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Adam Hergenrother Companies Named One of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Vermont for the Third Consecutive Year

January 18, 2019News

Best Places 2019SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, JANUARY 15, 2019 Adam Hergenrother Companies, a real estate, construction management, development, and leadership training company, has been named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Vermont. The annual program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont that benefit the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses.

Companies are vetted through a two-part evaluation process that assesses workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics as well as a heavily weighed survey of employees that gauges their overall experience and satisfaction. The program is a joint effort managed by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Vermont State Council and Best Companies Group.

Founder and CEO, Adam Hergenrother, said “It is always an honor to be considered among one of the best places to work in Vermont. It is a testament to the great team we have and the culture that they have created and upheld over the years. I am proud of what we have built together.”

The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in early spring 2019.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit


BlackRock Construction Wins Prestigious 2019 Home & Garden Awards

January 4, 2019News

BlackRock Construction Wins Prestigious 2019 Home & Garden Awards

BlackRock Construction has been awarded two 2019 Home and Garden Awards, including:

Best Luxury Residential Construction Project (Vermont): BirdsNest, Completed October 25, 2018

Building this home didn’t just start from the ground up, it began by blasting into rock on the side of a mountain to clear the 133 acres of raw land for a 7,200 square foot rustern (rustic-modern) home perched at 300 feet of elevation with 180 degree unobstructed views of the Green Mountains of Vermont. That was just the beginning. The property includes a 1900 foot winding road that leads to the home. The 133 acres includes over 4 miles of professional trails for cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, ATVing, mountain biking, and more. Two acres of land have been cleared and set aside for an organic crop field, including apple trees.

From the entrance of the home, you move into a great room with floor to ceiling windows with views of the mountains, without another home in site. The classic elegance of wood, with modern touches can be seen throughout, including western red CBG siding, CBG hemlock in the kitchen, to a stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, rustic knotty cedar, and mortar stone joints. The home also features a interior wood-fire pizza oven, and a 1,000 foot wrap-around deck with a drop-in hot tub, and a gym.

Luxury Vermont Home
Luxury Vermont Home
Luxury Vermont Home
Luxury Vermont Home
Luxury Vermont Home

Best Residential Design/Build Company – Vermont

BlackRock Construction is a company within a larger umbrella, Adam Hergenrother Companies. Collectively, Adam Hergenrother Companies is everything real estate. BlackRock Construction has the unique ability to partner with our sister companies to handle all the needs of a client or consumer from the first phone call, indefinitely. We not only create a wonderful experience for our clients during the home-building process, but we can help them sell a home with our sister company, Hergenrother Realty Group at KW Vermont.

We can assist them with a mortgage, years down the road, with a refinance, though another one of our sister company’s, KW Vermont’s in-office partnership with several lenders. We can handle any property management needs and connect our clients with the best resources around, with preferred client discounts. We even are able to help clients or consumers with their next career opportunity (yes, man clients have applied for jobs with our company, and if we don’t have the right opportunity for them, we career visioning them into their next best career move). We believe in developing clients and transforming lives by creating clients for life.

Whether it’s with a residential home or a commercial development project, we believe in capturing the timeless beauty of older homes with modern touches like exposed beams, combining various woods, blue stone accents, stone fireplaces, and wood-burning ovens. Our projects can be summed up in one word – Rustern (rustic-modern).

In addition, to our luxury home builds, BlackRock Construction has commercial projects in the works, including a $30 million senior care facility in Vermont whose campus will ultimately encompass a memory-care facility, townhomes, a 71-bed assisted-living facility and 20+ units of senior living known as Freedom Living Luxury Residences. A similar project is underway in Albany. In addition, BlackRock Construction is in the early stages of redeveloping a main street corridor that will ultimately include micro-apartment, efficiency-type units that allow for more freedom, flexibility, and affordability.


BlackRock Construction Wins Four Awards at Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont’s Annual Better Homes Awards

December 18, 2018News

At the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Vermont’s Better Homes Awards ceremony on Tuesday December 11, BlackRock Construction won four awards for the best construction projects in the following categories: Kitchen 151 sf and over, Multi-Family/Commercial, Single Family $174/sf and under, and Bath 101 sf and over.

Adam Hergenrother, co-owner and CEO, Tom Hergenrother, co-owner and President, and Kemener Whalen, CFO accepted the awards on behalf of the company. Tom Hergenrother said, “With so many quality builders represented at the Better Homes Awards, we were thrilled to be among those recognized. We are really proud of our team’s hard work, dedication, and passion for developing communities and transforming lives, one project at a time.”

The Better Homes Awards is a longstanding tradition of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont. The Awards celebrate, recognize, and showcase fine craftsmanship, excellence in housing design, architecture, interior design, landscaping, and remodeling.



BlackRock Construction in Vermont Trend Watch

May 4, 2018News

ADAM HERGENROTHER: A visionary entrepreneur in our midst

“Boundless energy and a drive to achieve excellence— those are the stand-out traits you’ll notice in each interaction with Adam Hergenrother. He’s the kind of person who is intrinsically motivated to create a vision and then strategically execute it. So it comes as no surprise that his businesses continue to grow and thrive. From real estate endeavors to construction projects, his passion to be the best is woven throughout every facet of his work. This life perspective easily translates to giving potential clients
seeking to build a home the sense that their ideas matter and and that their personal vision can be realized. And that’s Adam’s goal.”

