Cordoba Corporation is founded in 1983 by George L. Pla as a specialized urban planning firm with its first offices in the historic James Oviatt Building in downtown Los Angeles.
"When this company was founded 30 years ago, we wanted to demonstrate that a firm could provide vital services that improve communities and not compromise its values as it becomes more successful. We strived to bring the best minds together to tackle the most complex challenges, and we have been doing that every day since the beginning."
Leading the charge in establishing the first comprehensive database of disadvantaged small businesses and developing guidelines for their certification to open doors for increased participation for minority and women entrepreneurs in infrastructure projects.
"The one-stop supplier clearinghouse program we designed, implemented, and administered was a milestone engagement that enabled us to establish Cordoba’s statewide presence. We’re also very proud that the supplier diversity certification and procurement framework we delivered for regulated, investor-owned utilities is an integral part of how they do business today."
A joint venture consortium led by Cordoba provides program management services for the demolition and clean up of 186 unsafe structures resulting from the civil unrest.
Displaying its core expertise in urban planning, Cordoba participates in re-envisioning downtown Los Angeles as not only a regional employment center with five core industries, but as a complete neighborhood with potential for over 100,000 residential units.
"While we were working on the Downtown Strategic Plan, we really got a glimpse into the future of downtown Los Angeles, which we saw as not only a place where a diversity of industries could thrive, but a vibrant residential community could also take shape. That roadmap has led us to the revival of downtown Los Angeles we are experiencing today."
As Los Angeles County Metro initiates its first transit planning efforts in the region, Cordoba participates in developing alternatives analysis and the EIR/EIS on what was then called the Red Line Eastside Extension (now the Gold Line), the first landmark transit project connecting jobs in downtown and West Los Angeles to East Los Angeles residents.
"This project is a great example of how public transit impacts employment and promotes economic development."
Providing design and construction support for various aspects of the San Francisco BART's multibillion-dollar expansion to San Francisco International Airport and Oakland Airport served as the company's introduction to the concept of design-build and other alternative delivery methods.
"Over the years Cordoba Corp has provided Tutor Perini Corporation with construction quality control and inspection services for several large infrastructure projects throughout California, including the San Francisco BART extension to SFO. They did an excellent job and I wouldn’t hesitate to call on them again."
Before the term ‘start-up’ was coined, Cordoba was recognized by the Harvard Business School in a case study that identified the company as a new kind of emerging business model, where the brightest minds come to work for a company that sees the world differently than its major competitors.
Cordoba joins a team providing environmental monitoring and management services to mitigate one of the biggest environmental disasters in the Western United states, adding to the list of historically significant projects in which Cordoba has participated.
Together with the Long Beach Community College District, Cordoba embarks on a multi-year, multi-billion dollar construction and modernization program to bring aging classrooms and facilities up to standard and provide a modern-day, cutting edge learning environment in response to the increasingly important role of community colleges in workforce development.
"Cordoba Corporation has provided the Long Beach Community College District with excellent program management services and consistently exceeds our expectations."
Cordoba participates in the team to provide program management services on the first ever high-speed train project in the United States that will connect the major regions of California and sustainably meet future travel demand.
In its efforts to serve commercial as well as freight air travel, the San Bernardino International Airport Authority selects Cordoba to provide engineering services to create the necessary infrastructure to handle passengers, connecting people from the airport to the San Bernardino area and spurring development in one of the most challenging economic regions in the state.
Cordoba leads the planning and engineering effort on the fixed guideway project in Orange County, following a regional strategy to invest in cities with the most population density and highest potential ridership.
Building on its tradition of statewide presence with local focus, Cordoba provides construction management services with the design-build team for the LEED® Gold Certified athletic field complex, complete with a photovoltaic-covered parking lot.
"...none of these successes could have been possible without the professionalism, innovation, and quality of service provided by the project team members. As the District's representative, Cordoba Corporation did a good job overseeing construction activities and ensuring the best value was achieved for the District."
After working extensively with local residents and the surrounding community, the Calleguas Municipal Water District retains Cordoba for the replacement of two above-ground reservoirs with new, underground facilities, restoring native landscaping and vistas.
Cordoba is selected to participate in the construction of the statewide transit hub that will accommodate high-speed rail among numerous other transit systems, connecting northern and southern California in a location that creates a new neighborhood with housing, retail, and transportation.
As California pursues renewable energy strategies, Cordoba joins a team to provide civil inspections and QA/QC services on the major transmission line expansion project that will enable southern California utilities to tap into vast resources of renewable wind energy.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Cordoba volunteers to lead the planning, engineering, and coordination efforts in the historic transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, successfully bringing to Los Angeles a national treasure to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers.
Cordoba joins the ranks of the industry’s top professional services firms, representing a milestone in how far the company has come in terms of technical expertise and international recognition.