Founding October 1944
Founded 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana by Paul Hunt, Arber Huber and Harry Nichols as a privately-held organization and known as Huber, Hunt & Nichols at that time. Huber and Nichols left the company shortly after its founding and Paul Hunt carried on as sole owner. The cornerstone of Hunt’s founding began during World War II with industrial / manufacturing facilities.
Paul Hunt turned over direction of the company in 1953 to his son, Robert C. (RC) Hunt, an engineering graduate of Case Institute of Technology, with graduate work at M.I.T. While continuing to enjoy success in the industrial / manufacturing industry, RC was successful in diversifying the company into other market sectors such as healthcare, sports and government facilities. RC established a culture of “Doing the job right…the first time.” This is a mainstay that helped to shape Hunt’s foundation. In 1956 General Motors asked Hunt to build a facility in San Francisco—in essence, inaugurating Hunt’s expansion throughout the United States.
Hunt Construction Group formed its construction management department in 1960 in response to increasing involvement of construction technology and know-how during building design. During the 1960s, Hunt continued repeat business with the Big Three: General Motors, Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company. They also completed the company’s first high-rise building—Indianapolis City-County Building and experienced growth in the higher education, healthcare, government and corporate office buildings market sectors.
Hunt opened its Dallas, Texas office during the 1970s with the acquisition of Avery Mays. Sports venue construction began to take off for Hunt in both the major leagues and collegiately. Hunt completed its first major league sports facilities in 1970: Three Rivers Stadium (the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates); Cinergy Field (previously known as Riverfront Stadium and home to the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and MLB’s Cincinnati Reds). Additionally, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (previously known as the Louisiana Superdome) completed in 1975 and was known at the time as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Healthcare continued to be a viable market and Hunt began to see growth opportunities in aviation and hospitality. It was during the early years of this decade that Hunt began its long-standing relationship with Procter & Gamble Company. In 1974, Hunt formed its parent company The Hunt Corporation
Hunt continued to experience growth across the nation in multiple industries. The aviation industry saw some increased momentum and Hunt completed the 2.2 million-square-foot Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 1980. In 1984, Hunt opened its Phoenix, Arizona office and was led by Robert G. Hunt (RG—grandson of founder Paul Hunt). The company continued its upward mobility and began its long-term relationship with Merrill Lynch. In 1985, Hunt began construction on Philadelphia’s tallest office building—One Liberty Place. A boom in office building construction continued throughout the 1980s and Hunt saw increased business with convention center projects.
The 1990s was a great decade for Hunt and the construction industry. Hunt’s annual sales volume topped $1 billion for the first time in the company’s history. Offices were established in the California and Florida markets to continue to meet the demands of Hunt’s clients and Hunt was ranked among the top 25 general contractors across the nation. All industries from education to hospitality to sports were active markets. Three major sports arenas opened within a span of just six weeks in 1996. Those were Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida; and First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Hunt continued to win its share of projects during this explosion in construction and experienced growth in the number of its construction professionals too—nearly 700 strong. The people of Hunt are known for doing the job right and achieving the right results for numerous clients.
It was in 2000 that Huber, Hunt & Nichols became known as Hunt Construction Group. The name was changed to more accurately reflect the ownership of the company, which is still privately-held and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hunt Corporation. In 2005, Robert C. (RC) Hunt turned over leadership of the company to his son, Robert G. (RG) Hunt as President & CEO; and in 2006 RG was appointed Chairman & CEO. Hunt increased its presence in California with the establishment of its Irvine office. Completed by Hunt in 2006, University of Phoenix Stadium was named “One of the World’s Ten Most Impressive Sports Structures” by BusinessWeek and was voted “Best NFL Facility” by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. In 2008, Hunt topped $2 billion in sales revenue continuing to make it one of the top contractors across the United States.
As the economy continued to be in a downturn, Hunt sustained its position within the industry. It was during this sluggish time in our country’s history that Hunt completed the world’s largest JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana, the iconic Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, the groundbreaking $1.1 billion Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the LEED® Platinum certified Van Andel Institute’s Phase II project in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hunt was also able to increase its share of government work with local, state and federal projects across the nation. Mike Fratianni was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2012.
Hunt is well-positioned to continue its legacy as a leader in the construction industry. Hunt continues to develop and train its team of professionals in order to continue its reputation as unmatched thought leaders and innovators of the industry. The right people. The right results.