Austin Commercial is one of the largest, most diversified builders in the United States. We are nationally recognized for our exceptional safety records, diversity-inclusion program and our innovative construction solutions in the following markets: advanced technology, aviation, corporate/office, healthcare, hospitality, mission critical, mixed-use/retail/residential, public assembly and sports, and university.
Today, Austin Commercial is a recognized leader in commercial and institutional building, well known for delivering projects in diverse market segments ahead of schedule and under budget. Recognized for landmark projects such as the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal expansion, the new Parkland Hospital, Hunt Consolidated Headquarters, the Dallas Arts District Museum Tower, Toyota's North American Headquarters, the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 Race Track and many more, Austin continues serving customers with innovative construction solutions and effective cost management strategies.
Since Our Inception
Safety, health and environmental aspects of Austin Commercial are managed through a comprehensive system with a simple, clear-cut goal – zero incidents. Our management team, both in the field and at the highest levels of our corporate leadership, asserts remarkable accountability for safety – our benchmark for evaluating job performance and project success.
Safety execution plans and job safety checklists are required on all Austin Commercial projects. We use a jobsite employee-owner involvement process called Safety Performance Improvement Council to improve practices and reinforce the importance of safety. Our ability to avoid unsafe conditions and lost-time accidents is due to extensive training and safety practices as safety performance is managed, measured and required on a project-wide basis.
Austin Commercial’s ability to deliver a world-class product begins with our commitment to provide industry leading quality on every project. The Austin 360 Quality program represents a continuous process of learning and improvement. Our program is scalable allowing customization for each project while maintaining our rigorous internal standards. We seek to raise project quality awareness from start to finish, delivering a project that exceeds customer expectations.
Austin’s Edge is our commitment to challenging industry convention through our diverse group of change agents and thought leaders. We focus on transforming our industry through innovation and the integration of technology with our operational principles.
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The lean journey is about continuous improvement and learning. Austin Commercial is a member of the Lean Construction Institute and has piloted lean programs in our business. Although lean theory is intended for use universally throughout a project team (from ownership through trade contractors and suppliers), we have identified basic lean principles that can be applied during construction. Lean focuses on eliminating anything that wastes time or resources; therefore, implementing a few key changes in approach and process brings tremendous benefit with little cost.
Part of the lean process involves use of the Last Planner System, a visual, collaborative and predictable scheduling tool that engages the entire team and allows them to see constraints which might prevent a task from being accomplished. The Last Planner System creates and improves predictability of workflow by getting firms to work together in a series of planning conversations. The ability to tell at a glance what the work is and the status of each step is our visual management of the project. Making the work visible is the first step to understanding and improving it.
The Austin team brings a unique level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and Green Building experience to each project. Based on our experience with LEED projects and certifications, Austin is prepared to make suggestions to owners regarding sustainable initiatives depending on the type of LEED certification being sought for a project. Our resume includes a multitude of landmark, precedent-setting projects, which allows us to be consistently ranked among the top Green Builders in the United States by ENR.
Austin Commercial has developed a comprehensive commissioning program (which starts in preconstruction) that enables the project team to commission the project facility to ensure that all systems are complete, functioning properly and add value to the facility’s life cycle upon occupancy. This is accomplished through a systematic and comprehensive documented program ensuring that equipment and specific building systems perform interactively according to the design intent and the owner’s operational needs. It encompasses procedures and documentation for equipment start-up, system demonstration, control system calibration, testing and balancing, operational acceptance tests, functional acceptance tests, owner training, and owner acceptance.
Austin Commercial has a fully-staffed Diversity Affairs department that assists Austin Commercial and its efforts with their long-standing and award-winning commitment of enhancing procurement and economic development opportunities for small, minority, disadvantaged, historically underutilized and women-owned businesses (MSWBEs) on the projects for which we are responsible for.
“Many of the projects in which we are associated with are funded, built and staffed by the individuals and business communities the project is intended to serve,” said Brad Brown, Austin Commercial President. “We not only support this as good business practice, we welcome the opportunity to partner with project owners and demonstrate how Austin’s approach and processes can enhance the impact of local businesses for the good of their project.”
In addition, Austin Commercial focuses on improving workforce development opportunities within the communities we work by participating in mentoring, training and education of existing diverse businesses and local high school and college students.
These efforts and initiatives are bolstered by Austin’s own commitment to recognizing, embracing and supporting workplace diversity and inclusiveness at every level of our own organization.
Large projects with MWSBE firms have included: (among other projects)
• LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal West Gates & Core
• Tampa International Airport ConRAC & APM
• Nashville International Airport ConRAC
• DFW International Airport Terminal D
• Charleston International Airport Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program
• Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ConRAC
• Toyota North American Headquarters
• Texas Instruments RFAB
As a result of our commitment to Inclusion, Austin’s Diversity team has received numerous Company Awards.
We are committed to 360 degrees of caring: to developing our employee-owners, exceeding customer expectations, innovating in our industry, and serving the communities in which we live and work.
Austin Commercial is consistently giving back to the communities we serve and promoting a positive industry image. Our employee-owners volunteer or assist with many community organizations and events, including:
AIA Dallas & TEXO Association Bark + Build
American Heart Association Walk
Carter Bloodcare Blood Drive
Children’s Medical Center Red Balloon Run and Relay
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
DFW Technology Education Council
E.V. Brown Memorial Golf Tournament
EarthFest/Keep Dallas Beautiful
Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
La Bajada Urban Youth Farm
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Little Free Library
March of Dimes - March for Babies
One Warm Coat – Austin Street Shelter
Parade of Playhouses Benefitting Dallas CASA
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Walk
Texas Health Resources Little Black Dress