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Bechtel’s Impact Report

125 Years of
Making History

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To our Bechtel community,This year, Bechtel celebrates 125 years of extraordinary people building inspiring projects.

This remarkable milestone wouldn’t have been possible without you. To our Bechtel alumni, thank you for setting us up for success. To our colleagues, thank you for all you’ve accomplished, building on a proud legacy. To our customers, partners, and the communities where we live and work, thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in us over the years.

Vision, Values & Commitments

Extraordinary teams building inspiring projects

To the Extraordinary

We live for a challenge

  • Make our customers’ ambitions a reality
  • Adapt quickly and always look for a better way

We do the right thing

  • Exercise the highest level of integrity and ethics
  • Create a positive legacy through purposeful and sustainable projects

We take care of each other

  • Safety and wellbeing above all
  • Treat each other with utmost respect

We succeed together

  • Embrace our differences, seek diverse views, and listen to understand
  • Foster a deep sense of belonging

We build trust

  • Develop lasting “One Team” relationships with our colleagues, customers, and partners
  • Hold ourselves accountable to deliver excellence
We’ve been making history for 125 years, and we’re just getting started.

Our Legacy

Hoover Dam


New Deal projects helped lift America out of the Great Depression. Hoover Dam was Bechtel’s first megaproject and the world’s tallest dam. Today, it continues to generate enough power for 1.3 million people. Other New Deal Bechtel projects included the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – at the time, the world’s longest span.

Experimental Breeder Reactor I


The birth of nuclear power ushers in a new era in energy. Bechtel created the reactor, the world’s first to generate usable electricity. Today, the site is a National Historic Landmark. Bechtel would go on to work on more than 80% of nuclear plants in the U.S. and 150 worldwide.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)


Post-war growth in the Bay Area made transit an ongoing problem. The solution: an innovative rail network that would cross fault lines and dive beneath San Francisco Bay, among other feats. When BART opened in 1972, it spurred a renaissance in modern rail transit, both nationally and internationally.

NASA’s Moonshot


America won the Space Race with the help of Bechtel engineers who supported the Gemini and Apollo programs. Today, we’re helping to build the mobile launch infrastructure at Kennedy Space Center for a return to the moon – and possibly someday the first mission to Mars.

Jubail Industrial City

Saudi Arabia

From megaprojects to the first “giga-project.” Bechtel transformed a sleepy fishing village in Saudi Arabia into the world’s largest industrial city. Requiring vast resources and logistical planning on an unprecedented scale, it is the biggest civil engineering project in modern times, and it continues to grow.

The Channel Tunnel

United Kingdom

An engineering feat two centuries in the making, the first dreams of linking Britain and France went back to Napoleon’s time. Bechtel brought them over the finish line. About 350 trains per day now travel the 50 km-long tunnel diving 50 meters under the English Channel.

Chornobyl New Safe Confinement


The aftermath of history’s worst nuclear accident is now sheltered under the world’s largest land-based moving structure, a dome bigger than Wembley Stadium and taller than the Statue of Liberty. Bechtel led the team responsible for the dome, designed to prevent radiation releases for the next 100 years.

Los Pelambres Copper Mine


The world's transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles will require unprecedented supplies of copper. Los Pelambres in the mountainous north-central region of Chile is the largest greenfield copper concentrator Bechtel has undertaken. We are now working to further expand its capacity.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge


One of a new generation of suspension bridges, the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the U.S. and the longest built in the United States since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964.

Curtis Island LNG


Bechtel has built about 30% of the world’s LNG capacity, helping to replace other fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions, and give developing regions greater access to more affordable energy. Bechtel simultaneously built three LNG production facilities at Curtis Island that together account for 8% of global LNG.

Cutlass Solar


When we design and build a project, Bechtel’s focus is on helping our customers create a lasting positive legacy, and that includes protecting the environment. We are delivering clean energy solutions to power a sustainable future.


We are now writing the next chapter in Bechtel’s story, refusing to rest on past accomplishments and rising to meet new challenges.

We are serving new customers, launching new business lines, hiring the next generation of talent, and innovating in areas from decarbonization to digital design, minerals production, advanced nuclear power, and high-tech manufacturing. In short, we are putting the pieces in place to make the company stronger than before, just as previous generations have done. We are humbled to be entrusted with work we love, building projects full of purpose and solving critical challenges around the world.

As we celebrate this anniversary, we are refreshing two important emblems of who we are and what we stand for: Our Vision, Values, and Commitments (VV&Cs) and our visual identity, including the Bechtel logo.

Our VV&Cs have evolved and guided how we do business for more than 50 years. This refresh affirms the promises and core beliefs that drive us, using new language that is clear, succinct, and active. Most importantly, our VV&Cs feel like us; our culture distilled to its essence.

We are also excited to introduce our new company logo. Sharper, modern, and more dynamic, it reflects who we are today. At the same time, its shape, colors, and profile are familiar, honoring our legacy.

No one working with my great-great-grandfather in 1898 could have possibly imagined what Bechtel would become over these past 125 years, nor can we predict the next 125 years.

But this we can say with confidence: We’ve been making history for 125 years, and we’re just getting started.

Thank you again for choosing to be part of the incredible adventure that has brought us to this year’s milestone. We look forward to our continued partnership and shared success.

Brendan Bechtel

We Live For a Challenge