Austin has had a presence in the Houston market as far back as the 1920s, starting first by building oil derrick foundations for companies such as the Humble Oil & Refining Co. In the 1930s, Austin successfully built the Galveston Causeway, connecting Galveston Island to the mainland. The Houston divisional office continues to be the market leader in university, healthcare, and hospitality segments.

Austin’s landmark projects in Houston include Aris Market Square, Marriott CityPlace at Springwoods Village, UH Cougar Village, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, UH Clearlake Pearland Health Sciences Building, UH Guy V. Lewis Development Center, Methodist West Houston Hospital, and multiple projects for MD Anderson.