James McHugh Construction appoints new president

The Chicago-based firm has announced Dave Alexander will lead the company effective immediately.

April 10, 2018
Edited by Adam Redling

James McHugh Construction Co., Chicago, has announced the appointment of Dave Alexander to president. Alexander assumed the role Jan. 1, 2018.

Alexander began with the company as an intern out of college and has served as a project manager, chief estimator, and, most recently, senior vice president. According to the company, his engineering, technical and management skills have been behind some of the most expensive, complex and highest-profile structures built in the city of Chicago, including Aqua at Lakeshore East, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Vista Tower.

"Dave is a true builder," Patty McHugh, chairman of McHugh Construction, says. "Our clients have entrusted him with their most important projects for more than 30 years, and our team has grown stronger and more capable under his leadership. We have every confidence he is the right person to lead our team toward continued success with the passion and integrity our clients have come to expect."

As president, Alexander will oversee all company operations, directing McHugh’s multidisciplinary team in high-rise residential projects, concrete construction, historic restoration, ultra-high luxury hospitality, entertainment, special use, rail and infrastructure works. 

Alexander's appointment follows the retirement of Bruce Lake, whose tenure with McHugh spanned nearly four decades, including 20 years as president.

"I'm honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead such a remarkable team of professionals during what is an exciting time for our industry," Alexander says. "McHugh's future is strong, and we owe much of that strength to Bruce for his steadfast leadership over the years. His vision has guided our company through some of its most successful years, and we look forward to building on that legacy for decades to come."

Alexander earned his bachelor's degree in construction engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make a Wish Foundation of Illinois and has served on advisory committees for the Pankow Foundation, Urban Land Institute, Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, and City of Chicago Permit Committee.