About Us

MCH Construction Company is a dba of Columbia Equities, Inc., which has been in the commercial real estate development, construction and property management business since March, 1985. The firm has developed various Class A office buildings, retail centers, apartments, townhouses and single-family subdivisions. In some cases Columbia Equities, Inc. was a joint venture partner with our investor clients in both the construction and management of the developments.

Since 1995 MCH Construction Company has concentrated on multi-family construction. Most of our work has been for individual investors. While we no longer get involved in the management of the developments, we would still look for the opportunity to joint venture with projects from land acquisition through construction, and we can provide some expertise and experience to a potential venture.

Stephen J. McHugh, President
Steve is a 1984 graduate of the University of Oregon business school. He earned his degree in finance with an emphasis in Real Estate. He began his career in the Mortgage business working for First Security Real Estate Services in Portland. After about one year he was offered a position as an Assistant Superintendent on a 304-unit apartment project in northern California working for The Paragon Group, a Texas based real estate development and property management company.  Steve moved back to Portland and worked as a Superintendent for GSL Properties and Keyway National before joining Columbia Equities in 1991. His experience as an on-site manager for over 15 years includes fifteen projects and nearly 1,000 multi-family units.

In 1998, Steve moved into the office and began coordinating work with the Superintendents in the field. He also works with our Clients to provide pre-construction estimates and in coordinating the work in progress to include scheduling and the control of costs during the process. Since that time, Steve has continued to oversee the construction of about 45 projects and 1500 units.

In May of 2003 Steve took over as substantial owner of the company from his father, Phil McHugh, and now handles all day-to-day operations of the company.

Ralph Vranizan is a 1958 graduate of the University of Oregon Business School. He has over 30 years of experience in accounting in the construction industry. Ralph developed his expertise while working for the Robert Randall Company for 13 years. He left Randall to join Columbia Equities, Inc. in 1985 and has been handling our accounting ever since.