Greenwood Village, Colorado — August 4, 2017 -- Chris Bantner has joined GH Phipps as its Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him more than 25 years of construction leadership development and executive-level construction experience.
With deep roots in the Rocky Mountain regional market, Bantner was selected after an in-depth search to become a key member of Phipps’ executive team and help establish strategy for the company and ensure its execution. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations for the company, including all areas of mainline construction operations, special projects, concrete, and the company’s construction equipment resources.
Of GH Phipps, which was founded in 1952, Bantner said, “GH Phipps is a Front Range contractor, and I’ve been impressed with the reputation Phipps has had in the market. People always have something good to say about how they build their projects and how they treat their people. They’ve shown good, healthy competition, and have built a great reputation in this market.”
GH Phipps President Kurt Klanderud said, “We are so pleased to have Chris join GH Phipps and incorporate his experience in order to enhance GH Phipps’ plans for growth. He brings skills that complement Phipps’ culture in the way we have historically worked with our clients and industry partners.”
Bantner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha/Lincoln. He grew up in Nebraska -- and in the construction business. His family owned a flatwork concrete company, and Bantner worked there as a concrete finisher throughout high school and college.
He comes to GH Phipps after a long and successful career with the Kiewit Corporation. He moved up through the project management side and participated in Kiewit’s Leadership Development Program for most of his career. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Managing Partner for the VA Hospital Denver, after holding the position of General Manager of the Building Group office in Denver. Other important projects he oversaw include the South Terminal Enabling Construction Project at DIA, the Union Station Redevelopment Project, the Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit at the Denver Zoo, and numerous higher education and commercial projects, including parking structures and light rail stations for the massive T-REX project that remade I-25.
Bantner is married, has two children, and lives in Arvada.
About GH Phipps Construction Companies
GH Phipps is an employee-owned full-service Construction Manager/General Contractor. Revenues of over $300 million make GH Phipps one of Colorado's largest contractors and one of the nation's top 400 contractors. Corporate headquarters are located in Greenwood Village, Colorado, with branch offices in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colorado. GH Phipps Construction of Wyoming is based in Laramie, Wyoming, with a branch office in Sheridan.