Mick Rich Contractors | Solving Complexity With Creativity
An Albuquerque, New Mexico general contractor, Mick Rich Construction specializes in medium scale commercial building projects in all phases of construction: new construction, building renovations, special unique construction, tilt-up construction, and design-build. To serve our clients' needs, we also have a service department for repairs and alterations.
New Mexico has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.
Santa Fe is America’s second-largest art market (behind only New York), so it is fitting that the city hosts Indian Market and Spanish Market. In July, Spanish Market highlights the art and culture of New Mexico’s Hispanic population. In August, Indian Market’s art and exhibits display the vibrancy of New Mexico’s Native American cultures. People attend from throughout New Mexico, America, and around the world. For many years, Oprah Winfrey purchased the Indian Market artwork that won “best of show.”
When I first moved here in 1980, I quickly learned that the Navajos and the Chimayo artisans were renowned for their weavings. Navajos, Zunis and Hopis had a great reputation for jewelry. Santa Fe was known for its art galleries. Today, 30 years later, there is even more creative excellence in New Mexico.
As an adolescent, I was fortunate to have two mentors. I talked about Alan Bradford in my last blog. Ray Bunten was my second mentor. Both Alan and Ray were my Boy Scout leaders.
Alan Bradford was my mentor from when I was in high school into my fifties. I was fortunate: Alan was a visionary and believed that there wasn’t a project he could not build as long as it was not too large. Alan employed me during the summer I went to Oregon State University. The first summer out of high school I worked on his two largest projects: a $500,000 waste treatment plant and a $500,000 water treatment plant near Lake Tahoe. These were fun for an 18 year old.
The belief of the community I grew up in, and that of my parents, was that their children were destined for white collar or professional careers and not blue-collar jobs. I met those expectations. I intended to own a construction company, and the quickest path to that was an engineering degree, which I earned.
I can make a political difference in New Mexico. That is not easy in other states. I grew up in California, attended school in Oregon, and have worked in California, Oregon, Virginia and New Mexico. Until I moved to New Mexico, I had never known people who had met their U.S. congressmen or senator. Since moving to New Mexico, not only do I know people who have met their congressmen or senator, I have met them myself. I have had opportunities to meet with our congressional delegation to voice my personal concerns and those of our business.
New Mexico is a diverse state. Not just in terrain and weather, but also culture. Before the first migration of Spanish settlers in the 1600s, New Mexico’s Native American Pueblos and Tribes each had their distinct histories, cultures and beliefs.
Like Texas, New Mexico flew Mexico’s flag before it flew the flag of the United States. Our Mexican heritage still plays a large part in forming our culture today.
Just over 31 years ago, I found myself out of work in Portland, Oregon. I had been working as a junior estimator/office engineer for a highway bridge builder and heavy foundation contractor. The economy had dipped into recession, and I was out of work.
I come from California, in the Bay Area, and in my professional career I’ve worked in California, Virginia, Oregon and Washington before coming to New Mexico.
From time to time, someone will ask me, “You could do business anywhere. Why did you choose New Mexico?”
There are several reasons, ranging from the personal to the objective.