The owner of Bryan Construction, Scott Bryan is a Colorado Springs native. At 54, he’s been married to Theresa for 30 years. They have two sons, Eric, 20, majoring in petroleum engineering at Colorado School of Mines, and Wyatt, 19, at Colorado State University majoring in mechanical engineering and playing football for the Rams. After leaving a company he was a partner in, Scott Bryan started Bryan Construction in a spare room at his house, “putting proposals together on the kitchen table.” He spoke with the Business Journal recently about his company and family.
How did your company grow?
In the first month, I had over $3 million worth of work. Within a very short period, we purchased Federal Contracting Inc. and merged the two companies together. Today, we have built our company into a national and international firm. We have had projects from the West Coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Caribbean to the Middle East. In addition to our headquarters in Colorado Springs, we operate offices along the Front Range in Denver and Fort Collins, along with international offices in Istanbul and Dubai. We have 103 full-time employees.
We manage our firm with several specialty groups — commercial, federal, international, hospitality, facility services and power generation — each of which is led by a group manager. Our current project sizes run from a $1,500 service project for a local business to an $80 million dam project in Afghanistan. I believe it’s safe to say we are one of the most diversified companies of our size anywhere. Our specialty is not a specific type of project, just great customer service. “Performance excellence” is our unique sales proposition. Our portfolio includes office buildings, retail, industrial, schools, prisons, hospitality, sports and wellness, medical, aviation, mission critical and civil infrastructure.
How did the economic downturn affect your firm?
Most every contractor was negatively impacted; however, we were very fortunate that we had prepared for this and capitalized on our federal-sector clients with whom we had secured long-term contracts. As a result, we had very few layoffs — we actually incurred no management layoffs. In fact, we added some positions in the international offices.
What has been your favorite project in the 35 years you’ve been in business?
That’s a very difficult question — they’re all unique and different. The great thing about our business is that we work with many different professionals with different personalities, and we get exposed to many different industries. We are in the people business. I could not single out one particular project.
I’m most proud of the team of professionals we have assembled and the culture we have created. We are responsible for a lot of families’ livelihoods. You spend most of your waking life at work and you want it to be fun. So our culture is about balancing life, giving back to the community and fostering an environment that is conducive to having fun. It’s our mission. Our team is very active in giving both time and money to many different local charities.
What projects have you completed in El Paso County?
Just to name a few, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, The Club at Flying Horse, Bal Seal Engineering, Evans Army Hospital, numerous auto dealerships, Ranch Creek Elementary School, the new [Harrison] District 2 administration building, Cossitt Hall at Colorado College, all the buildings in Patriot Business Park, Penrad Imaging, Pavestone Manufacturing, Springs Fabrication, SRAM, Bancorp Plaza, ANB Bank, The Gazette, Powers Office Park, North Pointe Center, Kelly Johnson Office Campus, Community Bible and the Space Foundation — along with a plethora of projects on all of our local military bases.
How did you get started in the overseas market?
If you would have asked me five years ago if I would perform work overseas, I would have thought you were crazy. Simply, we were asked by our largest client, the U.S. government. The timing was right. We were in the middle of a recession and I had the resources. Our first project overseas was at a Coast Guard base on a remote island 40 miles from Cuba. We then went after a large design/build multi-task-order project in the Middle East — a five-year, $3.8 billion contract. We were very fortunate to be one of the teams selected, with task orders ranging from $20 million to $100 million throughout 22 different countries. We were by far the smallest firm selected.
What projects have you completed overseas?
The Coast Guard project I mentioned was a hangar and barracks built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane on the island of Great Inagua in the Bahamas. Also, we recently completed nine large barracks complexes for the Special Forces at Bagram Air Field, an Army aviation headquarters and a massive waste-management facility in Afghanistan. We are very proud of the fact that all of these projects were completed on schedule, especially given the war-zone conditions. We’re proud to have contributed to the efforts of our war fighters.