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 1975, Pappy Hazard passed leaving the company to Bruce Hazard in its entirety to carry on the family legacy and respected construction reputation.
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.
In 1998 the construction arm of R.E. Hazard Contracting Company blazed a new path separate from the real estate company. Hazard Construction Company was formed. This new entity was owned and operated by Bruce Hazard and 4 of his business partners.
After the passing of Bruce Hazard in 2001, the ownership of Hazard Construction Company transitioned outside of the Hazard family name. R. David Randal, one of Bruce’s trusted long-term business partners, took on the leadership of Hazard Construction Company into the 21st century. Under the leadership of R. David Randal, Hazard Construction Company expanded tremendously into multiple sectors of the heavy civil construction industry reaching its highest revenues to date. These sectors included Construction Management, Public Works and Site Development.
After the passing of R. David Randal in late 2016, Hazard Construction Company continued its proud tradition with the 4th generation of private ownership by its current management team. Today, Hazard Construction Company is led by Jason A. Mordhorst as president of the company.
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.