We started our activity in the construction and public works industry in 1962, through the entrepreneurship of José Guilherme Jorge da Costa, our founder.
Our Portuguese origins led us to play an active role in the development of Portugal and the Autonomous Regions of Azores and Madeira, through the construction of several key infrastructures, which contributed to the mobility, progress and development of our country.
The last decades, which have been very dynamic, competitive and transformational for the sector, have led us to reinforce our skills, increase our capacity and the scope of our activity, and diversify to other business areas and geographical markets.
Our story spans over 50 years of entrepreneurship, competence and determination which have made us into an example for the construction industry, in Portugal and around the world.
See the main milestones of our history.
José Guilherme Jorge da Costa at 14 years of age
As a child, José Guilherme Jorge da Costa showed his passion for trucks and machines, as he accompanied his father, Rodrigo Luís da Costa, a businessman who worked in transportation and services.
At the age of 23, he started his own business, the one-person company José Guilherme Jorge da Costa, unipessoal, with the dream of making it grow.
He begins supplying construction materials, and providing earthmoving, housing development, road construction and road surfacing services, quarrying and producing aggregates.
Project No. 1 Redesign of the Alto da Boa Viagem intersection EN6
We participated in the construction of various infrastructures in the Algarve, such as the Vilamoura Marina, the Vale Navio and Quinta do Lago housing developments, the Louletano track and Faro Airport.
Construction of the Boa Viagem junction and underpass on the EN6, one of the many roads built at this time.
1973 – DR Const Tecnovia
On 7 February, TECNOVIA- Infra-Estruturas José Guilherme da Costa, Lda. is incorporated to expand operations in national and international markets.
With a share capital of 20 000 contos (€99 760 at that time), 261 employees and 104 pieces of equipment, the number of technical employees and public works licenses increases, expanding the company’s scope of activity.
Expansion to the Autonomous Region of the Azores
Expansion to the Autonomous Region of the Azores, with the construction of the Furnas-Ribeira Quente road in São Miguel, the first of many infrastructures we would eventually build in the region.
We begin working on the oil terminal at the Sines industrial port complex, one of the biggest development projects in Portugal, under construction at the time.
In the Azores, construction began on one of the main ports on the island of Pico – Madalena, São Roque and Santa Cruz das Ribeiras, the first of many maritime infrastructures that we would eventually build in the region.
Completion of the construction work on the bridge over the Isna stream, a key step in building connections between the districts of Proença-a-Nova and Sertã.
First project for BRISA – A1
Expansion to the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with the construction of the Porto Moniz – Calheta road, now the ER 101. A project set among the rough cliffs on the north coast of the island, a constant challenge, the first of many in the region where we would eventually acquire extensive skills in tunnel construction.
Earthmoving along the Carregado / Aveiras de Cima section of the A1 – Autoestrada do Norte motorway, the first project carried out directly for BRISA – Autoestradas de Portugal.
Inauguration of São Jorge Airport on 23 April 1983 | Inauguration of Pico Airport on 5 April 1982 | Inaugural Flight from Pico Airport on 5 April 1982
São Jorge Airport is festively inaugurated on 23 April, with lunch served to the entire population. Another aviation infrastructure added to Tecnovia’s portfolio, which already included the Graciosa and Pico airfields, completed in 1981 and 1982, and of vital importance to the development of the Azores.
Growth in the industrial exploitation of quarries, production of aggregates, hydraulic concrete and asphalt.
The Lima is the 1st boat to dock at the Port of Praia on the island of Graciosa | Earthworks during the construction of the IP5 – section G
Completion of various ports in the Azores: Porto da Praia on the island of Graciosa, the ports of Madalena, San Roque and Ribeiras on the island of Pico and Porto das Velas on São Jorge.
Construction of new strategic roads, such as the IP5 Aveiro – Vilar Formoso (section G) or the Vila Real bypass to the IP4 Porto-Bragança
Operations begin on the large-scale renovation of the Algarve national road, the EN 125, with the awarding of two 45 km sections. At the end of the 80s, the renewed EN 125 from Lagoa to Tavira bears the Tenovia brand.
Horta Marina under construction | Communication 138 IC1-Povoa Varzim Contract
The colourful and bustling Horta Marina is completed, the first recreational port in the Azores.
Work begins on the bypass to the EN 13 between Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim, a major project which was constructed with skill and quality, establishing us as leaders in roadway construction.
The company experiences significant growth, with 496 active pieces of equipment, and 880 employees: 378 in mainland Portugal, 411 in the Azores and 91 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Extension of Dock No.1 at the Viana do Castelo Shipyard | Port of Santa Maria in the Azores
Extension of Dock No. 1 at the Viana do Castelo Shipyard.
