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Commercial | HPM CONTRACTING
Spanning the Spectrum
NEW STARTUP HPM CONTRACTING IS BUILDING A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO IN COLORADO. BY KAT ZEMAN
HPM's partners have 80 years of collective experience, allowing it to take on a diverse range of projects.
* Headquarters: Centennial, Colo.
* Specia y: General contractor
"We've done jobs at cost
$2,000 and we are bidding
on work for $15 million."
- Ray Hallquist, president and principal owner
tanding inside the White House
Situation Room, Ray Hallquist had
a lot of concerns. His crew needed
to complete the project with
minimal disruption to the building's No. 1
tenant. Hallquist was employed by Omaha,
Neb.-based Kiewit Federal Group, a firm
hired to renovate the Situation Room.
"I can't give you too many details about
it, but I can tell you that I worked on it," says
Hallquist, president and principal owner of
the newly formed HPM Contracting. "It was
probably the most challenging project I've
worked on because you have to be aware
of your surroundings. You have construc-
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tion work to complete but there's a certain
important person not too far away who's
running the country."
The Situation Room isn't really a room,
but a sprawling 5,000-square-foot-plus
complex that takes up much of the West
Wing's lower floor. For a classified number of taxpayer dollars, Hallquist spent
nine months on the project that involved
gutting, reconstructing and renovating the
complex in 2006 and 2007.
Earlier this year, two entrepreneurs
approached Hallquist about joining them in
a new business venture. John Pickford and
Alec McDougall - who own several metal
panel and glazing companies - wanted to
start a general contracting firm.
"I never dreamed of leaving Kiewit
Construction," Hallquist says. "But then it
turned out to be an opportunity I couldn't
Centennial, Colo.-based HPM Contracting
was born. The three men launched the startup in April. As the newest member of the