Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 116
Commercial | AUSTIN COMMERCIAL - TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CENTRAL TEXAS HERITAGE HALL
The multi-purpose facility
will cover approximately
65,000 gross square feet.
there's a monitor up there that allows sunshine and natural light to come through."
The lobby will feature a grand staircase
as well as bridges on each floor. "There also
will be a lot of nice finishes, plaster and
Austin Industries has a safety record that
is 85 percent higher than the national
average in its industry. "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,"
The company requires safety execution
plans and job safety checklists on all of
its projects. "Our ability to avoid unsafe
conditions and lost-time accidents is
largely a result of extensive training and
excellent safety practices," it says.
Austin Industries also has safety professionals and staff members visit its jobsites to ensure its employee-owners have
implemented training and safe practices.
"Employee-owners are empowered to
stop work if they see an unsafe act and
correct it," the company says.
"Safety performance is managed,
measured and required on a project-wide
basis," Austin Industries adds. "We
recognize and reward excellence among
our employee owners, as well as our
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millwork," Risien says, noting that the exterior also will provide spaces for students.
Located in Killeen's hill country, Heritage Hall will have an amphitheater where
students can meet with friends and hold
events. "The grounds also are going to be
heavily landscaped and really nice," he adds.
Although the university is not aiming for
LEED certification on Heritage Hall, it will
aim for efficiency. These features include a
rain collection system and cistern tank for
irrigation. "That's pretty green," Risien says.
Up to the Task
Building a project on campuses while
classes are still in session can be challenging, but Austin Commercial has been up
to the task. By capturing the whole site
with construction fencing, "It hasn't been
a problem," Risien says. "We've always
been aware that the students and faculty
a building that
kept them on
The company also has worked on a site
with open spaces, which gives it plenty of
room to work while students safely commute to classes. "There's a lot of room out
there," he says.
Austin Commercial's largest challenge on
the project has been Mother Nature, Risien
notes. The company coped from late winter