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Hensel Phelps Construction: Planning To Managing

April 28, 2014

Hensel Phelps Construction was founded in 1937 by Hensel Phelps in Greeley, Colorado. Its activities then were in home building and remodeling. The firm started entering competitive contract work on a limited scale starting 1948. Hensel and his son, Joseph F. Phelps formed a partnership in January 1955, this continued until 1957 when Hensel retired.

In June 3, 1957 Joseph Phelps incorporated the firm and continued as president and general manager until 1975. He was then succeeded by Robert G. Tointon who became the new president and general manager. Robert joined the company in 1963 as a project engineer. At this time the firm was becoming an important regional, general construction company. With his outstanding performance Robert eventually became executive vice president and general manager of the firm’s largest operating unit, the Plains Division. He held this position until September 1975 when he became company president.

A significant move was made on March 22, 1982 when the company was re-incorporated in the state of Delaware and elected to become an S-corporation. Today Hensel Phelps Construction Co. is one of the largest general contractors and construction managers in the U.S. and ranks consistently among ENR’s (Engineering News-Record) top 20 contractors. It has grown into a multi-billion dollar employee-owned, national contractor with a wide portfolio of successfully completed projects.

The firm can handle the entire project cycle from planning to design, to construction and facility management. It does business in the domestic as well as international market.  It projects include construction and renovation of commercial office, airport, distribution and industrial, correctional, public assembly, sports, health care, educational, institutional, residential, mixed use, retail hospitality, mass transportation, entertainment, micro-electronics, research and development and laboratory facilities.

Hensel Phelps Construction’s notable projects include renovation work on the Pentagon and the modernization and addition for the San Jose International Airport Terminal Area Improvement Program.

From small beginnings to a multi- billion dollar company, the firm is an inspiration to any budding entrepreneur that anything is possible.


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