The history of Hazard Construction Company dates back to the early 1920s when the company founder, Roscoe Elwood Hazard, Sr., known as "Pappy," began laying the foundation for what would become one of San Diego's largest general engineering contracting firms.

An entrepreneurial spirit prompted Pappy to buy a fleet of trucks and wagons with nearly every available horse and mule in the region. Thus began his hauling, excavation and site construction business which helped to shape modern San Diego.

In 1926, Pappy founded R.E. Hazard Contracting Company as a California corporation, with headquarters in downtown San Diego. The company performed road construction and excavation throughout the San Diego area, including the grading and paving of much of Rancho Santa Fe.

R.E. Hazard's eldest son, Bruce R. Hazard, entered his father's business in 1935 at the age of 17. He quickly learned the ropes of the business by working in the field and observing his father's business techniques.

During the height of the Great Depression, R.E. Hazard Contracting Company expanded its business operations into concrete block manufacturing. To facilitate the operation, the company moved its headquarters to a 42-acre site on Friars Road at Highway 163 in Mission Valley, which became known as "The Brickyard." At its peak, the manufacturing plant was producing as many as 400 different varieties of block and brick.

In the 1950s, R.E. Hazard Contracting Company teamed up with W.F. Maxwell, Inc., a specialist in bridge and concrete structure construction. Together, the two companies were awarded multi-million dollar contracts for portions of major freeways including Interstate 5, 8, 15 and 805.

Bruce Hazard assumed operating management of the family enterprise in the early 1960s. Under his leadership, R.E. Hazard Contracting Company expanded its involvement in major freeway, road, commercial and subdivision construction projects throughout the region. In 1985, W.F. Maxwell, Inc. was purchased by R.E. Hazard Contracting Company to expand the firm's in-house bridge building expertise.

The company proceeded to build many of San Diego's major freeway interchanges, including I-8 at I-805, I-8 at I-15, I-8 at Route 125 and I-5 at Ardath Road. With their majestic columns totaling thousands of cubic yards of structural concrete, these interchanges were some of the largest contracts to be awarded in California at the time of construction.

In 1985, about a decade after Pappy's death, plans for a new development on the Brickyard property were approved, and the company moved its headquarters to the Miramar area of San Diego. Hazard Center, a 42-acre mixed use project, opened on the site in 1989. The center contains a 15-story commercial office tower, a Doubletree Hotel, several restaurants and a retail center.

Over recent years, Hazard Construction Company has evolved into a full-service general engineering contracting firm with a focus on private sector work. Today the company performs and manages commercial site development, residential subdivisions, golf course construction and public sector projects throughout Southern California.
Construction site, downtown San Diego, 1927 (Click image to enlarge.)
Construction site, Bank of America on Broadway, downtown San Diego, 1927
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Pioneer Trucking Company, purchased by R.E. Hazard in 1913 (Click image to enlarge.)
R.E. Hazard Contracting Co. asphalt plant, 1925 (Click image to enlarge.)