Tom McGough

President, McGough Companies
Tom McGough

This won’t be an easy year in construction and commercial real estate. But at McGough, both company and CEO are confident. Currently, the construction firm is heavily involved in commercial real estate sectors that McGough believes will be less hurt by the economic downturn: health care and higher education.

“Right now, we’re working on seven hospitals, such as the $175 million expansion of St. Cloud Hospital, and we’re just wrapping up work on the expansion of St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul,” says McGough, whose company is headquartered in Roseville. “We’re breaking ground on a big project for United and Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, and are also doing work at Macalaster and the University of Minnesota—even some corporate work for clients like Medtronic and St. Jude Medical.”

McGough does expect growth in 2009, “which is not what we hear from a lot of our partners”—the developers and other companies that work with his firm.