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Checklist for EDOs to Secure Greater Site Inventory

Checklist for EDOs to Secure Greater Site Inventory

Austin Consulting's managing director, Frank Spano, provided insight for this column, which was published in the November/December 2014 issue of Trade & Industry Development

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The Austin Company Wins Second Regional Project Award

Design and construction project in partnership with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems recognized as one of the best of 2014.

Melbourne, FL; November 11, 2014 – The Austin Company, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, has been recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) Southeast for their work on Northrop Grumman’s Building 228 – Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence. This is the project’s second design and construction award.

Building 228 was selected in the 2014 ENR Regional Best Projects Awards Southeast Region with an Award of Merit in the Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Category. The Austin Company provided full planning, design, engineering and construction management services for this project.

Bill Trillo, Director of Facilities Site Management East with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, stated:

“The fast track, design-build project, resulting from 42 weeks of construction activity … is a testimony to the dedicated hard work of The Austin Company A/E and Construction Management staff and their many trade contractors. An extraordinary accomplishment, proving anything can be achieved when there is a shared goal and singular team approach.”

The Regional Best Projects Awards celebrate and honor the building teams that created the best projects of 2014 nationwide. These extraordinary projects are selected by juries of local prominent industry professionals. Winning projects represent the "best" construction and design achievements of the past year for the Southeast region.

ENR’s Southeast Region Best Project Awards were recently recognized at a special event in Orlando, Florida.

Learn more about the project here. 

 

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The Austin Company Wins DBIA Design-Build Award

Design-build project in partnership with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems honored for design and construction that met and exceeded owner expectations.

Melbourne, FL; November 6, 2014 – The Austin Company, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, has been recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Florida Region for their work on Northrop Grumman’s Building 228 – Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence.

Building 228 was selected in the 2014 DBIA Florida Region Design-Build Awards with a Merit Award in the Industrial/Process/Research Facilities Category. The submission was rigorously judged by a panel of owners and DBIA professionals and is honored for design and construction that meets and exceeds owner expectations.

Bill Trillo, Director of Facilities Site Management East with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, stated:

“The fast track, design-build project, resulting from 42 weeks of construction activity … is a testimony to the dedicated hard work of The Austin Company A/E and Construction Management staff and their many trade contractors. An extraordinary accomplishment, proving anything can be achieved when there is a shared goal and singular team approach.”

Winning projects were carried out under a single-responsibility contract and demonstrated successful application of design-build best practices. The Austin Company provided full planning, design, engineering and construction management services for this project.

DBIA’s Florida Region Design-Build Awards were recently recognized at Design-Build 2014, the 9th Annual Conference of the DBIA Florida Region in Orlando, Florida. 

Learn more about the project here

 

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Smart Design Treads Lightly

“Northrop Grumman’s aerospace manufacturing facility is its greenest to date”

The Austin Company is proud to be providing design and construction services for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems on their Center of Excellence facilities in Melbourne and St. Augustine, Florida. Green Building & Design featured the pending LEED®-certified St. Augustine Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in their November/December 2014 issue.

Read more here. 

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Join Us for a Webinar on “The Fundamentals of Site Selection”

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Eastern

Cost: Free

Register: email webinar@theaustin.com

 

 

Hosted by Austin’s in-house site selection consulting experts, you will walk away from this webinar with insights on:

  • Analyzing location strategies
  • Evaluating communities and properties
  • Conducting due diligence
  • Negotiating incentives
  • Approaching the location selection process

… in addition to case studies from recent projects and a Q&A session.

Appropriate for any industry, this webinar will be useful for current and long-term location and site decisions.

To register, email webinar@theaustin.com.

 

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The Austin Company and Northrop Grumman Featured in Modern Steel Construction

“Two new facilities on Florida’s Space Coast will build and support a strategically important U.S. Naval aircraft”

The Austin Company is proud to be providing design and construction services for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems on their Center of Excellence facilities in Melbourne and St. Augustine, Florida. Modern Steel Construction featured two buildings on these campuses in their October 2014 issue.

Read more here.  

 

 

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Roadmap of the Future - for Baking and Snack

In this Special Report in the September 2014 issue of Baking & Snack magazine, Mike Pierce and Frank Spano provide insight on how analyzing growth strategies will guide how and where a company should expand its operations. 

Read more here.

In addition, in "Building a better bakery" on Baking & Snack online, Mike and Frank discuss the pros and cons baking and snack operations should consider when looking to locate on a greenfield, brownfield or 'whitefield' site.

Read more here.  

Learn more about Austin's Baking & Snack and Site Location experience.

