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Hoffman Construction Company

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Hoffman Construction Company
Company typePrivately held company
IndustryHeavy construction
Project Management
FounderLee Hawley Hoffman
Headquarters805 SW Broadway, Suite 2100 Portland, Oregon
Area served
Pacific Northwest
Key people
David Drinkward, President, CEO[1]
ProductsConstruction contracting
RevenueUS$3.9billion (FY2022)[2]
Number of employees
670 (2022)[2]

Hoffman Construction Company is a privately held construction company founded in 1922 based in Portland, Oregon, United States.[3]


Lee Hoffman (May 15, 1850 - August 8, 1959)[4] moved to Portland in the 1870s with his family and worked constructing bridges and other projects until his death, including the Bull Run pipeline.[5]

The company started out building primarily apartment buildings and industrial structures in Portland, and had grown to more than 400 employees by 1928.[6]

Hoffman expanded to Seattle in 1929.[7] The firm also built Cushman Dam No. 2 that year near Shelton, Washington, for Tacoma Power and Light.[8]

Oregon State Library in Salem

Eric Hoffman (1923–2016) became president of the company in 1956 and became chairman in 1974.[9] Lee Hawley Hoffman died on August 8, 1959. Cecil Drinkward came to Hoffman in 1967 as a vice president, and his son Wayne joined in 1985.[10] Cecil Drinkward became president in 1974.[9] In the late 1960s, the company shifted emphasis from paper and forestry industry where they started to commercial construction.[11]

Standard Insurance Center in Portland, Oregon
One Union Square in Seattle, Washington

After Hoffman completed an expansion at the Snake River Correctional Institute in Eastern Oregon, the state audited the work on the project in 1999.[12][13] Auditors alleged some overpayments, while the company and the Oregon Department of Corrections disputed those allegations.[12][13]

The Intel D1X project built by Hoffman was named as the largest construction project in Oregon history in 2017. Intel hired Hoffman for this project in 2010. The newspaper reports "several billion dollars" but the exact amount is a "closely guarded secret".[14] In 2015, Hoffman filed a $50.8 million lien on the D1X, and the lien stayed in place two years later in June 2017.[14] In December 2017, The Oregonian followed up to report that Hoffman had withdrawn the "mysterious $50 lien". According to a statement provided by Intel, ""We are pleased that the dispute has been amicably resolved. The terms and conditions of the resolution are confidential,"[15]

Hoffman moved into the Fox Tower in downtown Portland in 2000 after constructing the building, and added a permanent lobby exhibit showcasing the company's history.[16]

Hoffman Construction was issued a warning by the City of Portland in September 2020 for having utilized a subcontractor which obtained women-owned status fraudulently so they can be awarded jobs as a subcontractor on Portland city government projects under a program designed to help disadvantaged business. This came after the subcontractor under question was caught.[17]

Health and Safety[edit]

Portland Tribune's Joseph Gallivan named Hoffman's 1715 S.W. Salmon St and Lincoln High School sites as those still carrying on business as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic.[18] A worker interviewed by Willamette Week on the Hayward Field renovation project site reports while Hoffman has issued strict social distancing instructions, it is realistically not being followed in the field. The same newspaper article also discussed a complaint filed against Hoffman with the Oregon OSHA on March 30, 2020 concerning the project at Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact which reads "Multiple employees are working in lifts next to each other, and lunch shacks are packed full of employees sitting next to each other".[19] Daily Journal of Commerce also identified Hoffman's 5 MLK, a mixed-use 17 story project near the east end of Burnside Bridge as a site where an OSHA complaint has been registered over social distancing and lack of hand-washing stations.[20]

Major Projects[edit]

Multnomah County's New Courthouse in progress. (April 2019)
Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Seattle

Hoffman is known for building the Fox Tower, Memorial Coliseum, the Oregon Convention Center and the Wells Fargo Center.[11]

Completed Major Projects[edit]

Civic / Cultural[edit]




Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in 2022



Commercial and Mixed-Use[edit]




  • Dow Beckham, Stephen (1995). Hoffman Construction Company: 75 Years of Building. Hoffman Corporation. ISBN 0-930998-08-1.


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