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BUILDING TEXAS FOR 50 YEARS

Our unique approach consistently delivers high quality buildings in a variety of market sectors, exceeding the most demanding expectations.

1969

INCEPTION

One, Steve Rogers, a Mechanical Engineer from Texas Tech University, was working in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Stran-Steel Corporation, makers of metal buildings. The other, Pat O’Brien, a Civil Engineer from Texas A&M University, was working in Texas for Texaco, supervising the construction of service stations. Steve said, “We saw what was being built and decided we could do it every bit as good as that and probably better.” And so this company’s story began.

1969

1969

THE
START
THE START

Soon after childhood friends Steve Rogers and Pat O'Brien started Rogers-O'Brien Construction Company, they were awarded their first project with a contract value of $11,000. The single-stall truck wash station was completed in four months.

1970

1970

PARTNERSHIPPARTNERSHIP

Rogers-O'Brien, a pioneer in the design-build method of construction, leverages their in-house engineers and architects and forms a successful partnership with Stran-Steel Corporation.

1971

1971

DEALER OF
THE YEAR
DEALER OF THE YEAR

Rogers-O’Brien wins Stran-Steel Dealer of the Year for the Howell Furniture project in McKinney, Texas

1973

1973

HOME FOR
30 YEARS
HOME FOR 30 YEARS

11145 Morrison Lane location opens which becomes home-base for the next 30 years

1973

1973

MILLION
MARK
MILLION MARK

RO reaches successful million-dollar project mark with buildings for Marazzi Tile, Gardner Denver and Theron Industries Mirazzi tile project.

1980 – 1989

BUILDING MOMENTUM

As the 1980’s dawned, Rogers-O’Brien was hitting its stride. Revenues were growing incrementally every year, as were profits. The company’s project portfolio was diversifying, they were building more jobs that were not metal buildings, but individual project size remained relatively small. Despite this, they continued making investments in technology and people as they could.

1980

1980

FIRST
COMPUTER
FIRST COMPUTER

RO invests in its first computer, a Nixdorf Posting Machine.

1982

1982

EXPANSION TO
FORT WORTH MARKET
EXPANSION TO
FORT WORTH MARKET

RO opens third office in Fort Worth, Texas

1985

1985

GAME
CHANGER
GAME CHANGER

Required by Texas Instruments, Rogers-O’Brien embraces Total Quality Management, which permeates to the present RO Core Training.

1990 - 1999

CHANGE AND EXPANSION

The strong relationship with Texas Instruments became a powerful influence on the company’s success. All involved feel that the company became a better builder and they became better people. Steve Rogers goes on to pursue other adventures, and at the same time, Preston McAfee, Pat’s son, returned to the company, as Executive Vice-President. His timely return allowed the company to continue its strong marketing initiatives, and it opened up the market for doing developer projects which remains a major market for Rogers-O’Brien today.

1991

1991

INAGUARUAL QUALITY
ACHIEVEMENT DAY
INAGUARUAL QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT DAY

All 103 employees were invited to the first annual RO Quality Achievement Day. May 3, 1991.

1995

1995

25 YEARS AND THE
SECOND GENERATION
25 YEARS AND THE SECOND GENERATION

Preston McAfee comes to RO to work alongside his step-father, Pat O’Brien, as the company celebrates 25 years in business. Co-founder, Steve Rogers, retires – leaving a legacy….

1996

1996

LEADERSHIP IN
THE INDUSTRY
LEADERSHIP IN THE INDUSTRY

Pat O’Brien’s involvement and commitment to ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors, and AGC, - later combined as TEXO - and CEF, Construction Education Foundation, exemplifies Pat’s leadership in the construction industry. Pat wins AGC Dallas chapter S.I.R. Award.

1996

1996

DOT
COM
DOT COM

RO solidifies its position on the cutting edge of technology with the launch of the first website homepage, created by now Executive Vice President, Mike Orr.

1997

1997

RO IS ON
THE MOVE
RO IS ON THE MOVE

RO ranks in the ENR Top 400, for the first time, with a revenue of over $100,000,000

2000-2009

STRATEGIC GROWTH

RO reaches the $150 Million mark and continues to grow strategically with adding key team members and expanding into the Austin market. Preston becomes CEO and Pat moves to Chairman. They too, became effective partners as Steve and Pat had been. Justin McAfee joins the family business and technology becomes a differentiator for the company.

2001

2001

AIA DALLAS CONTRACTOR
OF THE YEAR
AIA DALLAS CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

Annually, AIA celebrates architecture to recognize local, state, and national honor award recipients from related industries that continue Dallas’ tradition of design excellence.

2001

2001

THE MOVE TO
REGAL ROW
THE MOVE TO REGAL ROW

Rogers-O'Brien moves and the Regal Row building opens.

2001

2003

TOWERING
OVER
TOWERING OVER

The first RO Tower Crane is used on the Young Street Project in Dallas.

2001

2005

EXPANDING TO
AUSTIN
EXPANDING TO AUSTIN

Rogers-O’Brien expands to Austin with Construction Partners, a successor company of Faulker Construction.

2009

2009

TECHNOLOGY AND
THE FUTURE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE

Third-generation leadership, Justin McAfee joins the firm at an exciting and innovative time – a virtual design and construction, VDC, department is forged. 1400 Hi Line and Methodist Medical Office Pavilion are RO’s first technology projects

2010 - 2019

THINGS COME TOGETHER

Rogers-O’Brien becomes a national technology leader, much further advanced, than very large companies – analyzing every task performed in the field to see if there is a technology application that can add value for both the clients and the company. RO gains additional momentum from major investments in people and their development, in strategic thinking about markets, in strengthening the culture, and in additional geographic expansion.

2011
2011

2011

PAPER-FREE IN
THE FIELD
PAPER-FREE IN THE FIELD

RO makes transition from paper drawings to iPads in the field, saving over 50,000 hours per year and $500,000+ saved by identifying and resolving issues more quickly through all phases of construction.

2012

2012

EYE IN
THE SKY
EYE IN THE SKY

RO acquires its first drone to better capture construction progress.

2014

2014

RO TO
HOUSTON
RO TO HOUSTON

Rogers-O’Brien opens the Houston office.

2018

2018

MOVING
FORWARD
MOVING FORWARD

RO approaches $700,000,000 in annual revenue and looks to expand into other Texas markets, such as San Antonio… add MS project

2019

2019

THIRD
GENERATION
THIRD GENERATION

Preston McAfee transitions to the Rogers-O’Brien Chairman and Justin McAfee steps into the role of President and CEO, continuing the family legacy as the third generation of leadership for the firm.

FUTURE

BLAZING THE WAY IN TECHNOLOGY

For the last 50 years, RO has consistently proven that there is A Better Way to do things, whether that’s in how we build buildings or foster relationships. We’ve applied that same philosophy and way of thinking with technology and innovation. Since 2011, RO has been a leader in construction technology around the world and we don’t plan on changing that reputation – the future is bright and the opportunities are endless.

2019