Conclusion of construction work on the port of Vila do Porto on the island of Santa Maria, Azores.
Construction of the Aveiras de Cima / Santarém and Santarém / Torres Novas subsections of the A1 Motorway [Autoestrada do Norte], one of the most important routes in Portugal.
Estoril A5 Motorway and the Crel A9 Node near the National Stadium, both built by Tecnovia
Transformation from a limited company to a public limited company, under the new name of Tecnovia – Sociedade de Empreitadas, S.A.
Opening of the National Stadium – Carcavelos section of the A5 – Estoril Coast Motorway, a project with great impact on road mobility in greater Lisbon, and a landmark in our history.
Paving and surfacing of the A22 [Via do Infante] subsection between the Loulé – Faro junctions, in continuous reinforced concrete | A22 [Via do Infante] subsection between the Loulé – Faro junctions
Founding partner of APORBET
Conclusion of the National Stadium – Carenque section of the A9 – Lisbon Outer Circular Regional Road (CREL).
Founding partner of APORBET – Portuguese Association of Producers of Bituminous Mixtures, an association that helped standardise the manufacturing and application of bituminous mixtures in Portugal.
Luis Guilherme Costa at the incorporation of Tecnovia Azores | Câmara de Lobos – Ribeira Brava Expressway
Two new companies are incorporated:
Tecnovia Madeira – Sociedade de Empreitadas Lda
Tecnovia Açores – Sociedade de Empreitadas Lda
Conclusion of the Câmara de Lobos / Ribeira Brava expressway, which had been started in 1993, an important roadway project for mobility in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
IC 17 CRIL Grilo Tunnel | Plena Via and Sacavém viaduct on the IC17-CRIL
Caravelas Hotel in Pico | Construction of the Hortheco Neighborhood in Horta | General View of the Hortheco Neighborhood in Horta
Completion of the IC2 (EN1) Asseiceira – Rio Major – Alto da Serra section, a pioneering road construction spanning 12.5 Km, in rough concrete, the first road constructed in the period after Eng. Duarte Pacheco.
Conclusion of various civil construction projects, the Caravela Hotel, in Pico, the Hortheco Neighborhood with 116 dwellings and the support buildings for the Horta Marina, in Faial.
Construction begins on the Aveiras de Cima / Santarém and Santarém / Torres Novas sections of the A1 Motorway [Autoestrada do Norte].
Funchal Airport Expressway | ViaLitoral Head Office, Tecnovia’s first road concession
Renovation of the Rossio Square | Works on the Southern Line along the Santa Clara – Tunes section
Construction of the Entre-os-Rios Bypass
Faro_Loulé Stadium | Accesses to the Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon |Tecnovia Brazil Industrial Plant in Rio Grande do Sul | Ribeira Brava Bypass in Madeira
Tecnovia Brasil is incorporated and begins operations with a quarry, and the production of aggregates and bituminous mixtures, in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
We participate in the 2004 European Football Championship, with the construction of various infrastructures at the new José de Alvalade stadium – Alvalade XXI, and a new stadium in the Algarve.
In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, the first phases of the E.R. 104 bypass are completed, in the town of Ribeira Brava and Rosário / São Vicente, and construction begins on the second phase of the bypass, Rosário / São Vicente – 2nd phase and town of Ribeira Brava – 2nd Phase – Section II.
Sodimo development in Luanda | Refurbishment of runway 10-28 at Faro Airport
In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, we add ViaExpresso to our portfolio of concessions.
Major overhaul of Faro Airport with the refurbishment of runway 10-28.
In Luanda, construction on Phase I of the Sodima development begins, as part of the project for a “New City Centre in Luanda”, and is to this day recognised for its high quality standards.
Renovation of the intensive care unit at the Cruz de Carvalho Hospital
Work near the tunnel during construction of the motorway | Imintanout-Argana Section
Expansion of our activity to Morocco, with the Marrakesh-Agadir Motorway project. Set in the Atlas mountains, the 13.2 km stretch of motorway included a double tunnel and two viaducts.
Tecnovia Ambiente is established, a company dedicated to the management of construction and demolition waste and other environmental activities.
Tecnovia S.A. becomes NP EN ISO 9001 (Quality Management) certified.
Portas do Mar Complex in Ponta Delgada
Tecnovia Açores is recognised as one of the best companies to work for | The Tecnovia Açores team featured in the Exame magazine article on the best companies to work for | Construction of the Super Special Stage track at the Algarve stadium for the 2009 edition of the Rally de Portugal
Signing of the Algarve Coast and Baixo Alentejo road sub-concession contracts.
