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 169 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 /


The Weitz Company began as a small carpentry shop 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 continued to pass the family business on 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 and continued to grow to more than 300 employee stockholders in the mid-2000s. During that time, The Weitz Company grew from a $250 million general contractor to a $1 billion industry leader with an expanding national footprint.

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. Orascom Construction PLC is a global industry leader with a robust international portfolio, executing numerous large and complex projects in over 20 countries. As a member of the Orascom Construction PLC global group, Weitz leverages the group’s international expertise and leading innovative strategies to deliver premier results to our clients across market sectors.

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. Learn more about our Global Leadership team here.

Awards And Rankings /

Success Achieved
by Reputation


2024 Rank in ENR
Top 400 Contractors

Best General
Contractor in
Des Moines

26 Straight Years (1997-2023)


In 2023 BD+C
Top 200 Contractors

Engineering News-Record (2024)

Top 400 Contractors (85th) •  Top 50 Contractors Working Abroad (40th) • Top 20 Contractors for Telecommunications (15th)

Building Design + Construction (2023)

Giants 400 – Top 200 Contractors (59th) • Top 50 Data Center Contractors + CM Firms (15th) • Top 40 Student Housing Facility Contractors + CM Firms (7th) • Top 50 Senior Living Facility Contractors + CM Firms (15th) • Top 100 Apartment and Condominium Contractors (52nd) • Top 115 Healthcare Sector Contractors + CM Firms (81st) • Top 90 Hospital Facility Contractors + CM Firms (70th) • Top 90 Hospitality Sector Contractors + CM Firms (49th) • Top 80 Hotel Sector Contractors + CM Firms (47th) • Top 25 Casino Contractors + CM Firms (24th) • Top 110 Industrial Sector Contractors + CM Firms (56th) • Top 110 Multifamily Sector Contractors + CM Firms (34th) • Top 70 Science + Technology Facility Contractors + CM Firms (54th) • Top 45 Laboratory Facility Contractors and Construction Management Firms (33rd) • Top 100 K-12 School Contractors and CM Firms (51st) • Top 60 Sports Facility Contractors and CM Firms (63rd) • Top 90 University Contractors and Construction Management Firms (44th)

“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.