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State bridge, highway construction figure Orders dies at 87

By Staff reports

Robert O. Orders, a prominent civil engineer who founded one of the largest bridge and highway construction companies in West Virginia, died on July 4 in Charleston. He was 87.

Orders founded Orders Construction Company Inc. in 1964. They have since done more than $850 million worth of construction projects in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland.

He served on the boards of the WVU Foundation, the Contractors Association of West Virginia, Associated General Contractors of America, and the Kanawha Airport Authority, among others.

Orders was born on March 5, 1926. He grew up around St. Albans and South Charleston.

Nicknamed "Bridge Bob," Orders attended West Virginia University where he studied civil engineering. He subsequently worked alongside his father, W.R. Orders, building bridges throughout the state before founding Orders Construction.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, two children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 


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