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 made us start by developing an active participation in the development of Portugal and the Autonomous Regions of Azores and Madeira, through the construction of several fundamental infrastructures, which has contributed to the mobility, progress and development of our country.
The last decades, which have been very dynamic, competitive and transformational of the sector, have led us to reinforce our competencies, resulting in the expansion of our ability to perform and of our scope, by diversifying to other business areas and geographical markets.
We have more than 50 years of history marked by entrepreneurship, competence and determination that make us into an example in the construction industry in Portugal and all over the world.
See the main milestones of our history.
José Guilherme Jorge da Costa at 14 years of age
José Guilherme Jorge da Costa showed his passion for trucks, equipment and related work as a child, having accompanied his father Rodrigo Luís da Cost in his activity as a businessman in transportation and services.
At the age of 23 he started his own business José Guilherme Jorge da Costa, sole owner, with the dream of making it grow.
He initiates his activity as a supplier of construction materials, and in earthmoving and housing development, road construction, road surfacing, quarrying and the production of aggregates.
Project No. 1 Redesign of the Alto da Boa Viagem intersection EN6
Participation 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 Node and underpass on the EN6, one of the many roads built at this time.
1973 – DR Const Tecnovia
Constitution on February 7 of the company, TECNOVIA- Infra-Estruturas José Guilherme da Costa, Lda., aimed at activity in the national and international market.
With a social capital of 20,000 contos (€99,760 at that time), 261 employees and 104 pieces of equipment, its technical staff and public works licensing is enlarged, expanding the range of the company’s activities.
Expansion into the Autonomous Region of the Azores
Expansion into the Autonomous Region of the Azores, with the construction, in São Miguel, of the Furnas-Ribeira Quente Highway, the first of many highway infrastructure construction projects in the region.
Beginning of participation in the construction of the industrial port complex of Sines, on of the biggest development projects in Portugal, with work in the Oil Terminal in the Pot of Sines.
In the Azores, the construction began of the principal ports of the island of Pico – Madalena, San Roque and Santa Cruz das Ribeiras, the first of many maritime infrastructures that it we will see built in the region.
Conclusion of the construction of the Bridge over the Isna stream, a key step in the cconnection of the districts of Proença-a-Nova and Sertã.
First project for BRISA – A1
Expansion into the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with the construction of the highway Porto Moniz – Calheta, today the ER 101. A project set on the rough cliffs of the North coast of the Island, marked by permanent challenge, the first challenge surpassed in the region, where we acquire skills in tunnel construction.
Earthmoving in Lanço Carregado / Aveiras de Cima on the A1 – Autoestrada do Norte motorway, the first project executed directly for BRISA – Autoestradas de Portugal.
Inauguration of the São Jorge Aerodrome on April 23, 1983 | Inauguration of Pico airfield on April 5, 1982 | Inaugural Flight from Pico airfield on April 5, 1982
On April 23 the São Jorge Aerodrome is inaugurated with a festive lunch served to the entire population. An aviation infrastructure that is added to the others completed by Tecnovia in 1981 and 1982, the Graciosa and Pico airfields, which are essential 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 Porto da Praia on the island of Graciosa | Earthworks during the construction of the IP5 – section G
Conclusion of numerous 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 from the ground up of various strategic road projects, such as the IP5 Aveiro – Vilar Formoso (section G) or the Vila Real Variant on the IP4 Porto-Bragança
Beginning of participation in the great renovation project on the Algarve national highway, the EN 125, with the granting of 2 sections of 45 Km. At the end of the 80’s, the reclassified EN 125 from Lagoa to Tavira bore the Tenovia brand.
Horta marina under construction | Communication of Project 138 IC1-Povoa Varzim
Conclusion of the construction of the first nautical recreation port in the Azores, the colourful and bustling Horta Marina.
Initiation of the construction of the Alternative Route to the EN 13 between Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim, a project of great size, that determined, by the skill and quality of its execution, our leadership in road construction.
Significant growth for the company, which has 496 active pieces of equipment, and 880 employees: 378 in continental Portugal, 411 in the Azores and 91 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Dock Extension No.1 Viana do Castelo Shipyard | Port of Santa Maria in the Azores
Dock Extension No.1 Viana do Castelo Shipyard.
Termination of the construction of the Port of Vila do Porto on the island of Santa Maria, Azores.
Construction of the subsections Aveiras de Cima / Santarém and Santarém / Torres Novas of the A1 – Autoestrada do Norte, one of the most important road routes in the country.
Estoril Motorway A5 and the Crel A9 Node in the National Stadium area, both built by Tecnovia
Transformation from a limited company to a public limited company, with the name changing to Tecnovia – Sociedade de Empreitadas, S.A.
Initiation of the National Stadium – Carcavelos section of the A5 – Estoril Coast motorway, a project with great impact on road mobility in greater Lisbon, a landmark in our history.
Surfacing of the Via do Infante, subsection Nó de Loulé – Nó de Faro, in continuous reinforced concrete | Via do Infante, subsection Nó de Loulé – Nó de Faro
Founding partner of APORBET
Conclusion of the National Stadium – Carenque section of the A9 – Circular Regional Exterior of Lisbon (CREL).
Founding partner of APORBET – Portuguese Association of Asphalt Mix Producers, an association that contributed to standardisation in the manufacturing and application of asphalt mixtures in Portugal.
Luis Guilherme Costa at the constitution of Tecnovia Azores | Câmara de Lobos -Ribeira Brava Freeway
IC 17 Cril Grilo Tunnel | Plena Via and Sacavém viaduct of 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 Section – Rio Major – Alto da Serra, a pioneering road construction of 12.5 Km of road paved in rough concrete, the first 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 Marina of Horta, in Faial.
