Virginia State Seal

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

121-5453 Basic Construction Building

Basic Construction Building
*Click on image to enlarge.

For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/13/2018

NRHP Listing Date 04/15/2019

NPS property number SG100003614

The Virginia Engineering Company, and the later Basic Construction Company, was one of the one hundred largest construction companies in the United States and was a significant builder in the eastern United States for almost seventy years. The company was one of the leading builders for the United States Army and Navy during World War I and World War II and for decades after. It also was chosen to complete hundreds of municipal, state, federal, and commercial projects valued at tens of millions of dollars every year. This company was founded in Newport News and headquartered there for its entire history. Near the midpoint in its history, after several decades of huge success and massive projects during World War II, the company built an impressive headquarters building which would remain its corporate offices for the rest of its time as a large scale general contractor. This building represented its staggering level of success through the end of World War II and its continued level of production for another four decades. The building also represents the incredible success of two generations of the Noland family starting and growing the business into a leading national construction company. The Basic Construction Company Headquarters Building is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level under Criterion A for Commerce as the location where the company grew from a leading World War II military contractor into a national commercial contractor. The Period of Significance runs from its construction in 1945 until 1968, as it continued to be a leading national construction company through 1979, when it began a period of decline which resulted in the company leaving the general construction business in 1982.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 23, 2019