A Passion for Building
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 his 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
George Shaw’s love of alpine skiing and his idea to safeguard Colorado’s high country led him to champion his building teams to minimize environmental impacts. Waste management, parking, driving lanes and controlled storage areas were early practices implemented on each Shaw project. Sustainable and green building practices were part of standard operating procedures within Shaw Construction long before the USA Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation initiated industry-wide sustainable practices.
In 1972, 10 years from Shaw’s onset in the industry, the 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 and best value for the project. Industry peers sought out Shaw’s methods of work procurement, and design-build contracts became common place.
Leading Industry Means and Methods
As a result of leading-edge work, Shaw Construction was awarded the opportunity to build the Sundeck Aspen Mountain Club in 1999. Sundeck is the first project in Colorado, and one of the first in North America to win the LEED designation. The award recognizes excellence and adherence to complex criteria and for leadership in environmentally successful design and construction techniques.
George Shaw’s vision was to create an environment where the general contractor would be viewed as a collaborative partner in the construction process versus the common adversary relationship that existed at the time. He was convinced there had to be a better way. George Shaw began the dialogue of a "team managed" approach which paved the way in the 1960s. This approach was a springboard to commonly known practices such as Partnering or CM/GC Relationships.
From a Legendary Resort to Schools and Airports
During the late 1960s, Shaw’s dominate mountain presence led the way for building some of Colorado’s most notable resorts, including the Little Nell; the Colorado mountain destination for all seasons is Aspen's only five-star, five-diamond property, and the only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to historic Aspen Mountain. Shaw Construction’s history proudly demonstrates a legacy of excellence in construction from The Little Nell to the Eagle County Airport Tower and Terminal, Aspen Music Festival and School, and 2020 Lawrence apartments.