|Traded as||TYO: 1801|
|Founded||Tokyo, Japan (October 1, 1873 )|
|Headquarters||Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Key people||Yamauchi Takashi (President)|
|Employees||8,087 (2013) |
Taisei Corporation (大成建設株式会社 Taisei Kensetsu Kabushiki-gaisha?) (TYO: 1801) is a Japanese corporation which was established in 1873. Its main areas of business are building construction, civil engineering, and real estate development. Taisei's head quarters are located in Shinjuku Center Building, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Taisei has domestic offices in twelve Japanese cities, and overseas offices in Seoul, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Philippines, Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, India, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, U.S.A., Vietnam, and Peru.
Taisei is the oldest of the 5 Japanese so called super general contractors (スーパーゼネコン suupaa zenekon?), the other four being Kajima Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, Takenaka Corporation and Obayashi Corporation. Taisei corporation has its roots in Okura zaibatsu (財閥?). Following the dissolution of zaibatsu after World War II, Taisei was restructured to become an employee-owned corporation. Taisei is currently the only employee-owned Japanese super general contractor, the four others being owned and controlled by families.
Taisei has successfully constructed many civil and architectural projects including skyscrapers, dams, bridges, tunnels, subways as well as residential housing both in Japan and overseas. In Japan, Taisei is also well known for its disaster resistant general public housing brand Palcon (パルコン?).
Noted international projects that Taisei was involved include the expansion of the Palm Islands undersea tunnel in Dubai, the Bosphorus undersea tunnel in Turkey, the New Doha International Airport in Qatar (under construction), the Noi Bai International Airport Terminal 2 in Hanoi (under construction), the Mega Bridge in Thailand, the Cần Thơ Bridge in Vietnam and the Iloilo International Airport in Iloilo City, Philippines.
Taisei was founded in 1873 as Okuragumi Shokai Company (大倉組商会 Ōkuragumi Shōkai?). It became Nippon Doboku Co., Ltd. (有限責任日本土木会社 Yūgen Sekinin Nippon Doboku Kaisha?) in 1887, and was renamed Taisei Corporation in 1946.
- 1873 October - Okura Kihachiro founded Okuragumi Shokai.
- 1887 March - Nippon Doboku Co., Ltd. was established as a limited liability company.
- 1892 November - Dissolution of Nippon Doboku Co., Ltd and establishment of Okura Doboku Gumi (大倉土木組?).
- 1911 November - Renamed to Kabushiki Gaisha Okura Gumi (株式会社大倉組?).
- 1920 - Renamed to Nippon Doboku Kabushiki Gaisha (日本土木株式会社?).
- 1924 - Renamed to Okura Doboku Kabushiki Gaisha (大倉土木株式会社?).
- 1946 January, Renamed to Taisei Corporation.
The following are some notable achievements of Taisei since its establishment in 1873.
- 1882 - Ginza Arc Lights: The first electrical street lighting in Japan was installed on Ginza Dori shopping street in Tokyo
- 1882 - Rokumeikan, a beautiful western-style building was constructed
- 1890 - Lake Biwa Lock and Tunnel: A modern development project in Kyoto to use the water of Lake Biwa in a canal and for power generation
- 1923 - New Imperial Hotel: The first real Western style hotel in Japan, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was constructed.
- 1927 - Tokyo’s Ginza Subway Line, Japan’s first subway connecting Ueno to Asakusa was constructed.
- 1955 - The terminal building at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) was constructed
- 1958 - National Stadium, the first major athletic stadium in Japan was constructed for the third Asian Games. After modification in 1963, it was used as the main stadium of the Tokyo Olympics
- 1965 - Mt. Fuji Weather Station, one of Japan’s main meteorological observing stations. It was constructed under harsh weather conditions at the highest altitude in Japan.
- 1988 - Seikan Tunnel is Japan's longest railway tunnel connecting Hakodate to Aomori by land. It took over 20 years to complete.
- 2001 - Sapporo Dome is a large dome constructed for the 2002 World Cup. With its hovering sliding pitch stage, the dome can host indoor football and baseball games.
- 2009 - Djibouti Kempinski Hotel, a high-class five-star hotel was designed and constructed in just nine months.
- 2012 - JP Tower is a seismic isolated building that preserves part of the old Tokyo Station Central Post Office on a block that faces Tokyo Station Plaza