Beginning of the construction of the subsections of Aveiras de Cima / Santarém and Santarém / Torres Novas of the A1 – Autoestrada do Norte.
Funchal Airport Expressway | Head office Building of ViaLitoral, the first road concession participated in by Tecnovia
Renovation of Rossio Square |Works on the Southern Line in the Santa Clara – Tunes section
Construction of the Alternative Route to Entre-os-Rios
Tecnovia is recognised by Exame Magazine, as the best builder in Portugal.
Tecnovia Madeira earns the Certification of Quality Management Systems under NP EN ISO 9001 standards.
Initiation of the construction of the Alternative Route to Entre-os-Rios, a project undertaken on rough terrain, a challenge surpassed that is a landmark in our history.
Faro_Loulé Stadium | Accesses to the Alvalade XXI Stadium Lisbon |Tecnovia Brazil Industrial Plant in Rio Grande do Sul | Alternate Route to Ribeira Brava Madeira
Constitution of Tecnovia Brasil and initiation of activities such as quarry exploration, production of aggregates and asphalt, in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Participation in the European Football Championship, Euro 2004, with the construction of various infrastructures in the new José de Alvalade stadium – Alvalade XXI, and a new stadium in the Algarve.
In the Autonomous Region of Madeira the first stages of the Alternate Route to the E.R. 104, in the town of Ribeira Brava and Rosário / São Vicente are finalised, and construction is initiated on the second phase of this alternative route, Rosário / São Vicente – 2nd phase and town of Ribeira Brava – 2nd Phase – Section II.
Infrastructure of the Sodimo development in Luanda | Renovation of the surface of runway 10-28 at Faro Airport
Expansion of concession activity in the Autonomous Region of Madeira participating with ViaExpresso.
Major overhaul of Faro Airport with the renovation of the surface of runway 10-28.
In Luanda, the start of construction of Phase I infrastructure for the Sodima development, a development within the “Luanda New City Centre” project, recognised even today for its high quality.
Works in the Tunnel Zone during construction of the Motorway | Imintanout-Argana Section
Expansion of our activity to Morocco, with the Marrakesh-Agadir Motorway (‘Auto-Estrada’) project. Set in the Atlas mountains, the 13.2 km stretch of motorway included a double tunnel and two viaducts.
Formation of Tecnovia Ambiente, a company committed to construction and demolition waste management and other environmental activities.
Certification of the NP EN ISO 9001 Quality Management standard obtained by TecnoviaS.A.
Portas do Mar Complex in Ponta Delgada
Tecnovia Açores recognised as one of the best companies to work for | The Tecnovia Açores team in the Exame magazine article on the best companies to work for | Construction of a track in the Algarve stadium for the Super Especial race in the 2009 Rally de Portugal
Signing of the Algarve Coast and Baixo Alentejo road sub-concession contracts.
Honour for Tecnovia Açores as one of the best companies to work for in Portugal by Exame magazine.
Construction, in the record time of 5 days, of the track for the Super Especial race in the Rally de Portugal, part of the World Rally Championship – WRC, held in the Algarve stadium.
Requalification of 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 Highway Link Road in Santiago island, which included the construction of a 320-metre tunnel.
Requalification of 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 Highway
Company restructuring and reduction in staff due to the steep reduction in public and private investment, resulting from the financial intervention to which Portugal was subject.
Construction of several important road infrastructures in the Province of Cabinda, Angola, crucial for development in 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 in the performance of his corporate duties in the promotion and strengthening of the 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 highest buildings in Ecuador, reaching a total height of 93 m.
Beginning of our activity 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 in the fishing port of Rabo de Peixe, on the island of São Miguel.
The inauguration of Uige Airport, in Angola, takes place on 29th May. Named ‘Manuel Quarta Punza’ Airport, following modernisation and expansion works 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
Attainment of the integrated certification for quality, environment and work safety management systems for Tecnovia Madeira.
In Luanda, two important transportation infrastructures under the Tecnovia brand name are inaugurated: the Passenger Sea Terminal of the Slavery Museum, and the new bridge over the Cambamba River, which replaced the “Ponte Molhada “, a temporary structure famous for 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 | Recognition for the Province of Los Rios through Tecnovia’s provision of services in the construction of the Ventanas Bridge | Puente Ventanas [Ventanas Bridge], the 1st Tecnovia bridge in Ecuador | Estadio Arena Marítimo [Maritime Stadium Arena]
Commemoration of Tecnovia Açores’ 40 year anniversary.
A commitment to the maritime economy with the expansion of activity to naval infrastructure and recreational navigation concessions, as displayed by the Calheta Recreational Port and the Ribeira dos Socorridos Shipyard, in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Inauguration of the new Estádio Arena Marítimo [Maritime Stadium Arena], a high-end project that strengthened our abilities in sports complex 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, 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), the bridge over the Cuito-Cuanavale River was inaugurated, a design-construction project that we built in a record time of 9 months.
The Cochabamba Sport Village | The Tiles Hotel in Funchal | The Tecnovia Team in the 1st project in Panama
Expansion to Bolivia with the Cochabamba Sport Village project, included in the South American Games Cochabamba 2018 – CODESUR.
1st project in Panama, a geotechnical design-construction project for slope stabilisation in the district of San Miguelito.
Commemoration of 25 years of Tecnovia Angola and the start of construction work for the Cabinda Sea Terminal.
Reinforcement of skills in the field of civil construction and buildings, with the construction of the Private Hospital in Madeira and the revamp of the Gorgulhos Aparthotel, currently the Tiles Hotel, construction of the 1st AKI store in the Azores and expansion of the ARNEG head office building in Sintra.