Our president

Construction with a Conscience
  • 1972 - Cortez Construction Company founded by Albino Cordova and Eugene R. Mares.

  • 1978 - Cortez Construction begins building single family homes and Carla M. Barela becomes a partner.

  • 1982 - Cortez Construction completes 1st Commercial Project: Veteran's Nursing Home in Florence, CO

  • 1984 - Cortez Construction accepted into the SBA's 8A program.

  • 2002 - Carla M. Barela is named Business Woman of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • 2012 - Cortez Construction receives the Public Works Project Award for Engineering/Construction Management from the American Public Works Association for the Lake Avenue Reconstruction Project.


our leadership team


Our mission is to safely, accurately and reliably deliver all projects in an environment that benefits our clients, our employees and the communities we serve. 


We know that your reputation is only as good as the results of your last job. That's why we pride ourselves on a results-oriented approach.


At Cortez Construction Company we've taken our collective experience to create a systemic, highly efficient approach to keep your construction project on track and under budget.

L. Richard Velasquez

Richard is a Construction Superintendent for Cortez Construction Company. His extensive experience spans over two decades of successful construction projects. Richard's commitment to quality control is unsurpassed as he oversees form setting, concrete finishing, carpentry, interior finishes, backhoe and forklift operations and stucco crew projects. Richard is vital to the organization and an asset to construction clients.

daniel a. cordova

Daniel received his AS degree in Engineering Technology from Trinidad State Junior College. While serving as the Corporate Secretary at Cortez Construction Company, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management through the Applied Science and Engineering Technology department at CSU Pueblo.

carla m. barela

In her impressive 36 year tenure at the helm of Cortez Construction, Carla has had many "first's" and has paved her own road. Carla spent 12 years as a nun in the order of the SIsters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio (1960-1972) during which she earned a BA from Mt. Saint Joseph College. She has also earned a MA in Music Education from CU Boulder. Carla now serves as CEO/President of Cortez Construction Company.

"A building is not complete until every door hangs properly, every window opens correctly and everything is built according to plan. It has to look, feel and smell right. We just won't settle for anything less. I love making blueprints on paper come to life in real buildings. Buildings that positively impact the community."

Carla M. Barela

we work hard.   we work smart.   we work late.

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