RESILIENCE: OUR HISTORY

INDUSTRY PIONEERS

Shaw Construction has been an industry leader for more than 50 years. We’ve pioneered construction philosophies, methods, practices, visions and approaches. We build more than world-class projects and long-lasting monuments. We build relationships that root us in our work.

IT BEGAN WITH PASSION

With a toolbox in his station wagon and a desk in his apartment, George Shaw founded the origins of Shaw Construction in 1962. He began by building a friend’s home. As he built relationships he grew the company and by the mid-1970s Shaw was completing work throughout Denver and in most major mountain towns around the Rocky Mountain region.

AHEAD OF THE TIMES

Shaw’s love of alpine skiing and Colorado’s high country led him to champion his building teams to minimize environmental impacts. Sustainable and green building practices were part of standard operating procedures within Shaw Construction long before LEED initiated industry-wide sustainable practices.

DESIGN-BUILD INNOVATOR

In 1972 Shaw Construction completed its first design-build project. This contract solidified the founder’s philosophy that engaging a master builder at the earliest stages of preconstruction delivered the highest product. After this, design-build contracts became a common practice.

THE PROOF IS IN THE DIVERSITY

As a result of leading-edge work, Shaw Construction was awarded the opportunity to build the Sundeck Aspen Mountain Club in 1999, one of the first in North America to win the LEED designation. Shaw now dominates mountain presence projects and has built some of Colorado’s most notable resorts, including The Little Nell, the Eagle County Airport Tower and Terminal, Aspen Music Festival and School, and 2020 Lawrence apartments.

COLLABORATIVE VISION

Shaw’s vision was to create an environment where the general contractor would be viewed as a collaborative partner in the construction process. Convinced there was a better way, he began the dialogue of a "team managed" approach (paved the way in the 1960s). This approach was the springboard to know common practices such as Partnering or CM/GC Relationships.