About - Weitz

About /

Building a Better Way Since 1855

The Weitz Company is the sixth oldest Architectural/Engineering/Construction firm in the United States. We have forged our reputation by constantly seeking new construction innovations and technologies that provide our clients with predictable, reliable and collaborative services. Our financial strength, longevity and stability through more than 167 years of economic cycles has positioned us as a recognizable leader in the construction industry.

Core Values /

Our Core Purpose is
to Build a Better Way

Honesty
& Integrity

We Embrace the
“Light of Day” Test

Respect
for People

People Matter
& We Live It

Performance with
Absolute Reliability

We Amaze the Customer
at Every Opportunity

Long-Term
Perspective

We Deliver Today with
an Eye on Tomorrow

Nurturing
Personal Growth

We Give Opportunities
to Learn, Lead & Have Fun

History /

Shaped By 165 Years of
Leadership & Innovation

The Weitz Company of today descends from a small carpentry shop founded in 1855 in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, by Charles H. Weitz, an entrepreneurial German immigrant. As the construction company grew, Charles Weitz handed down his craft, sense of values and quality to his sons, who in turn passed the family business on to their children for four generations. Always an innovator, The Weitz Company pioneered the development of precast concrete exterior wall construction and became one of the largest producers of architectural precast concrete. During World War II, The Weitz Company supported the war effort by constructing ammunition plants in record time. Weitz emerged as an employee-owned company in March 1995 when 36 stockholders purchased the business debt-free from the Weitz family. The number of employee shareholders continued to grow to more than 300 in the mid-2000s. During that time, The Weitz Company grew from a $250 million general contractor to a $1 billion industry leader. In December 2012, Weitz was purchased by global engineering and construction contractor Orascom Construction PLC, positioning the company for even further growth and construction opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Leadership /

Inspiring a Company to
Turn a Vision into Reality

Our executive leaders know more than just construction — they understand how to motivate and encourage excellence. These distinct qualities have been defining factors that have allowed Weitz to innovate and grow throughout its history.

Awards And Rankings /

Success Achieved
by Reputation

#80

2022 Rank in ENR
Top 400 Contractors

Best General
Contractor in
Des Moines

24 Straight Years (1998-2021)

40th

In 2021 BD+C
Top 140 Contractors

Engineering News-Record (2022)

Top 400 Contractors (80th) • Top 100 Contractors by New Contracts (64th) •  Top 50 Contractors Working Abroad (30th) • Top 20 Contractors for Telecommunications (15th)

Building Design + Construction (2021)

Giants 400 – Top 140 Contractors (40th) • Top 75 Engineering Firms (77th) • Top 90 Construction Management + Project Management Firms (46th) • Top 100 Design-Build Construction Firms (34th) • Top 55 Airport Facility Contractors and CM Firms (13th) • Top 45 Data Center Sector Contractors and CM Firms (13th) • Top 100 Healthcare Sector Contractors and CM Firms (29th) • Top 50 Outpatient Facility Contractors and CM Firms (9th) • Top 100 Industrial Facility Contractors and CM Firms (36th) • Top 110 Multifamily Sector Contractors and CM Firms — All Multifamily Facilities Work (34th) • Top 50 Multifamily Sector Contractors and CM Firms — Senior Living Facilities (35th) • Top 40 Multifamily Sector Contractors and CM Firms — Student Housing Facilities (11th) • Top 120 Office Sector Contractors and CM Firms (33rd) • Top 90 Government Sector Contractors and CM Firms (29th) • Top 55 Cultural Facilities Contractors and CM Firms – All Cultural Facilities Work (36th) • Top 30 Transit Facility Contractors and CM Firms for 2021  (6th) • Top 85 University Sector Contractors and CM Firms (55th) • Top 80 Hospitality Facility Contractors and CM Firms for 2021 (57th)

“The friendships made through the project, the ethics of each individual working on the job, the 'can do' attitude all lead to separating The Weitz Company from others.”

Lennis Pederson
Director of Facilities Management, Creighton University

Giving Back /

Committed To Giving Back
to Communities Nationwide

The Weitz Company supports a variety of charitable and community organizations both on a national and local chapter level. Some of these organizations include:

Habitat for Humanity

Affiliations /

Supportive & Engaged with
Outstanding Industry Affiliates

The Weitz Company is associated with many industry-related organizations both on a national and local chapter level. Some of these organizations include:

Associated Builders & Contractors; Associated General Contractors; American Institute of Architects; American Seniors Housing Association; American Society of Professional Engineers; American Subcontractors Association; Design-Build Institute of America; Lean Construction Institute; NAIOP; National Association of Women in Construction; United States Green Building Council; Urban Land Institute.