A Timeline of Notable Events in Webcor History
Brush up on your Webcor history with a chronological look at the company’s timeline! Beginning with our founding in 1971, the timeline covers significant milestones and highlights from our 50-year history.
The Webcor Timeline
Webcor constructs several low and mid-rise office buildings, the first at Peninsula Office Park in San Mateo, completed in just a few months. Webcor would complete eight additional buildings in the immediate area, solidifying their reputation as a vertical builder and would self-perform all structural concrete work. Webcor establishes their first permanent office one of the buildings.
Webcor completes several projects in San Diego and proves its unique approach to construction can be replicated. Though not a permanent expansion, the experience will drive valuable for later more permanent expansion.
Webcor’s chooses an Apple for their first computer and it quickly becomes useful for creating estimates and eliminates the pencil-and-paper approach. This early experience with technology foreshadows the firm’s later entry into the high-tech sector, where Webcor becomes an industry leader in using technology to drive innovation.
Rich Lamb is hired to lead the self-performed interior construction. He applies the same innovative and efficient approach to interior construction that the company performs on core and shell projects. Eventually, Rich’s work solidifies our reputation as a self-performing general contractor and lays the foundation for our separate concrete and drywall construction divisions.
The Museum Parc project, a condominium community, helps Webcor enter the high-rise residential market in San Francisco. Co-Founder Dave Boyd visits the project every day to personally ensure its success. Museum Parc is an important milestone in the firm’s establishment as a premier California general contracting firm.
Webcor completes its first public works projects: the Watsonville High School auditorium and parking garage at the Hayward BART station.
Webcor partners with lead architect HOK in the first of many future partnerships to construct a 31-story office building in downtown Sacramento and remains the tallest building in Sacramento.
Planning for the company’s future is in progress. Webcor’s merger with AJ Ball solidifies the firm’s financial strength and diversifies its resume while enabling the pursuit of higher profile projects.
Webcor completes the world headquarters for high-profile client Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, CA approximately 20 miles south of San Francisco. The buildings, shaped like hard disk drives, will define the peninsula skyline for nearly two decades.
Seeing an opportunity to further service client needs and leverage the firm’s expertise, Webcor forms a separate concrete division that could take on work as a concrete subcontractor as well as self-perform concrete work on Webcor-led projects. Webcor Concrete’s first project, Seaport Plaza in Redwood City, is completed in December of 2000.
Webcor’s founders retire, naming Andy Ball as CEO in 2000. Ball leads Webcor to expand beyond the Bay Area into Los Angeles, positioning the firm as California’s premier general contractor. Successful projects in Southern California would include Broadway 655 in San Diego and the LA Live Hotel and Residences.
This campus housed Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas’ Digital Arts studio and as of 2002 is the largest and most complex project in Webcor’s history. The sprawling campus is located within the Presidio of San Francisco with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Two additional Bay Area projects break ground in 2005 that will become iconic and instantly recognizable: The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. The California Academy of Sciences is a hallmark of sustainable architecture and construction that achieves the first LEED Double-Platinum museum in the world and that largest Double-Platinum building. The Oakland cathedral is a marvel of engineering and dominates the view from Lake Merritt.
Japanese construction giant Obayashi Corporation acquires Webcor providing greater financial stability and the ability to pursue larger and more complex projects. Leveraging Obayashi’s significant resources allows Webcor to bolster its portfolio in the Bay Area and beyond.
Webcor-Obayashi JV breaks ground on the Transbay Transit Center, a major regional transportation hub in San Francisco. Completed six years later, the Transbay Center will revolutionize public transit in the Bay Area with the potential to link with California’s High-Speed Rail project in the future.
Webcor marks its 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 beginning in 2011, the project breaks ground in 2013. The museum will reopen in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Jes Pedersen is promoted to CEO with a focus on diversifying and expanding our portfolio. Under Jes’ leadership, Webcor continues to grow, embrace broader market sectors, and engage with a wider range of clients.
Webcor becomes the only California-based General Contractor to have its quality management systems certified against the ISO 9001 quality standards. An internationally recognized elite standard of high quality and continuous improvement, the ISO certification that applies to every aspect of the organization and operations.
Webcor and Austin Commercial form a joint venture to complete the six-year design-build project in the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), targeted to complete in 2021. The SFO BAB project is set to be one of the largest boarding areas on the SFO campus, totaling 619,150 SF.
Webcor’s Columbia Square Living is the world’s first residential community in California to earn WELL Multifamily Residential Certification under the WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing.
WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where people spend more than 90 percent of their time, and the health and wellness of its occupants. WELL certified spaces, like Columbia Square, improve nutrition, fitness, mood, and sleep patterns helping people thrive.
Women of Webcor (WoW), an employee advocacy group, is focused on cultivating diversity and inclusion. Webcor leads the construction industry average with 26 percent female employees, over double the industry average of 10 percent of all employees working in construction.
Mei Lin Wolff, Senior Vice President of Human Resources is named by The San Francisco Business Times to their 2018 Most Influential Women in Bay Area List, featuring over 100 women in diverse fields and industries.
Webcor sees the San Francisco corporate office renovation as a unique opportunity to showcase our self-perform skills as a general contractor. From the curved gypsum ceilings and custom-built reception desk to the exposed pipes and conduits on the ceiling, elements of Webcor’s self-perform craftsmanship permeate throughout the space.
Kim Bates, Chief Technology Officer is named by The San Francisco Business Times to their 2019 Most Influential Women in Bay Area List, featuring over 100 women in diverse fields and industries.
Formerly the “Boarding Area B” at SFO, Austin-Webcor JV opens the Harvey Milk Terminal 1, a portion of the design-build project that totals 544,630 square feet and includes new gate boarding and seating areas, concessions, passenger amenities, back-of-house support spaces, and a state-of-the-art baggage handling system.
SFOs newest terminal pays tribute to the life and legacy of the late San Francisco Supervisor. As the first airport terminal in the world to be named after an LGBTQ+ leader, the Harvey Milk Terminal 1, it includes an extensive exhibit displaying art, photos, notes and other tokens illustrating the life of the Harvey Milk.
Webcor completes and opens for use portions of the landmark Design-Build/P3 project totaling 1,177,124 square feet throughout 14 structures to support a population of 10,000 students. The UC Merced 2020 Expansion project is the first higher education availability payment P3 project to be awarded in the U.S.