Building Excellence Together

At HGR Construction we are dedicated to delivering exceptional construction services with a focus on quality, efficiency, and client satisfaction.

A History of Reliability

We strive to make our clients’ construction projects smooth from startup to finish, utilizing timely and cost-effective methods to ensure a pleasant experience for all parties involved. As general contractors, we are constantly re-evaluating and adapting our methods of delivery, sectors of involvement, and business goals to better serve our clients in today’s ever-changing construction environment.

Trusted by well-respected companies throughout the Southeast.

“Being a longstanding client of HGR has been a rewarding experience for WindCrest. Their commitment to excellence truly distinguishes them. The HGR team consistently provides exceptional service with a personalized touch. Throughout our partnership, their diligence and dedication to ensuring client satisfaction have turned interactions into a positive and productive experience. HGR has become a trusted ally in our industry, and we anticipate continued success in our collaboration.”

– WindCrest Development Group

“Stonemont has partnered with HGR Construction on numerous projects in the Central Florida market. Their team excels in delivering quality projects, on-time and under budget. We have appreciated the partnership to date and look forward to working on many more with HGR, as we continue to grow into new markets across the country.”

– Stonemont Financial Group

“We have had the privilege of working with HGR Construction for over a decade and can confidently say that their commitment to excellence and professionalism is unprecedented. Their dedication to delivering top-notch craftsmanship, on-time project completion, and attention to detail has made every collaboration a seamless and rewarding experience.”

– Cadence Partners

"Our firm has been developing Publix shopping center for nearly four (4) decades now. Like most anchor tenants, Publix has a short list of preferred builders, for which HGR Construction has been on this short list since 2005. Aside from being highly qualified, HGR has and continues to exemplify uncompromising honesty and integrity. Following the loss of our head of development, we reached out to HGR to request their assistance with construction management scopes as well. It's been our privilege to work with HGR over the years and we look forward to a mutually successful future."

–Halvorsen Holdings

“Foundry has had the pleasure of working with HGR through some exciting times! Pre & post covid presented great opportunities and challenges all met with a level of collaboration/partnership not often seen in the development arena. Consummate professionals, always on call and willing to do what it takes to achieve success. With potentially tougher times ahead, Foundry remains fortunate to have not only best-in-class contractor but a valued partner to help navigate.”

–Foundry Commercial

"EastGroup prides itself on being a best-in-class industrial developer in many of the Sunbelt states in the US. We have a long-standing relationship with HGR as one of our premier general contractors in the Southeast. Without HGR’s high quality construction of our new business distribution facilities on a timely basis and within budget, we would not have enjoyed the success we have had over the last seven years.  HGR has been a trusted partner over this time span, and we value our relationship with Jim, Louie, Carson and many more on the HGR team. We look forward to working with them for many more years."

–Eastgroup Properties

“HGR continues to impress us with their attention to detail on our developments. As a developer, it can be scary to trust that you are always getting the best price/quality of work, but HGR has repeatedly delivered for us. We appreciate their responsiveness, transparency, and workmanship. We would happily recommend them to any developer who is in need of a reliable contractor that always gets the job done.“

–Blurock Commercial Real Estate

"Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies with over 30 million SF of warehousing and 50 distribution centers across North America. We have been operating in Florida for decades, with Auburndale, FL as our hub for the South Eastern region. In every way possible, HGR surpassed all expectations for the design and construction of our 550K SF distribution center. As an experienced Owner, we have a very high expectation of delivery on our state of-the-art medical distribution centers; and at every turn, each member of the HGR team was knowledgeable, diligent, and maintained a very high standard of care. Above all, HGR is a pleasure to work with. We truly feel as though they were our partners and always acted in our best interest. The project is a great success because of HGR, and I highly recommend them as a Design-Build and Construction partner."


Recognizing our commitment to quality and innovation

Over the last twenty years HGR Construction has had the honor of being recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the top ten construction companies in the Central Florida region, including being named the #1 General Contractor in 2023. In the last three years HGR Construction has had the honor of receiving the Golden 100 Award, which recognizes the top 100 companies across all industries in the Central Florida Region, and the Fast 50 Award, recognizing the top 50 fastest growing companies in the Central Florida region. In 2016 HGR Construction received the Florida Fast 100 Award with the ranking of #29 in the Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. HGR also received Top Workplaces Recognition from the Orlando Sentinel in 2023.

