Senior Project Managers
Joe Braden, LEED AP
Joe Braden is a Project Manager with American Constructors. Joe’s experience in the construction industry includes work as a Facility Engineer, Construction Manager Agent and Project Manager. Joe has a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Since beginning his employment with American Constructors in 2004, Joe has managed the successful completion of over $187 million dollars of construction in the Middle Tennessee area. Significant projects include the Commons at Peabody Dormitories at Vanderbilt University ($87M), the recently completed APSU Student Housing ($37M), Sunset Elementary and Middle School, Coffee County Deerfield Elementary School, Hillsboro Elementary School, and Tullahoma High School Auditorium as well as numerous laboratory projects at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Joe is currently the project manager overseeing the new Centennial Addition and Renovations to the University School in Nashville. He and his wife Beth have four young children, Will, Olivia, Drew and Sam.
Derek Martin, PE, LEED AP
Born and raised in Nashville, Derek joined American Constructors in early 2005. Shortly thereafter he was recalled by the Army to serve a year as the forward liaison for reconstruction efforts in northern Iraq. After returning he worked on several school projects most notably for Williamson County Schools and Brentwood Academy. He recently completed the Commons at the Crossings at the former Hickory Hollow Mall, a campus which includes the new Ford Ice Center for the Predators and the Southeast Library and Community Center.
Derek has a Bachelors in Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee. He and his wife Holly reside in Nashville and enjoy traveling, entertaining and live music.
Zach Baldwin, LEED AP
Zach Baldwin began his career with American Constructors as an intern during construction of the $120 Million Schermerhorn Symphony Center. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology from Murray State University in 2006, Zach was hired as a full time employee. Since beginning his tenure with American Constructors, Zach has been involved in the construction of six (6) K-12 schools totaling over $87 million, the Nelson Andrews Leadership Center for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee at Camp Widjiwagan, Goodlettsville Library, and Nolensville Town Hall.
In the summer of 2015, Zach completed a fast-track, 92 day, 80,000 SF $6 Million dormitory renovation at Lipscomb University and is currently managing their new $9 million, 27,000 SF Fields Engineering Center, as well as a $32 million addition and renovation at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School.
Zach and his wife Meagan live in Nashville and have two sons, Henry and Jude.
Since beginning work with American Constructors in 2007, Chad Crow has managed the successful completion of over $140 million dollars of construction in Middle Tennessee and South Carolina. Significant projects include the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Flood Remediation and Mitigation, First Presbyterian Church, National HealthCare – Bluffton, SC, National HealthCare – Franklin, TN, Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall and three new dormitories at University of the South.
During the Flood Remediation and Mitigation of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Chad coordinated the reinstallation and repair of the Gala Spiral Lift Systems, Rigging and Variable Acoustic Systems and Seat Wagon Systems. He also helped in the redesign of the commercial kitchen, as well as coordinating specific material deliveries for all HVAC, Plumbing, Sprinkler, Electrical and Facility Management Systems.
Chad and his wife Ashley reside in Bellevue, Tennessee, and have two sons, Nathan and Owen.
Assistant Project Managers
Kyle is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Prior to working for our company, Kyle logged over 3,400 hours working for Lyle-Cook-Martin Architects in Clarksville, Tennessee as an intern training under two licensed architects. At that firm, he helped with the development of several different projects including the new APSU dormitories which we completed in 2013. With this background, he was hired by ACI in 2012 to work onsite as a Project Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center ($27M).
Kyle’s duties on the Vanderbilt Recreation Center involved assisting the Project Manager by reviewing and checking shop drawings and coordinating 3D BIM drawings between the MEP and fire protection trades. In addition, he attended all owner/architect/contractor coordination and subcontractor scheduling meetings. Kyle also recently completed the Metro Nashville Southeast Davidson Park, Library, and Community Center ($15M) and Ford Ice Center ($13M) in the Hickory Hall area of Antioch. He is currently managing the Avenue Bank Interior Renovations job at the historic Baggage Building downtown and is looking forward to starting the Overton High School Renovations project this summer.
Mark is a 2010 graduate of Auburn University after receiving his degree in Civil Engineering. He also earned an MBA from Lipscomb University in 2013.
Prior to starting with American Constructors, Mark worked as an Engineer Intern for Smith Seckman Reid in Nashville, TN. He also worked as a finance intern with Prudential Corporation Asia in Hong Kong during the summer of 2013.
As a Project Coordinator, Mark recently aided the completion of the $15 million SE Davidson Community Center & Library in Antioch, TN and is currently serving in that same role during the construction of the new $28 million NHC Place at the Trace project.