. This partnership also demonstrates MBS’s mission, vision, and values to build partnerships with minority contractors and increase staff diversity across the organization to reflect the communities we serve, where all people can thrive.