The founder of RUSH Construction once referred to his company as a “30-year-old startup.” Much of that vibrancy and innovation can be credited to the company’s president, William Chivers, though he would be the first to deflect it to his team. Founded in 1984, RUSH worked almost exclusively on government and government-related contracts for the first decade of its existence, but due to the cyclical nature of the space industry, Chivers has helped move the company towards a more diverse track.
“We don’t build stuff,” said Chivers. “We build projects that allow rockets to go into space to deliver satellites. We build projects that allow NASA to put men in orbit. We build projects that allow the military to support the first defenders’ fight in overseas wars. That’s what we do. We build facilities that allow people to get well and to improve their health. It’s the way we prefer to look at things. Sticks and bricks are okay, but what we’ve been fortunate enough to do and the markets we’ve been fortunate enough to be in enable us to make a difference. It’s very rewarding to build something and realize you were part of something bigger.”