There were two sides to Charles Pankow that mirror the company he created: The curious engineer always looking for a better way to achieve the client’s goals and the superb building craftsman. Together, they make a Master Builder. For over half a century, being a Master Builder has remained an important part of our culture and our commitment to this value proposition holds true.




Articles of Incorporation

Groundbreaking ceremony for MacArthur Broadway Center took place on May 17, 1963 - the same day that articles of incorporation were filed for Charles Pankow, Inc.

17 May 1963

Alameda Building Complete

Completed construction of 1625 The Alameda Building, in which design-build project delivery was applied (still without the label).

18 March 1965

Charles Pankow Associates established

Charles Pankow Associates (a subsidiary in Hawaii) was established to serve the growing construction market in the state of Hawaii.

1 November 1966

Design-Build Project Delivery

Design-build project delivery was applied to retail projects to provide our Clients with Certainty of Outcome regarding project costs and schedule.

16 April 1978

To Provide a Workable Mechanism...

Charles Pankow Builders, Inc. was incorporated in October 1984 “to provide a workable mechanism for distributing ownership of the company.”

6 October 1984

Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd

Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. was formed in September 1986 in response to changes in corporate and individual tax rates of that time.

7 July 1986

DBIA organized

Eleven firms, including Pankow, organized the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) which is dedicated to promoting design-build.

14 March 1993

Small-Project Efficiency...

Pankow Special Projects, L.P. was established to provide “small-project efficiency with traditional Pankow technology and innovative problem solving.”

22 July 1996

Precast Hybrid Moment Resistant Frame

Mid-State Precast, L.P. was established in Corcoran, CA which is integral in the development and application of Precast Hybrid Moment Resistant Frame (PHMRF).

14 April 1998

The Paramount & PHMRF

The Paramount (Third and Mission) in San Francisco was the first high-rise residential building to incorporate the PHMRF into its structural system.

5 May 2001

Founding of Charles Pankow Foundation

Charles Pankow Foundation was established to carry on Mr. Pankow’s legacy - supporting and advancing his professional ideals and beliefs.

21 August 2002

Completion of The Montage Hotel Beverly Hills

Signifying its largest project in its 50-year history, Pankow completed construction of the $275 million five-star luxury Montage Hotel Beverly Hills.

5 September 2008

One Pankow Initiative

Under the “One Pankow Initiative,” all of the company’s subsidiaries were strategically folded into CPBL.

25 April 2011

50 Years and Beyond

Celebrating 50 Years and Beyond of Innovative Thinking, Integrity and Client Service.

9 September 2013

Leaders in Lean

Pankow set the strategic goal to “Build a Lean Culture to see waste, eliminate waste and continuously improve to create value.” The company began daily Lean Huddles to foster Lean Ideas and embrace Lean Practices.

25 April 2014