Leading Technology-Driven Solutions for the Built Environment

ESCA provides technology-driven engineering solutions for the built environment, for public and private clients across the Philippines and for outsourced clients around the world. ESCA’s dynamic innovations result in faster, more efficient and higher value and on-time project deliveries and contribute towards building a more sustainable and inclusive future.   

COMPANY HISTORY

Founded by Ernesto S. de Castro, Ph.D. in 1982, ESCA offers structural design, civil engineering, and project and construction management services.

In over thirty years of operation, we have cultivated and applied our expertise in commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects of varying scale and complexity, both local and international. Our portfolio includes several of the country's most recognizable landmarks, which were undertaken with our clientele consisting of various prominent businesses here and abroad.

Our Milestones

1982

ESCA was established. Back then, ESCA was providing Structural Engineering services only. SM was already one of its major clients. ESCA also provided services to many architects who worked for residential structures, among them architects Lor Calma and Rafael S. Urbano. 

1982

1980s

ESCA was commissioned by the Department of Public Works and Highways to do the conceptual and preliminary engineering of the Butuan Bypass Road Bridge. The stay-bridge concept of Dr. Ernesto de Castro, the first stay-bridge in the Philippines, was adopted by the DPWH and the international financial institution. 

1980s

1986-1988

1986-1988

To undertake bigger and major projects, Dr. de Castro joined Trans-Asia Philippines as executive vice president and after a few months, was made president of the company.  After a year, Dr. de Castro was promoted to country manager of the Trans Asia Group. The company is a 400-engineer strong engineering consulting firm doing work in the United States, Hong Kong, and other parts of Asia, Middle East, and Europe. 

1988-1991

1988-1991

Dr. de Castro was appointed undersecretary of the Office of the President of the Philippines where he oversaw foreign assisted projects. 

1990

1990

Dr. de Castro returned full time to ESCA. In a continued search for growth, ESCA started providing project and construction management services. ESCA was hired by Continental Cement as project manager for its expansion program. 

1990

1990

ESCA started engaging in government projects including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) rehabilitation projects. These included schools such as Maguinao Cruz-na-Daan Science Building in San Rafael Bulacan; Peñaranda Science Building and Bongabon Science High School Building, which are both in Nueva Ecija; and public markets such as Apalit Public Market and Balanga Public Market. 

1982

1980s

1986-1988

1988-1991

1990

1990

1991-1997

1992

1994

1996

1997

2000

2003

2003-2006

2007

2008

2000

SSFM and ESCA’s decades of partnership began on 1 August 2000. 

2000

2003

Filinvest Land Inc. became ESCA’s client for Civil Works. 

2003

2003-2006

2003-2006

True to his passion for education, Dr. de Castro served as dean of the University of the East College of Engineering, both for Manila and Caloocan campuses from June 2003 to July 2005. He became the Chancellor of the Caloocan campus from July 2005 to April 2006.

2007

2007

In June, ESCA moved to its present office at 78th 8th Avenue, Murphy, Cubao, Quezon City. 

2008

2008

ESCA established its Steel Detailing Department. 

2009

2011

2013

2015

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

1982

ESCA was established. Back then, ESCA was providing Structural Engineering services only. SM was already one of its major clients. ESCA also provided services to many architects who worked for residential structures, among them architects Lor Calma and Rafael S. Urbano. 

1982

1980s

ESCA was commissioned by the Department of Public Works and Highways to do the conceptual and preliminary engineering of the Butuan Bypass Road Bridge. The stay-bridge concept of Dr. Ernesto de Castro, the first stay-bridge in the Philippines, was adopted by the DPWH and the international financial institution. 

1980s

1982

1980s

1986-1988

ESCA started engaging in government projects including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) rehabilitation projects. These included schools such as Maguinao Cruz-na-Daan Science Building in San Rafael Bulacan; Peñaranda Science Building and Bongabon Science High School Building, which are both in Nueva Ecija; and public markets such as Apalit Public Market and Balanga Public Market. 

1986-1988

1988-1991

Dr. de Castro was appointed chairman of the Board of Examiners for Civil Engineers of the Professional Regulation Commission. 

1988-1991

1986-1988

1988-1991

1990

Dr. de Castro returned full time to ESCA. In a continued search for growth, ESCA started providing project and construction management services. ESCA was hired by Continental Cement as project manager for its expansion program. 

1990

1990

ESCA started engaging in government projects including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) rehabilitation projects. These included schools such as Maguinao Cruz-na-Daan Science Building in San Rafael Bulacan; Peñaranda Science Building and Bongabon Science High School Building, which are both in Nueva Ecija; and public markets such as Apalit Public Market and Balanga Public Market. 

