Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Texas Tech University, 1965


Jerry L. Morgensen is Chairman Emeritus of Hensel Phelps Construction Co., the 18th largest general contractor in the nation and the largest Colorado-based general contractor. Jerry Morgensen has been employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. since 1973. His initial responsibilities at Hensel Phelps included project manager until 1978 when he became operations manager responsible for the management of numerous projects. Mr. Morgensen was elected vice president in June 1980, became president in June 1985, CEO in 1989, Chairman in 2005, and Chairman Emeritus in 2011. Mr. Morgensen graduated from Texas Tech University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Under Jerry’s leadership, the company has grown from $550 million in annual construction to over $3 billion.

Jerry has been active in many organizations including the Engineering News Record Construction Industry Round Table; Cache Bank of Greeley Board of Directors; Civil Engineer Academy of Texas Tech University; and the University of Northern Colorado's Board of Trustees.  Jerry also served as president of the Colorado Associated General Contractors.

June 2011-Present

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Chairman Emeritus and is a Director of the Company.

June 2005 – 2010

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Chairman responsible for continued leadership and planning for corporate growth and development.

May 1989 - May 2005

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. President and CEO responsible for all operating divisions of all districts. (Corporate name change of all districts to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. in June 1990.)

Jan. 1989 - May 1990

Phelps, Inc. President responsible for operating divisions of Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Clearwater Constructors, Inc., and Pickens-Bond Construction Co.

July 1985 - Jan. 1989

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. President.

June 1980 - June 1985

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Vice President and Manager of Plains Building District, responsible for procurement and management of bid building projects.

1978 - June 1980

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Area Manager responsible for project staffing, cost, schedule, monitoring relations with owners and architects, labor relations, safety and training of key personnel.

1973 - 1978

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Project Manager responsible for managing IBM Warehouse Bldg. No. 08, Hewlett Packard Bldg. No. 1, $7 M; Hewlett Packard Bldg. No. 2, $17 M; Windsor High School, $2.5 M; UNC Swimming Pool, $1 M; Mountain Bell 80 Car Garage, $1.3M; State Farm Insurance Expansion, $2.5 M; IBM Manufacturing & Boiler Expansion.

1965 - 1973

E. I. DuPont Construction Division. Progressed from Field Engineer to Division Engineer. Experience included a variety of multi-million dollar industrial plant expansion facilities, water treatment facilities, waste treatment facilities, and various other installations in commercial and industrial buildings.


Associated General Contractors of Colorado:

  • President 1990
  • Vice President 1989
  • Treasurer 1988
  • Secretary 1987
  • AGC Executive Committee
  • CAP (Construction Advancement Program) Trustee
  • Engineering News Record Construction Industry Round Table
  • Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy
  • Cache Bank Board of Directors
  • Board of Trustees for UNC


  • Denver Chamber of Commerce
  • Greeley Chamber of Commerce
  • Evans Chamber of Commerce
  • Downtown Denver Partnership