We have a deep-rooted history in construction that began over 40 years ago. Jump through our timeline and see things like our first project, iconic buildings, and more.
1971: Company Founded
Bill Wilson, Ross Edwards, Dave Boyd, and Miller Ream put their heads (and their names – they very nearly called themselves BREW Construction) together to found a new Bay Area construction company in San Mateo. Their goals were to build with unmatched innovation and efficiency and to actively involve themselves in each project. They paid a graphic artist $50 to design their logo (they chose green because Dave Boyd and Ross Edwards were basketball fans, and the Boston Celtics were in the middle of a dominant run of success), and it’s changed only slightly in the 42 years since. For the entirety of their tenure, Ross Edwards and Dave Boyd would take turns being President and CEO.
1972: First Project (Pop1)
Early on, these types of low-to-mid-rise office buildings were our specialty. POP1 in San Mateo was the first (unless you count Miller Ream’s house), completed in just a few months. Shortly thereafter, we occupied one of the office suites in the building and it became our first formal office location. Ultimately, we would build ten POP buildings and self-perform all structural concrete work on each one.
1973-80: San Diego Expansion
This was a sign of things to come; after several successful projects in the Bay Area, a few brave Webcor personnel migrated down the coast and duplicated that success in San Diego. San Diego taught us that we were not ready for permanent expansion, but the Webcor approach proved that it could work in other places and people were taking notice. Dave Boyd and Ross Edwards flew back and forth between the Bay Area and San Diego often to check on projects.
1984: Our First Computer
This Apple desktop used a rudimentary spreadsheet application to create estimates. Prior to this, estimates were done by hand. This foreshadowed our entry into high-tech, where we have since become an industry leader in technical innovation.
1985: Self-Performing Work
Rich Lamb, who would eventually go on to become our COO before retiring at the end of 2014, was hired to lead self-performed interior construction. He applied the same innovative and efficient approach to interior construction that the company was founded on. Eventually, Rich’s work would solidify our reputation as a self-performing general contractor and lay the foundation for our separate concrete and interior construction divisions.
1987: First SF High-Rise Project
This condominium complex, Museum Parc on the corner of 3rd and Folsom, helped us enter the high-rise residential market. A nervous Dave Boyd visited the site every single day early on, but eventually, this project became a quantum leap in our evolution into one of the largest general contracting firms in the Bay Area.
1991: First Public-Works Project
Our first foray into public works saw us build a new theater at Watsonville High School and the parking garage at the Hayward BART station.
1992: Wells Fargo Tower
This 30-story tower is still the tallest building in Sacramento.
By the mid-90s, the founders had begun planning for the company’s future. This merger with AJ Ball solidified our financial strength and diversified our resume enough that we would soon be able to pursue higher-profile projects.
1996: Oracle World HQ
This project was our first with a high-profile, visible client. These buildings, shaped like hard disk drives, have defined the peninsula skyline for nearly two decades.
1999: Webcor Concrete Formed
Forming a separate division that could take on work as a concrete subcontractor allowed some of our most knowledgeable concrete experts to focus on that exclusively and further showcased the sophistication with which we were capable of carrying out our concrete work. Webcor Concrete’s first project, Seaport Plaza in Redwood City, was completed in December of 2000.
2000: Los Angeles + San Diego
Andy Ball became CEO in 2000 after the founders retired, and he immediately began trying to expand the business beyond the Bay Area. Successful projects in Southern California include Broadway 655 in San Diego which, at the time of its construction, was the first new major office building in the downtown area in over a decade, and LA Live, the largest project we have completed to date.
2002: Lucas Digital Arts
This campus for beloved Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas was, at the time, the largest and most complex project we had ever undertaken. The sprawling campus is located in the Presidio with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
2005: Iconic Projects
We broke ground on two Bay Area projects in 2005 that have since become iconic and instantly recognizable: The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. The Academy is a hallmark of sustainable architecture and construction having become the first LEED Double-Platinum museum in the world and largest Double-Platinum building. The Cathedral is a marvel of engineering and looks majestic from Lake Merritt. It also is a testament to the approach we take to construction that the cathedral has become a new Oakland landmark considering the church’s budget constraints as well as the seismic requirements of its location.
Our 2007 acquisition by Japanese construction giant Obayashi provides even more financial stability and allows us to pursue larger and more complex work. We are able to leverage Obayashi’s significant resources to bolster our portfolio in the Bay Area and beyond.
2010: Transbay Transit Center
Webcor-Obayashi JV broke ground on the Transbay Transit Center in 2010. Once completed, the Center will revolutionize public transit in the Bay Area. The City of San Francisco also hopes that the Center will eventually be a stop on the proposed California high-speed rail system.
2011: 40 Years + SFMOMA
We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2011 by continuing to build increasingly diverse and unique projects including the expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. After a meticulous preconstruction process that began in 2011, the project broke ground in 2013. The museum will re-open in 2016 once the expansion is completed.
2012: New Webcor CEO
In 2012, Jes Pedersen was promoted to CEO. His focus is on the future as we continue to diversify and expand our portfolio. Under his leadership, we will continue to grow and expand into new markets, broader product types, and a wider range of clients.
2013: ISO 9001 Certification
In 2013, Webcor became the only California-based General Contractor to have its quality management systems certified against the ISO 9001 quality standards. We are now holding ourselves accountable to an internationally recognized elite standard of high quality and continuous improvement that applies to every aspect of our organization and operations.