Taking care of commercial projects for nearly 3 decades.
Triple Crown Construction is a commercial construction company with deep roots in the hospitality industry. Founder Dave Rapp served for 10 years in Marriott International’s Architecture and Construction Division before leaving the firm and embarking on an exciting venture of his own.
In 1991, after a successful career at Marriott Hotels International, Dave Rapp founded Triple Crown Design & Construction, Inc. serving as a general commercial construction firm in the Washington DC metro area. While the young company had humble beginnings with an office in the basement of the family home and a single part-time administrative assistant, this would be the starting point of a company built on solid principles and values.
When the market expanded and the opportunity presented itself, Dave presented Triple Crown as a reliable and efficient hotel renovation contractor that hotel owner reps and other parties could depend on. With positive reception from the market, he brought in long-time friend Dennis Haeder to help expand the young company. Success with hotel renovation projects helped further define Triple Crown’s niche, resulting in growth that allowed them to quickly become recognized as one of the leading hospitality renovation contractors in the industry.
Chris Rapp, Dave’s son, got his start at Triple Crown as project manager. The mid-2000’s were a great time for Chris to get on board because it was a period of significant growth in the hotel industry. This enabled him to learn the business and the industry in a way that gave him a unique perspective on how to do things the best way. Working together as father and son, Dave and Chris completed hundreds of hotel renovation projects, further strengthening the Triple Crown brand and building a reputation for excellence.
In 2013, in preparation for Dave’s retirement, Chris formed Triple Crown Construction, LLC as a spin-off from Triple Crown Design & Construction, Inc. Gradually, the firm took over the assets and clients from the parent company while maintaining the legacy of excellence that has driven the Company from its origins.
Shortly before moving into the next decade, Triple Crown achieved 100% growth over a 3 year period, which ushered them into being recognized by the 2019 Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fasted growing companies. Shortly thereafter, in 2020, the company was honored to be named as one of Frederick County (MD) Top 50 Best Work Places.
Today, Chris continues to guide Triple Crown Construction’s growth and expansion while raising the standard of excellence in hospitality renovation and commercial construction.