We want to be the light in the community. We do that by building quality projects that help our communities grow.

– Andrew Cope, President


After graduating from Clemson in 1972, Marty Cope spent almost a decade working for McDevitt Street in the Charlotte, North Carolina market before realizing his dream of owning and operating his own construction firm built on a foundation of integrity, quality, and faith. In November 1980, he followed his dream and founded J.M. Cope Construction Company, Inc. in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

In 2011, after 30 years at the helm, Marty passed the leadership baton to his son, Andrew. In addition to growing up in the business, Andrew has been an integral team member of J.M. Cope since 2003 with roles as Project Manager and Vice President. Now, as President, Andrew continues to affirm a commitment to the same core values his father embedded almost 40 years ago.

Today, J. M. Cope is recognized as one of the region’s most well respected commercial construction firms, managing roughly $60M of annual construction volume, while maintaining the foundation on which it was built of integrity, quality, and faith.

Quick Facts

  • 2nd generation family business
  • Core values of integrity, safety, care, innovation, and excellence
  • Unlimited license in North and South Carolina
  • 30-35 projects completed annually
  • 45+ employees
  • A steward to the communities we serve


At J.M. Cope, we seek to improve our community through the value and quality of the projects we build; creating the facilities where we work, shop, play, and learn. As a trusted advisor, we offer our clients a variety of construction delivery method services. But no matter the services we provide, or the contract method under which we provide them, our approach to client service is the same – We work to truly know and understand our clients, their goals, and their priorities. We make those goals our own.

We enjoy our work the most when it can be done in an environment of cooperation, collaboration, and trust, so on every project, our goal is to create those ideal conditions starting with our own actions. Through open and honest communication, and a culture of integrity and fairness, we seek to build relationships that lead to success.

J.M. Cope is dedicated to a future that preserves our natural resources and promotes safety of our employees and community. As a community leader in a changing world, we recognize the need for social responsibility and being a steward of our environment. Our approach to projects incorporates safety and sustainability into our decision into our decision making processes at every level.

York County Prison
Rock Hill, SC

I further believe that any entity considering such approaches will find the Cope Construction team a professional, knowledgeable, and fair partner in completing any construction project. They are a well-rounded professional team player.

– Mr. Mark Kettlewell, PE, PLS
County Engineer
, York County Government


Good people produce good results. We are truly blessed to have assembled quality employees who care not only about the quality of our work, but also about the quality of our relationships with customers. Our leadership team is highlighted below.

Local Experts

Focusing our reach on projects within 90 minutes of our Rock Hill office allows us to prioritize community and family. Our local focus helps us to build relationships of trust and respect with our clients and deliver the quality of service we can take pride in.

York Place Campus
York, SC

I can truly say that Mr. Cope worked with us in every way to enable us to do all the things we wanted to do and still come within budget. Mr. Cope is a fine man of integrity and I certainly recommend him and his firm highly.

– John C. Shiflet, Jr.
President / CEO
, York Place

Contact us today to meet our team and learn more about J.M.Cope.