Q&A with Craig Bradley, Owner of Bradley Construction LLC
By Liz Gibbons
Founded in Colorado, Bradley Construction, LLC specializes in commercial construction tenant improvement and construction management. From remodels to large commercial fit-outs and custom single-unit projects, Bradley has worked on multi-unit rollouts in strip centers, malls, free standing structures and corporate interior offices. Headquartered in the greater Denver area, Bradley Construction’s founding principal, Craig Bradley, has more than 20 years of individual expertise.
Facts about Craig:
- Studied Construction Management at Texas State.
- He enjoys traveling to Europe and his favorite spot is Nice, France.
- Craig has two dogs; an English Mastiff named Ava, and an English Setter named Henry.
How did you get started in this industry?
My grandfather and father were both in construction. I grew up as a carpenter, remodeling houses and they instilled the meaning of hard work, perfection in the craft and the ability to find solutions. When I left for college, I wanted to be a teacher, but quickly learned that my personality seeks validation from seeing tangible, physical work-result completed and appreciated so I switched my degree to construction management. At that time, I had a connection to someone who was working on Texas State’s new $30 million student center. An introduction was made to the general contractor, and I ended up working on the project during the day while taking classes.
What in your career has prepared you the most for your current role as the owner of a company?
I have strived to be well-rounded. I have worked for general contractors and subcontractors then I owned a demolition company in Austin, Texas. I think adding up all of these experiences helped get me to where I am today. I have held positions as superintendent, a project engineer, an estimator and then vice president of operations. Moving through these positions provided a good understanding of the business and prepared me to be a good business owner.
What have been some milestone projects in with Bradley?
To me, my first project sticks out the most. It was a 1,500-square-foot spec. suite with Kestrel Design Group in the Chamber of Commerce building in Denver. It was my very own, which generated a great since of pride. In a way, all projects end up being rewarding for different reasons. Whether it’s the schedule that we met, the quality of the project or working around different constraints, the job is most rewarding when we exceed expectations. More importantly, a project is successful when we form a long-term relationship as a result of the project.
What are some projects you have completed in the past year?
- Hospital Shared Services relocation – 29,000 SF; completed June 2018
- Denver Regional Council of Governments relocation to 1001 17th street – 19,000 SF; completed July 2018
- Highlands Place II Lobby Renovation, Centennial; 12,000 SF; completed August 2018
- Centennial Resources – 48,000 SF; completed August 2018
- Zillow expansion; 12,000 SF; completed October 2018
What is something you look forward to tackling in the next year?
I am looking forward to improving the level of service we provide, and growing existing and new relationships.
What is your favorite quote?
“The name on the front of the business should mean something. And when it’s your name it’s a pretty awesome responsibility.” – personal friend
Who is your inspiration?
My wife and entire family – we are very close knit and each of them has given me inspiration and knowledge to be successful.