 

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Shovel Ready Sites and the Site Certification Process: Importance of Environmental Considerations

The July/August 2014 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine features an article by Frank Spano, Managing Director of Austin Consulting, and Susan Riffle, Communications Specialist with The Austin Company. The article examines six key areas necessary for a comprehensive site certification approach, as well as environmental considerations that should not be overlooked during site certification and site location. 

Read more here: Shovel Ready Sites and the Site Certification Process: Importance of Environmental Considerations

View the article and digital issue here. 

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Mitsubishi Power Systems America New Manufacturing and Testing Facility

"A massive steel-framed bunker is the centerpiece of a new gas turbine testing facility..." 

The Austin Company is proud to have partnered with Mitsubishi Power Systems America (MPSA) to provide architectural design and engineering services for MPSA's new 440,000 SF heavy industrial manufacturing and Balance Bunker vacuum chamber testing facility near Savannah, Georgia. Modern Steel Construction featured this complex project in their July 2014 issue. 

Read more here. 

 

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The Austin Company Announces Five Strategic Additions to Management Team

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Experienced professionals expand and play key roles in The Austin Company’s management team in Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters and Atlanta, Georgia, office and provide expertise for continued growth of leading design-build firm.

The Austin Company, June 18, 2014, Cleveland, Ohio: The Austin Company continues its growth through the hiring and promotion of multiple senior personnel. The Company has appointed John C. Sosnowski, Director of Preconstruction Services; Steven J. Francis, Manager of Architecture and Engineering; Edward K. Wright, Jr., Project Executive; David K. Oshins, Senior Project Manager; and Charles H. Albertone, Manager of Continuous Improvement.

“The addition of these individuals reinforces Austin’s management structure and capacity as we plan for continued growth in the marketplace,” stated Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company. “The backgrounds of these professionals provide a diverse wealth of experience that will benefit Austin’s clients, projects and future development.”

 

John C. Sosnowski, Director of Preconstruction Services, Cleveland

John joins Austin with more than 25 years’ experience, primarily in Project Executive roles with major construction management companies. His experience includes numerous projects in the healthcare, hospitality, education and commercial office industries.

In this newly created role, John works closely with Austin’s Senior VP of Operations, Directors of Project Planning and Project Executives in the direction and management of Preconstruction Activities. John also assists in optimizing Austin’s resources and assuring the successful completion of preconstruction activities to meet project objectives and quality standards. 

John is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management.

 

Steven J. Francis, RA, Manager of Architecture and Engineering, Cleveland

Steve rejoins Austin with more than 35 years’ experience in the architectural and engineering design field. For 23 of these years, Steve worked for The Austin Company in progressive architectural and management positions. Most recently, Steve worked with a design and engineering firm in various project and managerial roles. 

In this role, Steve manages Austin’s Design and Engineering Department; monitors projects to assure quality, scope, budget and schedule compliance; and coordinates project activities with Austin’s purchasing, estimating and construction teams.

Steve is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), with a Bachelor of environmental design degree in architecture, and is a Registered Architect. 

 

Edward K. Wright, Jr., Project Executive, Atlanta

Ed joins Austin with more than 35 years’ experience in the food industry, specializing in operational management and the design, implementation and startup of new meat and poultry processing facilities. Ed’s background includes experience in all phases of plant operations, management and manufacturing coordination. Prior to Austin, Ed was president and CEO of a national design and construction firm that specializes in meat and poultry facilities.

As Project Executive, Ed coordinates and monitors project teams to ensure that Austin delivers services as committed to the client, while upholding the Company’s Core Values. Ed serves as Austin’s executive liaison to the client from project inception through post construction.

Ed is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal industry/food science and a Master of Science degree in animal science.

 

David K. Oshins, PE, LEED®, Senior Project Manager, Cleveland

David joins Austin with more than 20 years’ experience in mechanical engineering and project management, specializing in building design. Previously, David was director of regional design operations with an international design and construction firm. David’s background includes significant experience in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design.

As Senior Project Manager, David manages client relationships, as well as the full lifecycle of Austin’s design and construction projects. In this role, David coordinates all aspects of the project, including engineering, construction, purchasing, accounting and estimating.  

David is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in six states.

 

Charles H. Albertone, Manager of Continuous Improvement, Cleveland

Charles joined The Austin Company in 2007 and most recently held the role of Project Manager. In this role, Charles managed the contractual obligations between project owners and Austin. In addition, as Industrial Engineer, Charles was responsible for assisting clients in improving their manufacturing and materials handling requirements for new and existing facilities.

Charles was recently named Austin’s first Manager of Continuous Improvement. In this newly created role, Charles supports Austin’s learning culture and goal of continuous improvement to create greater value and better results for our clients. The Manager of Continuous Improvement supports and carries out extraordinary projects and tasks that are identified by senior management as being necessary to continued development and improvement of the Company’s operations. 

Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University. 

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