Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 170
Residential | HBD CONSTRUCTION INC.
HBD CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ITS FOUNDERS' TRADITION OF PROJECT DIVERSITY. BY JIM HARRIS
hortly after Horace B. Deal
founded H.B. Deal & Company
Inc., in 1922, the company became
known in the St. Louis market for
taking on a wide variety of projects. These
included building monuments and memorial buildings, churches, schools, hospitals,
industrial plants, commercial structures
and housing projects.
During World War II, the company
shifted its emphasis entirely to building
projects for the U.S. Government. Its efforts
were recognized when the War Department
awarded it the Army-Navy E Award, its
highest recognition, in July 1943. Although
the award was given in connection with
a particular project - the Ozark Ordnance
Works - it also recognized the company's
entire body of work.
Following Deal's retirement, his sons Bill
and Clarence renamed it H.B. Deal Construction Inc., and ran the company until
their retirement in 1978. Three longtime
employees - Daniel O'Keefe Jr., Russell
Shilt and Melvin Schaefer - took it over,
renaming it H.B.D. Contracting Inc. In 2004,
the company again changed hands and
names, when current President Michael
Perry and partners Brian Kowert and Daniel
O'Keefe III took over and rechristened it
HBD Construction Inc. Today, Perry owns
and operates the company with Kowert and
his son, Brian Kowert Jr.
HBD Construction Inc.
* Revenue: $71.6 million
* Headquarters: St. Louis
* Employees: 90
* Specia y: General contracting and
"I ink our core values have
certainly helped us last as long
as we have."
- Mike Perry, president
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leadership is (from left)
Brian Kowert Sr., Brian Kowert
Jr. and Michael Perry.
Now in its 96th year in business, HBD
Construction continues the legacies of its
previous owners while creating its own
path. "I think our core values have certainly
helped us last as long as we have," Perry
says. "We've carried on the lessons that were
learned by from the Deal family, which
include maintaining a manageable size and
hiring good people who tend to stay with
the company just as my partner and I, and
the people who come before us, have."
HBD Construction also continues its founders' legacy of having capabilities across a
wide range of project types. The company's
experience includes work in the residential,
retail, energy, entertainment, hospitality,
education, industrial/office, restaurant and
"We have always, and still continue to
this day to be very diverse," Perry says. "We
have successfully completed a wide range of
projects in nearly every field and industry."
The company's recent projects include
work on Gathering Methodist Church,
one of only a few new churches to be built
within St. Louis city limits in recent years.
HBD started construction on the one-story,
25,000-square-foot church in fall 2017 and
will complete the structure this summer.
Located on a former used car lot, Gathering Methodist Church will feature multiple
sloping roofs and a metal-clad building exterior with insulated metal panels. Concrete
removed from the lot was broken up and
recycled for use in the building's foundation, reducing waste on the site, Perry notes.
HBD will break ground in July on a
two-story, 83,000-square-foot medical office