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MGAC Overview

Washington, DC
51 to 200 employees
Private Practice / Firm
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
MGAC is an uncommon collection of experts founded on one simple premise: to bring our clients' most ambitious, inspiring, and challenging "what ifs" to life. The success of each project we undertake depends on thousands ... Read more

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MGAC – Why Work For Us?


MGAC started in 1996 with three simple goals: to do interesting work that challenged us, to have fun working together, and to make money in the process. Since then we’ve worked hard to stay true to those goals, and make sure that everyone who joins the MGAC family does the same. Our success is rooted in hiring exceptional people who are driven to do exceptional work on once in a lifetime projects – with the integrity, creativity, and commitment that continues to separate us from our competitors.

We’re more than paper pushers sitting through a meeting. Our experts are on the ground driving process, facilitating difficult conversations, making hard calls, and building consensus around a shared vision. Our clients vision.


A sense of ownership and personal engagement on behalf of our clients. What we do isn’t a nine-to-five job, and the success of every project is incredibly personal. We believe this kind of commitment can’t be taught – it’s inherent in people or not. That’s why we handpick the most committed, skilled, and experienced experts we can find, because we understand how much is at stake for our clients. We provide owner’s representation and support from project inception to final delivery – and everywhere in between – across a variety of markets and project types. 

Program + Project Management

Every project is different and presents its own unique set of challenges. Our experts have seen it all, and channel that experience to partner with clients as strategic consultants to drive consistent project delivery, performance, and results. From gathering project requirements to building turnover, we proactively manage scope, budget, and schedule to protect our clients' interests and bring their vision to life.

Cost + Risk Management

Securing the maximum amount of information on cost at the earliest possible stage of project development is critical to effectively planning, managing, and controlling construction budgets. Our cost and risk services are structured to be imaginative, timely, and accurate, delivering independent information and recommendations clients can count on to make a measurable difference.

Building Technology Integration

From streamlined building operations to creating a high-performing work force, the seamless integration of technology systems delivers proven social, economic, and environmental value to all organizations. For us, iIt all starts with having a clearly identified mission and building the right team of subject matter experts to help clients navigate the possibilities and arrive at the right mix of solutions to satisfy their current and future technological needs.


When sourcing furniture, fixtures, and technology for an entire office or building, things can get overwhelming – and fast. Our procurement experts help clients relieve the pain that comes with purchasing through an integrated solution that consolidates the entire process into a single point of contact and accountability.

Relocation Management

For our team of devoted relocation experts, success is demonstrated in the details. We understand that just because our clients' business is changing, it doesn’t mean it can stop, and our process is designed with this in mind. From coordinating around-the-clock relocations to stocking the books on their shelves – we’re there to make sure every last detail receives the attention it deserves.


Our specialized team of security experts have unsurpassed knowledge of the complexities associated with creating secure environments. From private luxury estates and foreign embassies to corporate campuses and remote satellite facilities, we deliver comprehensive security consulting to serve our clients' specific needs – helping assess security threats and develop strategies to eliminate them. 


  • Corporate
  • Non Profit
  • Critical Environments
  • Cultural
  • Diplomatic
  • Government
  • High Education
  • Hospitality
  • Commercial
  • Transportation
  • Estate Quality Residential


Integrity. Transparency. Commitment. They are at the core of everything we do – and what has continued to set us apart from our competitors over the past twenty years. Evolving from a shared sense of values to the MGAC Fundamentals, these beliefs shape our culture and guide our interactions with clients, partners, and each other. You’ll see them demonstrated in our words and actions from the board room to the soccer field, and everywhere in between. Because we believe that holding ourselves to the highest standard inspires our people to be their best – for themselves, their clients, and the community. We invite you to get to know MGAC.



MGAC was built around three simple concepts: have fun, do interesting work, and make money doing it. Since 1996, we’ve been doing just that – building a team of like-minded, devoted adventurers that bring our clients’ most challenging what ifs to life. Learn more about our Fundamentals to see what holding ourselves to a higher standard means to MGAC.



As project managers and owner’s advocates, we’re responsible for thousands of intricate details and decisions – each with the potential to make or break a budget, a deadline, a vision, or a dream. Add to that our true passion for learning and collaboration, and it’s easy to see how MGAC University got its start.

