Dennis Marshall was
President and Owner of Marshall Building Enterprises, Inc. (MBE), a full service
residential and commercial construction company, and has over forty (40) years
of building experience throughout Colorado. Mr. Marshall has been involved in
every facet of the design/build custom home process, assuring quality
construction and cost effectiveness. His knowledge and understanding of the
custom home building process, in conformity with building regulations, is
rivaled only by his exceptional project management skill. The following is a
brief review of Dennis Marshall’s background.
Marshall Building Enterprises, Inc. was a design/build firm, specializing in “on
your lot” custom building. Its primary focus was building custom homes, which
represented approximately eighty percent (80%) of MBE’s business; the remaining
twenty percent (20%) was commercial construction.
During his career Dennis Marshall has been responsible for and has built over
1150 projects including custom homes, semi-custom homes, remodeling projects and
commercial construction. Due to the “on your lot” building operation, Mr.
Marshall has built in Denver and all seven (7) surrounding counties, as well as
several of the ski areas on the western slopes. The twenty percent (20%)
commercial construction consisted of constructing warehouses/office projects,
office buildings, satellite buildings in shopping centers, as well as tenant
finishes. Many projects involved the entire design to build cycle from securing
the ground, lot layout, design, and construction through final tenant finish.
Dennis has been an active member of the Home Builders Association of Metro
Denver (HBA), the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) and the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB) since 1968. He achieved the status of “Life
Director of the National Association” of Home Builders (NAHB) in 1987 and
“Senior Life Director” in 1996. He has received many awards in his professional
career. He was twice named “Builder of the Year” – 1978 and 1979 - from the Home
Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA) and was recipient of the “Life Time
Achievement Award” in 1995.
Marshall began his career in home building in 1965 when he started Marshall
Construction as a framing subcontractor. In 1967 he and three partners formed
Vantage Custom Homes, Inc., specializing in custom “on your lot” building. In
1970, Marshall became president of Vantage Custom Homes, Inc. and also created a
subsidiary company, Vantage Enterprises, Inc. to branch out and accommodate
commercial and multi-family projects. As president and principal stockholder of
Vantage Custom Homes and Vantage Enterprises from 1972 through 1983, Marshall
spearheaded the successful completion of over 780 building projects.
In 1984, a major Colorado corporation, The Walden Companies, purchased Vantage
Custom Homes and all of its subsidiary companies. At that time the Walden
Companies had seven (7) major projects beginning and/or underway. Marshall
stepped into that corporation as Vice President of Construction and managed all
the land development and construction for the Walden Companies. During the next
four (4) years, Marshall was responsible for the development of the seven (7)
subdivisions, construction of over 560 townhouse and condominium units, three
(3) commercial buildings, and approximately a dozen (12) custom homes. In the
spring of 1988 Mr. Walden retired and closed the business. Mr. Marshall went
back into business for himself under the name of Marshall Building Enterprises
for the express purposes of building custom homes and commercial contracting
from 1988 until 2009.
Reflective of his reputation in the building industry, in 1992 Mr. Marshall was
selected as “the Builder” to perform the remodeling and rehabilitation of the
newly acquired Home Builders Association of Metro Denver headquarters located at
1400 South Emerson Street in Denver Colorado. In 2008, Marshall was again
selected to perform the remodeling and rehabilitation of their new current
27,000 square foot headquarters office building in Centennial, Colorado.
Beginning in 1996, Mr. Marshall was asked by two (2) attorneys (both Plaintiff
and Defendant in this case) to serve as an arbitrator in their construction
defect litigation case. Subsequent to completing that case, Marshall was again
hired separately by the attorneys as an expert witness in two (2) other cases.
This sideline business grew as a result of their recommendations to other
attorneys. During the last sixteen (16) years Marshall has been involved in
approximately one hundred (100) litigation/arbitration cases, both residential
and commercial. He has served on both the Plaintiff’s side and the Defendant’s
side. The work generally involves making inspections, writing reports,
determining scope of repairs, estimating cost of repairs, and providing expert
testimony at depositions and trial or adjudicating at arbitration.
Further, Mr. Marshall has completed formal training through the Construction
Dispute Resolution Services Training Institute to serve as mediator and/or
- Member of the Home Builders
Association of Metro Denver since 1968.
- President of the Home
Builders Association of Metro Denver – 1979.
- Held the position of
Chairman for many different Home Builder Association committees over the years.
- Appointed by the Governor to
serve on the “Colorado State Housing Board”, and additionally appointed Chairman
for three (3) of the six (6) year term – 1980-1986.
- Appointed by the Governor to
serve on the “Private Activity Bond Committee” (formerly knows as Industrial
Revenue Bonds Committee) for a six year term. The Committee was responsible for
recommending allocation of $200 million of Revenue Bonds each year. – 1987-1993.
- Appointed by the Jefferson
County Commissioners to serve on the Building Department’s “Board of Review” -
Chairman for ten (10) of the twenty (20) years of service. This Board of Review
pertained to appellant’s case hearings and also adoption of the building codes
for Jefferson County.
- Served as a Board Member to
the Colorado Association of Housing and Building (CAHB) for two (2) terms.
- Served as Chairman of the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Custom Home Builder Committee for
two (2) years.
- Currently a Senior Life
Director of the National Association Home Builders (NAHB).
- Chaired the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB) “Custom Builders Symposium” 1994-1998.
- Speaker at conventions for
the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and also the Colorado
Association of Home Builders (CAHB).
- Speaker at local educational
seminars for Builders/Realtors.
- Founded and chaired the
“Quality Construction Committee” (QCC) at the Home Builder Association of Metro
Denver for three (3) years. The purpose of this committee was for the continuing
education of builders and subcontractors.
- Served on the Local, State
and National Codes and Standards Committees (both the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA).
- Served at the discretion of
the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners on the “Task Force Concerning
Swelling Soils in Jefferson County”. This task force was to develop/propose
updated engineering regulations for construction in swelling soil areas of the
- Appointed by the Mayor of
the City of Lakewood to serve as the Vice Chairman of a “Citizens Advisory
Committee”. This committee was selected to develop a long range, goal-driven,
creative and visionary Comprehensive Master Plan to guide Lakewood’s Department
of Community Resources.
- Twice named “Builder of the Year” – Home Builder Association of Metro Denver (HBA)
– 1978 and 1979
- Recipient of “Outstanding Services Award” – Colorado Association of Home
Builders (CAHB) - 1978
- Recipient of “Lifetime Achievement Award” - Home Builders Association of Metro
Denver (HBA) -1995. This award recognizes extraordinary contributions and
service given to the building industry. This was only the second Lifetime
Achievement honor ever presented by the Association.
- Recipient of the “Industry Man of the Year” - Colorado Association of Home
Builders (CAHB) - 1991
- Recognized as “Life Director” in 1987 and “Senior Life Director” in 1996 by
the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
- Received the “Pacesetter Customer Service Award” from Custom Home Magazine -
- Listed in the “International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs”
- Colorado Chapter of Educational Institute –
- Commercial Builders Council – NAHB
- Quality Control Committee – HBA Metro Denver
- Expert Witness Services