1990

1990

1990

1991-1997

Dr. de Castro was appointed chairman of the Board of Examiners for Civil Engineers of the Professional Regulation Commission. 

1991-1997

1992

ESCA conducted a structural investigation and rehabilitation of earthquake-damaged buildings such as the 12-story Philippine Veterans Bank Building and adjacent structures located on Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. 

1992

1991-1997

1992

1994

Dr. ESCA moved its office to Katipunan Avenue beside Quirino Memorial Medical Center (Labor Hospital).  Castro was appointed chairman of the Board of Examiners for Civil Engineers of the Professional Regulation Commission. 

1994

1996

ESCA moved its office again, this time at one of its projects—148 ATC Centre, Katipunan Ave. St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City, which is owned by A. Tung Chinco, the exclusive distributor of Ligo Sardines.

1996

1994

1996

1997

Civil Works Department was established, adding to ESCA’s array of services. When the number of local projects declined because of the Asian Financial Crisis, ESCA sought opportunities overseas and began outsourcing its engineering services. 

1997

2000

SSFM and ESCA’s decades of partnership began on 1 August 2000.

2000

1997

2000

2003

Filinvest Land Inc. became ESCA’s client for Civil Works. 

2003

2003-2006

True to his passion for education, Dr. de Castro served as dean of the University of the East College of Engineering, both for Manila and Caloocan campuses from June 2003 to July 2005. He became the Chancellor of the Caloocan campus from July 2005 to April 2006.

2003-2006

2003

2003-2006

2007

In June, ESCA moved to its present office at 78th 8th Avenue, Murphy, Cubao, Quezon City. 

2007

2008

ESCA established its Steel Detailing Department.

2008

2007

2008

2009

ESCA International Inc. was incorporated on 2 July. It focuses on engineering outsourced services. 

2009

2011

Megaworld became ESCA’s client for Civil Works and Structural Engineering. 

2011

2009

2011

2017

ESCA Knowledge Academy was established to provide BIM training to clients and industry players.  

2017

2018

2018 was a big year for ESCA. The firm became ISO 9001-2015 QMS Accredited and gained new BIM clients. Ortigas and Company Limited Partnership (OCLP) joined ESCA’s major client list for BIM. The company also provided BIM services for the first IKEA store in the Philippines. ESCA was also part of the team who won the New Senate Building (Bagong Senado) global design competition.

2018

2017

2018

2019

DPWH Awarded the structural assessment works for the Big One Package III and IV to ESCA.

2019

2020

ESCA started the Building Information Modeling Services for some of the stations and depot of North-South Commuter Railways (NSCR) Project.

2020

2019

2020

2021

Due to COVID, ESCA cope with the new normal and started the hybrid set-up. The firm is also working on Civil 3-D services for Changi Airport’s Runway.

2021

2022

ESCA renewed its ISO certification, which is now valid until May 2024. The company is now providing BIM services for Cabading 5 MLV Reservoir and 80MLD Booster Station. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, ESCA also rebranded—refreshing its logo and collaterals.

2022

2021

2022

Mission

To build a more sustainable world

Vision

To be a publicly traded company with PHP 5B in net worth 

To be the number one Integrated Project Delivery Manager worldwide, delivering the full project life-cycle, i.e. the ESCA advantage

Values: I-ESCA

I - Initiative

We are passionate and self motivated.

E - Excellence

We are committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence in everything we do.

S - Serve to Lead

We do not act out of self-interest. We are team players.

C - Customer Focus

We focus on seeking the best solution for our client needs.

A - Accountable

We take ownership of our words, actions, and results.

QUALITY POLICY

Commitment to Our Clients

We are problem solvers

We provide innovative engineering solutions to our clients through the use of modern technology. We continuously explore and pursue a better way of doing things.

Clients come first

Our clients’ needs always come first. We commit to provide excellent service that satisfies all our clients’ requirements through our Quality Management System. We maintain the trust and confidence of our clients through our integrity and professionalism as we are committed to fulfilling all ethical, legal and regulatory requirements.

We are a living company

We are committed to continuous learning and the development of our people.
Management commits to the continuous improvement of our processes to ensure their relevance and effectiveness.

OUR CLIENTS

Who we've worked with

ESCA is a full-service technology-driven engineering consultancy that offers solutions in BIM, Structural Design, Civil Works, Architecture and Engineering, and Project Management for private and public developers, owners, and project proponents.

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ESCA offers structural engineering, civil engineering, and project and construction management services.

Our portfolio includes several of the country's most recognizable landmarks, which were undertaken with our clientele consisting of various prominent businesses here and abroad.