Costa was born In Bolzano on 19th August 1965 and gained his degree in Civil and Transport Engineering from Bologna University in 1991. In May of the same year, he sat his state exam for his professional qualifications. He is General Technical Director, Planner, Chief Engineer, and Sole Manager for Procedures and Works for the Brenner Motorway Company.
He has carried out over 400 projects as planner in the field of building or improvements for civil and road works, viaducts, tunnels and technological installations worth around 2,600,000,000 euros in total, plus over 1,000 service and supply projects as Sole Manager for Procedures in the field of building or improvements for civil and road works, viaducts, tunnels and technological installations worth around
750,000,000 euros. He has been the chairman for over 500 bid-winning commissions for works, services and supply in the public sector worth around 500,000,000 euros and commissions for ideas and planning competitions. He is on the Board of a number of Companies and Foundations and the author of over 120 scientific publications.