Bechtel Expands Huntsville Operations

Bechtel officials Mike Costas (left) and Nathan McAdams cut the ribbon on the firm’s new facilities at Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, while Amber Greenwood of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber holds the ribbon.

Bechtel, the nation’s largest construction firm, opened a new office in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park Monday. Bechtel sees the new facility as an advantage for collaboration with aerospace and defense industry partners.

The Virginia-based firm has worked in Huntsville and on Huntsville projects for nearly three decades. Currently, it is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for Boeing projects in Huntsville.

Earlier, it built both the Browns Ferry and Watts Bar nuclear power plants, providing electricity for more than a million households in the Tennessee Valley.

And from the 1990s until 2012, it employed more than 100 professionals in engineering, procurement and construction positions in Madison County in support of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program — a project designed to protect the U.S. from long-range missile attack.

Most recently, Bechtel’s Kwajalein Range Services LLC managed and operated the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, performing portions of the work in Huntsville.

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“Our employees are excited to once again be part of the United States’ mission to maintain a secure national deterrent, while advancing our aeronautics and space exploration for the next generation,” said Project Engineering Manager Nathan McAdams.

Celebrating the new facilities, Bechtel’s Defense and Space General Manager Mike Costas said, “Today we reflect on Bechtel’s rich history in Huntsville. Today, our team looks to the future with aspirations of being an integral part of this community, providing unmatched expertise to our customers, while helping them deliver on their mission objectives.”

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