At GH Phipps we are focused on people – relationships with clients, professional development of our personnel, and the communities we interact with. We are 100% employee-owned, which means all our employees are working hard to create successful partnerships and deliver an exceptional building experience.
In 2020 we celebrated our 68th year working in the front range and we are one of the largest construction companies in the Colorado region. GH Phipps is known for our work in the healthcare, higher education, K-12, civic and commercial arenas – with a reputation as a trusted partner time and again.
Today, more than three-fourths of our business comes from repeat clients who know that our employee-owners are responsible for upholding our mission to inspire. lead. deliver.
For a general contractor who self-performs work, our track record for safety performance is excellent. Our training program and our performance have been honored with awards, as well.
2018 ENR Mountain States General Contractor of the Year
2018 ENR Mountain States Top Contracting Firms by revenue, ranked #8
2018 AGC in the Community Award for 1-60-1952 Program
2018 AGC ACE Award for Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center OR#15
2018 Bronze Award for the University of Colorado Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) Building.
2017 ENR National Top 20 Under 40 list, Project Superintendent
2017 ENR Mountain States Best Projects, Merit Award in the Higher Education / Research category, University of Denver Engineering and Computer Sciences Building
2017 Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) Summit Awards Contractor of the Year Award
2017 Denver Business Journal Top Regional Contractors, Ranked #11
History of GH Phipps
Gerald H. Phipps was the son of a representative to the United States Senate from 1919 to 1931. He inherited his father’s interest in philanthropic and civic involvement, from supporting Children’s Hospital Colorado to ownership of the Denver Broncos from 1961 to 1981.
Gerald began his career in construction by managing the Denver office of Platt Rogers Construction, the firm founded by his uncle. Eventually, Gerald bought the Denver office and began what is now GH Phipps Construction Companies.
Over the firm’s first decade, the business grew, and Phipps opened a Colorado Springs office in 1960.
Gerald’s interest in his employees’ success was backed up by action. In 1967, he established a profit-sharing plan to allow employees to share in the success of the company. Before his death in 1993, he had created a plan to transfer the company’s assets to a profit-sharing trust, now held as an ESOP and shared by more than 200 of the company’s employees.
We realize, however, that legacy only goes so far, and that reputations need careful and constant nurturing—our word must be as good as our work. We always put our clients and community first.
GH Phipps Leadership
When you hire GH Phipps to construct a building or campus of buildings, you do more than hire a construction company – you hire a team of employee-owners. As such, our leadership in turn supports our people, clients and community through our mission: Inspire. Lead. Deliver.
LEED & NET-ZERO Practices
GH Phipps has been committed to sustainable building since 1992, but the momentum really began to build in 2003, when Boulder Community Hospitals’ Foothills Campus was certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first hospital in the country to be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Phipps has constructed 28 projects that are certified as meeting or on track to be LEED-certified, and several others have been designed and built to meet LEED certification standards. The GH Phipps staff includes 26 employees with LEED professional credentials, demonstrating a thorough understanding of sustainable building practices and principles, and LEED Rating Systems.
Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction to renovation and deconstruction. We prefer early participation with the project’s design team to determine which sustainability solutions make the most sense — from determining LEED credit category goals, to identifying innovative practices that can make a building easier on the planet.
Learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, a Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. This program has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Safety is our culture. The safety of our employees, of our subcontractors, our partners and clients is our absolute top priority. For a general contractor who self-performs work, our track record for safety performance is excellent.
Safety is about our families, our co-workers, and our communities, it encompasses so much more than the project sites we work at daily. Safety is the health of our employees, as well as the correct approach to the environment in which we work.
Our formal safety program is managed by a dedicated staff that oversees implementation of safety initiatives and continually works with field personnel to educate and enforce safety policies. Every employee receives regular safety training, in addition to ongoing training related to our unique project sites. All field supervisors are CPR and First-Aid Certified. Safety instructions and rules of conduct are written into each subcontract, and our safety requirements are reviewed with each subcontractor prior to awarding contracts.
We have been honored with three national Association of General Contractors (AGC) Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) since 2008, and are a participant in OSHA’s and AGC Colorado’s Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) program, which seeks continuous improvements in safety.