CONSTRUCTION: The Master Builder

During the war the Navy had a tough job that it wanted done fast. It needed 20 underground bombproof oil storage tanks built on the Hawaiian Islands, each one as large as a 30-story building. Idaho's Builder Harry Winford Morrison got the contract and finished the job with such dispatch that a top-ranking Navy officer said: "He's one of the greatest builders the world has ever seen."

Even today, white-thatched, hustling Harry Morrison, a modest man who gets his pleasure out of work, would certainly think that was too high-flown a description, though his Morrison-Knudsen Co. has built about $2 billion...