Constructing buildings, partnerships and relationships with integrity since 1879

Our History

In 1879, Herbert P Cummings founded our company in Ware, Massachusetts. The company started out working on residences and churches but quickly grew by 1890, the company was working throughout the northeast, building large industrial facilities, bridges, and hydro development projects.

During the early years, the company maintained offices in Boston, MA, Burlington and  Middlebury, VT, Woodsville, NH, Winthrop, and Portland, ME, along with Glens Falls, NY.

In 1934, Herbert P Cummings resigned as the president and director, and Benjamin V. Davis was appointed as the new president. By 1935 we established three divisions to concentrate on work in western Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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.

HP Cummings original desk

This was the desk of Hebert P Cummings that was still in use at our Ware, MA, office before we closed the Massachusetts branch.

Mr. Cummings established an enviable reputation for diligence and integrity that lives on within the present organization.

Benjamin Harrington Jr., President 2003-2017

This map can be found in our Woodsville Office. The colored coded pins depict the various jobs and locations that HP Cummings Construction Company has completed since our establishment in 1879.

Past Milestones

  • Company Established

    Company Established

    Company established by Mr. Herbert P. Cummings in Ware, Massachusetts under the name of H. P. Cummings and Co. From 1879 to 1901 and executed construction contracts all over Massachusetts and elsewhere.

  • First projects

    The first projects were residences for F. N. Hosmer and Wm. H. Hall

  • Ware Office Property Conveyance

    Ware Office Property Conveyance

    Ware office property conveyed to Herbert P. Cummings by Dwight F. Mash

  • Worthy Hotel

    Worthy Hotel (six stories) in Springfield, Mass., with add’n three stories in 1905.

  • First Corporation

    The first corporation was formed, H. P. Cummings Construction Company. Mr. Herbert P. Cummings as president and treasurer. This company operated as widely as the first company and maintained a Boston office for several years.

  • Corporate Difficulties

    The corporation got into difficulties in 1905 and 1906 by undertaking a speculative contract (The Canterbury Hotel) and others. The present name of H.P. Cummings Construction Company was adopted and a corporation formed with international paper company as a major stockholder.

  • Opened Branch Office

    Opened a branch office in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

  • Authorized in New York

    Authorized to do business in the state of New York.

  • Addition and Alterations

    Addition and Alterations

    Dixville Notch Corp. addition and alterations.

  • Authorized in Connecticut

    Authorized to do business in the state of Connecticut.

  • Hydroelectric Plant

    Rumford Falls, ME Hydroelectric 13,000 HP plant


  • Authorized in Vermont

    Authorized to do business in the state of Vermont.

  • Maine Branch

    Opened a branch office in Portland, Maine.

  • First Government Contract

    First Government Contract – Barracks at Fort Constitution in Portsmouth, NH.

  • Closed Maine Branch

    Closed branch office in Portland, Maine.

  • French House

    French House (Le Chateau) Middlebury College.

  • Change in Treasurer

    Herbert P. Cummings resigned as Treasurer.

    Benjamin V. Davis elected as Treasurer and Director.

  • Established

    Established H.P. Cummings Construction Co. of New Hampshire.

  • New President

    Herbert P. Cummings resigned as President and Director.

    He was replaced by C. D. Marsh as Director and Benjamin V. Davis as President.

  • Herbert P. Cummings Death

    Herbert P. Cummings died on January 8, 1936

  • New Maine Branch

    Opened a branch office in Winthrop, Maine.

  • Municipal Building

    Municipal building Barre, VT.

  • Established in Maine

    Established H. P. Cummings Construction Co. of Maine.

  • Land Purchase

    Stockholders approved purchase of land (2 lots) in Woodsville, NH.

  • Retirement & New Leadership

    Ben Davis retired, and Ben Harrington, Sr. becomes President

  • Phillips Exeter Academy Library

    Phillips Exeter Academy Library. Designed by Louis I. Kahn, Architect

  • Largest Contract To Date

    Signed the largest single contract in the history of H.P. Cummings Construction Company for the construction of the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. $13,678,541.00

  • Cathedral Church

    Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT.

  • Benjamin Davis Death

    Benjamin V. Davis passed away.

  • State of Vermont Pavilion Building Addition

    State of Vermont Pavilion Building Addition

    State of Vermont Pavilion Addition & Supreme Court Renovations

  • St. Paul’s Library

    St. Paul’s Library

    St. Paul’s School built in Concord, NH.

  • University of Vermont Art & Science Complex

    University of Vermont Art & Science Complex

    University of Vermont Art & Science Complex

  • Littleton Regional Hospital

    Littleton Regional Hospital

    Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, NH

  • Echo Center

    Echo Center

    Echo Center for Lake Champlain 1st LEED rated project in Vermont

  • Leadership Changes

    Benjamin D. Harrington Sr. redeems his stock.

    Benjamin Jr., Jim and John Harrington become majority owners.

    Benjamin Jr. provides leadership,

  • Grafton County Nursing Home

    Grafton County Nursing Home

    Grafton County Nursing Home

  • Resignation

    Jim Harrington redeems his stock and resigns.

  • New Largest Contract To Date

    Maine General Medical Center joint venture with Robin & Morton, HPC shares $74,830,199.00, making this the largest contract to date.

  • Dept of Corrections

    Dept of Corrections Grafton County N. Haverhill, NH.


  • Resignation

    John Harrington redeems stock and resigns. Benjamin Harrington Jr. takes full leadership of H.P. Cummings

    (pictured above Ben Harrington Jr.)

  • Winthrop Closure

    Winthrop, ME office closed.

  • Leadership Changes

    Ben Harrington, Jr. retired.

    Mike Hulbert and Dan Smith become Principals and Owners.



    (pictured above Mike, Ben & Dan )

  • New Vermont Branch

    Opened new branch office in Waterbury, VT.

  • Eagles Landing

    A new downtown housing building for Champlain College, this building houses 314 students in 105 units. Built on a single city block, the construction included a lot of coordination between HPC, the city, and the neighbors. Currently, 4 retail spaces are being opened on the ground level to help enhance the city block.

  • 140 years

    H. P. Cummings is celebrating 140 years in business

  • Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building

    Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building

    In October 2020, we completed the Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building at Rutland Regional Medical Center. The contract with the owner was for $14.7 Million Dollars.

  • L.L. Bean

    A new location for L.L. Bean in Vermont. H.P. Cummings constructed this 28,000 SF steel framed building on the Finney Crossing Campus in Williston.