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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. 


The Austin Company Announces New Hires and Professional Designations

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Cleveland, Ohio – June 4, 2014 – The Austin Company, an international architectural, engineering, design-build, construction management and consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth with the addition and development of several associates.

The following associates joined Austin’s staff as of May 31, 2014:

In Cleveland, Ohio …

  • Jim Eckelberry, as Project Superintendent
  • Tom Unterwagner, as Purchasing Agent
  • Peter Waldinger, as Location Consultant with Austin Consulting
  • Lisa Malak, as Expeditor
  • Josh Doubrava, as IT Support with Kajima USA

In Atlanta, Georgia …

  • Daniel Beal, as Area Superintendent
  • Jeff Carter, as Unit Superintendent
  • Shane Miller, as Purchasing Agent
  • Heidi Hartfield, as Administrative Assistant

In Irvine, California …

  • Tim Woodson, as Project Coordinator

In St. Louis, Missouri …

  • Chris Duckett, as Senior Architect with Austin Healthcare

In addition, Austin associates advanced their professional credentials with the following designations:

  • Nick Tinl, Structural Engineer in Cleveland, received his Professional Engineer (PE) License
  • Billiejo LeSage, Design Specialist II in Cleveland, achieved certification in Revit® Architecture 2014

Importance of Quality Municipal Water and Wastewater Availability in Attracting Food Processors to a Community

The May/June 2014 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine featured an article by Frank Spano, Managing Director of Austin Consulting, and Susan Riffle, Communications Specialist with The Austin Company. The article reviews how the "3 C's" of water and wastewater significantly impact site selection by food processors and presents a checklist of factors that should be included in a company's site analysis.  

Read more here: Importance of Quality Municipal Water and Wastewater Availability in Attracting Food Processors to a Community

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Site Certification: Preserving Future Industrial Sites

Site Selection magazine's May 2014 issue featured an article by Jonathan Gemmen, Senior Location Consultant with Austin Consulting. The article takes a closer look at the benefits of site certification as it relates to the dwindling amount of available, quality industrial land. 

Jonathan states, "In essence, the whole process of site certification takes land with apparent potential for becoming a quality industrial site, and completes ... preservation of the site for future industrial use; preparation of the site to accommodate the needs of industry; and building a compelling presentation for prospective industrial end-users."

Read more here: Site Certification: Preserving Future Industrial Sites

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Kajima|Alberici Wins Global Best Project Award

Leon, Mexico; May 12, 2014 — Engineering News Record (ENR) recently selected Kajima|Alberici MX as a Merit Award winner in the Manufacturing category for their work on the Y-Tec Keylex Mexico (YKM) Automotive Parts Manufacturing Facility as part of the 2014 Global Best Projects Awards.

Kajima|Alberici MX, is a Mexico-based joint venture between The Austin Company, a subsidiary of Kajima USA Group family of companies, and the Mexican subsidiary of U.S.-based Alberici Constructors, Inc.

“Alberici and Austin have a long and successful history collaborating on important projects,” said Kajima|Alberici chairman and Austin vice president, Ken Stone. “We share the same Values, as well as markets, yet our services are very complementary. Achieving success on projects such as these really has few barriers, as our teams are fully committed to a shared project vision.”

Y-Tec Keylex Mexico serves as an automotive parts supplier to Mazda at their new automotive manufacturing campus in Guanajuato, Mexico. Under a single-responsibility design-build contract, Kajima|Alberici MX provided project design, engineering and construction services for YKM’s new 367,000 square-foot facility in the supplier park campus.

The project’s success stems from a true collaborative effort across the entire project team, which included members in Mexico, Japan and the United States. Meetings often took place in all three languages, with multi-lingual project team members assisting with translation. The team worked under a very tight schedule to meet already-committed production dates. Working through these logistics, managing three distinct languages, and aligning the different business cultures and organizational variances became the cornerstones of the project team’s achievement.

In addition, the award recognizes the project for maintaining an exceptional safety record, having completed over 900,000 man-hours with no lost-time accidents. Kajima|Alberici’s ambitious, but achievable, goal for safety was simple: execute the project to achieve Zero Incidents. This safety record can be attributed to the entire team’s consistent attention to detail throughout the project.

