John Shimmick began his illustrious career in construction in 1955 as a Carpenter with Kiewit Pacific while he was still attending college. He worked full time for Kiewit Pacific as a structural superintendent and engineer from 1959 to 1966, constructing freeway bridges in the Los Angeles area. In 1966, John joined the Homer J. Olsen Company where he worked for 24 years in many different capacities. Although, the list of projects he constructed at Homer J. Olsen is long and distinguished, one of the most notable is the Embarcadero Bart Station in downtown San Francisco. John served as Vice President of Field Operations in his last 10 years with Homer J. Olsen.
John left Homer J. Olsen in 1990 to embark on his most challenging endeavor yet: To begin Shimmick Construction Company, Inc. with his long time friend and colleague Mike Strandberg.
John was one of the most active contractors around California in constructing Caltrans’ seismic retrofit program in the early 1990’s. In 1992, Shimmick teamed up with Obayashi Corporation to create a successful joint venture, which continues to thrive to this day. Under John's leadership, Shimmick/Obayashi completed on numerous high profile projects including the Henry Ford Avenue Grade Separation in Wilmington, California and the Islais Creek Facilities in San Francisco.
John graduated from University of California Berkeley circa 1959 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Associated General Contractors of America.
Although no longer involved in Shimmick's day to day operations, John Shimmick lends his considerable business and engineering expertise to the company’s long-term goals and strategies.