History

“G.W.C. Whiting and LeBaron Turner founded Whiting-Turner in 1909 on the belief that integrity, engineering talent, and a dedication to our customers would make us the very best in the industry. For more than a century, our success and reputation have been testaments to their wisdom.

As a young graduate engineer, Mr. Whiting instilled in me and everyone around him the conviction that hard work and honest dealing would result in what we value most: the trust, loyalty and respect of our clients.”

Willard Hackerman, 1918-2014

“We have all, from oldest to youngest, spent our entire careers under the steady hand and inspirational leadership of Mr. Hackerman. Our hearts are broken at the loss of the man we loved and respected so much.

All of us at Whiting-Turner and in communities and institutions across the nation have lost a man of integrity and humility, a great mentor, philanthropist and friend. He cannot be replaced.We mourn the loss of him, but celebrate his life and good works.”

Timothy Regan, President and CEO
February 10, 2014

Over a Century of Construction Excellence

  • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is founded by G.W.C. Whiting and LeBaron Turner, classmates at MIT.

    1909
  • The company’s first project is utility and road work at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

    1910
  • First project by Whiting-Turner at The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

    1914
  • Lester Phillipy, the firm’s first graduate engineer from The Johns Hopkins University, begins a 57-year career with Whiting-Turner.

    1920
  • Construction of the Loch Raven Dam creates a new reservoir for Baltimore City.

    1922
  • City of Richmond Filtration plant completed (renovated by Whiting-Turner 63 years later).

    1924
  • Whiting-Turner field forces exceed 1,000 employees, and the company is focused on bridge construction.

    1929
  • Willard Hackerman, engineer from The Johns Hopkins University, joins the company as a superintendent.

    1938
  • Mr. Hackerman’s first project, the Cambridge Creek Bridge.

    1939
  • First of many projects for Proctor & Gamble.

    1942
  • Company performs post-war industrial work for Dupont.

    1946
  • Ralph Pass and Harold Cohn begin their successful careers at Whiting-Turner, setting new market directions.

    1947
  • Whiting-Turner places the original deck on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

    1950
  • Charles Irish, current senior executive vice-president and chief operating officer, joins the company.

    1953
  • Willard Hackerman is named president of Whiting-Turner.

    1955
  • Whiting-Turner builds 360,000 SF Maryland Paper Cup facility in eight months.

    1961
  • Stephen Duffy, current executive vice president, joins the firm.

    1964
  • Daniel White, current executive vice president, joins Whiting-Turner.

    1969
  • Whiting-Turner awarded second major project for IBM - a relationship that stands to this day.

    1970
  • Whiting-Turner completes the Bank of Virginia Headquarters and opens the Richmond, VA office.

    1975
  • Whiting-Turner opens the Ft. Lauderdale, FL office in response to work for Best Products and construction of the Galleria Mall.

    1979
  • Timothy Regan, current president, joins the firm, and the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering is dedicated at The Johns Hopkins University.

    1980
  • Anthony Moag, current executive vice president, joins Whiting-Turner.

    1982
  • The Irvine, CA office opens, establishing a decades-long relationship with Disney. The Washington, D.C. office also opens.

    1985
  • IBM Southbury results in the opening of Whiting-Turner’s Northeast office in Shelton, CT.

    1988
  • A job for Progressive leads to the opening of the Cleveland, OH office. Offices in Somerset, NJ, and Newark, DE also open.

    1993
  • Whiting-Turner builds the Olympic Aquatic Center and opens the Atlanta, GA office. The Pleasanton, CA office also opens.

    1994
  • The Frito-Lay warehouse is one of many new projects for the new Dallas, TX office. The Orlando, FL office also opens.

    1996
  • A project for Oracle marks the opening of the Boston, MA office. Also opened are the Las Vegas, NV and Allentown, PA offices.

    1997
  • Projects such as the Aladdin: Desert Passage in Las Vegas, mark Whiting-Turner’s perennial dominance in retail construction. Working for such prominent clients as Rouse, Mills, Target and J.C. Penney, the firm establishes itself as a nationwide specialist in the new construction and renovation of everything from anchors to regional malls.

    2000
  • Further solidifying the firm’s presence in both higher education and life sciences, Whiting-Turner completes the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building for Emory University—one of the first research laboratories in the nation to achieve the LEED® Silver rating. The firm tops $2.0 billion in revenue, and opens offices in Tampa, FL, Charlotte, NC and Chantilly, VA.

    2001
  • Baltimore’s first skyline addition in more than a decade, 750 E. Pratt, home to Constellation Energy, is constructed above the electrical substation built by Whiting-Turner in 1990. Whiting-Turner enhances its southwest presence with the opening of its Denver, CO office.

    2002
  • Whiting-Turner completes IBM’s first 300mm computer chip manufacturing and development line, which leads to a subsequent award of the 300mm Annex. The Annex project team exceeds established performance goals, and is formally recognized in January of 2007 for special achievements by a core supplier.

    2003
  • The completion of this 125-acre, 11-building, 1.25 million SF campus is another dramatic example of Whiting-Turner’s dedication to notable companies such as IBM, Sun Microsystems, MBNA, Capital One and Dell. The firm’s operations expand to include new offices in White Plains, NY and San Diego, CA.

    2004
  • The St. Francis Medical Center is indicative of Whiting-Turner’s expertise in healthcare construction. Replacement facilities for clients such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser-Permanente represent a large percentage of its backlog. The firm tops $3 billion in revenue and opens offices in Raleigh, NC and Cambridge, MD.

    2005
  • Completion of Saint Coletta’s School of Greater Washington marks Whiting-Turner’s growth in both private and public primary and secondary education, as well as its work with renowned architects including Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Rafael Vinoly and Frank Gehry. Whiting-Turner tops $4 billion in new business, and opens offices in San Antonio and Houston, TX, and Norfolk, VA.

    2006
  • Whiting-Turner receives Target Corporation’s prestigious 2006 Partner of Excellence Award for exemplary efforts on store and distribution center construction across the nation.
    According to Target:
    “Whiting-Turner’s commitment to the brand went unmatched. ...”

    2007
  • Passion for customer delight continues to be the hallmark of Whiting-Turner as evidenced by its abundance of repeat work. This exciting, new student residence project is one of many for the Maryland Institute College of Art. The company continues to set internal records and opens offices in Los Angeles, CA and Sacramento, CA.

    2008
  • Construction of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health serves as a fitting milestone in the magnificent growth and transformation of Whiting-Turner over a century of construction. From its beginnings in tunnels, utilities and bridge work to cutting-edge facilities featuring world-class architecture, the legacy of excellence and customer devotion continues.

    2009
  • Whiting-Turner’s century-long reputation for industrial construction excellence is again demonstrated on the AE Polysilicon Corporation KIPC plant, a multi-phase, 32-acre brownfield site.

    2010
  • NASA New Town is a gleaming example of Whiting-Turner’s accomplishments in the areas of federal/military and sustainable building construction. The LEED® Platinum facility is located at the Langley Research Center.

    2011
  • Whiting-Turner’s formidable presence in the Carolinas is exemplified by the LEED® Gold Durham County Justice Center. It also signifies our strength in secure facilities construction. The firm once again sets internal records and opens a new office in Kansas City, Missouri.

    2012
  • 75 years and counting! Hired as a 19-year old civil engineer fresh out of Johns Hopkins University, Willard Hackerman worked his first day for Mr. Whiting on August 15, 1938 and he has worked every day since! He set our standard with his incredible integrity and intense passion for excellence.

    2013
  • With the passing of Mr. Hackerman, Timothy Regan is named president and CEO.

    2014

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