Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Urban Studies
Urban Studies and Planning
1 online resource (vi, 225 pages)
Harry W. Morrison (Harry Winford) 1885-1971, Morrison Knudsen Corporation, Public contracts -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Construction contracts -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Beginning with reclamation projects in the western U.S., the heavy construction industry helped the federal government grow in size and sophistication in the twentieth century. The Morrison-Knudsen Corporation throughout the twentieth century represented one of the federal government's favored contractors. Following western reclamation projects, the U.S. federal government then used contractors to help move the U.S. economy out of the Depression, prepare for World War II, wage the Cold War at home and abroad, and win the space race. Thus, at key stages in United States history we observe the necessity of the U.S. federal government partnering with the heavy construction industry to achieve its policy objectives at home and abroad. Morrison-Knudsen was once the largest heavy contractor in the United States, participating in the construction of Hoover Dam, Pacific Naval Air Bases, Hanford Engineering Works, the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System, and the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center.
Blanchard, Christopher S., "Changing the Face of the Earth: The Morrison-Knudsen Corporation as Partner to the U.S. Federal Government" (2014). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2066.