Johnson Carlier New Name: Big-D Construction SW

Big-D Companies is excited to announce that Johnson Carlier, an affiliate of Big-D Construction Corp. has changed its name to Big-D Construction Southwest.

Our industry is experiencing extraordinary growth and this change allows us to expand our services under one name with one mission – to be the most sought-after construction company in the business,” said Sr. Vice President/Managing Director Carl McFarland who will head the Southwest regional office.

A leader in the AEC industry, McFarland has over 28 years of experience in construction as a Market Sector Executive, General Manager, and Director of Operations among other leadership roles throughout his career. Co-leading with McFarland, Vice President Laura Shivers started with the team as the Director of Business Strategy before being promoted to Vice President in the spring of 2022. Shivers is excited about the opportunity to help grow the Big-D brand and the future of Big-D Construction Southwest.

"Carl's dedication to the future of construction is unmatched. His effort to address the opportunities this industry offers, coupled with a focus on growing people, make him the absolute best partner to execute on our strategic goals,” said Shivers.

With an established presence in Arizona for over 100 years, the evolution from Johnson Carlier to Big-D Construction Southwest will allow the regional office to better serve its customers through market expansion and diversification by adopting the entire Big-D project and team resumes in key market sectors including industrial, multi-family, aviation, higher education and more. The change also opens the door for career growth, and better recruitment, as Big-D Construction is a nationally recognized Construction Manager and has again earned a 2022 Great Place to Work certification among other accolades.


Located in Tempe, Arizona, Big-D Construction Southwest is part of the Big-D family of companies, one of the largest groups of contractors in the United States. Originally operating as Johnson Carlier, Big-D Construction Southwest specializes primarily in large commercial projects. Focusing on the company’s core values – RespectPeople, and Truth - all Big-D regional offices work to enrich the lives of customers, consultants, employees, and its community. For more information, please visit

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