GH Phipps Awarded Contractor of the Year
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A shortlist of three firms from the region were selected by ENR staff based on revenue growth, ranking, new initiatives, safety, reputation and strong community. Editors from across the country selected GH Phipps from a one-page outline of recent and current work, recent awards and the company’s Retention Initiative.
“It was always about the relationship that you had with the client and being that trusted partner. We don’t look at clients as transactional in nature … we really look for clients that have those work programs where we can establish a relationship with them and continue to be engaged with them for years,” President Kurt Klanderud told ENR Mountain States when speaking of his history with the company.
In 2015, GH Phipps won the Colorado Project of the Year from ENR Mountain States for the distinctive Science Pyramid at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG). This year, GH Phipps is back to work at DBG, constructing the 100,000-square-foot Freyer-Newman Center for Science, Art and Education – the final piece of DBG’s 11-year-old master development plan.
“The Phipps team has just been outstanding,” says Brian Vogt, CEO at the gardens. “They care deeply about the mission of the gardens and they understand our institution.”
Phipps is also building elementary and high schools in Colorado and Wyoming; a $70-million expansion of the Children’s Hospital Colorado North Campus in Broomfield; and Lakehouse on 17th, a 12-story, $107-million condominium-and-townhouse development in Denver.
The company is also the 2018 recipient of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in the Community Award for an annual volunteer program to contribute 1,952 hours across 60 charities.