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.
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.
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 resided in Everett until her passing in 2019 at the age of 99.
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.
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 at a regional advertising agency. The Culbert's 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. Both their children now 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.