Our history

Pepper Construction was founded in 1927 by Stanley F. Pepper, whose original vision has inspired nearly a century of growth. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, we were part of the generation that helped build one of the world’s most iconic cities with unparalleled vision for projects such as Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Health, Marshall Fields and the Shedd Oceanarium.

From the beginning, we have remained on the forefront of new markets and methods, leading the industry in sustainable, lean and virtual construction technologies.

Now in our third generation of family leadership, we have expanded to serve a number of locations around the country with comprehensive teams in Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana working in advanced and emerging markets such as healthcare, industrial, manufacturing, data centers, retail, hospitality, interiors and education among others.

The values that founded Pepper are the values that help us stand tall amongst our competition today. Our integrity, commitment to quality, and dedication to the relationships we form are the bedrock of our brand. 

Quality & Client Service: Identifying and serving client needs is the only way to grow and prosper.

Honesty & Integrity: Pepper fulfills its commitments. No exceptions.

Safety: A safe workplace remains our first priority.

People: Hire the best people, then provide them with the training and resources to get the job done.

Growth: Pepper is committed to planned, managed growth.

Leadership: Pepper is committed to providing its industry and communities with strong leadership.

A Fair Profit: The result of our commitment to these core values is a fair profit.

Our future

Like with any great idea, we started small, looking for ways to unlock the potential of every team member and partner at Pepper. From new recruits to industry veterans, from management to the men and women in the trenches, Pepper is full of fresh ideas that continuously transform the way we do business. 

So what does Breaking Ground mean for us?

Realizing the boldest of visions
Ambitions are what building is all about. We believe it’s up to us to envision the possibilities and plan ahead for feasibility from day one. At Pepper, we investigate new technologies, evaluate new methodologies, and create innovative solutions in the field to help realize our partners’ boldest visions with a practical approach.

Forming inspiring, personal relationships
A partnership, like a building, is more than the sum of its parts. And both require true collaboration to grow. At Pepper, we take building personally, so we’re always looking for ways to be more responsive. Part of breaking ground is looking after what matters most—our customers and their interests.

Charting new paths for our communities
Every building starts with a solid foundation—its people. We’re deeply connected to the progress of the regions we serve, and we show it through our personal, empathetic approach to doing business. At Pepper, the progress we make in concrete and steel is just as important as the impact we have on the communities we care for.

With these principles guiding our progress, each small step turns into a major impact for our partners and customers. You can see it in the stories we share and the important topics we dig into. And most importantly, you feel it on the jobsite everyday. We’ve always worked this way, because rather than pointing the way to a better future, we’re on that journey together.   

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Financial Strength

Pepper is one of the strongest and most financially sustainable construction companies in the country. We are bonded at nearly $1B and more than capable of standing behind the quality of any work we perform. Our transparent, open book approach makes our financials and project data freely available to our partners.

Part of our strength lies in our partnerships. We prequalify all of our subcontractors to ensure a smooth project for everyone involved. Below is a PDF to walk you through everything you need to know.

When you're ready, you will then submit this information via our online Sub Prequalification Form.

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Industry Recognition

Pepper is consistently featured as one of the nation’s premier construction companies in multiple regions and vertical markets.

Most recently, we were honored to receive the Business First The Corporate Caring Award  for our dedication to cleaning up the Little Miami River in Ohio.

We are also ranked in key industry publications:

  • BD+C 46th Largest Contractor Nationwide
  • ENR 72nd Largest Contractor Nationwide
  • ENR 9th Largest Contractor in the Midwest
  • Modern Healthcare 14th Largest Healthcare Construction Manager Nationwide
  • Crain’s Chicago Business 54th Largest Privately Held Company in Illinois
  • Crain’s Chicago Business 5th largest Chicagoland Contractor
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Markets Served

Pepper serves a number of mature and emerging markets, combining our deep expertise and innovative approach to create meaningful solutions. From the work we do on iconic buildings, to innovative solutions that deliver high performing buildings, we’re proud of how we address the needs of our customers at every level, in every market.

