Founded in 1888, we’ve been building great things for over 130 years.
Swinerton traces its roots back to 1888, when a young Swedish immigrant formed a brick masonry and contracting business in Los Angeles to serve the growing city in its post–Gold Rush building boom. Since our earliest days building along the Western frontier, the company has survived and thrived through two world wars, the Great Depression and Recession, dynamic cultural movements, and natural disasters. Since Swinerton’s earliest days, our exceptional craftsmanship has helped us create celebrated landmark projects throughout the West and beyond.
The company now has over 4,000 employees from coast to coast, and along the way we’ve helped build communities from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the Hawaiian Islands, from the Gulf of Alaska to the jungles of Colombia. The company still operates under California contractor’s license number 92-the one it obtained in 1927 when the state first began issuing licenses. Many Swinerton-built structures now claim a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and other architectural preservation lists.
A culture of innovation and flexibility has been essential to Swinerton’s enduring success. The construction industry is constantly evolving, and we’ve seen innumerable changes in our 133-year history. To learn more about Swinerton’s legacy of building, flip through our History Book, or take a video tour through Swinerton’s long and fascinating history.
Pride of Ownership
Swinerton’s core strength has always been our people, and with over 4,000 employees from coast to coast, we’re proud of our diverse, passionate group of people. As a 100% employee-owned company, our people not only have a personal interest and stake in the success of every one of our client’s project, but a sense of ownership over decisions, results, and performance.
Culture of Ownership and Collaboration
This ownership culture stems from the fact that every Swinerton team member is an employee-owner, which builds a unique pride of ownership and an unmistakable drive in our employees. Because we are all owners of the company, we all have skin in the game regarding your project’s success. Our close communication, collaboration, and interchange of ideas and best practices between our national offices and project teams ensure consistency in successful project delivery and peace of mind, every time.
Swinerton’s leadership team has decades of homegrown experience and a long tradition of stability and collaboration. This deep insight into the lives of our employees and the experiences of our clients fosters an approachable, open-door style of management. With a commitment to ingenuity and integrity, they lead Swinerton into the future of building with innovative solutions while honoring the core values that have guided the company for decades.
Building Better Leaders
Building high-performing teams demands that we explore every avenue to draw the best and brightest to our industry and develop their talents and leadership. Swinerton is committed to providing continuous learning and development opportunities to all employees. Led by our national talent and craft services teams, Swinerton offers extensive learning opportunities focused on assisting employees to perform in their current jobs, and also on preparing them for new stages in their careers.
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Swinerton is dedicated to positively impacting our industry, our communities, and our employees.