Video: Weitz, ISU Engineering Complete Stadium South End Zone


Photo courtesy of Brent Isenberger Photography

The Weitz Company proudly served as construction manager on the $37.4 million expansion of the Jack Trice Stadium South End Zone at Iowa State University. The aggressive, 13-month timeline ensured the project would be completed by the kick off of the 2015 football season. Many ISU students and alumni put their skills to practice to help make the plans a reality. Watch this brief video to learn more.


The Weitz Company Appoints John Crain Heavy Industrial Vice President of Project Support

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The Weitz Company, a national full-service construction firm, announces the addition of John E. Crain III as Vice President of Project Support for the organization’s Heavy Industrial segment.

Crain brings more than 35 years of experience in industrial engineering and construction projects, with a background that includes estimating, project controls and leadership responsibilities within multi-billion dollar projects. Over the span of his career, he has worked on projects in 15 countries and more than 30 U.S. states.

In his previous position, Crain served as Director of Estimating for a multinational consultancy, engineering, construction and project management firm. In this role, he prepared and presented estimates and bids ranging from $50,000 engineering studies to $10 billion total EPC facilities. His responsibilities also included consultation and review of project controls, procedures and reports.

“John brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Weitz,” says Jack Brooks, President, Weitz – Heavy Industrial. “His extensive expertise, along with his ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to details, will be invaluable to Weitz as we grow our presence in the heavy industrial construction marketplace.”




Karmyn Babcock Named to 2015 Women in Construction list

The Weitz Company announces Vice President of Operational Excellence Karmyn Babcock has been named one of Constructech magazine’s 2015 Women in Construction.

Constructech selected the 2015 Women in Construction based on:

  • Involvement with technology within the construction industry

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    Karmyn Babcock

  • Contribution to helping their company grow and progress via the use of cutting-edge solutions
  • Influence in the growth of technology within the overall construction industry
  • Inspiring other women in industry, technology or her local community

“The Women in Construction demonstrate exemplary leadership and have accelerated the growth of technology, while inspiring others within construction,” said Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine. “Each woman embodies passion, tenacity and grace even under the toughest of circumstances, which ultimately has empowered them to take risks and challenge the status quo.”

The 2015 Women in Construction were announced at the dinner following the 2015 Technology Day on August 27 in Schaumburg, Ill. Winners will also be featured in the Sept./Oct. issue of Constructech magazine.

Weitz Blog Post: Taking Campus Construction Back to School

KU Rendering

The construction and design of buildings on college campuses has changed significantly over the years; colleges want to provide students with a quality education, but also a well-rounded experience. With a focus on attracting prospective students by showing off amenities and services that enhance the student’s lifestyle, a university’s appeal is focused on these top four areas:

  • Residence halls
  • Libraries
  • Student unions
  • Recreation centers

Residence halls

Considering how students live, learn and socially interact is a must when building residence halls. Builders have taken into consideration the student’s expectations for the latest features. Some of these upgrades include: lounge areas, recreation rooms, quiet study rooms, computer and printing stations, conference rooms and sometimes even pools and outdoor lounge areas.

Dorm rooms are also getting a facelift through different layouts, giving the students the ability to choose the style that best suits them, including options of single rooms, double rooms, community bathrooms, suites with private bathrooms, four-bed suites, etc. Recently, The Weitz Company completed two new dorms for the University of Kansas, which incorporated three different room options and extensive community spaces, both indoors and outdoors.


In today’s world of advancing technology, the standard use of libraries as places to store and checkout books in not enough. College libraries are adding specialty services that create a reason for students to spend more time in the space. These services include tutoring centers, writing assistance, group study rooms, presentation rooms, classrooms, art galleries, cafés and convenience stores. The challenging task when renovating existing libraries to include these upgrades is finding the space and the logistics of including while taking into consideration the space needed for bookshelves, computer and printing stations, etc.

Student unions

In recent years, Weitz has seen a substantial shift in higher educations’ approach to student unions. Often the center of campus, the meeting spaces serve a variety of purposes to the school. Often these buildings are a potential student’s first impression on their initial visit so the visual appeal is a high priority. Universities are looking to add unique features to create an experience, including retail shops, game rooms, post offices, banks, theatres, lounge areas, fast food restaurants…the possibilities are endless. The abundance of windows and skylights has been a trend for providing natural light and adding value to sustainable design, decreasing the university’s energy costs. Weitz recently incorporated this features into the construction of University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Student Success Center. Studies show natural light increases performance from students and overall contributes to happier moods.

Recreation centers

Health and wellness is a priority for many people around the country, especially in young adults. One way universities are accommodating this trend is by creating state-of-the-art recreation centers. These buildings are becoming a major selling point to prospective students. With an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices rather than just exercise, universities are now including counseling centers, health clinics, spas, healthy snack and smoothie bars, cooking classes, and fitness tracking technologies.

As the evolution of college campuses continues, it is now more important than ever for universities to keep up with the latest trends in student living in order to draw the greatest number of student prospects. While some of these new features seem much different than what the “dorm experience” was 15 years ago, the competitive landscape has also changed, meaning universities need to take a fresh look at what the driving factors are for the future of their institutions. Overall, these elements add to the benefits of a student’s experience and are a great selling point for many high school students when making the important decision of where their education will take them next.

The Weitz Company Releases Mid-Year Senior Living Construction Cost Data

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The American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) and leading national construction firm The Weitz Company have published the results of their bi-annual cost of construction Special Issue Brief for Senior Living Construction.

The research suggests material and labor capacity created by the recession has been absorbed by new demand, particularly in multi-family projects.

“As that capacity is absorbed, the cost to add new resources and the profit expectations for each incremental project step up, which compounds inflation,” said Larry Graeve, senior vice president – Senior Living, The Weitz Company. “Adjacent industries have peaked, namely domestic oil and gas production, yet have not added capacity for senior living projects at this point.

“At the margin, the real estate industry needs to add resources to keep up with demand created by the improved economy, low cost of capital, and the recession lag in new construction,” said Graeve. “The primary method to attract those resources will be dollars, so we expect inflation to remain strong for at least the next few quarters.”