  • Commercial
  • Corporate HQ
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
  • Interiors
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Senior Living
  • Mission Critical/Data Centers

Leadership

At Pepper, we create leaders at every level and generate momentum in every market we serve. We do that by rewarding new thinking and respecting the long-standing values that have made our company unique for generations. 

  • Our Team

Mike McCann, LEED AP BD+C

President

Mike McCann joined Pepper Construction in 1980 as a project manager until he was appointed vice president of operations for Pepper Indiana in 1996. In 2013 he was promoted to his current position as president. In this role Mike is responsible for integrating our overall vision and strategy into day-to-day processes, including safety and field operations. He works closely with the senior management team and the other offices to ensure Pepper Indiana maintains and grows its position as a leader in Indiana. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Bradley University.

 

Mike is a leader in the community, where he serves as president of the Indiana Construction Association board of directors, board member of the Indiana Construction Roundtable and member of the University of Indianapolis Real Estate Development & Construction advisory board, United Way of Central Indiana capital project funds committee and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Construction Engineering Management Technology advisory board. He serves as a mentor for both the Indiana Construction Roundtable diversity initiative and the Starfish Initiative program. Mike is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Lean Construction Institute. He previously served as a board member for the Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) and as an adjunct professor at IUPUI.

Mike’s leadership extends to the construction industry and the community. He is a past president of the Indiana Construction Association Board of Directors and serves on the boards of Associated General Contractors of Indiana (AGCI) and Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR). Mike also serves as the 2016 ICR Foundation Chair and is involved as a mentor in ICR’s Diversity Initiative. He is an active member of the United Way of Central Indiana Capital Projects Fund Committee, is a mentor and board member of the Starfish Initiative and serves as an advisory board member of the Saint Vincent DePaul Society of Hamilton County and on the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) Real Estate Development and Construction Advisory Board. Additionally, Mike is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Lean Construction Institute. He has served as a board member for the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety and as an adjunct professor at IUPUI.Mike McCann, LEED AP BD+C, joined Pepper Construction in 1980 as a project manager and was appointed Vice President of Operations for Pepper Indiana in 1996. In 2013 Mike was promoted to his current position as President and Chief Operations Officer. In this role he is responsible for integrating Pepper’s overall vision and strategy into day-to-day processes, including safety and field operations. He works closely with the senior management team and other Pepper locations to ensure Pepper Indiana maintains and grows its position as a leader in Indiana. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Engineering from Bradley University.

Mitch Denton

Vice President

Mitch has 21 years of experience in the construction industry, including 13 years with Pepper. He began his career in operations, where he served as group leader of commercial, interiors and retail projects and was integral in growing Pepper’s commercial interiors operation into a primary market for the company. In 2016, Mitch transitioned to serve as director of business development, where he has overseen the strategies involved in helping the company expand its stature and market share. As vice president, Mitch continues to lead Pepper Indiana’s relationship-building efforts with owners, designers and trade partners. His experience in project management helps him to understand their needs and provide the right operational support. Mitch earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University, and he is a LEED AP.

Steve Allemeier

Chief Operating Officer

Steve began his career in the construction industry in 1985, and he has been with Pepper for 18 years. As chief operating officer Steve is responsible for leading Pepper Indiana's operations, including staffing, pricing strategies and field strategies. Since joining Pepper he has provided oversight to some of our largest and most complex projects. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University. He serves on the Purdue University Building Construction Management Construction advisory council and the board of directors for Rein of Grace Therapeutic Riding Center. He is also a member of the AGC of Indiana, the Indiana Subcontractors Association, the Indiana Society of Healthcare Engineers and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Bob Eckl

Senior Vice President

With 28 years of industry experience, Bob oversees national retail accounts and provides supervision to more than $500 million in Pepper projects. Bob started with Pepper’s Chicago office in 1996 and joined Indiana in 2005. As senior vice president, he co-leads Pepper Indiana’s operations, which includes staffing and pricing strategies, as well as the preconstruction, quality and virtual construction departments. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is an ACE Mentor board member and mentor committee chairman, and he serves on the General Contractor Council of the Indiana Subcontractors Association. Bob is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he earned the Certified Development, Design & Construction Professionals (CDP) credential.