In 1960, Ben Davis retired and appointed Benjamin Harrington, Sr as the new president. H.P. Cummings Construction Company constructed the Phillips Exeter Academy Library, designed by Louis I. Kahn in 1969. In 1972, we signed the largest single contract to date for the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
The company operated as a General Contractor, self-performing concrete and masonry work in addition to general carpentry, through the 1970s. During the ’70s, we began working as a Construction Manager/Contractor. By the mid-1980s, approximately 50% of our workload was performed as a Construction Manager, and the percentage of our construction management work increased steadily. Although we remain active in the bidding market, over 99% of our work has recently followed a construction management form of delivery.
Benjamin Harrington, Sr. retired in 2004 and appointed Benjamin Harrington Jr. and John Harrington as majority owners of H.P. Cummings. By 2014 John Harrington resigned, and Benjamin Harrington, Jr. took full leadership of H.P. Cummings.
In 2015 we closed our Winthrop, ME division and Ware, MA. Later in 2017, Benjamin Harrington, Jr. retired and appointed Mike Hulbert and Dan Smith as principals and Owners of H.P. Cummings.
In 2019, we celebrated 140 years in operation in Vermont and New Hampshire. We still maintain our offices in Woodsville, NH, and Waterbury Center, VT, and operate through a Construction Management delivery process.
This was the desk of Hebert P Cummings that was still in use at our Ware, MA, office before we closed the Massachusetts branch.