April 16, 2012
Marketing Supplement to Ottawa Business Journal

MHPM Project Leaders

Is leadership the missing factor in your capital project?

MHPM helps owners save money, manage risk, go green

What does a project to outfit a new office, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, have in common with a multimillion-dollar restoration of a historic landmark?

Too often the answer is cost overruns and missed deadlines.

“When dealing with architects, engineers, contractors, specialist consultants, project stakeholders and clients, most owners benefit from professional support as they lead their implementation team,” said Franklin Holtforster, President and CEO of MHPM Project Managers Inc.

Holtforster, who has worked as a consulting engineer and project manager in the construction industry, founded MHPM in 1989 to address what he saw as a significant shortcoming in the industry – there was no objective and independent third-party to represent the interests of owners and lead facility projects on their behalf.

Since then, MHPM has grown to become Canada’s largest facility project management company, with operations coast to coast. It has represented thousands of clients with services ranging from strategic advice to complete project delivery.

For MHPM, the most important part of the project is that initial consulting phase to determine why the project is being done and how it must be executed to best serve the owner’s core business objectives. MHPM hires only those rare individuals with the combination of proven industry experience, technical expertise, people skills and a commitment to client service.

“Projects typically fall behind because of the unanticipated level of effort, multi-disciplinary expertise and past experience that is needed to move from concept to completion,” said Greg Ashley, Vice-President and Regional Manager, Eastern Ontario. “We take care of the many details that can derail a project.”

MHPM works on projects large and small with an emphasis on sustainability. In fact, it employs 150 LEED-certified professionals across the organization. Current projects in Ottawa include Public Works’ renovations of the Parliamentary Precinct, the revitalization of Lansdowne Park, and the University of Ottawa’s Vanier Project.

To learn more about MHPM, including employment opportunities with one of Ottawa’s fastest growing companies, please visit mhpm.com

PHOTO ABOVE: Greg Ashley, Vice President and Regional Manager, Eastern Ontario

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