Camargo Corrêa - Brown Bovari - CDMCC Archive


On March 4, Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa S.A. moves to offices at Rua Funchal, in the district of Vila Olímpia, in the city of São Paulo, the group's head office to this day.


The first major engineering project of the decade is the building of the BR-230, the Transamazon Highway. From January 1971 to December 1973, Camargo Corrêa is responsible for earthmoving and grading along a 40-kilometer stretch between Itaituba (PA) and Humaitá (AM).

The dream of a road traversing the waters of the Guanabara Bay begins to become a reality in February with the start of work on the Rio–Niterói Bridge. Camargo Corrêa is involved in the project as a member of the construction consortium made up of two other leading contractors: Mendes Júnior and Construtora Rabello.

The building of the North-South line of the São Paulo Subway, the largest urban engineering work ever undertaken in Brazil, is characterized by its pioneering nature and by Camargo Côrrea’s engineering ingenuity. The company introduces the country to the Shield machines, popularly known as “The Big Armadillos”, which allow tunneling to take place without damage to existing buildings.


Over previous decades, the coastal towns along the northern coast of the state of São Paulo and the southern seaboard of the state of Rio de Janeiro had been marginalized from the country’s progress. This isolation comes to an end with the construction of the BR-101, the Rio–Santos Highway. From February 1972 to September 1975, Camargo Corrêa is responsible for earthmoving and paving along the 50-kilometer Santa Cruz–Ubatuba stretch.

In July, work begins on the SP-160, Rodovia dos Imigrantes, a landmark in Brazilian civil engineering. Camargo Corrêa is involved in the project up to April 1977, its work involving earthmoving, surfacing and the building of tunnels and viaducts on a three-kilometer length of the mountain section of the highway.

Work begins on the Hangar Menezes, now Morro Vermelho Táxi Aéreo, the Camargo Corrêa group’s corporate aviation company.


The unveiling of the Rio–Niterói Bridge takes place on March 24. Still one of the largest of its type in the world, this mega-structure is 13 kilometers long, with 103 pillars and a central span 70 meters above the water.

In August, Camargo Corrêa returns to the Transamazon Highway. Twelve months later, earthmoving and grading along a stretch of 374 kilometers between Itaituba (PA) and Humaitá (AM) is complete.

The group takes on a new mission for the Rodovia dos Imigrantes: the building of a 1,560-meter long viaduct in the mountainous sector of the highway. The work is finished in April 1977.


The Rede Ferroviária Federal S.A. (RFFSA) – the federal railway company, and Minerações Brasileiras (MBR) contract the services of Camargo Corrêa for work along a length of 35 kilometers between Belo Horizonte and Itabirito in the state of Minas Gerais. This project – which includes earthmoving, drainage systems, minor and major structural engineering work, tunnels and complementary services – takes from April 1975 to December 1978.

Tunneling begins on the second São Paulo Subway line, the East-West line. Camargo Corrêa’s men and machines work on this project for eight years.

The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant – the largest in the world with an installed capacity of 12,600,000 kW – begins to take shape. A member of the international consortium, Camargo Corrêa is responsible for the complete civil construction work, concluding it in March 1983.

In December, Camargo Corrêa begins to face the major challenge of its history: the construction of the Tucuruí Hydroelectric Power Plant in the state of Pará, located in the middle of the Amazon jungle. The largest ever undertaken in Brazil by a single contractor, the project mobilized 25 thousand men and 700 machines, 450 of them heavy-duty, and more than the equipment employed on the Transamazon Highway and on the Rio–Niterói Bridge. The work on the first stage of the hydroelectric power plant was delivered in December 1984.


A new highway links the state capital, São Paulo with upcountry regions: Rodovia dos Bandeirantes. From September 1976 to January 1979, Camargo Corrêa undertakes all the civil construction work on a 21-kilometer stretch between São Paulo and Campinas.


Camargo Corrêa makes its debut in the overseas market. Heading up an international consortium, the contractor participates in the construction and assembly work at the Guri Hydroelectric Power Plant in Venezuela. The plant, with an installed capacity of 10,132 MW is concluded in December 1986.


The association between Camargo Corrêa – Brown Boveri is unveiled, a partnership with the traditional Swiss capital goods group. A manufacturer of electrical equipment and specialized in installing energy transmission and distribution systems, the company forms the basis of Camargo Corrêa Equipamentos e Sistemas.