Cordoba Corporation History


Cordoba Corporation Founded

Cordoba Corporation was 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.


California Public Utilities Commission Supplier Clearinghouse

Cordoba Corporation worked with the California Public Utilities Commission to establish the first comprehensive database of disadvantaged small businesses and developed guidelines for their certification.  This effort was instrumental in opening doors for increased participation for minority and women entrepreneurs in infrastructure projects.


Rebuilding Los Angeles After Civil Unrest

A joint venture consortium led by Cordoba Corporation provided program management services for the demolition and cleanup of unsafe structures resulting from the civil unrest experienced in Los Angeles during the early 1990s.


Downtown Strategic Plan

Displaying its core expertise in urban planning, Cordoba Corporation participated in the development of the Downtown Strategic Plan, an effort to re-envision Downtown Los Angeles as not only a regional employment center, but also as a sustainable and viable residential area.  Cordoba’s participation focused on the economic impacts and opportunities of revitalizing the city center.


Metro Red Line Eastside Extension

As the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) initiated its first transit planning efforts in the region, Cordoba Corporation developed the Alternatives Analysis and the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) on what was then called the Red Line Eastside Extension (now the Eastside Transit Corridor), 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.
Maria Mehranian
Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Cordoba Corporation


BART Expansion

Cordoba Corporation provided design and construction support services for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District’s multi-billion dollar expansion project to San Francisco International Airport.  This effort provided Cordoba with valuable experience with design build construction and other alternative project 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.
Ronald N. Tutor
Chairman and CEO, Tutor Perini Corporation


Harvard Business School Case Study

Before the term ‘start-up’ was coined, Cordoba Corporation 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.


Fruitvale Village Transit-Oriented Development Design Symposium

Cordoba Corporation organized and facilitated the original design symposium for the Unity Council, an Oakland-based social equity development corporation devoted to improving the quality of life in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, and BART at Patten College.

Our outreach efforts enabled the local community to provide input to competing design teams to successfully plan our nation's first transit-oriented housing development – Fruitvale Village.

The Fruitvale Village design charrette process is featured in a case study published by the UC Berkeley National Transit Access Center and is included in the book Transit Villages in the 21st Century by authors Michael Bernick and Robert Cervero.


Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program

Cordoba Corporation joined a team providing environmental monitoring and management services supporting the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to mitigate the impacts associated with the past diversion of water from Owens Lake, adding to the list of historically significant projects in which Cordoba Corporation has participated.


Long Beach Community College District

Serving as the Long Beach Community College District's Bond Management Team, Cordoba Corporation embarked 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.
Eloy O. Oakley
Former Superintendent-President, Long Beach City College


California High-Speed Rail Project

Cordoba Corporation joined the Rail Delivery Partner team providing program management services on the first ever state-wide high-speed rail project in the United States. It will connect the major regions of California and sustainably meet future travel demand. Our employees working on the California High-Speed Rail Project are located in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana.


San Bernardino International Airport

In its efforts to serve commercial as well as freight air travel, the San Bernardino International Airport Authority selected Cordoba Corporation 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.


Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway Project

Cordoba Corporation spearheaded the planning and engineering effort for the Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway Project, now referred to as the “OC Streetcar”, which will provide a last-mile connection from the Santa Ana Regional Transit Center to Garden Grove, following a regional strategy to invest in cities with the most population density and highest potential ridership.


Laney College Athletic Field and Fieldhouse Project

Building on its tradition of statewide presence with local focus, Cordoba Corporation provided construction management services with the design-build team for the Peralta Community College District’s Laney College Athletic Field and Fieldhouse Project.  This project at Laney College, which is the largest community college in Oakland, resulted in a 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.
Dr. Sadiq B. Ikharo
Vice Chancellor of General Services, Peralta Community College District


Thousand Oaks Reservoir Replacement Project

Cordoba Corporation provided civil, soils and construction inspection services for the Calluegas Municipal Water District’s Thousand Oaks Reservoir Replacement Project. This unique project involved the replacement of two aboveground reservoirs with new underground facilities, which allowed for the restoration of  native landscaping and vistas.


San Francisco Transbay Transit Center

Cordoba Corporation was selected to participate in the construction of this visionary transportation and housing project that will transform downtown San Francisco and the Bay Area’s regional transportation system by creating a “Grand Central Station of the West”.

The Transbay Transit Center will replace the former Transbay Terminal and become a statewide transit hub that will accommodate the California High-Speed Rail Project, among numerous other transit systems, connecting northern and southern California in a location that creates a new neighborhood with housing, retail, and transportation.


Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project

As California energy policy focused on the expansion of renewable energy,  Cordoba Corporation joined a team to provide civil inspections and QA/QC services to Southern California Edison on a major transmission line expansion to add capacity to strengthen SCE’s electrical system and also deliver clean, renewable energy from the Tehachapi Wind Resources Area to southern California.


Space Shuttle Endeavour Transport Project

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Cordoba Corporation volunteered to lead the planning, engineering, permitting and coordination efforts for the historic transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, successfully bringing to the California Science Center in Los Angeles a national treasure to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers.


ENR Recognition

Cordoba Corporation joined the ranks of the industry’s top professional services firms, ranking on both the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 50 Program Management Firms and the ENR Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms lists.  In the ensuing years since 2012, Cordoba has received similar annual recognition from ENR and two of our employees have been recognized by ENR as Top Young Professionals.