1946 would be a monumental year for Dudley Greenhut. The war was over, he was looking forward to starting a family, and he was ready to jump start his general contracting company. Having gone to work at age 17 to support his family, Mr. Greenhut, now 35 years old, had gained the necessary technical and interpersonal skills which would in time make him a successful businessman. Respected for being a self starter, hard-nosed but fair, and extremely honorable, he would, over the next four decades, successfully complete numerous private, institutional, and public jobs throughout the Southeast. It would not be long before he became revered by the contracting community for growing a company that consistently performed quality work, on schedule, and in accordance with his commitments.
In 1971, his son, Dudley H. “Bill” Greenhut joined the company. Bill was to soon get a crash course in becoming a construction executive when Mr. Dudley became ill in 1973 and took a 6 month leave of absence. At that time, Greenhut Construction Company was building one of the most prestigious projects in its history, the Senate and House of Representatives Office Buildings for the State of Florida. Bill dove in feet first and successfully met the stated goals for this project, while at the same time earning his wings in the construction industry.
A New Approach
Bill worked under Mr. Dudley’s tutelage for the next 10 years, during which he expanded his managerial and field staff. Beginning in the mid 1980’s, Bill began to shift away from “low” bid contracting and into negotiated work. Bill was able to successfully demonstrate to clients that the lowest bid was not always the most desirable outcome. Rather, he was able to show it often produced work of poor quality, late delivery, unforeseen change orders, and disputes. Greenhut offered a different approach. Greenhut would become the professional manager of the project and would continue to competitively bid the trade packages to pre-approved, pre-qualified subcontractors. This approach was known as Construction Manager at Risk and over time, it proved successful. Today, almost all of Greenhut’s work is accomplished through Construction Manager at Risk, Design-Build, or Best Value. It has been a proven success with over 50% of Greenhut’s work today performed for repeat clients.
Building on Success
Bill Greenhut remains CEO. Ryan Greenhut is President and oversees the operations of the company, carrying on the values of his Father and Grandfather.
As the premier contractor in Northwest Florida, Greenhut diligently works to remain number one. Greenhut was one of the first to embrace the CM concept and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program developed by the US Green Building Council. Greenhut also has over a dozen LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and has completed several sizeable LEED Gold certified buildings. Greenhut has also adopted the Building Information Modeling (BIM) concept and believes it to be very useful in construction activities such as collision avoidance, scheduling, and concept visualization.
Greenhut Construction remains committed to the community, giving back time and resources to many charitable and worthwhile programs. Our President, Bill Greenhut, remains active in many community organizations, having served as Chairman of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the University of West Florida Foundation, Chairman of Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Directors, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Community Leader of the Year, Chairman of the Saenger Redevelopment Commission, and a number of other charitable organizations. Our employees are also committed to giving time and resources to the community, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, United States Green Building Council, Habitat for Humanity, and City of Pensacola Committees, church activities, youth sports, and various charities for the underprivileged.