The "new" Harvey was founded by two of the construction industry's most respected individuals: John Zahr, current President of the company, and Conrad "Connie" Jodoin, former President. Their past accomplishments give our company a solid foundation in performance excellence. Each day, we continue this legacy by meeting and exceeding the needs of our clients, design and construction partners, and community.
When the State's economic foundation underwent fundamental change during the late 1980's and early 1990's, two key members of the original Harvey Construction team - John Zahr and Connie Jodoin, each a Vice President and minority stock holder - saw an opportunity to capitalize on the Harvey name and reputation. As the "old" Harvey wound down its final projects, the "new" Harvey, operating out of the same Bedford, NH building and armed with a small staff from the former firm, began to manage new construction projects.
The company experienced success immediately, winning esteemed contracts to build the new Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH, as well as multi-phased renovations to the Federal Aviation Administration's Boston Control Center in Nashua, a mission critical facility. By surpassing the expectations of both clients, the company set gained a reputation for delivering high quality construction to many of the most recognized organizations in New England.
One of the key reasons for the new company's continued success is its roots. With a long and glorious history, the business community - not to mention the architectural, engineering and subcontractor world - has been populated with individuals who can look back and point to successful projects and positive relationships they have experienced with Harvey Construction and its staff. Although the "new" Harvey has a different name, the faces, for the most part, are the same.
Today, the company continues to be focused on commercial and industrial projects, both in the public and private sectors. Harvey's prestigious clients and projects include: The NH Institute of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Verizon Wireless Arena, General Electric, Anheuser Busch, Devine Millimet & Branch, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Plymouth State College, Keene State College, Elliot Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, Southern NH Medical Center and Manchester Airport, one of America's fastest growing airports. Such organizations expect the highest quality building services, and their insistence on bringing Harvey back time after time is a testament to our company's work.
In the 1990's, the company made a strategic shift to diversify its construction delivery methods by balancing hard bid projects with low risk construction management projects. Construction management emphasizes all the conditions that the Harvey culture is based on - open-mindedness, integrity, fairness and teamwork. By balancing these two delivery methods, we have developed a successful network of subcontractors and vendors that share our commitment to client satisfaction.
Many of northern New England's landmark structures - the NYNEX building on Elm Street in Manchester, the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester City Hall Plaza, the Sherman Adams Building on Mount Washington, the restoration of St. Paul's Church in Concord, NH, and construction of L.L. Bean's retail center - home of the indoor trout pond - are a testament to the reputation of Harvey.
The roots of Harvey can be traced back to 1939, when the original Harvey Construction Company was founded by Paul H. Harvey. By the 1960s, the firm had broadened its scope to include the general construction and renovation of hospitals, nursing homes, hi-tech facilities, office buildings, schools, college buildings and wastewater treatment facilities.
During the 1980s, a heyday for construction, Harvey was generally acknowledged to be the largest general contractor in New Hampshire, with revenues of almost $90 million a year.
When the '90s brought a new order to the construction marketplace, a change in philosophy and business strategy was needed. Accordingly, a restructuring under the banner "Harvey Construction Corporation of New Hampshire," and transfer of ownership to John Zahr and Connie Jodoin, was put in place in 1992.
Now, over a decade later, the "new" Harvey has proven itself worthy of its name and a preeminent spot among New England building firms.