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Austin Commercial plans to
have Heritage Hall finished
by this August.
to early spring with damp weather for that is unusual for Central
Texas, he says.
"Contractors all over the state are having issues with that this
spring," he continues, adding that this created moisture problems
inside the building. "We had these flights of temperature changes
[where it was] 40 degrees on an afternoon," he says.
"The moisture inside of the building was so great it was like it was
raining inside of the building," he continues, noting that the company coped by using dehumidifiers and fans.
Plenty to Do
Based in Dallas, Austin Commercial is part of Austin Industries, one
of the largest, most diversified construction companies in the nation.
The firm, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has
more than 6,000 employee-owners and provides civil, commercial
and industrial construction services through its divisions.
Risien, who joined the firm 17 years ago, says Austin Commercial's home state is thriving. "The Austin area is very busy," he
says. "We've got plenty to do but we're always also chasing some
A Good Group
Austin Commercial has maintained a strong safety record during
construction of Heritage Hall. "[We've had] one incident and no recordables," Risien reports. "We have a great safety team that has done
a great job for us out there."
He also praises the work of the company's subcontractors, which
include Bell Glass & Mirror Co. Inc., based in Killeen, as well as Baker
Triangle, a drywall and plaster company based in Austin, Texas.
"We're glad to have them on board," he says.
Austin Industries is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions
in its projects. Thanks to its experience with sustainability and
LEED, "Austin can provide solutions to our customers rewarding
sustainable initiatives on any project," it says.
"Our LEED accredited professionals and Green Advantage
Builders provide solutions for the reduction of goods/materials consumption and waste production," the company says.
"Through continuous research of green building materials, technologies and implementation, Austin delivers high-performance,
The firm adds that it pioneered several prototype projects for
the LEED certification program and stays focused on benefits for
the environment and the owner. "We provide cost and constructability input for green initiatives during pre-construction,
integrating the most appropriate environmental solution," Austin
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