Meet Our Team

Get to know the HGR Construction leadership team.

Jim Rufrano
Jim Rufrano
CEO | President

CEO/President, Jim Rufrano, is a founder of HGR Construction Inc. in 2003. Jim pursued a lifelong passion, becoming a General Contractor licensed in multiple states. From humble beginnings, with a staff of 3 people, HGR was born.  Ethics, integrity, and solid leadership principles were the company’s focus. Along the way, Jim selected a talented and highly motivated team of managers. They have contributed to the significant growth of the company, and its client base, with earnings of more than 300 million dollars annually!  HGR now serves the entire Southeast United States with over 110 motivated and capable team members. Jim has clearly established himself in the commercial construction industry as a result driven leader, and a steadfast advocate of HGR Construction's commitment to quality work and customer relationships. Jim's ideals have produced a string of HGR accolades, awards, and very satisfied customers.  In 2023, HGR Construction was ranked the #1 Local Construction Company/General Contractor by the Orlando Business Journal. Jim's commitment to growing HGR Construction is evident, and under his direction the sky is the limit! When not building commercial projects or expanding the HGR client base, Jim values his family time. An accomplished Triathlete, Jim is also an avid cyclist. Jim is a consistent contributor to local and national charitable causes.

Carson Brownell
Carson Brownell
Senior Vice President | Partner

Senior Vice President and Principal Carson Brownell is a proud Rinker School of Construction Management Alumni from the University of Florida, has a passion for offshore fishing, participating in sporting events, Team Building, and spending time with family. Having over 26 years in construction, Carson held versatile roles including Pre-Construction, Project Management, Superintendent, and Sr. VP. His diverse experience in managing facilities like retail, healthcare, offices, industrial, and education brings valuable perspectives to client projects. Handling over $200M worth of work concurrently, Carson excels in anticipating client needs, especially in fast-track projects, while fostering strong relationships for successful outcomes. Carson also values leadership and is always encouraging others to do what is right, all the time. One of Carson’s favorite things about being a leader at HGR is personnel development. HGR Team members growing into leaders is a huge part of why HGR has seen such amazing growth in the last 3-4 years, evidenced by the recent accolades from the Orlando Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies, one of the Top Workplaces as awarded by the Orlando Sentinel, and the kind words from our clients as shown on this page.  He is motivated every day believing that HGR is and always will be, a great place to build not just buildings, but relationships for decades to come.

Louie Akel
M. Louie Akel
Senior Vice President | Partner

Louie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction from the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with high honors. He is a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, an International Honor Society which recognizes outstanding individuals in construction. Louie has been with HGR since 2007. He serves as Senior V.P. and Partner in the firm with over 35 years of experience in commercial construction, including proficiency in estimating and management of a diverse portfolio of projects, commercial, industrial, retail, hospitality, educational facilities and airports many of which are considered national landmarks. Louie is skilled in general contracting, design-build, cost-plus and construction management forms of delivery. Louie is an expert in producing well-built projects on time and in budget to satisfied owners and developers, many of whom have become regular clients of HGR Construction. A secret to Louie’s success is his belief in the importance of relationships. Whether it is larger, mid-size, or smaller clientele, or HGR’s subcontractors and vendors, Louie invests in mutually beneficial relationships with all stakeholders. In a complex and challenging industry, his efforts pay off and the result is successful projects delivered on time. Louie is an avid sportsman and loves spending time with his family in the outdoors.

Community Outreach and Wellness

HGR has employee led Community Outreach and Wellness committees that schedule multiple events throughout the year to encourage team building/wellness and philanthropic events that lend inspiration to give back to the communities we build in.

Wounded Veterans Relief 10K

HGR family and friend participated in this benefit to raise money for our nation's wounded military.

Habitat for Humanity Builder's Blitz

HGR built a 1200 sq ft house in 5 days for a deserving Habitat for Humanity homeowner,

Second Harvest

HGR participates annually in both raising money, food donations, and volunteering in person.

Building Excellence Through Collaboration

Contact HGR Construction today to discuss your construction needs and discover how our dedicated team can bring your vision to life.