Read the full article here >>> Vermont Trend Watch – BlackRock Construction Feature

Or read the full online edition of Vermont Trend Watch here.




BluePrint Feature: Masters of the (Upscale) House

February 22, 2018News

Written by: Neil Cote Produced by: Nick Randall

“While BlackRock Construction is best known for upscale manses amidst Vermont’s geographical splendor, the company also builds more modest, mid-market houses and condos. The mid-market homes generally fall in the $350,000 range, while the upper-end starts around $600,000. Customized houses start at $750,000 and run into the seven figures. Most clients want some kind of traditional design, but whatever the exterior, energy efficiency and smart construction will be utilized to the max, the boss assures.” Read the full feature article here from BluePrint.



Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing 
Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

August 19, 2017News

Vermont-based BlackRock Construction Ranks No. 42 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 6,611.25%

This week, Inc. magazine ranked Vermont-based construction and development company, BlackRock Construction, at number 42 out of 5,000 companies with 6,611.25% growth on its 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have our rapid growth at BlackRock Construction recognized through the Inc. 5000,” said Tom Hergenrother, co-owner of BlackRock Construction. “It’s a big day for our company. We are so proud to have landed in the top 50 of America’s fastest-growing companies, alongside other remarkable organizations. We continue to look forward to transforming more lives in Vermont and beyond and are grateful for how far we’ve come so quickly.”

The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 16), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent, small, and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.


Hallie Warner | Chief of Staff, Adam Hergenrother Companies | 802.488.3439

About BlackRock Construction:
BlackRock Construction’s mission is to create spaces that inspire the way people live, work, and play. BlackRock Construction is an assemblage of award-winning construction and development professionals headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, offering industry leading innovation and excellence with each project. With over 40 years of combined experience, their management team gets the job done, while providing exceptional value and extreme attention to detail. They offer construction management, general contracting, planning/permitting, property management and design/build services for projects of all sizes. In today’s market, the demand for value, quality and integrity runs high and those are core BlackRock Construction beliefs!

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Media:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today. For more information, visit

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit


5 Tips For Making Any Room Better

February 23, 2017blogNews

Do you want to know a secret? There IS no secret! Designers do not a list of hard and fast rules. They are simply creative types who love to imagine, dream and follow can their intuition to beauty. Sure there are some tricks and practices that make what they do successful but often they have learned from experience what works and what does not. Interior designers are just regular people with a knack for cool. Here are some known tips for you to use at home to make your living space better.

  1. Pick the paint color last. Choosing paint is expensive and most people have favorite colors that they just can not wait to adorn their home with. Wait.  You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, and everything else. Your lighting also plays a huge factor in how paint color looks in your home. Wait to select your palette when your items are in the home and your lighting design is set.
  2. Do not overcrowd the room. Resist filling a room with furniture. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture, it is a great feeling to maneuver a room with ease. Use your budget to buy quality pieces rather than a quantity of pieces.
  3. Hang artwork at the right height. Okay I take it back, this is in fact a hard and fast rule! Artwork should hang at 57-60 inches from the floor, eye level. This applies even to rooms with very high ceilings, trust me you will not become taller because the ceilings are higher.
  4. Avoid a theme. For example the “log cabin look”. You know, bear trinkets, plaid pillows, acorn etchings and details. This lacks individuality. Instead use a color palate to express your vision. In this case decorate with reds, browns and natural greens to create the vibe you desire subtly.
  5. Ignore all principles in favor of creativity. This is my favorite tip. Guidelines gives people a good jumping off point for furnishing and decorating. Don’t get stuck behind these guidelines. Keep your decor personal and create a space that makes you smile and is comfortable.

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6 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

February 23, 2017blogNews

Kitchen backsplashes no longer to simply protect walls from spills and splatters. You now have a wide array of materials in a variety of price points to choose from. What is your kitchen style? Do you prefer a tile, wood or metal backsplash? Check out these five fabulous backsplash ideas that are affordable on any budget.

A popular choice for appliances and sinks is stainless steel. You can match these design details with an eye catching backsplash. Stainless steel is an inexpensive and attractive option for most kitchens. This modern look is heat and moisture resistant and easy to wipe clean.

Choose inexpensive beadboard for an easy DIY choice. It comes as plywood or fiberboard panels that can be easily painted. If you choose a contrasting paint color it will make a great statement and be a winning design detail.

Ceramic tile is a very common choice and for good reason. You can find tile in any style, color, pattern or shape. If you can dream it, they have probably made it. Ceramic tiles stand up to moisture, heat and are easy to wipe clean.

Mirror, mirror. Try a mirrored backsplash to add depth to the room. It is an unusual design that is not TOO out there. Mirrors are great light reflectors so this is a great option in a small or dark space.

Many of us want a bold splash of color. This is an easy care solution to just that. Back-painted glass comes in thousands of custom colors. It is a really beautiful design technique, bringing an artistic element into your space. Not to mention so easy to clean!

Create your own work of art! Hand-paint a mural or design on plain white ceramic tiles. Once the painting is complete, the tiles must be glazed and fired in a kiln to hold the paint. This backsplash may be a little more labor intensive but all in the name of custom interior design.

Whether you are designing your new home or updating your current kitchen get inspired with these clever kitchen backsplash ideas.

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