GUIDE Service Profile : Location and
Incentives Consulting, Facility Design, Engineering and Construction
|Austin-AECOM - The Austin Company : Facilities
(see also :
For those planning a "fast track" project, the "Austin
Method" has been delivering an integrated design - build solution since
1904, from the preliminary project definition and design specifications
through location selection, engineering, subcontracting, and construction.
This can significantly shorten project timelines and save money relative to
other "fast track" or "design-bid-build" approaches, with a reliable project
budget commitment established early in the planning process.
A key point is that this provides clear and undivided
responsibility for project budgets, which can be reliably estimated by
Austin at an early stage, rather than at the end of a detailed design and
bid process. This also makes it possible to weigh the cost and
performance implications of design "tradeoffs" from the earliest stages of
planning, rather than as changes after a bidding process or contractor
suggestions in response to bid specifications from an architect.
Austin already takes responsibility for such considerations from the start
because it takes the responsibility to build what it designs within the
agreed budget constraints. The buzzword for this is "value
engineering", which Austin has delivered for 100 years.
The Austin Company provides consulting, design, engineering,
and construction services for complex manufacturing operations and other
types of operations which may require specialized facilities :
- Aerospace manufacturing
- Air transportation (terminals, support
- Banking and financial services (data centers)
- Chemical processing
- Communications and Information Technology
- Food and beverage processing
- Laboratory research and testing
- Mail processing
- Newspaper publishing
This includes not only the construction of facilities, but
also the engineering and implementation of manufacturing and supply chain
processes, and the relocation of manufacturing operations. There is
also flexibility in the combination of their services for those clients who
prefer to follow a different approach than the usual "Method", such as to
adapt to the project planning processes of clients.
Their Facilities Location
Group specializes in business location decisions as either an independent
service or in close cooperation with the related services of The Austin
Company, according to the preferences of clients. North American
projects are their main focus, but they also do work on a global basis.
They have over 50 years of experience in this niche for more than 1500
Profile has not yet been updated for the change to Austin AECOM
Don C. Schjeldahl
The Austin Company
Alternate contacts :
Frank Spano, Facilities Location Group
Mike Pierce, VP of Sales & Marketing (for all services of The
Website : www.theaustin.com
The services of the international operations of The Austin
Company can be coordinated through the US offices. This can be
convenient for clients who may need local design, engineering and
construction expertise in the project locations, but need to coordinate some
aspects of project planning work in North America. Similarly,
companies based in Europe or Asia can work through local offices to
coordinate projects in North America. The "Austin Method" provides a
consistent global process to efficiently coordinate project planning from
start to finish.
The Austin Company also has a subsidiary in London and
Cheshire, as well as an associated office in Amsterdam.
The Austin Company has associated offices in Australia
(Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane) as well as Singapore and Shanghai.
For Australia and Singapore refer to
and for China
|Scope of Services -
Their Facilities Location services are described at ;
- Network Logistics Study - comparing alternatives for
production and distribution - number and location of facilities, modes and
frequencies of shipments, customer service characteristics
- Favorable Area Study - identify favorable region for
cost and service criteria
- Community / Site Study - communities or sites which fit
- Metropolitan Area Study - best district within a metro
area, and best sites or facilities within that district, for a new
- Building Evaluation Study - confirm suitability for
- Labor Market Study - local area workforce
characteristics, HR practices
- Property Due Diligence - pre-acquisition services to
support the transaction and avoid surprises
- Negotiations - incentives, improvements,
infrastructure, use rates, terms for property lease or purchase, or other
negotiable location factors.
On The Fast Track, February 2001,
Choose a New Site in 15 Easy Steps, January 2001,
Getting the Most From Your Community Visit, July 2000,
Tapping The Resources of The EDO, May 1997, Area
|Specialties : Types of projects
Particular strengths include aviation manufacturing
operations, newspaper plants, broadcasting centers, food and beverage
processing, laboratory and R&D operations (such as pharmaceutical or
biotech), and air transportation facilities (terminals, maintenance
facilities, ground support operations, etc.).
|Illustrative project summaries - not
available at this time
Refer to the illustrative
client list for examples on their website
|Illustrative client list
An extensive list of award-winning projects is provided on their
website. Not all of these may have involved facilities location
selection services, but they illustrate the range of experience available
through The Austin Company.
The history of the firm also reflects a remarkable legacy
of major projects. A brochure, "Creating Facilities for Tomorrow's
Technology", highlights a large number of projects across the various
industries in which Austin specialists. The following are just a few
examples, out of many.
|Other related services of the firm -
refer to their website for details.
Location Group is a small, specialized location consulting service within
the larger services of The Austin Company, but it does not work exclusively
for design, engineering and construction clients of The Austin Company.
The firm also offers related types of consulting services,
such as to address the design and implementation of advanced manufacturing
or supply chain processes, rather than just the location selection, design,
and construction of facilities, or the expansion or renovation of existing
Manufacturing USA Ltd
|Alliances with other firms -
none known at this time.
The firm sometimes works
with outside specialists, such as consultants with unique expertise for a
particular industry or type of project, to complement the in-house
capabilities of the firm when necessary.
There are also well-established relationships among
subcontractors from prior project experience, which helps to identify
qualified contractors who will reliably deliver the expected quality of work
on time and within budget. A potential benefit of the "Method", by
comparison to traditional design-bid processes, is that detailed costs can
be established, subcontractors selected, and construction work can be
programmed at an early stage. This can be valuable in some "hot"
construction markets where top contractors are in demand, or in places where
good working relationships may be more effective at achieving the desired
cost, quality, and project timeline than a normal bidding process for one
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for location selection or related services to support their projects.
There is no relationship at this time beyond general
awareness of prior experience through informal contact as a
leading location consultant which can also support engineering issues for
complex projects, including the design, construction, and renovation of
major facilities and their production processes in many countries.
A proposal was recently made to The Austin Company about
active participation in the SICR service. It was on the same basis as proposals to other
location consultants, namely, a non-exclusive and independent, success fee
relationship to get to know their capabilities better and thereby be
well-prepared to introduce executives who might otherwise be unaware of
their existence and capabilities to support major investment projects.
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Service proposals are agreed directly between The Austin
Company and clients.
For details about their services at this time, please contact
Don Schjeldahl directly, and please let
how you found him !
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