To us, it’s not enough to simply hire the best and brightest, we want to feed and nurture your mind, so you can keep achieving, growing personally and professionally, and aspiring to greater and greater things. At MGAC University, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in everything from on-site classes, speakers, research, and interactive experiences to special events, training, and professional certification courses.

Bring your big brain and your passion. We’ll handle the rest.



Drawing on the collective experience of our dierse staff, MGAC has helped clients further their missions for the past twenty years. Whether it's the installation of a priceless piece of art or the implementation of a nationwide network of data centers, we take on each project with an open mind, not a one-size-fits-all approach. And because we give every detail the attention it deserves, our clients have trusted us with their most challenging, career-making, once-in-a-lifetime projects. 

American Greetings

After twenty years in their Brooklyn, OH campus, the owners of American Greetings Corporation decided it was time to find a new home for the 1,800 employees they consider family. The campus had served them well, but the company had changed and needed a space that could support their collaborative culture and creative process into the future. With that, the Weiss family began a once-in-a-lifetime project to build a new headquarters. 

Father O'Connell Hall

Over its 100-year presence on The Catholic University of America campus, what’s now known as Father O’Connell Hall has lived many lives – from dining hall to event space, residence hall to a much loved student pub. Memorable for its iconic Gothic style, the building earned itself a reputation as a campus gateway and beloved symbol of student life. But despite its storied history, the building had fallen into disrepair, and in the early 2000s found itself half-vacant with partially finished and abandoned floors.


With more than 4,200 properties in 79 countries and territories, Marriott International was faced with the challenge of renovating and reopening a cherished, iconic property built in 1942. The original Art Deco building, which had played host to everything from weddings and quinceañeras to dances and grand parties, had been replaced with an uninspired concrete structure. The property itself needed to reflect its reputation as a financial high-performer, and the global hospitality company called on us to protect and oversee their substantial investment. 

Secure Government Agency

When you’re the nation’s leading research agency, tackling complex projects is all in a day’s work – even when it comes to the planning, design, and construction of a new, build-to-suit headquarters. The combination of the agency’s strict security requirements, urban location, and desire for increased collaboration and innovation among employees resulted in a unique challenge, and a complex teaming and approvals structure. 

Time Warner Cable 

On-demand, streaming media forever changed the way the world connects with information and entertainment. Suddenly, cable customers across the U.S. wanted more than just 24/7 access to information and entertainment – they wanted their access to be faster and more reliable than ever before. To meet their customers’ rapidly evolving speed and reliability expectations, Time Warner Cable (TWC) leadership engaged MGAC to help develop a strategic infrastructure of critical facilities across the U.S.

Community Matters

The philanthropic work we do in our collective communities inspires and supports the work we do for our clients. And, like the work we do for our clients, our volunteer efforts challenge and reveal the very best in us.

We focus our energy and efforts on:


Because we believe that everyone deserves a roof over their heads and a safe place to sleep.


We believe in the enduring value of education and paying it forward to future generations.


They make life better, so we celebrate and promote them every day. 


As influencers in the built environment, we believe the work of combatting climate change begins with us.

Real connections. Lasting impact.

Relationships are the foundation of our industry, and we believe in building ones that last. This commitment extends to our philanthropic efforts, where we strive to develop deep connections with organizations in need by finding meaningful, and ongoing ways to give back. When it comes to bringing these missions to life, we’re in it for the long haul.

  • ACE Mentor Program
  • Architecture + Design Museum Los Angeles
  • Calvary Women’s Services
  • Conservation International
  • Glenstone Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Jubilee Support Alliance
  • Washington Project for the Arts


You can. You should. It’s possible to work for a company that embraces your experiences, accomplishments, skills, and personality.

A place where you can work alongside smart, devoted people who help bring some of the world’s most ambitious, inspiring, and challenging visions to life.

Imagine having a role in managing projects as diverse and amazing as museums, hotels, universities, corporate headquarters, and art installations, to name just a few?

The kind of work that can start from the ground up, that’s tangible, real, and endures.

At MGAC, you’ll have to chance to dive in and learn things you never imagined, travel, build relationships with people from all walks of life, and build a career you love.

Are you in? Look at our current opportunities



The work we do requires all the skills, heart, expertise, and humanity we’ve got. That’s why taking time to replenish and stay healthy is so important to us.

