Walbridge CEO John Rakolta, Jr. - Distinguished Warrior


'Built for Good' - From the Beginning

Walbridge was founded in 1916 in Detroit and has grown to become one of America’s largest privately owned construction companies. The company has expertise in several market segments, including: airports, automotive, commercial, education, government, healthcare, industrial process, manufacturing, and water/wastewater.


We’re an industry pace-setter in the development of new ideas and methods for quality construction, staying safe, enhancing sustainability, lowering cost and maximizing long-term project value. For example:

  • In 1998, Walbridge became the first construction company in North America to register under ISO-9001 standards.
  • Walbridge was honored in 2009 as one of the safest firms in America with the AGC National Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award.
  • Our proprietary GreenWISE℠ program measurably reduces environmental impact during construction by instituting 18 recycling and conservation practices.
  • Since 2008, Walbridge has proposed nearly $670 million in savings opportunities to project owners using its value analysis/value engineering knowledgebase.

In 2013, Walbridge ranked No. 45 on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 400 U.S. Contractors, based on 2012 revenue of approximately $1.29 billion. Walbridge has 1,000 employees and maintains operations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East.