McHugh fully understands the importance of equal and representative employment, business opportunity and community participation. This commitment starts at the top of our organization and is carried out in each of our projects. McHugh’s full-time corporate compliance office administers our D/M/WBE program; performs audits; coordinates and provides mandatory training to all staff; provides subcontractor training; and ensures that all D/M/WBE and ethical guidelines are followed.


Our History with Inclusion & Diversity

McHugh Construction has a long and proud history of diversity and inclusion. McHugh was the first company in Chicago to include minorities in the ironworkers’ union and the first to enter a joint venture with a minority contractor. Our success depends on our long-standing commitment to fostering a diverse workforce and building strong relationships with disadvantaged-, minority- and women-owned businesses; small and disadvantaged-owned businesses; and HUBZone, service disabled and veteran-owned businesses. We are committed to providing a level playing field and equal access to D/M/WBE firms.


Part of McHugh’s success comes from the partnerships we have forged in our communities. McHugh has a long history of working with community-based organizations and assist agencies. McHugh is a corporate member of the African American Contractors Association, Black Contractors United, Federation for Women Contractors, Chicago Women In Trades, and HACIA.

McHugh actively participates in several networking trade shows for small business and local annual trade shows geared toward small business, such as:

  • Building New Partnerships for the City of Chicago
  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • The Chicago Urban League
  • Chicago Minority Business Opportunity Fair
  • Women’s Business Development Center Conference
  • Small Business Conference at Great Lakes
  • African American Contractors Association
  • Coalition for United Community Action
  • Federation of Women Contractors
  • Recruit Military
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Chicago Transit Authority

McHugh Construction is a proud partner of Constructing Bright Futures, a new foundation created by our long-time client Magellan Development to provide inner-city youth with access to the construction industry. The foundation is designed to open employment opportunities to diverse, urban youth and nurture a supportive environment. Participants will be paired with an experienced mentor and guaranteed work on one of the developments, giving them the experience, confidence and connections to succeed.

Hiring Practices & History

At McHugh Construction, we are committed to our employees and the communities we serve. Our relationships with organizations like ACE Tech, Dawson Tech, Chicago Women in Trades, and with local elected officials create strong environments for hiring initiatives, outreach and mentoring.

When we set goals, we aim to meet or exceed them. Here's an overview of some recent projects where we did just that.

  • Jesse White Community Center MET
    • MBE Goal: 24% | Achieved: 24%
    • WBE Goal: 4% | Achieved: 4%
  • Wolf Point West Tower & Garage MET
    • MBE Goal: 4% | Achieved: 4%
  • Navy Pier Centennial Vision Redevelopment MET
    • MBE Goal: 25% | Achieved: 25%
    • WBE Goal: 5% | Achieved: 5%
  • City Hyde Park Apartments MET
    • MBE Goal: 24% | Achieved: 24%
    • WBE Goal: 4% | Achieved: 4%
  • U.S. Cellular/White Sox Clubhouse & Outfield Building EXCEEDED
    • MBE Goal: 25% | Achieved: 30%
    • WBE Goal: 5% | Achieved: 11%
  • Harper Court EXCEEDED
    • MBE Goal: 24% | Achieved: 27.5%
    • WBE Goal: 4% | Achieved: 7.9%
  • Enola Dew Senior Apartments EXCEEDED
    • MBE Goal: 24% | Achieved: 21.50%
    • WBE Goal: 4% | Achieved: 8.74%

McHugh Construction’s community commitment extends beyond hiring practices. McHugh has developed and implemented a training program for disadvantaged-, minority- and women-owned businesses. We invite firms to participate in seminars where we share our best practices and experiences in construction to facilitate managing and growing their business.

Key McHugh personnel discuss a variety of useful topics, including but not limited to:
Estimating • Accounting • Legal • Project Management • Safety


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Outreach Events

We recognize that a new project for McHugh represents a new project for the community. That’s why we like to kick off a project with an outreach event. We invite M/W/DBE firms to learn more about the project and the opportunities available. Attendees hear from our team, the owner and architect, with an opportunity to engage with us and ask any questions they may have about project management. These events aren’t always limited to firms either – occasionally, we host subcontractors and individuals seeking employment.

Successful outreach events we’ve hosted in the past include:

  • United Center East Addition
  • Blackhawks Training Facility
  • Advocate Center/Bulls Practice Facility
  • NEXT Apartments
  • Chicago White Sox Clubhouse and Outfield Building
  • VUE 53 Apartments
  • Navy Pier Centennial Vision Redevelopment
  • O’Hare Terminal 5 Concessions Redevelopment
  • Jesse White Community Center

Meet the GC Night

McHugh hosts annual events to engage with our fellow community business owners. These events create an environment for networking and interacting without the need to focus on a single project. Attendees have the opportunity to network with project managers, estimators, and other decision makers. Each building division – infrastructure, general building, renovation, and rail – is represented so that business owners can learn more about the skills and qualifications necessary to be successful working with McHugh.



At McHugh Construction, we pride ourselves on the work we’ve done and the relationships we’ve forged.

  • Having worked with James McHugh Construction Company, for over 10 years as a MBE subcontractor, I've been able to successfully work with their field personnel and office personnel on over 15 major projects. As with any construction project, there will always be challenges and obstacles. Together as a team, issues were resolved and projects kept moving forward. I consider our relationship with James McHugh Construction Company to be a working partnership and look forward to our continued relationship.

    - Ken Wilson, President, Cleanique Services One, Inc.
  • Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend the Leadership Organizational Excellence program in San Diego. The program was fantastic. I learned a lot and have brought back many actionable items to the AMS team. [McHugh] staff was a pleasure to work with as well.

    - Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Inc, President, McHugh University participant