About

With over 100 years of operation and a long-tenured team, there’s a good chance we have already performed a project like yours.

Led by PE-licensed senior managers, our experienced team has netted accolades from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineering News Record, Port of Seattle, Associated General Contractors of Washington, and more.

Safety First

We owe our stellar safety record to our experienced and highly-trained employees who work to make sure every project is done right.

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Our Managers, Project Superintendents, Project Engineers, and Foreman have all completed many of the following courses:

  • Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for Contractors Course
  • OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Training Program
  • First Aid Training, CPR/AED Training
  • Boating Safety Course
  • Training Hazard Recognition
  • Incident Investigation
  • Hazardous Waste Operations

As a contractor with the Corps, we have written and follow our Accident Prevention Plans prepared pursuant to the Corps Safety and Health Requirements Manual, EM 385-1-1.

We’re also set up to work safely in our region’s high-security sites. All of our employees have their TWIC cards, allowing American Construction to operate in restricted government areas. 

With all of our projects, we must understand the overall operating environment and mitigate the risks associated with the work we are completing. Protecting our team and the environment is our number one priority.  We comply with all regulations and laws and our team works to identify potential risks and make plans and actions to mitigate those risks. Retention of long-tenured team members is also a key to safety success.  Ongoing and open communication and training about safety practices and potential risks is a part of every one of our projects.  We grant responsibility to site team members to address any instance where safety may be a concern.  Safety concerns and incidents receive immediate and effective follow-up by management.

Our History

For more than a century we have worked on America's waterways completing successful marine projects

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Founded in 1903

American Pile Driving Company
American Pile Driving Company
Sandy and Steve Brannon
Sandy and Steve Brannon

Founded in 1903 by Captain Harry Ramwell, American Construction started in Port Townsend, Washington as part of American Tugboat Company. 

In 1950 it was incorporated as American Pile Driving Company. 

Brannon Family Era over 60 years

In 1954, Richard (Dick) Brannon began working at American Pile Driving company and purchased 25% of the company in 1959.   Mr. Brannon changed the company's name to American Construction Company in 1974 and bought out all shareholders in 1986.   He retired in 1991 and he and his wife Mary of 71 years enjoyed taking trips all over the world, as well as traveling in their Airstream trailer and being with their family.  Mr. Brannon passed away at the age of 94.  His wife Mary still resides in Everett.

Steven Brannon, Dick's son began working at American Construction in 1977 as a Civil Engineer and worked his way to President, leading the company for over 25 years.  Steve and his wife Sandy purchased the company from his parents and (5) uninvolved brothers and sisters in 1991.  In 2006, they sold 10% to Kevin Culbert and his wife Lisa, and 10% to Peter Stephens and his wife Anita.   In 2017, the Culbert's purchased the Brannon's remaining 80% and became majority owners of American Constrcution.

When asked to reflect on his time leading the company and what this transition means for American Construction, Brannon said, "I couldn’t be more confident about the future of American Construction with Kevin at the helm. Our long-tenured employees know and trust him. I’m also excited to see how he’s started to bring in the next generation of skilled employees."

Steve will continue as Chairman of the Board for American Construction.

Culbert Family

Kevin, Maren, Reed and Lisa Culbert
Kevin, Maren, Reed and Lisa Culbert

Kevin and Lisa met at Washington State University through mutual friends.  Kevin graduated in 1986 as a Civil Engineer and began his career at American Construction in Everett, WA.   Lisa graduated with a Communications degree in 1987 and began working in Everett as well.  They married in 1993, and purchased their first home in Seattle.  From there, they moved to Harbour Pointe (Mukilteo, WA) where they lived until 2006 when American Construction moved from Everett to the current waterway location in Tacoma.  The company’s need to move from their Everett waterfront location where they had operated for over  50 years was prompted by the Port of Everett’s new masterplan which included retail space, increased marina’s, and public spaces, not industrial companies such as American Construction.  The company searched for new locations in Seattle, Bellingham and Olympia for areas that could support their large marine construction equipment and floating cranes, ultimately settling on the Hyelbos Waterway in Tacoma.  During this same year of American Construction's move, the Culbert’s purchased 10% of the company from the Brannon’s, and relocated to Gig Harbor, WA., where they enjoyed raising their children and being involved in the Community through Little League, high school activities and now college years.  Their two children also attend WSU where their son Reed is following in his dad’s footsteps pursuing a Civil Engineering degree.  The family enjoys skiing, boating and adventuring together.

In 2017, the Culbert's became majority owners of American Construction Company, and along with the company team continue the legacy of safe, efficient, and enduring maritime projects. 

Our Vision

To be America's Waterfront Contractor delivering the highest quality projects with integrity and respect for our business partners, customers and employees. Provide an environment where our team can succeed and flourish.

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Our MissionTo provide high quality, heavy marine construction and dredging services; a safe, stable and ethical workplace, a return to our shareholders; and support for our Community.

