The Austin Company

The Austin Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of in-house services, including planning, architectural design, engineering, design-build, construction management, and construction, as well as site location and operations improvement consulting, for commercial and industrial companies throughout North America. 

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878, we continue to uphold our founder's values and believe in providing, "Honest work, well done." Our facility solutions are developed and implemented to improve your operations and make them more efficient - the results you receive are more than just shade and shelter for your business.

In addition to services for the built environment, Austin offers value-added strategic planning services, such as site location, transportation and distribution consulting, and facility and process audits. Our Results, not Excuses® approach provides you with expertise and innovative solutions for your facility challenges.

Check out our blog for Austin's insights on everything from site location to leadership in the design, engineering and construction industry.   

The Austin Company headquarters remain in Cleveland, with additional offices in Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to a joint venture company in Mexico. Austin became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kajima USA Group in 2005 and is a proud member of the Kajima family of companies. Kajima Corporation is a leading global engineering and construction contractor. 

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Corporate Culture - Cult or Cultivation?

Corporate CultureI recently read an article online on hiring people for the “right fit”. Meaning, “Did they fit the corporate culture?” The author’s point was that hiring for the right cultural fit may be the wrong thing to do – that it may promote a lack of diversity in personality types and work styles in the company that may stifle its growth.

Job Trends in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Job Trends in Architecture, Engineering and ConstructionA recent (September 16, 2013) edition of Engineering News Record (ENR) contained three articles that were fascinatingly related. First, an economics piece stating that the jobless rate in the construction industry has “leveled off” at 9.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Keeping Safe at Home - Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention WeekSafety is such a critical element to success in business. There is a specific discipline to implementing safe practices - preparation, orderliness, organization, etc., so that an organization that prioritizes safety is bound to be a better run organization. 

Common Sense Contracts

Common Sense ContractsIt used to be that business was conducted by a handshake and a written agreement to make sure both parties knew what the handshake was all about. Austin’s standard agreements for a range of applications run anywhere from 1-7 pages – not that they are used much anymore. 

Recent contracts for a variety of projects have agreements in the 100+ pages category to accomplish the same thing that was once done in 5 or 6 pages. What gives?

Continuous Improvement

Continuous ImprovementMy son’s choir teacher had a saying - “Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.” 

Charting progress is similar, and one might say that “making progress is being stagnant. Being stagnant is falling behind. Falling behind is deadly.”

Results, not Excuses!

Results, not ExcusesSay you buy a car and have a problem with the steering and suspension. Now, the steering system is designed by a supplier to the automaker, and the suspension is as well. If you have a problem, you don’t call the automaker and get involved in a debate over what is wrong and who is to blame. You just want it fixed with no excuses.

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Our Experience

Our facility experience ranges from aerospace and automotive manufacturing, to food processing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and more.

Form Follows Function

"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."

Frank Lloyd Wright

Honest Work

Since 1878, we’ve continued to follow in our founder’s footsteps by providing “honest work, well done.”

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