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Birmingham-based HPM ranks among globe’s top program management firms for eighth straight year

HPM was named one of the top 30 program management firms in the U.S. by Engineering News-Record, ranking No. 27 on the annual list, marking the eighth year the Birmingham-based firm has landed among the list’s top 50.

HPM chief operations officer Ryan Austin praised the collaborative effort he said that enables the company to receive the recognition on an annual basis.

“We have continued to strengthen our capabilities while growing our reach and our team over the past year, enabling us to better serve the clients who entrust us to lead their capital projects,” said Austin. “This recognition by ENR demonstrates our relentless pursuit of improvement and excellence, despite the challenges our industry has faced throughout the pandemic. We’re proud to rank among the top program management providers in the country and celebrate the exceptional performance of all of our team members.”

The release says it attributes this success to its clients and the recent expansion of its staff and service offerings. The firm’s planning services division is led by facilities planning expert Tracy Richter and is focused on providing a comprehensive approach to capital and operational building programs.

Joining HPM as vice president of planning services, Richter launched the division in July 2020 to expand HPM’s business lines to better serve clients at every stage of development. The company says the move strengthened client engagements through a variety of new offerings, including demographic analysis, standards and specifications development, GIS (Geographic Information System) services, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, client facilitation and facility master planning.

This year, HPM says it bolstered its planning services division with the hiring of Gary Rademacher as director of planning services and Tim Kelleher as GIS analyst.

Rademacher holds 30 years of experience in architectural planning and design, with specialized expertise in K-12 education. His network throughout North and Central Texas strengthens the firm’s Texas footprint, as it continues to strategically grow its presence throughout the south.

The firm says Kelleher has worked to incorporate the GIS framework into HPM’s planning efforts through geographic data analysis, 3D mapping and GPS development, helping more of HPM’s clients leverage technology and data to make smarter business decisions.

With a presence throughout the United States and with a total management portfolio value annually of more than $1 billion, HPM has established itself as one of the industry’s leading program managers and owner’s representative companies.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL