Austin in the News

Evaluating Facilities: Is an Existing Building Compatible for a Food Processing Operation?

The November/December 2015 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine included a feature article written by Frank Spano and Susan Riffle, on "Determining if an Existing Building is Compatible for a Food Processing Operation".

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Three Key Supply Chain Trends for Manufacturers

The November/December 2015 issue of Trade & Industry Development magazine included a feature article written by Frank Spano, Pete Waldinger and Susan Riffle, on the “Three Key Supply Chain Trends for Manufacturers”.

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The Austin Company, Kiewit Join Forces for Tennessee Valley Authority Design-Build Project

Atlanta, GA – November 10, 2015 — In a joint venture agreement, The Austin Company ( and Kiewit Power Nuclear ( have partnered to design and build a new Maintenance Facility at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama.
The existing wood structure that housed the various departments has outlived its life expectancy and needs replaced. Portions of the existing building have become unusable, requiring the development of a new facility.
The project is underway, with Austin performing the Engineering Services required and Kiewit leading the Construction Management services.
The new 87,000 SF Maintenance Facility will replace the existing Maintenance Facility at Browns Ferry, and will house the Electrical Maintenance, Instruments and Controls, Mechanical Maintenance, FIN, Work Control departments and Components Engineering.
The new facility will provide TVA with adequate workspace for the maintenance departments and work control, with an on-site, full-service cafeteria for all site workers. The cafeteria will also serve as an All-Hands meeting space during re-fueling outages and for other site meetings.
Construction of the new facility is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.

The Austin Company Announces New Hires and Promotion Across U.S. Offices

The Austin Company continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California and Missouri. The Austin Company welcomed the following associates as of September 30, 2015:
In Cleveland, Ohio …
  • Michael Pusich, Manager of Facilities Development
  • Christopher Jackson, Estimating Manager
  • Brian Zuzik, BIM Coordinator
  • Dan Joyce, Design Specialist
In Atlanta, Georgia …
  • James Ashworth, Senior Project Manager
In Irvine, California …
  • Jack Niendorf, Project Superintendent
  • Kevin Raffiani, Project Superintendent
  • Rick Wernli, Project Superintendent
  • Timothy Yots, Project Superintendent
  • Hugo Serrano, Construction Superintendent
  • Christopher Holley, MEP Project Superintendent
  • Andrew Caulk, Area Superintendent
  • Alexander Strohm, Field Engineer
  • Michael Elmassian, Field Engineer
  • Rebecca Trow, Field Engineer
  • Robert Demmond, Project Coordinator
  • Darren Gilliland, Architectural Designer
  • Abraham Borg, Mechanical Designer
In St. Louis, Missouri …
  • Brad Gordon, Engineering Manager
  • Donald Pickens, Senior Purchasing Agent
  • John Coughlin, Superintendent
In addition, Patricia McCann (Cleveland) was promoted to Engineering Document Control Specialist.
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Making Money Talk

Making Money Talk, an article in Baking & Snack Magazine’s October 2015 issue, features Frank Spano, Managing Director of Austin Consulting, and examines financial incentives for bakers to consider when expanding or building a new facility.

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Designing for Adaptability

This article, written by Mike Pierce, President of The Austin Company, and published in the September 2015 issue of Baking & Snack Magazine, takes a look at current trends impacting the baking and snack industry. When embarking on a new facility project, bakers must understand and address changes impacting facility planning and design, such as logistics, automation and sustainability, to compete and survive in the industry.

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Northrop Grumman Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence Awarded LEED Silver Certification

The Austin Company provided planning, architectural design, engineering and construction management/ general contractor services for new program management and engineering facility.

Melbourne, FL, September 28, 2015 – Building 228, a program management and engineering building on Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Design Center of Excellence campus in Melbourne, Florida, was recently awarded LEED® Silver Certification.

The Austin Company (, an international design and construction firm, served as architect, engineer and construction manager/general contractor for this new 210,000 SF facility for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (

An important consideration in the building’s design and construction was incorporation of environmental and sustainability practices.

"At Northrop Grumman we're committed to protect the environment and natural resources in the communities where we work and live," said Bill Trillo, Director, Site Facilities Management East for Northrop Grumman. "Our newest building, 228, not only provides a safe and healthy workplace for our employees, it was constructed in a manner to minimize adverse impacts on our environment."

The project earned LEED® Credit points across numerous categories, including: alternative transportation – preferred parking for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, water-efficient landscaping, water use reduction, optimized energy performance, green power, regionally sourced materials, recycled materials and construction waste management. 

This LEED® certification is in addition to two awards previously presented to Building 228: Design-Build Institute of America Florida Region Merit Award and Engineering News Record Southeast Regional Best Projects Award of Merit.

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A Home for the Navy's Hawkeye

Building a Modern Home for the Hawkeye Aircraft, by Scott Judy - Engineering News Record Southeast Region

Engineering News Record published this project feature on Northrop Grumman's Building 100 in a Southeast Region July 2015 issue. The Austin Company is providing planning, architectural design, engineering and construction management services for this new aircraft manufacturing facility in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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Supplying the Aerospace Industry ... Supply Chain and Location Considerations

This article, written by Frank Spano of Austin Consulting and published in the May/June 2015 issue of Trade & Industry Development, takes a closer look at supply chain considerations for the aerospace industry and its suppliers. Factors such as risk, predictability and technology are discussed, along with other location strategy considerations, helping aerospace companies select an appropriate location and manage an efficient supply chain.

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By: Frank Spano



The Austin Company Announces New Hires Across U.S. Offices

Cleveland, Ohio – May 19, 2015 – The Austin Company (, an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California, Michigan and Missouri.

The Austin Company welcomed the following associates as of May 1, 2015:

In Cleveland, Ohio …

  • Mark Hamilton, Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Aleks Daukss, Senior Estimator
  • Biljana Radic, Mechanical Engineer
  • Bianca Holtier, Purchasing Agent
  • Eric Spitzer, Architectural Designer

In Atlanta, Georgia …

  • Mickey Jackson, Process Engineer
  • Catherine Jackson, Administrative Assistant

In Irvine, California …

  • Sang Kim, Senior Architect

In Kalamazoo, Michigan …

  • Brian Green, Project Manager
  • Holly Carroll, Accounting Technician

In St. Louis, Missouri …

  • David Cousley, Vice President of Business Development
  • Vincent Martino, Project Superintendent
  • Joe DeMartino, Architectural Designer