Our Values:  

  • Safety
  • Integrity
  • Quality
  • Respect
  • Performance
  • Profitability

Our Strategies

  • Safeguard people and be more competitive by raising safety awareness
  • Secure our future through leadership and personnel development
  • Enhance employee satisfaction and company performance through improved collaboration and open communication
  • Diversify and grow by seeking new customers and market opportunities while furthering current customer relationships

Leadership

Kevin Culbert, P.E.

President and CEO

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Kevin Culbert, P.E.

President and CEO

Graduate Civil Engineer - BSCE Washington State University, 1986 Licensed Professional Engineer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin's primary role is to uphold the company's mission and values, while delivering safe, high quality projects, and cultivating positive relationships with customers and business partners. He has 30 plus years of successive experience, starting as a project engineer and working his way through all aspects of the business including project management, estimating and company ownership. Kevin became an owner in 2006, was named President in 2014, and purchased the majority of the company in 2017. He is respected as a relational leader who cultivates teamwork and performance in an environment where team members succeed and thrive. Kevin’s high standards for safety and quality have contributed to American Construction’s success as a leader in the marine construction business.

Kevin has been married to his wife Lisa for 26 years and they have two children and two Weimeraner dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, mountain biking, snow skiing and anything outdoors.  

Peter Stephens, P.E.

Equipment Division Manager

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Peter Stephens, P.E.

Equipment Division Manager

Graduate Mechanical Engineer - BSME, University of Washington, 1982
Licensed Professional Engineer

Peter joined American Construction in 1986 and has over 35 years of marine and heavy construction supervision and management. Project experience includes port facilities, piers, dredging, outfalls, marina construction, pile driving, and industrial plant maintenance projects.  As the Equipment Division Manager, he is responsible for all maintenance, modification, design, construction and repair to the company's fleet of floating and land-based cranes, as well as suppport equipment specialized in pile driving, dredging, and heavy lift activities.   He manages the bidding of future equipment, scheduling and supervising of heavy lift hoisting projects for both the government and private entities.

Peter also oversees the configuration and certification of pile driving cranes dependent on project requirements, purchase/build capital equipment such as cranes, barges, pile hammers, as well as organizes the annual vessel dry dockings .  

In his off-time, Peter enjoys competitive sailing, snow skiing, cooking, and target shooting.  He and his wife Anita have been happily married for 20 years and have one daughter.

Brian Laurance

Controller, Corporation Secretary

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Brian Laurance

Controller, Corporation Secretary

Masters of Business Administration - Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, 1977

Brian has been with American Construction since 2002 and has 35 years experience in the construction and consulting engineering industries, where he has consistently held leadership positions for the accounting and financial groups in the companies where he has worked. His responsibilities at American Construction include Financial reporting; supervision of office and clerical personnel; management of workers compensation, medical benefits, and retirement plans; and maintaining the banking and insurance relationships. Brian ensures that the company complies with tax and regulatory requirements, and he actively participates with other managers in the company's planning and decision-making process.

 

Rod Gowdy

Operations Manager

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Rod Gowdy

Operations Manager

Graduate BS in Construction Engineering Management, 1985 Oregon State University

Rod joined American Construction in 2002.   As the Operations Manager, he leads all construction and dredging projects for the company.  He has over 29 years experience in the marine construction industry.  Rod is an expert at managing schedules and company resources while planning and executing sucessful projects within budget.  His responsibilities also include managing the relationship between subcontractors, clients and owners, as well as managing the project superintendent team.  He demonstrates and expects strict adherence to safety and quality.

Rod and Renee have been married for 29 years and they have one son in college.  Rod enjoys barbecuing and often hosts picnics at the office for the American Construction team.

Affilliations:  Committee Member, Washington State UBS Joint Apprecticeship Training for Piledrivers.  Boy Scouts Chief Seattle Council Shooting Sports and Eagle Scout Coordinator for North Seattle.

 

Nic Arvberger

Director of Estimating

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Nic Arvberger

Director of Estimating

Graduate, BS Civil Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

As the Director of Estimating, Niclas is responsible for researching and evaluating potential bid opportunities, forecasting resources, developing and submitting bid proposals, as well as tracking historical production and costs.  His experience encompassess 24 years in the marine construction industry including marine terminal construction at multiple ports and military facilities in the United States, dredging, hydrographic survey management and quality control.  He is particulary skilled at understanding the needs of project owners, setting priorities, gaining various agency permits, and working through potential contraints while meeting the collective goal of project success.  Niclas is also experienced in design build, design bid build and GC/CM projects.  He is a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL)

Niclas is married to Danell and has three children.   He coaches soccer and also enjoys skiing, boating and camping with his family.

Afilliations:  Member of the National Ski Patrol - Niclas patrols at Summit of Snoqualmie. He is also a Licensed Outdoor Emergency Care Technician.