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  • History of the ANDO Corporation
  • History of the HAZAMA CORPORATION
1873
Shotaro Ando founds a civil engineering contracting business called "Ando-Kata" in Matsueda-cho, Kanda Ward, Tokyo. The company begins with brick construction, which was an advanced building method at the time.
1874
Executes a portion of the Tokyo Ginza-dori "brick town" construction project.
1885
Executes a portion of the Asakusa Nakamise-dori "brick town" construction project.
1893
Becomes a business associate with government ministries in charge of the army, railroads, and communications.
Receives a package order to construct an army artillery arsenal (brick construction) in Koishikawa, Tokyo, around the time of the Sino-Japanese War, which broke out the following year. This built the company's foundation as a construction business.
1897
Executes brick repair work for the Tokyo Post and Telegraph Office, which was Japan's first general telephone office.
1904

Completes construction of the Aikoku Life Insurance (currently Nippon Life Insurance) Building. This was the company's first private-sector construction project.

1911
Reorganizes as "Ando-Gumi," a general partnership company with capital of 1 million yen.
1914

Moves to a newly constructed company building in Tsukiji, Kyobashi Ward, Tokyo.
Completes work on a coastal landfill project in Isogo, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture (370,000 m2).

1918
Reorganizes the general partnership company organization to establish Ando-Gumi as a business corporation.
1925
Completes the Tokyo Central Telegraph Office.
1928
Completes the Yokohama Central Telegraph Office and Ehime Prefectural Office.
1929
Completes new construction of the Cabinet Printing Bureau's Takinogawa Printing Factory.
1934
Completes construction of the Patent Office Building.
1946
Following World War II, takes on repair work for facilities used by the Allied occupation forces (Military Police Headquarters, The Sanno Hotel, etc.), and pours efforts into post-war reconstruction by restoring damaged areas and rebuilding urgently needed facilities in various regions, such as government and public buildings, schools, and hospitals.
1953
Completes construction of Imperial Hotel New Annex No.1 in 1956 and Imperial Hotel New Annex No.2.
1957
Completes construction of Keio University's South and West Buildings.
1960
Completes construction of the viewing stand at Nakayama Racecourse.
1962
Changes name to ANDO Corporation.
1963
Changes listing to the Tokyo Stock Exchange's first section.
1965

Builds and moves to new headquarters in Yaesu, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, and establishes a test facility in Shibaura for experiments with precast and prestressed concrete products.

1966

Leads the industry in developing a prefabrication method using large concrete plates, and establishes its first prefabrication plant, in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture.

1971
Enters into a technical partnership with Coignet of France and introduces prefabrication technology from overseas.
1972
Celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.
1975

Adds design and supervision, and the manufacture, processing, and sales of construction materials, to its business objectives in its Articles of Incorporation.

1980
Completes construction of Texas Instruments Japan's Miho Factory.
1981
Completes construction of the Keio University Library's new annex.
1983
Builds and moves to new headquarters in Shibaura, Minato Ward, Tokyo.
1986
Establishes an equipment center in Tokyo to streamline administration of materials and equipment in the Kanto region.
1988
Launches a technical research institute.
2000
Completes construction of the Toppan Koishikawa Building.
2001
Begins philanthropic activities by supporting concerts.
2002
Enters into a business alliance with TOA CORPORATION.
2003
Enters into a capital and business alliance with HAZAMA CORPORATION.
2005
Completes construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright Suite (Imperial Hotel, Tokyo).
1889
Takema Hazama receives a contract from the Kyushu Railway Company to build the new Moji locomotive engine and passenger carriage depot, and founds Hazama-Gumi in Moji (Fukuoka Prefecture).
1909
Completes construction of the Okoba-Hitoyoshi section of the Kagoshima Line, which was Japan's first loop-line project.
1911

Completes construction of the Yalu River Bridge (connecting present-day China and North Korea), which was Japan's first caisson construction project.

1912
Enters the electric power business and receives an order for the Onagohata Hydroelectric Plant.
1917
Established as Hazama-Gumi, a joint stock company (capital of 500,000 yen).
1920
Moves head office to Tokyo.
1924
Engages in foundation works using Japan's first caisson construction method as part of the construction of Eitai Bridge (designated as an Important Cultural Property, and chosen by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers as one of its first Civil Engineering Heritage sites).
1931
Enters the subway construction business and receives an order for construction of the Nihombashi-Kyobashi section of the Tokyo subway.
Launches Hazama-Gumi Ltd. (capital of 2 million yen).
1937
Completes construction of a temporary residence for the Crown Prince.
1941

Completes the first phase of construction of Supung Power Station (currently North Korea) as part of what was Asia's largest dam construction project at the time.

1943
Completes construction of the Shimonoseki section of the Kanmon Tunnel, which was Japan's first undersea tunnel.
1945
Completes post-war reconstruction of Meiji Jingu Shrine (Tokyo).
1956
Completes construction of Sakuma Dam, Japan's first major mechanized construction project of the post-war era.
1959
Completes reconstruction of Nagoya Castle.
1960

Receives order for Da Nhim No. 1 Power Station (Vietnam), which was Hazama's first major overseas construction project of the post-war era.

1961
Completes construction of Miboro Dam, which was Japan's first rock-fill dam.
1963
Completes construction of Kurobe Dam, which was one of the century's largest projects.
1964
Completes construction of the Tokaido Shinkansen's Shin-Tanna Tunnel.
1974
Becomes listed in the first sections of the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya Stock Exchanges.
1980
Completes construction of the Itochu Corporation Tokyo Headquarters Building.
1981
Opens a technical research institute in Yono City, Saitama Prefecture (currently Saitama City).
1982
Begins support of Takigi Noh (nighttime Noh performances illuminated by firelight) at Meiji Jingu Shrine (still held each year).
1983
Completes construction of the National Noh Theatre.
1985
Completes construction of the Honda Aoyama Building, which was Japan's first full-scale "intelligent building," and completes digging the main bore for the Yoshioka section of the Seikan Tunnel.
1989
Celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.
Completes construction of Gargar Dam (Algeria) and Tokyo Sea Life Park.
1992
Changes name to "HAZAMA CORPORATION".
Moves technical research institute to Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
1994
Completes construction of Misogawa Dam and Selangor water supply scheme (Malaysia).
1995
Completes construction of Tokyo Big Sight.
1996

Completes construction of the Shirashima Oil Storage Base, which was the world's first oil storage base built on the sea, and Hoshigaura Hospital, Japan's first hospital built with seismic isolation technology.

1997
Completes construction of Petronas Twin Towers (Malaysia), which was the world's tallest building at the time.
1998
Completes construction of Big Palette Fukushima.
2000
Completes construction of the Roppongi-Aoyama section of the Oedo subway line.
2001
Enters into a business partnership with Seibu Construction Co., Ltd.
2003
Establishes a "reborn" HAZAMA CORPORATION through a company split.
Enters into a capital and business alliance with ANDO Corporation.
2004
Completes restoration work on the castle tower of Ozu Castle, which is the tallest restored wooden castle tower in Japan.
2006
Completes construction of Palembang Airport.
2007

Receives order for the Ohashi connecting road for the Shinagawa route of the Chuo Kanjo ring road of the Metropolitan Expressway.

2008
Receives orders for the Tsugaru Dam and restoration work for the Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle.
2009

Completes replacement of Uji Bridge, Ise Grand Shrine (the third time since 1969 that HAZAMA CORPORATION has been entrusted with this work, which is part of the regular dismantling and rebuilding of the shrine that takes place every 20 years).

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