Alberici is a diversified construction company recognized for superior quality and customer service. With operations throughout North America and clients around the world, we offer general contracting, construction management and design-build solutions across a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial markets: Automotive, Building, Energy, Healthcare, Heavy Industrial, Manufacturing, Mining Infrastructure, Water/Wastewater.
With annual revenues exceeding $1 billion, Alberici is consistently ranked among the top 60 construction companies in the United States by Engineering News-Record. In addition to our LEED Platinum headquarters in St. Louis, we maintain a network of offices throughout North America.
We are one of the few construction firms with our own steel fabrication facility. Hillsdale Fabricators, located in St. Louis, is capable of fabricating up to 40,000 tons of steel and prefabricated steel modules annually from its 250,000-square-foot facility. We offer shipping from our port facility on the Mississippi River. Alberici also has substantial self-performance capabilities including an equipment fleet valued at more than $100 million.
Founded in 1918, Alberici’s core business strategy remains straightforward: develop and maintain long-term relationships with all of our clients. Nearly 80 percent of our revenue comes from repeat business. As a result, Alberici has maintained consistent growth. We hold no debt, maintain a healthy balance sheet and backlog, and have exceptional bonding capacity.
Alberici hires and retains the industry’s best talent. Our team brings unique vision and understanding to each project and is committed to providing an unparalleled level of service.
Alberici places the highest priority on safety. Through our SafeRing program, we have developed a culture of safety. We execute our work in the safest means possible to achieve zero incidents.
Alberici will be recognized as the leader in providing services to the highest standard of quality for our clients by:
- Treating everyone with whom we do business fairly and honestly
- Working in partnership with our clients, performing our services with skill and integrity
- Affording our employees rewarding opportunities in a safe environment
- Seeking continuous improvement and innovation in our performance
- Reinvesting in our firm to ensure stability and growth
- Being a responsible corporate citizen in the communities where we work
In the early 1900’s, an Italian immigrant named John Stanislaus Alberici constructed a new building for Boatmen's Bank in downtown St. Louis for his New York City employer. Because of the tremendous success of this project, his clients encouraged Alberici to move to St. Louis and start his own contracting firm.
The Formative Years
In 1918, John Alberici did just that, founding J.S. Alberici Construction Co., Inc. In the early years, Alberici was a concrete contractor, working for clients such as Boatmen’s, Robertson Aircraft, the Veterans Administration, the St. Louis Board of Education and the City of St. Louis.
In 1928, John’s son, Gabriel, joined the company. In the early 1930’s, he negotiated the trade-in of the firm’s horse-and-wagon for the company’s first truck. Later that decade, Alberici purchased its first crane. “From the beginning, we’ve had a philosophy of owning our own equipment,” Gabe explained. Today, Alberici’s equipment fleet is valued at over $100 million.
Gabe took over as president after his father’s sudden death in 1940. With his sister, Mary, running the office and Gabe managing construction, the firm continued to grow. At this time, Alberici moved its headquarters from downtown St. Louis to 1550 Irving in Wellston, Missouri. When warehouse needs expanded beyond site constraints, Alberici purchased two acres of land a half-mile away. This initial two-acre purchase expanded to 60 acres, which still contains Alberici’s warehouse and equipment yard.
Expansion and Growth
In the 1940’s, Alberici worked on multiple industrial, manufacturing and school projects. In the 1950's, Alberici entered the automotive market working for both Chrysler and General Motors. Alberici also began work in highway construction, eventually working on Interstates 40, 44, 55 and 70 in St. Louis. Alberici also began work on its first water treatment facility in 1954, a massive cast-in-place concrete job for the City of St. Louis’ water system.
Alberici ventured into several new markets in the 1960’s, including healthcare, energy and steel fabrication. Alberici began fabricating structural steel as the result of frustrations with the steel supplier on its first hospital project. On the scheduled due date, the steel for the project did not arrive. When Gabe went to the supplier’s shop, he learned that fabrication had not even begun. Unable to wait without compromising the client’s deadline, Alberici paid for the steel detailing and fabricated the steel by hand in its own warehouse. Ultimately, the project was completed five days ahead of schedule, and Alberici established itself as a steel fabricator. Today, Alberici’s steel fabrication unit, Hillsdale Fabricators, has the capacity to produce 40,000 tons of structural steel annually in its 250,000-square-foot shop.
Alberici also began its focus on safety in the 1960’s. Until this time, safety was a low priority in the construction industry. “Everybody considered safety an added expense,” Gabe said. Alberici hired its first employee dedicated to safety in 1962 and, as a result, experienced a 35 percent decrease in accidents.
In the 1970’s, Alberici began work on its first marine construction project, a $41.7 million contract to construct the first phase of Lock and Dam 26 on the Mississippi River. In 1972, Alberici acquired Gunther-Nash Mining Construction Co., establishing Alberici’s presence in underground and above-ground mining construction.
Despite the economic turmoil of the 1980’s, Alberici continued to set new records. The company completed several large projects for clients such as General Motors, Chrysler and Monsanto. Alberici also expanded geographically, opening an office in Detroit, Michigan.
Still, Alberici maintained its ties to the St. Louis area, completing multiple landmark projects in the 1990’s. These included the Saint Louis Science Center, Edward Jones Dome (formerly TWA Dome) and Scottrade Center (formerly Kiel Center).
In 1997, Alberici acquired longtime Canadian joint venture partner Robertson-Yates Corporation Limited (RYCO) based in Hamilton, Ontario. This led to the establishment of our Canadian entity, Alberici Constructors, Ltd., based in Burlington, Ontario.
Alberici’s management and employees are committed to quality and the philosophy of continuous improvement in everything we do. Our Alberici Quality Management (AQM) program ensures we achieve the highest level of quality starting with project planning through final completion.
Our objective is to build safe and operable facilities while avoiding errors and non-conformities that adversely impact cost and schedule. Through AQM, Alberici remains dedicated to quality, stays abreast of developments in quality management and ensures that our team members remain focused on quality.
Experience has taught us that unique conditions exist in each of the markets we serve. Quality procedures used in constructing a hospital, for example, differ from those necessary to build a power generation plant. For this reason, AQM encompasses an array of individual quality standards and guidelines carefully selected to create a best-in-class performance for our clients in each market.
In conjunction with AQM, Alberici maintains certifications in those industry standard quality programs that are most important to achieving and documenting the highest construction quality possible, including:
- American Institute of Steel Construction
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- American Welding Society
- ISO 9001:2008 Certification (Michigan & Ontario offices)
- National Board of Boiler Pressure Vessel Inspectors
- By drawing on lessons we have learned in multiple markets, we have built a diverse body of knowledge that enables us to bring quality to every project we perform.