Conceptual Construction Group

The Conceptual Construction Group was born from Gerald D. Hines’ vision of creating institutional-quality buildings through a risk-managed process that consistently delivers high-quality development on time and on budget and creates a finished product distinctive in its respective market.

Over the years, the group has analyzed and refined the pre-construction phases of concept, design and contracting, managing every aspect to cut costs, reduce risk and deliver greater long-term value. This intellectual rigor and hands-on practice has resulted in a systematic approach to development that has been tested and proven on hundreds of buildings around the world—buildings that are as efficient, vital and profitable today as the day they were built.

Average Experience per Group Member

61 million SF of total career experience
27 years in the real estate industry
14 years with Hines

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Conceptual Construction Underlying Values

  1. Product Innovation The Conceptual Construction Group has helped pioneer forward-thinking technologies that have become industry standard. We collaborate closely with manufacturers to test, evaluate and coax new ideas and products.

  2. Continuous Improvement We investigate, analyze and test new technology every day to ensure Hines buildings continue to set new quality standards for our clients and tenants.

  3. Multifaceted Perspective Our innovations are informed by the Conceptual Construction Group, the Operations and Engineering Group, property management experts and engineering teams with decades of experience.

  4. Quality and Efficiency The Conceptual Construction Group helps ensure that each project meets goals of quality, cost, delivery schedule and, ultimately, performance. They link the firm to the industry’s best practices as well as its suppliers and manufacturers while coordinating intra-firm sharing of best practices.

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I have never believed in status quo. I believe we can always improve–either by rethinking existing ways of doing things or by thinking outside the box. This is innovation–it is a state of mind.

Gerald D. Hines, Founder

Continuous ImprovementMaster Specification (Updating)Manufacturers (Technology)Operations (Feedback)Commissioning (Performance)Contracts (Control)Tendering Cost and Value)Sustainability (Energy and Water)Design (Innovations)

A culture of continuous improvement

The Hines Conceptual Construction Group and Operations and Engineering Group, together with property management and engineering teams, are in communication throughout the building lifecycle.

A firm-wide focus on continuous improvement is further enhanced by the long tenure and experience of those behind the development and operations phases. To measure progress, all Hines buildings are compared across a number of quantitative metrics as well as against industry and geographical norms to provide feedback on competitive performance.


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Andy Trowbridge

Executive Vice President, Conceptual Construction   |   Houston, TX

Mr. Trowbridge is Executive Vice President, Conceptual Construction. He is responsible for all preconstruction activities including budgeting, design, contractor and consultant contract negotiations, and materials purchase for Hines’ domestic and international projects.

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