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Can-do attitude prevails at Top 100 Places to Work winner Ridgemont Commercial Construction

Workers get plenty of options for building team spirit, from yoga to bass fishing.



“There is no ‘I’ in team,” says Ridgemont CEO Bob O’Brien. “We try really hard to make Ridgemont a good place to work. That starts with treating all employees fairly and with respect.”

Ridgemont’s 92 employees agree.


That’s why the Irving-based general contractor placed second among our companies with 50 to 149 employees. Founded in 1976, the privately held commercial construction company specializes in retail, automotive, health care, senior living, industrial and office projects.

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Ridgemont provides ample time for employees to build that team spirit with boot camp training and yoga classes in its gym, Wednesday afternoon basketball games on its indoor court, pingpong tournaments, on-site happy hours and monthly cookouts in its “backyard,” where everyone chips in and helps with the cooking.


The company takes an annual trip to Austin and to Texas Rangers Opening Day.

It supports the community through causes that hit close to home.

In late March, Ridgemont hosted its second annual bass fishing tournament, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.


The event raised $15,300 — almost twice the amount raised in its inaugural outing.

“We had a lot of people from our industry come out and participate and were able to take several Wounded Warriors out on boats to participate,” O’Brien says.

It also competes in Canstruction, building displays made entirely out of cans of food at NorthPark Center. After the show, the cans are donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

Assistant project manager Brent Simmons competed in a triathlon in July to raise awareness and money for research through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of his brother, who died of the disease.

Colleagues, clients and subcontractors stepped up to help Simmons raise $6,785.

“This is what Ridgemont is all about,” O’Brien says, “supporting each other like family because that is what we are.”