The SORAVIAS – a PASSION for building
Johann Soravia (1841–1912) left Northern Italy more than 150 years ago and became a mooring officer in the Drau Valley, Carinthia. It was here that he recognised the urgent need for infrastructure initiatives and so in 1885 he founded a construction company focusing on road construction and civil engineering. The Soravia family has worked in construction and real estate ever since.
“Soravia Bau” profited from the post-war economic miracle. In 1976 it merged with ILBAU – and Soravia disappeared as a company name. Then ILBAU merged with the German Strabag. Following the withdrawal of Johann’s great-grandson Erwin Soravia sen. from the operating business – he was Chairman of the Managing Board until the 1990s – the holding was sold for strategic reasons.
The entrepreneurial family tradition had a major impact on his sons, Hanno and Erwin Soravia. In 1989 they started their own career path – in the fields of real estate project development and equity holdings – and founded the Soravia Group.