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.
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.
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.