Benjamin & Company was founded in 2003 on strong, honest New England values passed down through generations: Ben Hemberger’s father, an architect with deep passion for his work and commitment to his projects, inspired Ben’s his own career in construction. Today, our entire team brings those same principles–hard work, integrity, and fine craftsmanship–to every phase of every project.
Growing up around the industry, Ben had many part-time gigs as a craftsman’s helper. After high school in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley, he took a break from building and earned a degree in computer science from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, but realized quickly that he’d rather not have an office job. He dabbled in cooking and boat building—and even tried combining the two as a chef on a sailing vessel—before finally returning to his roots in residential construction. After learning the craft from some of Maine’s best-known timber framers and builders, Ben set out to build a company of his own, earning himself an office job in the process. Fortunately, while guiding a small business takes many hours at the desk, Ben’s enthusiasm for hands-on work won’t allow for a day to pass without some time spent behind the hammer or chisel, or a visit to the job site to check in with the crew. A lifelong student of both design and building science, Ben spent several years as a part-time student at the UMaine Augusta School of Architecture and has completed a 10-week online class on Net Zero Energy Homes through Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).
When he’s not hard at work in the office, driving the company truck, or deftly cleaning out a mortise on an 8×10 principal post, Ben is probably coaching hockey, or baseball, or soccer, or he’s outside enjoying Maine’s four seasons with his wife and three kids.