Walbridge 100th
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

Our Company

Founded: 1916

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Services: Construction management, design-build, engineering management, general contracting, pre-construction, program management, engineer/procure/construct; and we self-perform concrete, equipment installation, and facility management.

Annual Revenue: $1.52 billion (2014)


  • No. 20 among Top 20 U.S. Industrial Contractors (Engineering News-Record, May 2015)
  • No. 38 among Top 100 U.S. Contractors by New Contracts(Engineering News-Record, May 2015)
  • No. 16 among Top 50 U.S. Contractors Working Abroad (Engineering News-Record, May 2015)
  • No. 38 among Top 50 in Domestic Building/Manufacturing (Engineering News-Record, May 2015)
  • No. 12 among Top 75 Midwest U.S. contractors (Engineering News-Record, July 2014)
  • No. 22 among Top 100 Southeast U.S. contractors (Engineering News-Record, July 2014)
  • No. 25 among Top 300 U.S. Contractors (Building Design + Construction, July 2014)
  • No. 39 among Top 50 Mid-Atlantic U.S. contractors (Engineering News-Record, August 2014)
  • No. 38 among Top 400 U.S. Contractors (Engineering News-Record, May 2014)
  • No. 82 among Top 125 Texas & Louisiana contractors (Engineering News-Record, August 2014)
  • No. 176 among Top 250 Global Contractors (Engineering News-Record, August 2014)
  • No. 205 among Top 250 International Contractors (Engineering News-Record, August 2014)
Walbridge category rankings* : Steel & Non-Ferrous Metal Plants6
Category Ranking
Auto Plants 1
Manufacturing 2
International Auto Assembly Plants 4
Aerospace 5
Power Transmission & Distribution Plants 13
Correctional Facilities 13
Building Information Modeling (BIM) 17
Food & Beverage 18
Airports, Including Terminals 24
Hazardous Waste 24
Working Abroad 25
Domestic Bldg./Manufacturing Revenue 29
Industrial Process 29
Reconstruction 34
New Contracts 40
Construction Management at Risk 45
Power 50
Green Contractor 88
Global Contractor 176

*Sources: GIANTS 300 issue, Building Design + Construction (July 2014); Engineering News-Record (2014)

Employees: 1,000


History: George B. Walbridge and Albert H. Aldinger pooled their resources to form Walbridge Aldinger in Detroit in 1916. The firm gained distinction for constructing early auto assembly plants that fueled the growth of the U.S. auto industry.

Today, Walbridge is known for its innovation, award-winning safety program and ability to manage projects internationally. The company builds and manages projects in these markets: airports, automotive, commercial, education, government, healthcare, industrial process, manufacturing and water/wastewater.


Executive Team: John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO
Michael R. Haller P.E., President, Walbridge Group; President, Industrial Division
John Rakolta III, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Tom Dyze, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
Randy Abdallah, Executive Vice President, Get Work
Terry Merritt, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Major Projects:

  • Steel Tube Manufacturing Facility, Shreveport, La.
  • BMW Paint Shop, Greer, S.C.
  • University of Michigan Munger Graduate Residence Hall, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • The Exchange Shopping Center, Ft. Meade, Md.
  • Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Act 3 Terminal, Wichita, Kan.
  • Abu Dhabi Health Services Ghayathi Community Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Oakland University Engineering Building, Rochester, Mich.
  • Continental Tire Manufacturing Plant, Sumter, S.C.
  • University of Michigan Law School Lawyers Club Renovation, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Chrysler Body Shop and Paint Shop, Sterling Heights, Mich.
Recent Awards:
  • Best Project Team Pyramid Award, Washtenaw Contractors Association, for the Western Michigan Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (2015)
  • Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, Healthiest Employers (2014)
  • Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, National Assn. of Business Resources (2013)
  • Merit Award for NAVFAC Navy Exchange in Bethesda, Md., Design-Build Institute of America (2013)
  • Michigan Honor Award for Interior Architecture for College for Creative Studies Taubman Center for Design, American Institute of Architects (2013)
  • Michigan Honor Award for Steel for the University of Michigan Law School Robert B. Aikens Commons, American Institute of Architects (2013)
  • Build Michigan Special Award for the Detroit Public Schools Capital Improvements Program, AGC of Michigan (2012)
  • Build Michigan Award for New Construction, BAE Systems Land & Armaments Complex, AGC of Michigan (2012)
  • ENR Best of the Best Award for Best Office Project, Delta Dental of Michigan Headquarters Expansion and Renovation, Engineering News-Record (2012)
  • CREW Impact Award, the Detroit Public Schools Capital Improvement Program, CREW Detroit (2012)
  • Construction & Design Award, Delta Dental of Michigan Headquarters Expansion and Renovation, Engineering Society of Detroit (2012)