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 165 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

& Integrity

We Embrace the
“Light of Day” Test

for People

People Matter
& We Live It

Performance with
Absolute Reliability

We Amaze the Customer
at Every Opportunity


We Deliver Today with
an Eye on Tomorrow

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


Our Rank in ENR
Top 400 Contractors

Best General
Contractor in
Des Moines

22 Straight Years (1998-2019)


BD+C Top Industrial
Construction Firms Rank

Engineering News-Record (2019)

Top 400 Contractors (99th) • Top 100 Contractors by New Contracts (65th) • Top 100 Construction Management at Risk Firms (88th) • Top 100 Construction Management for Fee Firms (69th) • Top 50 Program Management Firms (47th) • Top Government Offices Contractors (6th) • Top Refineries & Petrochemical Plants Contractors (14th) • Top Petroleum Contractors (26th)

Building Design + Construction (2019)

Giants 300 Contractors (59th) • Top Construction Management Firms (71st) • Military Construction Firms (9th) • Religious Construction Firms (23rd) • Office Construction Firms (28th) • Industrial Construction Firms (29th) • Airport Construction Firms (31st) • Multifamily Construction Firms (38th) • Data Center Construction Firms (43rd) • Hotel Construction Firms (44th) • Sports Facilities Construction Firms (49th) • Healthcare Construction Firms (51st) • Cultural Facilities Construction Firms (53rd) • University Construction Firms (55th) • Government Building Construction Firms (71st) • K-12 School Construction Firms (76th) • Retail Construction Firms (76th)

“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.