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Sep 23, 2015

O’Connell Robertson Celebrates 65 Years of Mission Driven Design Services


For more than six decades, O’Connell Robertson has applied a mission-driven approach to design that focuses on the purpose each facility serves. To commemorate its 65th year in business, the firm will make donations in honor of its clients and employees to several representative education and healthcare organizations. The financial contributions will be announced during a staff celebration on October 23.

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For more than six decades, O'Connell Robertson has applied a mission-driven approach to design that focuses on the purpose each facility serves. To commemmorate its 65th year in business, the firm will make donations in honor of its clients and employees to several representative education and healthcare organizations. The financial contributions will be announced during a staff celebration on October 23.

"Our clients give us the opportunity to exceed their expectations every time they engage us. They invite us to share our expertise, and work with us to help each project set a new standard for collaborative success. In turn, we are inspired by the work and mission of these clients," said Rick Buringht, AIA, AHCA, the firm's president/CEO.

O’Connell Robertson was established in Austin in 1950 by William A. O’Connell, AIA, the first architect for the Texas Department of Health. In 1978, Noel Robertson joined O’Connell’s firm to add mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering services. In addition to celebrating 65 years in business, 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of the firm’s San Antonio office. O’Connell Robertson has evolved and grown over the years, with more than 50 employees now providing comprehensive architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, commissioning, sustainable design, and bond planning and communication services.

Through the decades, O’Connell Robertson has strengthened its commitment to healthcare facility planning and design. More than 50 years ago, the Firm expanded its specialization to include the planning and design of K-12 and higher education facilities. O’Connell Robertson has earned dozens of regional and national planning design awards for its educational projects, including the Round Rock ISD Success High School, the Sally and Mack Brown Rise School, the San Antonio College Nail Technical Center, and the Austin Community College Highland Master Plan. Altogether, O'Connell Robertson has completed thousands of projects across Texas over the past 65 years. While the size and type of the projects has changed, the firm’s commitment to its clients has never wavered.

“With the knowledge that each medical and educational facility we design has a purpose that extends far beyond form and function, O’Connell Robertson has expanded its services and grown its expertise. We understand that every environment we create affects how people work, heal, teach and learn. It’s why we never stop innovating,” stated Burnight.

A special web page highlighting milestones in the Firm’s 65 years is available online at oconnellrobertson/anniversary. Also, Thanks to San Antonio Construction News for the great article highlighting O’Connell Robertson’s 65th anniversary celebration and commemoration of our 15th year in San Antonio!