HISTORY

A FAMILY BUSINESS SINCE 1907

1907

Established

5

Generations

3rd

Largest Family Business
San Francisco Business Times

114

Years in Business

In 1902, Norwegian immigrant Carl Overaa came to the U.S. to pursue his dream in the “land of opportunity” and opened a small construction business in Richmond, California.

Today, Overaa Construction is consistently recognized as one of the top national and regional contractors, with award-winning projects found in nearly every major city in the Bay Area. 

1902

Carl E. Overaa immigrates from the farming village of Overaa, Norway to the growing city of San Francisco, California.

1906

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake devastates San Francisco.

1907

Carl is determined to help rebuild the Bay Area; Carl Overaa Builder is established.

1910

Carl and family settle in Richmond, CA.

1914

Babe Ruth says, "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."

1915

Carl constructs a boarding house on Nevin Avenue in Richmond, CA - Carl's friends and family live in the building, most are employees of Overaa.

1917

Carl agrees to build a 2-story wood frame apartment building for $3997.

1919

Ford invents the Model T Pickup.

1923

Overaa finds work at two of Richmond, California's promising new companies: Santa Fe Railroad and Standard Oil Company.

1926

Carl is awarded the contract for the new Richmond High School but in the midst of this 2 year job, disaster strikes: Carpenters receive a 10% raise, to $1 an hour! Several subcontractors go broke and Carl is forced to complete the brick and plaster work with his own crew.

1929

The Great Depression nearly puts Overaa out of business - Carl's sons, Clarence and Elmer, are forced to drop out of UC Berkeley and try their luck gold mining in Coulterville, CA.

1932

Clarence meets his future wife, Julia Lucey.

1939

Overaa builds exhibits for Ford Motor Co. and Standard Oil at the San Francisco World’s Fair.

1945

Carl and Clarence enjoy good economic times; Overaa builds more than 20 schools in the booming Bay Area.

1959

Carl passes away and the company continues to grow under Clarence's charge.

1960

Overaa builds the 8-story concrete Berkeley Townhouse.

1962

Carpenters receive $4.10/hour.

1963

Overaa builds the massive Blue Chip Stamp Warehouse in Richmond, CA.

1966

Jerry Overaa joins the team - he loses his shirt on his first project, the Arlington Recreation Building.

1969

Neil Armstrong lands on the moon.

1973

Jerry Overaa takes on his largest project to date, the Lafayette BART Station, marking the first of 19 Overaa projects for BART.

1979

Overaa builds its first design build parking structure - the Sun Valley Mall parking structure marks the first of 60 design build parking structures Overaa has completed.

1980

Jerry becomes President and CEO of Overaa Construction.

1982

Overaa builds dozens of parking facilities and religious structures.

1989

Overaa rebuilds the historic Cyclotron Building at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LLNL).

1990

Overaa builds its first water treatment plant project: the Benicia Wastewater Treatment Plant.

1993

Overaa is named one of Engineering News Record's ENR Top 400 Contractors in the nation.

1994

Overaa completes its first construction project for Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA.

1995

Overaa is an early adopter of base isolators during its seismic retrofits to Oakland City Hall.

1996

Overaa continuously pours 7,920 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation of the Elihu Harris State Office Building in Oakland, CA.

2001

Overaa carves out a niche in municipal infrastructure projects and logs 600,000 man hours.

2003

Overaa builds a new headquarters in Richmond, CA.

2007

Overaa celebrates 100 years in business; Carl, Kara, and Erin Overaa join the team.

2008

Overaa's unique concrete structure, the Beth Shalom Temple, is named one of eight finalists in the "Religion & Contemplation" category at the New World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain.

2009

Overaa is recognized by and awarded membership to Cal/OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) for our stellar safety and health programs.

2011

The National Nuclear Security Administration names Overaa's National Ignition Facility (NIF) 'Project of the Year.'

2012

Overaa's UC Berkeley's Greek Theater Restoration project receives multiple awards.

2013

Overaa builds the world's first rotating test lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LLNL).

2014

Overaa provides 380 MGD of clean water to California.

2015

Jerry Overaa receives ENR's Legacy Award.

2015

Overaa breaks ground on The Oakland Zoo's California Trail.

2016

Overaa starts several projects for San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

2017

Overaa celebrates its 110th anniversary at the grand opening of The Oakland Zoo's California Trail.

2019

Overaa builds the headquarters for the San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

2020

Overaa builds California's greenest parking structure, Berkeley Center Street Garage, which goes on to receive 11 awards.

2021

Overaa crews heroically work through the global pandemic.

2021

As part of a long-term strategic management succession plan, Chris Manning is named CEO, Carl Overaa is named President, and Colby Powell is named COO. "I couldn't be more pleased and proud to let these guys lead the way," said Jerry Overaa, who assumed the role of Chairman of the Board.

About Us

The Overaas

Overaa Construction is a family company – loyalty, humility, rock solid reliability, and a can-do attitude are at the core of who we are and how we do business.  

After five generations, our family continues to lead and evolve Overaa Construction with the same care and dedication to each other, our employees, our community, and our clients as we did at our foundation 114 years ago. 

Pictured left to right: Jerry Overaa, Chairman of the Board; Erin Overaa Dissman, IT Director & Corporate Secretary; Kara Overaa Gragg, Vice President & Marketing Director; Carl Overaa, President; and Colby Powell, Chief Operating Officer