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Building on a family heritage since 1898

One of the oldest and largest family-led corporations in the United States, Bechtel has been in the forefront of engineering and construction for more than 110 years. What began as a railroad-grading operation in the Oklahoma Territory has grown into a multinational company with hundreds of projects around the world.

Since its founding in 1898, four generations of Bechtels have steered the company through 23,000 projects in 140 nations and seven continents. Along the way, we established a reputation for undertaking "megaprojects"-- projects too big, complex, or remote for others. Many of them have become our signature projects, including Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel, and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.

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Building a Century

Building a Century  
(8 minutes)

A fast-paced overview of Bechtel’s capabilities, projects, and history. An update of the award-winning video commemorating the company's first one hundred years. (2008)

Bechtel's Builders

Bechtel's Builders
(9 minutes)
This video traces Bechtel's history through four generations of family leadership. (1998)

 

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