  • Vacation, Paid Holidays, & Sick Time – As a team member, you’ll accrue vacation at 10 hours per month – or three weeks per year. You’ll also accrue sick time – seven days annually. Plus, you get the day off for your birthday and for inclement weather. To us, it’s simple: when we’re at our best, we give our best to our clients.
  • Raises – Do great work and you’ll be rewarded.
  • PPO-Level Health Insurance, Dental, & Vision – We’re committed to helping you and your family stay healthy – from head to toe – and um, teeth too.
  • 401K Plan – Each year, you’ll receive a non-discretionary safe harbor contribution from us. And, based on performance, you’ll receive an additional discretionary Profit Sharing contribution. We also have a matching program to maximize your contributions.
  • Flexible Spending – Set aside pre-tax funds for both Dependent and Healthcare expenses, up to $5,000 a year per household for dependent care, and $2,550 for healthcare expenses.
  • Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance and Disability Insurance – As a full time team member, you’ll receive these coverages for free for up to twice your salary, up to $400,000.
  • Bring Your Dog To Work Fridays – Dogs make life better. That’s why we invite team members to kick off Fridays with the unconditional love, fun, and slobbery kisses that only our four-legged friends can provide. Even the press loves them – they’ve been featured in both The Washingtonian and on FOX 5 local News.
  • Tuition Reimbursement – Want to earn an additional degree, or take a few classes? We’re with you – and we’ll cover the cost, too, up to the limits set by the IRS.
  • Transportation Reimbursement – Money that can be used for the Metro, personal travel, bus fare, etc.? You got it.



Hardworking, smart, curious college and graduate students ready to immerse themselves in the world of project management with some of the industry’s brightest minds – and the most delightful people – are invited to apply for internships across our array of disciplines.

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    "Great place to work, great projects , great people."

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    After reading the Glassdoors 2019 best places to work I was curious to see what MGAC were rated at and was honestly surprised at some of the lower ratings! Here's what I can share:

    I've been working with MGAC for almost 5 years, it's a very entrepreneurial company that work on a host of amazing projects across the US and Canada. It's especially a great place to learn and work if your a young/mid level professional. The opportunity to work on cool projects is most definitely there if you want it. If you have a go-getter attitude that wants to work on some of the best projects, it's certainly a good place to work. It has been for me.

    My thoughts on leadership - The President is a very personable guy and Managing Director for our team has always been open and there for me if I needed. I have not worked closely with other leadership members but anyone who I've met has been great, again very personable.

    They host an annual conference and holiday party where they bring all offices together for a weekend in DC. Always a good catch up and fun to meet to new team members that have joined that year.


    Nothing has bugged me enough that it's worth sharing. I'm sure like every company there's improvements that can be made in areas. Nothing I've been to exposed to to comment.

    Advice to Management

    Ideally further performance reviews, catch-ups on career development.

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MGAC Photos

MGAC photo of: A Friday afternoon tradition, the MGAC Beer Cart provides beverages, snacks, and socializing at the end of a busy week.
MGAC photo of: Congrats to Betsy and Frisco, our 2017 costume contest winners!
MGAC photo of: Looking for an internship experience to write home about? Our interns are on site daily gaining real experience working on once-in-a-lifetime projects.
MGAC photo of: We’re one tough bunch! Just ask this group of MGAC employees, including President Mark Anderson, who completed a Tough Mudder run in Philadelphia last year.
MGAC photo of: MGAC University was born out of our true passion for learning and collaboration. We offer quarterly in-house trainings on everything from project management and leadership skills to CPR.
MGAC photo of: We’re more than paper pushers sitting through a meeting. Our experts are on the ground driving process, facilitating difficult conversations, and building consensus around a shared vision.
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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at MGAC.


    Got Interview through Recruter. Easy to answer. Friendly People. Pleasing Environment. Asking finance related questions and different scenario. I got a reply in 2 weeks. Salary is competitive. Few managers were in panel for interview

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MGAC Awards & Accolades

  • Great Places to Work, The Washingtonian Magazine, 2013
  • Best Places to Work, Washington Business Journal, 2013
  • Best Places to Work, Washington Business Journal, 2012
  • Best Places to Work, The Washington Post, 2015
  • Top Workplaces, The Washington Post, 2016
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