About McDermott Construction
About Peter McDermott
Peter is a Quad City Area native, born and raised in Moline, Illinois, with 33 years of construction experience.
McDermott Construction began in 1978 when Peter set out to establish himself, starting with decks and other modest residential projects in the Moline area. A two-man operation at first, they called themselves "McDeck" and "The Decksperts." As his skills and business acumen matured, Peter's portfolio included increasingly impressive projects. Here are some of Peter's personal landmarks.
1974 Apprentice carpenter with Pettit Brothers Construction, building houses, continuing to 1978.
1974 Commercial work as a union carpenter, continuing to 1978.
1978 McDermott Construction open for business.
1980 Decks and room additions. Re-built Riverside lagoon shelter and Riverside Park Moline.
1980 Established a goal for McDermott Construction to get involved in some unique, challenging project each year, along with regular business. This is a practice McDermott Construction continues to this day.
1980 Began ongoing attendance at nationally recognized, work-related seminars and workshops (continuing to present).
1982 Peter pursued advanced training and received a B.A. from the University of Iowa.
1982 McDermott Construction began doing room additions as well as decks.
1984 McDermott Construction built their first house, in Moline.
1985 Exhibitor at Quad City Home Show, through 2003.
1988 McDermott Construction accomplished major additions on the Ben Butterworth home for the Hallenes
and on the Engstrom home for the Engstroms. Both projects were designed by Perry Gere.
1991 Peter organized the Moline Prospect Park Centennial Celebration.
1991 Peter acquired his first rental apartment, investing in the future.
1991 Peter began his involvement in volunteer work for cancer patients.
1992 Peter appointed to Moline Historical Preservation Commission by then-Mayor McCulley as a charter member. Organized by the "Queen Bee" Barb Sandburg who singlehandedly saved the LeClaire Hotel and the Skinner block in Moline.
1992 McDermott Construction built a new spec house: the first in the Quad Cities to use non-toxic Isolene insulation.
The house also included heat pipe from the furnace built into the cement basement floor.
1994 Peter began coaching dads' club little league baseball, continuing through 2004.
1996 Peter appointed by Mayor Stan Leach to the Moline Planning Commission. Still a member to present.
1998 McDermott Construction built a two-story octagon concession stand complex at Greenvalley Park in Moline.
2000 McDermott Construction does the Dispatch building expansion, a major $2 million addition to the Daily Dispatch building in Moline. The project was designed by architect Mark Miller of Bracke, Hayes & Miller. McDermott Construction was hired by publisher Jerry Taylor and General Manager Scott Aswege.
2001 Peter attended seminars on basement renovation and began incorporating new improvements into projects.
2004 Peter purchased the Rock River Plaza on Route 6 in Moline.
2004 Peter was named Quad City Homebuilder Remodeler of the Year!
2005 Peter began teaching Junior Achievement classes and shadow programs, continuing to present.
2006 Wharton Field House Renovation. The project included an elaborate ticket booth. McDermott Construction's work inspired the school and park board to asphalt their parking lot and renovate Browning Field.
2010-11 McDermott Construction built the $3 million Midwest Technical Institute in Moline. Site of the old HyVee in Moline's King Plaza. McDermott works with Vice President Mike Casper for a near-perfect completion of school in record time. Shuva Rahim (Accent Photographics) wrote a nice article about the project in her blog.