Exame magazine honours Tecnovia Açores as one of the best companies to work for in Portugal.
Construction of the Super Special Stage track for the Rally de Portugal, part of the World Rally Championship – WRC held at the Algarve stadium, in the record time of 5 days.
Renovation work at Terreiro do Paço | Construction of the Pedra Badejo tunnel on the island of Santiago
Expansion of our activity to Cape Verde, with the construction of the São Domingos / Pedra Badejo / Calheta bypass on the island of Santiago, which included the construction of a 320-metre tunnel.
Renovation work at Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, also known as Terreiro do Paço, to receive Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Portugal.
Cabinda – Buco Zau-Sanga Mongo Road
Company restructuring and staff reduction due to the steep reduction in public and private investment, resulting from the financial intervention to which Portugal was subjected.
Construction of several important road infrastructures in the Province of Cabinda, Angola, key to the development of the region.
Awarding of the Order of Industrial Merit (‘Ordem do Mérito Industrial’) to José Guilherme Jorge da Costa by the Presidency of the Republic on 10 June, 2013 | Magap Building before its demolition in October 2013
On 10th June, José Guilherme Jorge da Costa is awarded the Order of Industrial Merit by the Presidency of the Republic for the ability demonstrated while performing his corporate duties in the promotion and strengthening of industry in Portugal.
Internationalisation to Ecuador, with the project for the demolition of the Magap – La Licuadora building in the city of Guayaquil, one of the tallest buildings in Ecuador standing at 93 m.
We begin operating in Guinea, with quarry development and aggregate production.
Acquisition of Pavijorge – Sociedade Técnica de Pavimento e Construção Civil de S. Jorge Lda.
Manuel Quarta Punza Airport in Uige | Expansion of the port of Rabo de Peixe in São Miguel
Completion of the expansion work at the fishing port of Rabo de Peixe, on the island of São Miguel.
In Angola, the inauguration of Uige Airport takes place on 29th May. Named ‘Manuel Quarta Punza’ Airport, following modernisation and expansion work, it is now able to serve night flights and Boeing 737-700 airliners.
Bridge over the Cambamba River | Construction of the Plataforma Gubernamental de Desarrollo Social in Quito
Tecnovia Madeira obtains integrated certification of its quality, environment and work safety management systems.
In Luanda, two important transportation infrastructures with the Tecnovia brand name are inaugurated: the Passenger Sea Terminal at the Slavery Museum, and the new bridge over the Cambamba River, which replaced the “Ponte Molhada “, an infamous temporary structure known fort the numerous incidents that took place on it.
On the southern side of the city of Quito (Quitumbe), construction begins on the “Plataforma Gubernamental de Desarrollo Social”, a building with an area of 56 000 m2.
Calheta Recreational Port | Luis and João Guilherme Costa at the anniversary of Tecnovia Açores | The Province of Los Rios recognises Tecnovia for its performance during the construction of the Ventanas Bridge | Puente Ventanas [Ventanas Bridge], the 1st Tecnovia bridge in Ecuador | Estadio Arena Marítimo [Marítimo Stadium]
Commemoration of Tecnovia Açores’ 40 year anniversary.
Investment in the maritime economy, through expansion to naval infrastructure and recreational navigation concessions, namely the Calheta Recreational Port and the Ribeira dos Socorridos Shipyard, in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Inauguration of the new Estádio Arena Marítimo [stadium], a high-end project which added to our skills and experience building sports infrastructure.
Delivery of the 1st bridge erected on the American continent, the Ventanas Bridge over the Zapotal River in the Province of Los Rios, Ecuador.
In southern Angola, the bridge over the Cuito-Cuanavale River was inaugurated, at the location of the mythical battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1987/88 (considered the most prolonged battle on the African continent since World War II), a design-construction project that we built in a record time of 9 months.
The Cochabamba Sports Village | The Tiles Hotel in Funchal | The Tecnovia team at the 1st project in Panama
Expansion to Bolivia with the Cochabamba Sports Village project, included in the Cochabamba 2018 South American Games – CODESUR.
1st project in Panama. A geotechnical design-construction project for the stabilisation of a slope in the district of San Miguelito.
The 25th anniversary of Tecnovia Angola is commemorated, and construction work on the Cabinda Sea Terminal begins.
Our civil construction and building project skills are reinforced with the construction of the Private Hospital in Madeira and the revamp of the Gorgulhos Aparthotel, currently the Tiles Hotel, the construction of the 1st AKI store in the Azores and the expansion of the ARNEG head office building in Sintra.