Kiewit Corporation

Kiewit Corporation is an employee-owned[2] Fortune 500 contractor[3] based in Omaha, Nebraska. Privately held, it is one of the largest construction and engineering organizations in North America.[4] Recent projects have included several bridge retrofittings in the San Francisco Bay Area, Interstate H-3 project in Hawaii, rebuilding the spillway at Oroville Dam, and building the world's largest geodesic dome at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.[5] Along with significant mining and off-shore operations, the company also contracts small grading (dirt moving) projects for residential or commercial development.

Kiewit Corporation
Private, Employee-owned
IndustryConstruction, mining, welding
Founded1884 (Kiewit Brothers)
HeadquartersKiewit Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Key people
Bruce Grewcock
Revenue$12,338.0 million USD (2012)
$581.0 million USD (2011)
Number of employees
22,000 [1] (2017)


The company was founded in 1884 as Kiewit Brothers Masonry Contractors by Peter and Andrew Kiewit, who were of Dutch descent. Their father John Kiewit had immigrated from The Hague in 1857, where he learned the trade of brickmaking. John Kiewit established a brickyard in Omaha, Nebraska where his sons worked and learned the skills for their masonry business. Early projects included the seven-story Lincoln Hotel in Lincoln as stone masons and the Bekins warehouse as general contractor.[6][7]

The original brothers dissolved their partnership in 1904 and the founding Peter Kiewit would continue as a sole proprietorship. In 1912, two of his sons, Ralph and George Kiewit would join their father as partners in the firm. When the founding Peter Kiewit died in 1914, his son Ralph led the company. George and Ralph Kiewit would later leave the company.

The founder's youngest son, also named Peter Kiewit, joined the firm in 1919. He led the firm from 1924 until his death in 1979. This is the Peter Kiewit known for building one of the largest construction companies in the world. He was also very active in the Omaha area, including leadership of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben.[6]

Notable projects in the 1920s by the firm, now known by Peter Kiewit Sons, included the Livestock Exchange Building (1926), the Burlington railroad depot (Lincoln), the Nebraska State Capitol Tower (1927), Joslyn Art Museum (1928), and Union Station (1929). In 1931, Peter Kiewit incorporated the company as Peter Kiewit Sons’ Co. The firm would begin building transportation projects during the Great Depression.[6][7]

Walter Scott, was also a key figure in the growth of Kiewit. Scott was initially hired to work on the tower project at the Nebraska State Capitol and spent the remainder of his career at Kiewit becoming chief engineer.[6] His son would not only work for Kiewit, but also rise to the position of CEO.[8]


Bruce E. Grewcock is the current chief executive officer of Kiewit Corporation. His predecessors include Peter Kiewit, Bob Wilson, Walter Scott Jr. and Ken Stinson. Rick Lanoha is the current president and chief operating officer.

Walter Scott, Jr. was first elected to the Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated board in 1964. In 1979, he was elected president. When Peter Kiewit died later that same year, Scott was selected to succeed him as chairman.


In 1963, Peter Kiewit bought the Omaha World-Herald to keep it locally owned. Under the terms of his will, the employees bought the paper in 1979.

Starting in 1985 (Kiewit built MFS in the early 1990s; Level 3 was built in the 1997 to 1999 circa), Kiewit also constructed a nationwide fiber optic network. This network was later spun off as Level 3 Communications, which became the formal successor corporation to the original Peter Kiewit Sons'.[9]


Kiewit Corporation is subdivided into regional companies and divisions and further subdivided into geographical districts. The company is employee-owned, and long-term employees are often compensated with shares of the corporation. Most divisions operate under union contracts for non-managerial labor. Most corporate decisions are made by field office executives; however, most administration is centralized at the corporate office in Omaha.

Districts and subsidiaries

List of districts and subsidiaries [10]

Kiewit Development Company



Eastern Canada

Kiewit Australia

Kiewit Building Group

  • Kiewit Building Group Inc., Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kiewit Building Group Inc., Centennial, Colorado
  • Kiewit Building Group Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kiewit Building Group Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
  • Kiewit Building Group Inc., Washington D.C.
  • Kiewit Building Group Inc., Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Kiewit Energy US

Kiewit Energy Canada

  • Kiewit Construction Services ULC (Formerly Kiewit Energy Canada), Calgary, Alberta (headquarters)

Kiewit Engineering

Kiewit Federal Group

Kiewit Mining Group

Kiewit Offshore Services

Kiewit Power

Northern California


  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Vancouver, WA (headquarters)
  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Poway, California
  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Renton, Washington

Kiewit Bridge and Marine

  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Vancouver, Washington
  • Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Federal Way, Washington



Southern California

South Central


Western Canada

Other companies


  1. "Peter Kiewit Sons'". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  2. "Kiewit Overview", Kiewit Corporation. Retrieved 3/25/13
  3. "Peter Kiewit Sons'", Fortune magazine. Retrieved 8/10/11.
  4. Editor, Glenn Puit. "More on Braidy: 1,500 construction jobs planned". The Independent Online. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  5. "Henry Doorly Zoo Desert Dome" Archived 2008-06-21 at the Wayback Machine, Kiewit Corporation. Retrieved 5/8/08.
  6. McKee, Jim (June 23, 2013), "Jim McKee: Peter Kiewit became builder to the world", Lincoln Journal Star, archived from the original on July 6, 2013, retrieved April 13, 2019
  7. "Kiewit: The Early Years". Kiewit Corporation. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  8. "Our Founders". Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  9. "10-K Form 2000". Securities and Exchange Commission. 17 March 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  10. Kiewit office locations
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