At Pepper...

Scot and Stan Pepper at MILA topping outLast week I attended the topping out ceremony for MILA, a 41-story residential high-rise we are building for The John Buck Company at the corner of South Michigan and Lake. It was a significant event for us because while we've constructed other high-rise buildings and have a reputation for large, complex projects, surprisingly we've never built a high-rise in downtown Chicago. It's an important and exciting project for the city, and exciting for us to be part of it.

The launch of this blog is also a significant milestone at Pepper. We've been pretty good about showing what we can do – and that we can build any type of project. This blog will allow us to pull back the curtain to tell more of the story – who our clients are and what they're trying to accomplish. It also shows who we are and how we work – our people and the technology and methods we use to help our clients accomplish their goals.

You've seen our buildings, but it's time for you to see our people, their pride and the level of service we provide. Pepper is not just known for the buildings we're constructing but also for our people who do the work.  

I hope you will come back often to see what we're up to and to share the progress we are making in our industry.


Scot Pepper
Executive Vice President

As executive vice president for Pepper Construction Company, Scot Pepper maintains the company’s tradition of developing strong, long-term relationships with owners, developers, architects and other partners. He also leads Pepper’s Integrated Construction Services team (preconstruction and estimating, virtual design and construction, high performance and sustainability, quality and safety) to enable our construction management, self perform and environmental operations deliver the best value for our clients.

Scot has been with Pepper Construction since earning his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a concentration in building construction from the University of Wisconsin/Stout in 1988. Throughout his career, Scot has served in several key positions. He first joined the company as a project manager and served in that role until moving into the position of risk manager, where he was responsible for the safety of more than 1,000 Pepper employees. In 2001, Scot transitioned to serve as vice president of business development before being promoted to his current position in 2012.

Locally, Scot serves on the boards of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, the Chicago Architectural Foundation, the Chicago Children’s Theatre, the Metropolitan Planning Council and Lake Forest Country Day School.

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