Contruction Today - July/August 2017 - 75
McDougall Family of Companies, HPM is a general contractor that
specializes in a broad spectrum of projects that range from civil and
federal to commercial work.
"We've done jobs that cost $2,000 and we are bidding on work for
$15 million," Hallquist says. "Although I have 22 years of industry
experience and my partners have a collective 80 years of experience,
the firm doesn't have much experience because it's new."
Employee-owned HPM is quickly building its portfolio in Colorado.
It recently remodeled a police station for the City of Lone Tree and
renovated classrooms for the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch.
HPM is also remodeling an office building for the Southgate Water
and Sanitation Districts in Colorado. That includes a new conference
room, additional office space and a new entryway, and replacing carpets and lighting and painting walls. The $350,000 project is targeted
for completion by the end of 2017.
"Our plan is to get into larger projects over time," Hallquist says.
"We're looking at a couple of federal jobs - a data center for the federal government and another job at an air force base."
The Perfect Job
With more than two decades of experience as a contractor, Hallquist
has served as a project manager, leading a variety of field operations
and estimating divisions. His experience includes daily oversight of
more than $1 billion worth of construction.
Although many contractors stick to a specific area of construction,
Hallquist spans the spectrum. He has spent half his career in heavy
civil work that includes the construction of highways, freeways,
bridges and light rails. The other half has been federal work such as
the White House Situation Room project and a $1.7 billion Colorado
VA medical center.
"Most people in the industry pick one side, but I've had the unique
opportunity to work on both sides," Hallquist says. "A perfect job
would be a mixture of both." His vision for HPM includes a variety of
general contractor projects. "I have people that are passionate about
commercial work, I have people that are passionate about federal
and people who are passionate about civil," he adds.
Another key figure at HPM is John Todd, the company's project
executive. Todd brings with him 18 years of construction experience,
LEED certification and a background in vertical construction. He's
worked on projects that include class A office spaces, parking structures, data centers, military facilities and schools and colleges.
This shortage includes electricians, plumbers, masons and construction workers. "I was talking to an architect last week and his company has equipment on-site but it doesn't have any people to move
the dirt," Hallquist says. "It's a problem." He believes that the industry
needs to do a better job of promoting the various crafts associated with
construction. "We need to start reaching kids in high school, and tell
them there are other options outside of college," he adds. "College is
great for a lot of kids but isn't necessarily for everyone."
Trends in Trade
As many baby boomers reach retirement stage, a worker shortage
could impact construction progress and growth. One of the biggest
challenges facing the construction industry is lack of tradesmen and
craftsmen, Hallquist says. "There's a people shortage in the industry,"
he says. "You have a lot of baby boomers that will be retiring and
we have a craftsmen shortage that is compounding. There are not
enough young people that look at construction as a career for them."
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