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reconstruct the existing concrete pave- have extensive resources that include tal- enues of more than $5 billion,” the com-
ment for each half-mile-long tunnel. ented people, in-depth market knowl- pany states. “We have virtually unlimited
Quitevis says manpower on the job edge, state-of-the-art equipment and bonding capacity and are one of the few
varied from four to 30 each day on two unparalleled experience.” construction firms able to compete for
shifts during the 30-day closure period. The company’s Hawaii office is located billion-dollar mega-projects.
“We were allowed to close one tunnel in Kapolei on the island of Oahu. “However, our organizational system
at a time for 30 calendar days,” he of local operating districts enables us to
explains. “During that time, there was a ‘Most Admired’ take on smaller contracts, as well. The
big push to get work completed, and a Kiewit Corp. can trace its history to 1884, average size of a Kiewit project is under
big spike in manpower. when Peter and Andrew Kiewit formed $12 million.”
“Because this tunnel connected thou- Kiewit Brothers, an Omaha masonry con- Kiewit says it is one of the largest
sands of Windward commuters to tracting firm. “It was a logical move for employee-owned firms in the nation and
Honolulu, there was a strong sense of two sons of a brick maker, who had mov- is known for broad-based ownership,
urgency to complete the work and open ed to the booming city a half dozen years with more than 1,700 U.S. and Canadian
each tunnel to traffic in less than 30 before,” the company says. employee stockholders. “Nearly all con-
days,” Quitevis adds. “As a result, both Kiewit Corp. has been led by President struction projects are staffed by one or
tunnels were opened to commuters and CEO Bruce Grewcock since 2004. He more owners of our company,” it notes.
ahead of schedule.” is only the fifth person to assume leader- “Kiewit has survived and prospered
ship of the company in its modern era, since 1884 because our people have been
Northwest District the company says, preceded by Peter willing to change and pursue the oppor-
Kiewit says its Northwest District is a Kiewit, Bob Wilson, Walter Scott Jr. and tunities presented in each era. Now well
leader in heavy construction. It has built Ken Stinson. Ken Stinson continues to into our second century, we are one of
projects along along the West Coast since serve as chairman of the board. the most highly regarded and respected
1947, including highways, mass transit “Named by Fortune as the most- construction firms in the nation. We are
systems, canals, dams and tunnels. admired engineering and construction known for the competitive spirit of our
“We specialize in grading, paving, company in 2007, Kiewit is consistently people and our ability to produce quality
excavation and contract mining,” the dis- ranked among the top-10 contractors by workmanship and on-schedule perform-
trict says. “Based in Vancouver, Wash., we Engineering News-Record, with 2006 rev- ance for our clients.” ■