Alberici vice president and general manager Mark Okroy said, “The project underscores each company’s – Austin, Alberici and Kajima – long-standing commitment to providing quality construction solutions in a global industry. Our ability to manage complex logistical elements in a design-build business model helped make this project a success as we continue our commitment to the Mexican markets and the clients we serve.”

This is the second annual Global Best Projects recognition by ENR, which was established to honor construction and design excellence during the past year from around the globe. The award recognition focuses on responding to the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in foreign countries.

Winners were chosen by an independent jury of industry professionals with extensive global experience. Criteria included safety, innovation, contribution to the global community, aesthetic quality, and workmanship, with special emphasis on the global diversity of the project team.

Global Best Projects award winners are being recognized at the ENR 2014 Global Construction Summit, held May 13-14, 2014, in New York City.



Austin Receives Second Gold Safety Award from Liberty Mutual

Cleveland, Ohio – April 7, 2014 — The Austin Company continues its tradition of outstanding safety practices in the design, engineering and construction industry, and was again recognized by Liberty Mutual with a 1.5 million man-hour safety award. This is the second Gold Award achieved by Austin and the recognition comes after Austin’s completion of more than 1,500,000 work hours without a lost time accident since becoming a Liberty Mutual client on July 1, 2010.

This is another major safety milestone for The Austin Company and reflects the firm’s commitment to firm-wide quality and safety. The Gold level signifies that Austin is performing at least 80% better than others in the same industry, based on the DART case rate (days away from work, days of restricted work activity or job transfer). The Austin Company’s EMR and DART rates continue to fall below industry standards.

In addition to the Gold safety award, The Austin Company’s office in Portage, Michigan, was recognized with an award for Outstanding Safety Performance from October 2011 through October 2013. This award was earned for having no lost time or restricted work injuries and total injury rates less than 50% of the industry average of the two-year period, with more than 250,000 hours worked.

Excellent safety performance not only enables everyone to go home at the end of the day without injury, but it also reflects a discipline on the job site that promotes quality and collaboration.

The Austin Company’s next opportunity to receive a Liberty Mutual award is when it reaches 2,000,000 hours without a lost time accident.


Construction Practices: Contamination Risk Reduction within Ongoing Operations

In this article for Pharmaceutical Engineering, Chas Hammond and Steve Van Wormer present good construction practices for work in existing pharmaceutical facilities and encourage further development of construction procedures to prevent product safety issues. 





The Austin Company Announces New Hires, Promotions and Professional Designations

Cleveland, Ohio – February 5, 2014 — The Austin Company, an international architectural, engineering, design-build, construction management and consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth with the addition and development of several associates.

The following associates joined Austin’s staff as of January 2014:

  • Curt Panizzoli joined Austin’s Cleveland office as Senior Architect
  • Carl Ellebrecht joined the Austin Healthcare team in St. Louis as Senior Designer
  • Craig Haworth joined Austin’s Atlanta office as Area Superintendent
  • John Ruyf joined Austin’s Cleveland office as Sales Coordinator

The following Austin associates were promoted as of January 2014:

  • Ernie Prezioso to Chief Estimator; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jonathan Stuart to Mechanical Engineer; Cleveland, Ohio 
  • Nick Tinl to Structural Engineer; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Carl Veith to Associate Architect; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jennifer McKenzie to Marketing Manager; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Hope Hayes to Human Resource Generalist; Cleveland, Ohio

In addition, Austin associates advanced their professional credentials with the following designations:

  • Vrajesh Chokshi, Engineer in Austin’s Cleveland office, received his Professional Engineer (PE) License
  • Erica Compton, BIM Implementation Manager in Austin’s Cleveland office, received her Professional Certification in Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014

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2013 ALA Design Awards

Bob Davidson, FALA, AIA, LEED AP, Chief Architect for The Austin Company, was selected as a judge for the 2013 Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)Design Award Program.

Davidson, along with four other judges, reviewed 96 entries and selected projects for the following honors: 23 projects were awarded an Award of Merit, 13 projects were awarded a Silver Medal, and 5 projects a Gold Medal, along with the with the Don Erickson Presidential Award as the top honor.

Click on the link below for more information on the Award Program and the 2013 honorees:



Visit Austin at IPPE 2014!

The Austin Company will be attending and exhibiting at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) on January 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. We look forward to another great show this year and hope to see you there!