Joe moved from Chadron, Ne to Lincoln, Ne when he found out he could get on with a local electrician and earn an additional $0.20 per hour plus overtime.
After moving to Lincoln, Joe Hampton began building a house in his spare time, intending it to be his own home. However, housing was in short supply in post-war Lincoln and he sold his new house for $9,800 before it was even finished. Recognizing an opportunity, he built another, then another. It was the beginning of a pioneering enterprise that set the pace for development in the Lincoln area.
Joe Hampton made the giant step from homebuilder to developer in 1964 when he purchased 80 acres of ground at 70th and A Streets for $160,000. He paid half the purchase price in cash. That first venture became the area now known as Lincolnshire Square, one of the first combination office parks and residential community developments in Lincoln.
Upon the purchase of Lincolnshire, Hampton Enterprises was officially incorporated with the State of Nebraska.
In 1968, Joe purchased 80 acres of land at what is now 70th and South St. The purchase included the East Hills Country Club - which Joe and Marge ran for a period of time. This land eventually became the Lincolnshire residential development.
In 1969 Hampton built it's first commercial building - for a third party
In 1970, Hampton completed the first commercial building that it would own and lease - Hampton Place, at 56th and South St.
In 1988 Hampton constructed it's last single family dwelling to concentrate on commercial buildings and developments.
In 1988, Hampton acquired land at 75th and O St and began building commercial/retail buildings in Corporate Centre.
In 1989, Hampton Enterprises purchased a parcel of land consisting of 320 acres located at 40th and Old Cheney Road. This land is now known as Williamsburg Village, Lincoln’s first master-planned community. Williamsburg Village is the city’s single largest mixed-use development planned to accommodate retail, restaurants, single- and multi-tenant office buildings and a daycare facility, as well as a variety of residential uses including single-family homes, townhouses, apartments and retirement housing. A unique feature of Williamsburg is the adherence to design covenants that require all buildings to be built in the Colonial Traditional architectural style.
In 2003, Hampton completed the Grand Theater - a 60,000+ sf, 14 screen theater in downtown Lincoln
In 2006, Hampton completed the Viewpoint building making it the last and final building in the LincolnShire Square commercial development.
In 2010, Hampton completed the first certified gold LEED building in Lincoln - the Veteran Affairs Regional Office Building, in Williamsburg Village - owned by Hampton's Properties Division.
In 2011, Hampton completed the first commercial building in GlynOaks Plaza - Frontier Bank
In 2012, Hampton completed the new headequarters for the District Office of Lincoln Public Schools at 56th and O St.
In 2013, the Hampton/Mortonson N.A joint-venture completes the 470,000 square foot Pinnacle Bank Arena.
In 2014, Hampton completed the Krueger Center for Science & Mathematics on the campus of Union College.
Joe Hampton passed away in January of 2017.
Today, Hampton Enterprises and Hampton Commercial Construction employs more than 65 people in a vertically integrated enterprise. The companies are engaged in land development, real estate service, general contracting, construction management, and property management including building maintenance, lawn and landscaping services, tree relocation, and snow removal.