McKinley Building Corporation has served the Greater Southeastern area of North Carolina since 1992 and has earned a stellar reputation for dependable, quality construction on over 360 projects across a wide variety of Commercial Buildings from Industrial Warehouse and Flex Spaces, to Class A Office Buildings, Retail Shopping Centers, Multifamily Projects, and Tenant Upfits.

We have earned our reputation by building on a strong foundation of our Core Values that we always put FIRST.  These guiding principles are Faith & Family, Integrity, Relationships, Service to Others, and Teamwork.  McKinley Building’s greatest assets are our people and the relationships we form with our clients, many of whom are repeat customers.  From initial design through completion of a project, our customers enjoy a close partnership with a single primary point of contact to ensure that their project is a success – finishing on time, on budget, and with the highest quality possible.

Ensuring quality is our primary objective and quality, value, and attention to detail are the foundation of our business philosophy.


After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering, Ken Dull moved to Wilmington in 1987 to work for a commercial contractor. He started McKinley Building Corporation in 1992 and McKinley Building has been providing quality commercial construction ever since. This is made possible by its highly qualified staff and the use of only the finest subcontractors and suppliers. Among the qualified staff, is a registered Civil Engineer, a professional land use planner, CPA, Former Commercial Real Estate Lender and one of the most knowledgeable teams of construction supervisors and craftsmen in the industry.

Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision is to help build our community into the best place it can be to live and work.

Our Mission is to build best in class structures, while impressing our clients with the best experience possible, and to build enduring friendships with those we work with along the way.

Core Values.  We put our values FIRST:  

  • Faith & Family:  We place our faith in God, operate on Judeo / Christian principles, and believe in strong family values.
  • Integrity:  Do the right thing always; regardless of who is watching or not.
  • Relationships:  We value our employees, clients, subcontractors, design partners, and vendors who are all vital to what we do every day.
  • Service to Others:  Giving back to our communities to make them a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
  • Teamwork:  It takes a team to do what we do and we appreciate everyone’s individuality, value their opinions, support each other, listen to each other, and trust each other.

Meet Our Team

McKinley “Ken” Dull


Mckinley “Ken” Dull is President of McKinley Building Corporation. Since founding Mckinley in 1992, Ken has grown the company to become Wilmington’s leading, locally-owned, commercial builder with over 320 projects to date. Ken graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a construction option. During his time at North Carolina State University, Ken interned with several engineering firms and was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha. After college, he moved to Winston Salem and worked for Landmark Builders as a Project Manager and Design Engineer.

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Chad Hodges

Chief Operating Officer

Chad is the Chief Operating Officer of McKinley Building Corporation. His duties include overseeing operational policies and procedures, managing daily operations of McKinley Building on current and future projects, ensuring compliance on a company, state, and federal level, and driving sustainable growth. Mr. Hodges received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from East […]

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Andrew Cooke

Business Development Officer

Andrew is our expert in all things financial and new business-related. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Andrew brought his 12 years of commercial banking experience and two years of focus on commercial real estate to McKinley as our business development officer. He was named Wake Forest University Banking School Distinguished Graduate in 2018 and Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America. Andrew has also dedicated his time to serving on many boards including Airlie Gardens, Step Up Wilmington Board of Directors, Wilmington Downtown Inc, Great Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Board of Trustees, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and as a First Presbyterian Church Youth Basketball coach.

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Keri Grant


Keri is McKinley’s controller with more than 25 years of experience in both public and private accounting. With her bachelor of business administration in accounting and CPA, Keri feels that her expertise is in keeping track of the finances and QuickBooks. Her attention to detail, accuracy, and organization are vital to keeping track of the finances for McKinley.

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Stephen Nunn

Project Manager

Stephen Nunn has claimed the title of Project Manager at McKinley since 2016. Stephen holds a bachelor of science in industrial technology with a concentration in Construction Management and a minor in Business from Appalachian State University. Stephen brings over 20 years in the construction industry to McKinley. His experience is primarily with Construction Management and Cost Engineering for various private, federal and state clients. He is also LEED-certified and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Walter Raymond Avery, Jr. (Pete)

Vice President, Administration

Pete Avery is McKinley’s Vice President of Administration and has been with the company since April of 2004. After graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in urban and regional planning and a Master’s in Public Administration, he gained experience in several positions. For nearly three years, he was the town planner of Wake Forest, NC, served as a senior planner for New Hanover County for over 14 years, and was the director of land development at Nick Garrett Development Inc. for five years.

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Ashley Nicole

Project Manager Assistant

Ashley Nicole joined McKinley’s team as a project manager assistant in May of 2019. She entered the construction industry in 2005 and has learned everything to date by being hands-on in the field and office. One of her biggest accomplishments is not having a college degree, but gaining all of her knowledge and abilities from working in various industries of construction including commercial, federal, state and private construction.

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Darren Jones

Chief Estimator

Darren Jones was hired as Chief Estimator for McKinley Building. A native of New Bern, N.C., Jones received his bachelor’s degree in construction management from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. as well as serving 8 years in the U.S Army. Jones entered the construction industry over two decades ago as a field laborer and […]

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Andrew Bernard

Project Manager

Andrew Bernard was hired as a Project Manager with McKinley Building. He has 12 years of experience in the construction industry. Andrew first started working as an apprentice carpenter in Northern Virginia, and since has progressed into roles as a project engineer, assistant superintendent, and lead superintendent. He has completed projects in multi-family, higher education, […]

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