Collaborative, Aviation, Construction, Group



The mission of the team's Diversity Affairs Department is to implement and integrate a measurable Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWBE procurement process into all purchasing and procurement activities through the company lines of business). This is accomplished by providing maximum opportunities to participate with minority and women-owned businesseses as suppliers, contractors, vendors, and venture partners. This mission statement reinforces our commitment to being a leader of MWBE procurement and a model corporate citizen in the communities in which we serve.

Mentor/Protégé Program

This group places a premium on embracing and supporting diversity and is dedicated to growing multiple MWBE firms. The award-winning Austin Industries Mentor/Protégé Program, for example, works with minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses to help advance their initiatives through best practices, networking and opportunities to work with Austin Industries.

MWBE firms participate in seminars that address such topics as contracts, insurance and bonding, bid and award processes, administrative and site logistics, accounts receivable, lien rights and claims avoidance, safety, marketing, and technology. The team welcomes joint ventures, partnerships and staff augmentation with MWBE firms and encourages minority purchasing by prime subcontractors and vendors. We also help under-capitalized MWBE firms with innovative cash management strategies.

Austin Industries is proud to have mentored more than 400 firms who have received contracts exceeding $1.9 billion. Due to our overwhelming success of the Dallas-area program, the program has been implemented at offices in other areas of operation including Austin and Phoenix.

The Facts Show Our Commitment
Our team’s combined efforts have earned over 100 honors and awards from several leading industry organizations, including:

• Associated Minority Contractors of America
• Associated Builders and Contractors
• Black Contractors Association
• Hispanic Contractors Association
• Black Chamber of Commerce
• Small Business Administration
• National Minority Business Development Agency


George Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminal C Renovations

Houston, Texas

IAH Terminal C Renovations at Ticketing, Baggage Claim and ITT Level was a City of Houston sponsored $57 million interior renovation of an operating main terminal building located at United (former Continental Airlines) Houston hub.

The scope of work included repaving all entrance ramps and arrivals areas with all new utilities, construction of elevated building expansions, installation of new 40’ high exterior curtain wall system, complete interior architectural re-construction, installation of eight new baggage conveyor input systems, complete refurbishment of all mechanical systems, and new lighting and power distribution systems throughout all floors of the main terminal building.

DFW International Airport Terminal D

Dallas, Texas

The Capital Improvement Program was a flagship undertaking at DFW Airport. The project consisted of 16 separate projects (GMP agreements) centered around the new International Terminal D.

The terminal building is equipped with 99 ticketing positions within two major ticketing and check-in areas, which can accommodate 2,000 passengers per hour. The in-line baggage screening system allows passengers to check their luggage at the ticket counter. The terminal has three security checkpoints with 14 lanes and has the capability of handling 2,400 passengers per hour. Terminal D includes over 58 restaurants and retail outlets, a $6 million public art program, moving sidewalks, a skybridge over International Parkway, a Grand Hyatt Hotel, and many other customer amenities.

One of the key success factors in this project management was the first ever colocated design and construction team on a major airport project. Terminal D was designed by HKS and built by Austin Commercial.

Los Angeles Airport Tom Bradley Terminal West Gates & Core

Los Angeles, California

Austin and its partners recently completed the Tom Bradley International Terminal [TBIT] program. As the largest project ever awarded in Los Angeles, it provides a significant architectural gateway to international passengers entering the country.

Engineering News Record recently named the TBIT as the Best Project in its Airports/Transit category. The project was delivered 100% Airside at this 24 x 7 Operating Facility. The program was awarded in two phases of the West Gate and Core. The program consisted of 300,000 square feet of renovation and 1,000,000 square feet of new construction.

West Gate opened 15 gates with 9 gates to accommodate Airbus A380 aircrafts, vertical transportation, baggage handling systems, central utility plant, extensive underground utilities and apron paving. Working closely with all stakeholders, the team successfully implemented Lean Construction Practices, robust Building Information Modeling, integrated phasing of tie-ins to existing utilities, achieved [pending] LEED Gold Certification and the award of the CAL SHARP Safety Award from OSHA for the first time on a project of this size.

Sacramento Airport Terminal B

Sacramento, California

Austin and its partners recently completed the $400 million Terminal B program. The project was completed four months ahead of schedule and under budget.

