Enhancing Infrastructure

Uplifting Communities

Forward-Thinking Approach

Diversified Capabilities


Cordoba Founded

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.

This year in history...

January 3, 1983:

George Deukmejian is sworn in as the 35th Governor of California

"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."

George L. Pla
President and Chief Executive Officer


California Public Utilities Commission Supplier Clearinghouse

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.

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May 30, 1988:

California Public Utilities Commission issues General Order 156, requiring all investor owned utility companies to develop and implement programs to increase utilization of minority owned businesses.

"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."

Randall D. Martinez
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Post-LA Riots Rebuilding

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.

This year in history...

April 29, 1992:

Los Angeles Police Department officers are acquitted of charges, initiating six days of civil unrest.


Downtown Strategic Plan

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.

This year in history...

October 26, 1992:

The first three lines of the Metrolink system (Ventura, Santa Clarita, and San Bernardino) begin operation.

"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."

Maria Mehranian
Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer


LA County Metro Project Planning, Alternatives Analysis, and EIR/EIS

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 year in history...

November 3, 1992:

Bill Clinton is elected as the 42nd President of the United States

"This project is a great example of how public transit impacts employment and promotes economic development."

Maria Mehranian
Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer



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.

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November 18, 1993:

South Africa adopts a new majority rule constitution guaranteeing fundamental rights and freedoms to South Africans of all races and ethnic groups for the first time.

"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."

Ronald N. Tutor
Chairman and CEO, Tutor Perini Corporation

Fred Montmorency


Harvard Business School Case Study

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.

This year in history...

January 1, 1994:

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect.


Owens Dry Lake Bed Dust Mitigation Program

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.

This year in history...

September 7, 1998:

Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University


Long Beach Community College District

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.

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March 5, 2002:

Voters overwhelmingly passed Measure E, a $176 million bond measure to fund new construction, renovation and repairs at the Long Beach City College campuses.

"Cordoba Corporation has provided the Long Beach Community College District with excellent program management services and consistently exceeds our expectations."

Eloy O. Oakley
Superintended-President, Long Beach City College


California High-Speed Train Project

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.

This year in history...

January 9, 2007:

Apple Inc. CEO, Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone.


San Bernardino International Airport

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.

This year in history...

November 4, 2008:

Voters approved Proposition 1A to fund an 800-mile high-speed train in California.


Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway Project

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.

This year in history...

January 15, 2009:

US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.


Laney College Athletic Field and Field House Project

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.

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January 20th, 2009:

Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becoming the United States’ first African- American president.

"...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."

Dr. Sadiq B. Ikharo
Vice Chancellor of General Services
Peralta Community College District


Thousand Oaks Reservoir Replacement Project

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.

This year in history...

June 11 2010:

The FIFA World Cup begins in South Africa.


San Francisco Transbay Center

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.

This year in history...

November 2, 2010:

Jerry Brown is elected as the 39th Governor of California.


Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project

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.

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July 21, 2011:

NASA’s final space shuttle mission, STS-135, ended when Atlantis rolled to a stop at its home port, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Space Shuttle Endeavour Transport Project

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.

This year in history...

October 2012:

After 25 missions, nearly 123 million miles traveled in space, the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its historic 12-mile journey through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles on October 2012.


ENR Top 100 Firms

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.

This year in history...

May 18, 2012:

Facebook, Inc. holds its initial public offering.

Making a Difference





CORDOBA CORPORATION is a civil engineering, construction management, program management, and planning firm specializing in education, transportation, water and energy. Cordoba is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with additional offices in San Francisco, Santa Ana, and San Diego. Cordoba has successfully completed hundreds of projects throughout its over 30 year history, and has evolved into one of the leading civil engineering and construction management firms in the nation. Cordoba’s historic project portfolio is a testament of its ability to successfully complete multifaceted projects that draw upon the expertise of our engineers, planners, and environmental experts. Such projects include: the California High-Speed Train project, the transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and transmission of alternative energy.

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