The Bechtel Report 2016


The need for infrastructure continues to increase worldwide due to ongoing urbanization, rapid population growth, and extreme weather events. Countries, cities, and local governments are seeking a range of initiatives from replacing aging, under-capacity systems to building modern, smart cities from the ground up.

In 2015, we worked with our customers across their entire project lifecycles—from master planning through operations and maintenance—to deliver the highest value to them and their constituents.

We teamed with Edmonton, Alberta, on a 35-year plan to design, build, finance, operate, maintain, and supply vehicles for the Edmonton Valley Line light rail project. We also continue to seek and support innovative public-private partnership (P3) initiatives to help address risk and encourage investment in smart infrastructure.

Expertise Matters: Commitment to Community

“Engineering and construction is the most rewarding job in the world because you change people’s lives for the better. At the peak of my first Bechtel project, the Croatian Motorway, there were 6,000 people working on it—the population of a big town in Croatia. There we were, all 6,000 of us, having the same purpose, following the same vision, grounded in the same values. It was astounding. There aren’t many jobs that give you that sense of purpose and fulfillment.”
—Iva Z.

Long-term Industry Leadership

Since our founding, Bechtel has delivered:


subway and rail projects


miles (27,700+ kilometers) of highways and roads


miles (10,000+ kilometers) of railroads


miles (28,000+ kilometers) of installed wireline and fiber communications cable


ports and harbors


miles (400 kilometers) of tunnels


airports and airport systems


individual power plants


hydroelectric power plants

Croatian Motorway, Croatia

Select New Projects and Milestones

Combined-Cycle Power

Bechtel has delivered more than 125 combined-cycle, gas-fired power generation plants that produce more than 40,000 megawatts of clean energy. Drawing on this experience and applying the latest modeling tools, we have achieved even greater efficiencies in building the plants, which deliver significant benefits for our customers, including speed to market and reduced investment risk. Recent projects include:

  • Carroll County Energy Center, a 700-megawatt facility in Ohio
  • Stonewall Energy Center, a state-of-the-art, 778-megawatt plant in Virginia that will generate clean energy for up to 778,000 homes
  • Hummel Station, one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States



Riyadh Metro, Saudi Arabia

The Riyadh Metro is part of a 25-year strategic plan to address the city’s rapid growth—the population is expected to increase 50 percent by 2035 to 7.5 million. When complete, the 109-mile (176-kilometer), six-lane, driverless network will serve 400,000 passengers annually. A Bechtel-led consortium is responsible for design, construction, train cars, signaling, electrification, and integration of Lines 1 and 2—two of the most complex lines on the Riyadh Metro project.

Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, Canada

Bechtel was called in by the Toronto Transit Commission to re-organize project management and complete the 5.3-mile (8.6-kilometer) extension of the Toronto-York Spadina subway after the project experienced delays. The project is now on track for delivery in 2017.

Kosovo Motorway, Kosovo

The first segment of the new 37-mile (60-kilometer) motorway linking the capital, Pristina, to neighboring Macedonia opened to traffic in November.

Communications Modernization

We are working with Google Fiber to provide fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), high-speed television, and Internet service in the United States. This includes designing and installing over 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers) of fiber in cities across the southeast, including Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia. This gigabit service will offer speeds up to 40 times faster than broadband.

Wa’ad Al Shamaal, Saudi Arabia


Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Bechtel has managed the Jubail Industrial City project, located in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, since it began in the mid-1970s. Today, Bechtel’s work has been expanded to include Jubail II, an $11 billion expansion of the city’s industrial and residential areas.


Wa’ad Al Shamaal, Saudi Arabia

Covering 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) in Saudi Arabia’s northern frontier, Wa’ad Al Shamaal will be a city of 100,000 residents and a mining complex with seven world-scale phosphate processing plants. Bechtel is providing master planning and program management services.

Crossrail: An Engineering Triumph

In London, Bechtel completed tunneling work on Crossrail, the largest engineering project in Europe. The 26 miles (42 kilometers) of tunnels, which required the use of eight tunnel-boring machines, were completed on schedule in just three years.

With the project more than 65 percent complete, Bechtel is now focusing on integrating and completing rail and station systems. Bechtel is also working as delivery partner for Network Rail to upgrade the existing rail network outside London to integrate with Crossrail.

“This feat, boring 26 miles (42 kilometers) underneath the streets of London, ranks alongside the Channel Tunnel. It ranks alongside the Great Western Railway Line. It’s an engineering triumph.”

David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Crossrail, United Kingdom

Expertise Matters: Ailie MacAdam

Ailie MacAdam is the manager of the Europe and Africa regions for the Infrastructure business. She spent two-thirds of her career in transport, first project managing the Central Artery Tunnel project in Boston, Massachusetts, then London’s St Pancras Station refurbishment and extension, and then project directing UK’s High Speed 1 railway. She then moved to Crossrail, working in a series of roles leading up to becoming the central section delivery director, responsible for the delivery of $10.9 billion worth of infrastructure in central London.

Crossrail, United Kingdom:

The 26 miles (42 kilometers) of tunnels were completed on schedule in just three years.