Terminal B work consisted of demolition and renovation of 100,000 square feet and new construction of 433,000 square feet, with multiple enabling projects in accordance with the phased schedule. Scope includes APM station, check-in counter, in-line baggage handling system, complex mechanical and electrical systems, communication/wayfinding and pedestrian bridges with associated roadway and bridges.

Working closely with all stakeholders, the team successfully implemented Lean Construction Practices and robust Building Information Modeling, achieved LEED Silver Certification and delivered a very complex public art program that enhances the overall guest experience. The team accomplished several significant milestones in the delivery of the project, including winning of the CAL SHARP Safety Award from OSHA and the John L. Martin Partnered Project of the Year Award from the International Partnering Institute.


Virtual Design

This team brings a complete scope of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services to your aviation projects with a dedicated VDC staff and field-enabled personnel. Our experience has taught us every project is unique with specific requirements. We evaluate every project and define VDC solutions that will provide the best value to our project teams. We then integrate the technology seamlessly into our existing construction processes ensuring success.

We utilize 3D logistics plans for the project to increase site awareness and safety. We will use these plans to communicate site access, work zones, and hoisting locations to our field teams, the facility staff and local jurisdictions. This visual information helps all of the project stakeholders understand when and where we’ll be on the project site. By thoroughly developing our logistics plans, we minimize impact on the ongoing airport operations.
Our team develops 4D planning and scheduling processes on our aviation projects, dynamically linking the building information model to our Primavera P6 CPM schedule in Synchro software. We use this tool to allow all project stakeholders to visually understand the construction schedule.

Taking the modeled information, our Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) staff will extract quantities using Quantity Takeoff or Innovaya. These quantities serve as a quality check against our traditional estimating process and allows us to spot deviations or missing scope before we determine a cost estimate.

Using robotic total stations and handheld computers, every model component is accurately and efficiently staked in the field. As-built locations can also be logged on a mobile device and transferred back into the model.
It is critical that the building performs at the skin level, since any failure can cause substantial facility downtime. QA/QC reviews will uncover any design deficiencies, material incompatibilities, scope gap and detail sequencing issues that will be revised with input from all involved.
Our VDC staff manages the 3D coordination/clash detection of MEP, fire protection and low voltage systems. The coordination process works directly with our electronic submittal management system to ensure that submittals are issued on schedule and made available to the field.
We work diligently to meet the owner’s specific needs for facility operations, whether an owner has a complex facility management program or is interested in streamlining the commissioning and handover process. Once this team and the owner determine the range of information required, this data can be formatted to work with the owner’s management system.

Uncompromising Safety Practices for Zero Incidents

Safety, health and environmental aspects of our business are managed through a comprehensive system with a simple, clear-cut goal – zero incidents. Our management team, both in the field and at the highest levels of our corporate leadership, asserts remarkable accountability for safety – our benchmark for evaluating job performance and project success.

Safety execution plans and job safety checklists are required on all projects. We use a job-site employee-owner involvement process called Safety Performance Improvement Council to improve practices and reinforce the importance of safety.

Avoiding unsafe conditions and lost-time accidents is due, in large part, to extensive training and safety practices. Safety performance is managed, measured and required on a project-wide basis, recognizing and rewarding excellence among our employee-owners, as well as our subcontractors.

Austin Commercial recently received the award of the CAL SHARP Safety Award from OSHA on the Sacramento Airport Terminal B project and LAX Tom Bradley Terminal West Gates and Core project, which was a first for a project this size.


The team's experience with LEED and sustainable projects has helped us to develop strategies for a complete environmental approach to any project. Our training at all levels, as well as our many LEED Green Associates and Accredited Professionals, ensure that we are equipped to assist in the successful certification of a LEED aviation project.

We understand that the success of sustainable project is dependent on our ability to track and enforce LEED initiatives, using an internal checklist to ensure that all LEED requirements remain on-track throughout the project. We have also developed standard IAQ and Construction Waste Management Plans that have been proven effective. These can also be easily tailored to fit a project’s specific needs. Our experience with collecting and tracking LEED submittals allows us to facilitate the overall management of the LEED certification process, or simply track sustainable initiatives even if the project is not seeking LEED certification.