POPE Jerry G. Pope, former vice president, chief estimator and special projects manager at Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Greeley, Colo., and industry activist in the state and nationally, died in Greeley on Oct. 2 of complications of heart disease. He was 75. A recognized expert in masonry construction and estimating, Pope was a former president of the Colorado Mason Contractors Association and the Colorado Masonry Institute. A 14-year Hensel Phelps veteran, he also had been chairman of the construction management committee of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado and served on a similar committee for national AGC.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.