Case Studies

Beck & Hofer Construction

Commercial construction with a personal touch in the Midwest

After establishing a career in the restaurant industry, Dick Beck set out to make his mark on the construction market in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After stepping away from the Barrel Drive-In and Restaurant, the business he owned, in 1972, he worked his way up to partner with Palmer Construction before establishing Beck & Hofer Construction with a new partner, Chet Hofer.

While Beck & Hofer has grown significantly over the years, serving a range of commercial and residential clients, the business has always had some overlap with the restaurant industry. “One of the reasons we have had such strong relationships with clients in food service is that my father owned some of the area’s fast food chains,” says Linda Beck Halliburton, Dick’s daughter and vice president of Beck & Hofer. “He understands the unique challenges that independent and franchise restaurateurs face.”

Beck & Hofer Construction

Now in its second generation of family ownership and operation, Beck & Hofer maintains those vital relationships. Dick is still involved as chairman of the company and his son, John Beck, serves as president. Linda and John share their father’s keen interest in building relationships through understanding the needs of clients and providing construction solutions that help their businesses succeed.

Quality commercial construction

“We believe that there are two reasons why anyone builds, adds on to, or remodels a building,” says Linda. “They want to be more productive in meeting the needs of their customers, whether that is producing widgets more cost-effectively, serving hamburgers faster or helping patients with addiction recovery in a more suitable environment. The other reason is they want to be more profitable and they need to be in a facility that will help them do that.”

Over the years, Beck & Hofer has built a reputation for supporting those client goals. The contractor has longstanding relationships with a number of commercial clients – including the restaurant, manufacturing, and human services industries. “The time frame on those jobs is tight so our clients rely on us to be really on top of things,” Linda notes. “We have to make sure everything happens when it needs to with no delays and make sure we meet certain milestones and final completion at the right time.”

“One of our more unique partnerships has been with Dakota King, the local Burger King franchisee,” she adds. “We have built or remodeled virtually all of the Burger King restaurants in the area for over three decades. We have a similar longstanding relationship with the local McDonalds franchises as well.”

Branching out

 A unique addition to the company’s portfolio is a new business spinoff of Dakota King: GreatLife Malaska Golf and Fitness. “We are doing the build-out on many GreatLife Fitness Centers and have built or remodeled clubhouses at several golf courses. This work is ongoing with a number of different outlets and the business is poised to become a national franchise. We have already completed a number of facilities projects for them and we have more geared up for this year. This organization is very mission-focused with a goal to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles and to get young people involved in that lifestyle at a young age.”

The team also recently completed Aerostay, a new hotel project connected to the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. At 30,000 square feet and 76 sleeping rooms the hotel is by no means huge, but it presented distinct challenges due to the small footprint allotted for construction. “We had a very limited staging area with a lot happening in a tight space,” says Linda. “There were some security things to tend to, but our good relationship with the airport allowed us to ensure products moved in and out the way we needed them to while remaining cognizant of the daily activities at the airport.”

Beck & Hofer Construction

Beck & Hofer’s portfolio also includes a number of other high-profile projects. The team has completed several automotive dealerships as well as other chains and franchises that require attention to detail and conformation to brand standards. Throughout every project, the team strives to build relationships.

While repeat business can often feel like deja-vu, few projects have given a better nod to the cyclical nature of the industry as a new strip mall project Beck & Hofer is working on currently. “We just completed the demolition for this project, which will be a new strip mall,” Linda says. “The site is where my father had his first restaurant, The Barrel. He went out to see the work there and it was pretty cool for us to be involved in that.”

Over the coming years, Linda and her colleagues continue to build up a strong backlog while maintaining repeat business. Beck & Hofer Construction continues to deliver quality commercial construction solutions that help customers grow their businesses. 

Published on: November 3, 2015

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