L to R above: Tony Rader – 2019 Chair, Associated Builders and Contractors; Michael Mitchell – Safety Manager, Austin Commercial; Tom Conroy – Vice President, Austin Commercial


LONG BEACH, California – At the 29th annual Excellence in Construction© Awards at the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) convention in Long Beach, CA, Austin Commercial was twice recognized by ABC, receiving both the National Safety Excellence Award and the National Diversity Excellence Award.

The National Safety Excellence Award recognizes companies that exhibit a continued commitment to jobsite safety and whose safety performance and programs are judged to be exemplary by ABC’s National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee. Austin Commercial’s top Core Value is Safety, reflected in being a multi-year winner of this award, and celebrating their safest year to date in 2018.

Winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) in 2018. During the process, entrants were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and interviews with company principals.

“Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to honor industry leaders who have created world-class safety processes and a safety culture where every employee understands that the well-being of those around them is everyone’s responsibility,” said 2019 ABC National Chair Tony Rader, telecom vice president of National Roofing Partners, Coppell, Texas. “Their top-down, bottom-up approach to creating safe jobsites—and ensuring every one of their employees goes home in the same or better condition than when they arrived—is the gold standard in merit shop construction.”

L to R above: Tony Rader – 2019 Chair, Associated Builders and Contractors; Kimberly Andrews – Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial; Simeon Terry – Vice President of Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial

The National Diversity Excellence Award recognizes ABC members that display exemplary diversity leadership in their workforce, supply chain, and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices, education, and mentoring programs. Through Austin’s commitment to diversity, the company received the National Diversity Excellence award in the General Contractor over $33 million category.

Winners were selected by industry partners and ABC’s Diversity Committee, which supports the association’s strategic goal to continually grow and deliver value to a diverse and inclusive workforce. The committee, formed to better reach underrepresented communities within the construction sector, provides leadership and direction to promote diversity as an empowering competitive advantage through education, awareness, and business practices.

“This year’s National Diversity Excellence Award winners understand a commitment to diversity is essential to meet the needs of today’s workforce,” said Rader. “They are leading the way in best practices and implementing a framework to attract and invest in talent from a variety of backgrounds. ABC looks forward to continuing to work with these trailblazers to help the industry unlock the full potential of every individual who chooses a career in construction.”

“Awards and industry recognition are always fulfilling, most importantly for our employee-owners and teams who work tirelessly to deliver results for our customers,” said Brad Brown, president of Austin Commercial. “Safety and diversity awards are especially meaningful because they recognize performance and programs that we’ve developed and refined over time, and are foundational to our values and culture. It’s who we are as employee-owners, and what we mean when we say, ‘We Own It.’”

About Austin Commercial

Austin Commercial is one of the largest, most diversified builders in the United States, nationally recognized for exceptional safety, comprehensive diversity-inclusion programs, and innovative construction solutions. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, its 10 regional offices serve the following markets: advanced technology, aviation, corporate offices, healthcare, hospitality, mission critical, mixed-use retail and residential, public assembly and sports, and university. As part of Austin Industries, 100% owned by its 6,000 employees, it is guided by its core values of Safety, Service, Integrity, and Employee-Ownership. We Are Austin. For more information, visit www.austin-ind.com.