Post-War Beginnings

In 1946, James Hyder founded his construction company in a burgeoning post-war Denver. Work was plentiful, especially in the Colorado mountains, where only a few companies had experience with the elevation, pitch, and often extreme weather conditions that made virtually every project a challenge. James’s son, Hugh Hyder, took over in 1960 and was president of Hyder for the next 27 years. Projects varied from municipal infrastructure, to lodging and resorts, to corporate and institutional and the company thrived, building in many locations other than the mountains. 

Looking Toward a New Century

In 1987, a trio that included Neil McLagan, his son Tom, and Ray Lobato purchased Hyder Construction because of the company’s exceptional reputation. Although the Colorado economy was in a downturn and construction opportunities were sparse, the company prospered and grew steadily. 

The Spirit of Hyder Today

Today, more than 70 years later, we’re known for genuine innovation, unequaled quality, uncompromising standards, and exceptional value. Our ownership partners have a vested interest in the success and the legacy of the company, each and every one dedicated to outstanding service. 

Hyder's first project under the new owners, Golden Peak Children's Center for Vail Resorts, 1988

Hyder's first project under the new owners, Golden Peak Children's Center for Vail Resorts, 1988

Preston Building, 1972

Preston Building, 1972

Hyder's founders, Neil McLagan, Tom McLagan, Ray Lobato (from left to right), 1997

Hyder's founders, Neil McLagan, Tom McLagan, Ray Lobato
(from left to right), 1997

Hyder built the original Two Elk restaurant for Vail Resorts in 1991 and again in 2000 after the original had burned down

Hyder built the original Two Elk restaurant for Vail Resorts in 1991 and again in 2000 after the original had burned down

Glenwood Springs Holiday Inn, 1972

Glenwood Springs Holiday Inn, 1972

Vail Transportation Center, 1975

Vail Transportation Center, 1975