Could HBE stand for Hospital Builder Extraordinaire? This company would like to think so. With more than 1,000 commercial projects under its belt, HBE's experience lies in an integrated approach to designing and building hospitals and health care facilities in the US. It boasts particular expertise in hospital renovation and additions. Services include planning, estimating, interior design, construction, and project management. Certain architectural and engineering services are carried out by employees of affiliate Hospital Designers, Inc., so that HBE functions as a one-stop shop for hospital building. Founded in 1960, the privately held company is owned by its employees.
HBE Corporation was named the #1 design/build company by Modern Healthcare in both dollar volume and square footage in 2011, neatly edging out Haskell and United Excel.
CEO, company founder, and former owner Fred Kummer spun off the design-build operations of HBE Corporation in 2008 and launched an employee stock ownership plan. Kummer and his wife June also made a $100 million investment in the spinoff company, which also goes by the name HBE Design-Build. The remaining HBE Corporation still held by the Kummer family was renamed Kummer Enterprises and now consists of holdings that include a resort community and a country club in Colorado. – less