HESS Construction

What is the biggest misconception about the industry?

A common industry misconception is that our construction teams are resistant to change. Change is inevitable and our 40 years of business is evidence that we are stronger when we adapt - especially as it relates to technology. HESS continues to embrace a green culture, providing tablets for field teams, flat-screen TVs in trailers and encouraging all team members to operate as paperless as possible. Digital advances have offered significant procedural efficiencies, real-time communication and productivity increases that even the most change-adverse person embraces as a result of the undeniable value-added benefits. Our goal is to offer a better tomorrow to the youth of today and HESS is proud that current technological trends are aligned with the goals of our internal sustainability culture.


What keeps you up at night?

While every contractor experiences inherent safety risks, HESS takes every precaution to avoid risking injury on our projects. We work tirelessly to implement a stringent safety plan on all jobsites. It is not without the support and guidance of our field supervision and foremen whom uphold these policies that we are successful. We consider each day that our teams return home safely, without injury, incurred violations or lost-time incidences, a personal success to all of our team members and their families.


What project is your company most proud of?

As we reflect on the past 40 years, we express our deepest gratitude to our owners, designers, subcontractors and consultants whom have taken part in our success. Over 75% of our work is performed with repeat clients and is due in large part to the consistent high-quality and craftsmanship they have come to expect from our family-owned and operated firm. This would not be possible without the investment of our valued team members, whom are truly our differentiator - continually upholding our HESS values, delivery quality projects on-time and within budget.


How does your ABC membership help your company?

Our active involvement in the ABC community has led to direct connections that may not have been made otherwise. We have built many subcontracting and vendor relationships as a result of conversations that began during a networking event or a need that was discussed at a committee meeting.


What do you look forward to each day?

The opportunity for self-improvement. I aim to end each day growing as a person and finding ways to be a better leader.


What is your favorite movie or tv show?

It’s a tossup between The Wire and Breaking Bad.


What do you do for fun?



What book are you currently reading?

On a recent flight, I thoroughly enjoyed a quick read called “Winning with Accountability” by Henry J. Evans.


What was your first job?

When I was 15, I worked as a laborer during the summer/holiday breaks.


Founded in 1978, HESS manages the planning, design and construction for public and private clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Today, under the leadership of Andrew and Michael Hess, the company has delivered more than 350 new and renovated facilities, continuing to set trends to expand and improve our corporate value system. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, our portfolio includes K-12, higher education, aquatic centers, bio-tech laboratories, training centers and community facilities. From the renovation of widely recognized landmarks to award-winning buildings, the foundation of our work is evidenced by our repeat client relationships whom rely on our experience and in-house expertise to make your vision a reality.

In business since 1978.




Michael Hess
Vice President of Operations

HESS Construction