About Us

Benchmark Contracting Established in 1998

Benchmark Contracting is a dynamic, general contracting firm with expertise in design/build, ground up construction, tenant improvements, and comprehensive rehabilitations/renovations in industrial, residential and commercial construction for both the public and private markets.

Founder and President, Benden Parker

Our History

Our name reflects the principles, practices and values that we employ in every aspect of how we do business. Our “Benchmark”, or standard point of reference for our performance is derived from the values ingrained and the lessons learned by Mr. Benden Parker, our founder, at his Alma mater, The Citadel. A Charleston native, Benden believes honesty and integrity define the ways in which we do business, and exemplify the standards of excellence we strive to maintain. Our performance consistently reflects our vision, mission and values, which we continually measure against our Benchmark.

Our experience began in 1998 and quickly moved into the commercial construction side of business, completing tenant improvements (TI), renovations, new construction and public works projects.

By 2008, Benchmark Contracting, Inc. progressed to Design/Build Construction, including ground up construction, tenant improvement, and renovations. Representative projects during this point in our history included Creech AFB Wing Headquarters, Nellis AFB Child Development Center, Fort Huachuca Fire Rescue Station, and Davis-Monthan AFB Store.

Today, Benchmark Contracting, has a team representing more than 150 years of building experience, as we continue to grow and expand our portfolio of noteworthy projects and take pride in each and every endeavor.

Benchmark Contracting Team Members

Raymond Nelson

Safety Director

Raymond Nelson has worked in Construction/Safety for over 20 years. Born and raised in Charleston, SC. Mr. Nelson attended South Carolina State University and has worked as an OSHA Outreach Trainer for 3 years. He is also a Member of the NASP (National Association of Safety Professionals) and IASP(International Association of Safety Professionals).

“Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility”. These words have been a main core value for Mr. Nelson and Cobblestone Construction for over 20 years. As the Safety Manager, Mr. Nelson has been able to work with and through management to ensure compliance with safety and environmental procedures to assist in the achievement of profitability/productivity requirements.

Kimberly Allen

Human Resources Director

Kimberly Allen has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Allen graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago, while simultaneously working her way up to becoming a Human Resources professional in prominent law firms in Chicago and raising four children. Since relocating to Las Vegas in 2010, she has expanded her HR expertise to other industries, including: hotel, hospitality, aerospace, entertainment lighting, architecture, and now the construction industry.

Kimberly has worked with Cobblestone Construction since 2018 and brings her experience with recruitment, policy development, employee relations, benefits management, employee training and development, and payroll administration to the company. Her objectives are to do her part to help ensure that the company is productive and profitable and simultaneously help to make Cobblestone Construction an enjoyable and rewarding place to work.

Ed Fraiser III

Business Development Director

Edward Frasier has made his career in construction with over 24 years of experience. Mr. Frasier was born and raised in Charleston, SC has his BS in Business Administration from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, and currently sits on the Planning Commission for Clark County Nevada representing District D. His 24-year tenure includes many notable projects for clients like McCarran Airport, Clark County School District, City of Henderson, City of Las Vegas, UNLV, and University Medical Center to name a few.

As an estimator and construction manager, Mr. Frasier provides a hands-on approach on all aspects of projects, from start to finish. He works closely with the entire project team to ensure all project goals for schedule, cost, and quality are achieved and that the overall performance of the project team meets your objectives and exceeds expectations. Working closely with the Cobblestone Construction team since 2002, Mr. Frasier is an integral part in maintaining the high level of expertise and professionalism Cobblestone is recognized for in the construction community.

Ed Howard

Construction Manager

Ed Howard has over 30 years of experience in Project/Engineering and Construction Management. Having managed countless multi-million dollar projects to satisfaction, Ed has perfected the art of communication, project control, budget tracking, coordination and scheduling, quality control, job safety standards, troubleshooting, and general project oversight.

Serving in the USAF for more than 25 years, Ed was the acting Director of Engineering, Project Engineer, and Testing Manager, for the Air Force performing criteria development, design, design management, and reviews among others. Add being a father of seven and we know Ed is the epitome of calm under pressure.

Patricia Estevez

Office Manager

Patricia Estevez joined the team at Benchmark Contracting 6 years ago, bringing with her 26 years of Accounting and Administrative experience combined with 12 years as a Systems Analyst. Serving as the Benchmark Contracting Office Manager, Ms. Estevez handles all bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable, financial reports including WIP, cash flow, balance sheet, income statement, reconciliation of bank statement, and job costing. A mind for numbers, and seemingly endless energy, Ms. Estevez also handles payroll, insurance, subcontractor payments, bonds, Bid documents, and more.