By Steve Sinovic / Albuquerque Journal Writer, Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 12:02am
ALBUQUERQUE – It’s going to be a busy summer for HB Construction.
In addition to marking the firm’s 25th anniversary as a general contractor, the company is moving to new digs in Nob Hill.
Founded in June 1991, HB Construction has grown from a small family business to becoming one of the largest privately owned construction companies in New Mexico.
For employees, the milestone highlights a period of growth while also presenting a chance to reflect on the firm’s early days, according to its leaders.
“It’s been a real honor to work with the dedicated men and women who continue to commit to the same values we created the company with,” said Jason Harrington, CEO of HB.
“As rewarding as the last 25 years have been, I truly believe that because of the quality of young leaders our company has, the next 25 years are going to give HB Construction an even greater opportunity to make an impact on our community” Harrington said.
Founded by Ken Harrington, HB started out with only three employees: Ken, his son Jason and Mike Brown. All three shared a small one-room office and worked side by side on job sites for the company’s first few years.
Flash forward to today where HB is nearing completion of the $35 million Bernalillo High School campus, the largest project in company history. The three-phase, 119,000-square-foot project has completely reshaped the school’s campus, adding a two-story academic building and multiple career-training facilities.
Other projects in the area are the medical office building for Lovelace Medical Group at Independence Square, Mountain View Elementary School Campus replacement, The Carlisle (a luxury condo complex at Carlisle and Central SE) and UNM Health Education Building Phase III.
The company has also begun expanding its footprint, opening offices in Texas and Colorado while expanding its project portfolio to include health care, office/mixed use/retail, commercial, public works, hospitality and tribal.
Today, HB’s staff has grown to 94 employees and counting, including an expanding building information department.
Chief Financial Officer Adam Harrington likes to focus on the people side of growth.
“When companies talk about growth, most like to focus on revenue or profit,” said Adam. “Our team looks at things a little differently. In 2011, we had 10 employees that worked for HB Construction. That was 10 families the company supported. Today, we now have over 94 employees. The idea of directly supporting close to 100 families and indirectly supporting the hundreds more through our subcontractors that we work with is what we think of when we talk about growth and success.”
In August, HB will relocate its headquarters to the Nob Hill area, occupying the old probation building at Richmond and Monte Vista NE, where renovations are currently underway. The company’s owners view the move as an opportunity to work in a more centrally located area. Originally built in the late 1940s for Logan Hardware Co., the building has seen many renovations/additions through the years. The 30,000-square-foot building will feature a large deck. About 5,000 square feet will be available to lease.
HB partnered with the Albuquerque Public Art Program to incorporate a mural by artist Mark Horst on the west exterior wall.
Speaking of expansion
CrossFit Petroglyph recently reopened after a move to 9101 High Assets Way NW. The newly relocated fitness business encompasses 2,600 square feet. The former shell was built out by AIC General Contractor. The listing broker was Daniel Kearney of Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group.