Constructora MECO

Constructora Meco S.A., founded in 1977, is a Costa Rican company with presence in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Company specialized in infrastructure works for both the public and private sectors.

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Years working on the Panama Canal


Million cubic meters excavated (m³)




Panama Canal Authority


Canal Zone

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Panama Canal


For more than two decades, the history of Constructora Meco has been linked to that of the Panama Canal. The first contact was made with the participation of Meco in the Empire, Hodges (stage I and II) and Cartagena projects for the straightening of Corte Culebra; Gold Hill and Escobar. Moreover, the participation in the reconstruction of the Velázquez Dam project.

Later, during the expansion projects, Meco carried out the third of the five largest earthwork projects, called the North Pacific Expansion Canal Project, or PAC3. Furthermore, Meco was involved in the Pacific Access Channel Project or PAC4, where we excavated 2.5 kilometers of access channel to the Pacific and the construction of the fourth clay and rock dam, a 2.3 kilometer-long structure.

Another major challenge was the construction of the three Borinquen Dams, where 17 million cubic meters were excavated in 3.1 kilometers in length. The construction of the dams was divided into three stages: excavation, preparation of the foundation and construction of the dams. The budget for this contract was US$ 129.5 million.

Important numbers:

  • 65 million cubic meters excavated
  • Construction of 2 dams in Borinquen for US$ 129.5 million.
  • In the 1.5 km excavation of the new Pacific Access Channel, excavators of 40, 45, 50, 70 and 90 tons were used for the construction of the dams.
  • For the PAC 3 and PAC 4 projects, 120 ton shovels and 777 (92 ton) and 773 (55 ton) trucks were used.