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The Albert M. Higley Co. was founded in 1925 by Albert M. Higley Sr., a 1917 civil engineering graduate of the Case School of Applied Science and a veteran of the First World War.

From its inception, the company served as a general contractor in the commercial, institutional, and industrial marketplaces from its Cleveland headquarters. Though predominately focused in Ohio, the company also has completed projects for select clients in Indiana, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Albert Maltby Higley, Sr.
Albert Maltby Higley, Sr.

In its first five years, the company completed more than 100 projects ranging from automobile dealerships to science and research buildings for Case School of Applied Science and Hiram College.

Broadway Buick - 1926
Broadway Buick - 1926
Case School of Applied Science - Warner Laboratory - 1928
Case School of Applied Science - Warner Laboratory - 1928
Hiram College - Colton Laboratory - 1928
Hiram College - Colton Laboratory - 1928

As the country battled the Great Depression, The Albert M. Higley Co. expanded its geographical reach completing projects from Buffalo to Indianapolis. By the close of the 1930s we had completed more than 500 projects including Curtiss Wright Airport, the Indiana World War Memorial - Cenotaph Square, and portions of the Great Lakes Exposition.

Curtiss Wright Airport - Air Field & Hangar - 1930
Curtiss Wright Airport - Air Field & Hangar - 1930
Indiana World War Memorial - Cenotaph Square - 1931
Indiana World War Memorial - Cenotaph Square - 1931
Great Lakes Exposition - Parade of the Years & Exhibits - 1936
Great Lakes Exposition - Parade of the Years & Exhibits - 1936

Our mix of work during the 1940s reflected the world around us. As the country entered the Second World War, we completed most of our work for the defense industry, including the regions largest defense project, a 670,000 SF plant for Cleveland Pneumatic Aerol. Other notable projects included the U.S. Coast Guard Cleveland Station, the Bond Store in downtown Cleveland, and Case School of Applied Science's Tomlinson Hall.

United States Coast Guard - Cleveland Station - 1940
United States Coast Guard - Cleveland Station - 1940
Bond Store - 1947
Bond Store - 1947
Case School of Applied Science - Tomlinson Hall - 1948
Case School of Applied Science - Tomlinson Hall - 1948

By the end of the 1950s, The Albert M. Higley Co. had completed its 5,000th contract. Our project mix remained diverse as we completed such projects as Oberlin College's Sophronia Brooks Hall Auditorium designed by Harrison & Abramovitz, St. Christopher Church in Rocky River, Ohio, and the North Central addition to the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Oberlin College - Hall Auditorium - 1953
Oberlin College - Hall Auditorium - 1953
St. Christopher Church - 1954
St. Christopher Church - 1954
Western Reserve Historical Society - North Central Addition - 1959
Western Reserve Historical Society - North Central Addition - 1959

The 1960s saw the first major transfer of leadership in the company's history as Albert M. Higley, Sr. retired and Albert M. Higley, Jr. and Roy G. “Dutch” Harley took over the helm. During the decade, the company completed a wide variety of commercial and institutional projects including the East 90th Street Buildings for the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University's Crawford Hall.

Albert M. Higley, Jr. - Chairman
Albert M. Higley, Jr. - Chairman
Roy G. 'Dutch' Harley - President
Roy G. "Dutch" Harley - President
Case Western Reserve University - Crawford Hall - 1969
Case Western Reserve University - Crawford Hall - 1969

The 1970s reflected the company's continued emphasis on commercial and institutional construction with projects ranging from Cleveland State University's new University Center building, to Revco D.S.'s new world headquarters, to Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Cleveland State University - University Center - 1974
Cleveland State University - University Center - 1974
Southwest General Hospital - 1975
Southwest General Hospital - 1975
Revco World Headquarters - 1975
Revco World Headquarters - 1975

Our mix of work during the 1980s included major portions of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, multiple water treatment facilities, corporate headquarters, and major hospital expansions. The 1980s also saw the retirement of Dutch Harley, and Charles Stephenson receiving promotion to President.

Broadview Financial Services - Headquarters - 1980
Broadview Financial Services - Headquarters - 1980
Parma Community General Hospital - Expansion - 1983
Parma Community General Hospital - Expansion - 1983
Charles Stephenson - President
Charles Stephenson - President

By the close of the 20th Century, The Albert M. Higley Co. had completed its 10,000th contract, a project for Lakewood Hospital. Other work in the 1990s included the Kent Hale Smith Macromolecular Science Building for Case Western Reserve University, the Mt. Sinai Integrated Medical Campus, and multiple operation centers for KeyCorp.

Case Western Reserve University - Kent Hale Smith Science Building - 1993
Case Western Reserve University - Kent Hale Smith Science Building - 1993
Mt. Sinai Medical Center - Integrated Medical Campus - 1993
Mt. Sinai Medical Center - Integrated Medical Campus - 1993
KeyCorp - Operations Center - 1997
KeyCorp - Operations Center - 1997

The advent of the 21st Century saw continued growth for The Albert M. Higley Co. During the decade of the 2000s, the company completed major projects throughout the state of Ohio including Denison University's Burton D. Morgan Center, the HealthSpace Cleveland Museum, and St. Elizabeth's Boardman Health Center.

Denison University - Burton D. Morgan Center - 2003
Denison University - Burton D. Morgan Center - 2003
HealthSpace Cleveland Museum - 2003
HealthSpace Cleveland Museum - 2003
St. Elizabeth - Boardman Health Center - 2007
St. Elizabeth - Boardman Health Center - 2007

Today, as The Albert M. Higley Co. draws towards the close of its first century, it is stronger and better positioned to serve its clients' needs than ever before. The 2010s have shaped up to be an amazing decade with such projects as Eaton Center, Southwest General Health Center bed tower ​addition, and University School's upper campus expansion, to name but a few.

Eaton Center - 2013
Eaton Center - 2013
University School - Arts Center - 2014
University School - Arts Center - 2014
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