7/22/16 Big Red Dog: How one of SA’s fastest-growing companies continues to grow

July 25, 2016 by Will Schnier P.E.

July 22, 2016

By Katie Burke

Russell Yeager says communication with their clients is the core of their business model.

As the city continues to spread out with new residential and commercial development, and up with a rising population and steady economic growth, the companies working in sectors that cater to San Antonio’s real estate market have posted remarkable jumps of their own.

Take Big Red Dog Engineering & Consulting, for example. The firm pulled in $3.68 million in gross local revenue last year, a 188.4 percent increase from 2013.

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Vice President Russell Yeager took some time to share what the company is up to, where it’s seen the most activity and what it’s planning for the years ahead.

BRD has experience across a wide range of markets, but as a company, which sector have you seen the most growth in?

For us, we have seen major growth in our urban sector in San Antonio and office sector in Austin. These two markets have had a significant amount of growth as each market is maturing. Austin is a bit ahead of us on the growth of its urban core, and office space has really started to grow. Here in San Antonio, we are seeing significant vertical projects start coming into downtown. From Lone Star to high-rise multifamily to larger-scale mixed-use projects, we have really seen density pick up in San Antonio.

What have been your biggest projects over the past couple of years?

We have been able to do a few very-high profile and large projects over the last two years. The most notable are the work we are doing with Verano, Lone Star’s redevelopment and the work we have done with the Peanut Factory Lofts.

How are you changing the business to adapt to the growth it’s experienced?

Our key focus has always been attracting the best talent. Excited people who really want to learn and grow are our engine. We are also trying to adapt to diversify our market physically to Houston and Dallas, and with new services. As our company has grown, we have branched out into Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) design and Traffic Engineering disciplines. These have been extensions of requests to continue to serve our clients at a high level; they have wanted it so we have delivered.

What are some of the biggest drivers of recent growth, and do you expect them to continue?

It has obviously been a blessing to be in arguably the best real estate market in the United States. With the extreme growth that all of our offices have seen in the Texas Triangle, it has been a great market for growth. The ability to focus on core values of quality, service and transparency have really struck a chord with our clients and they have really propelled us. Based on what we are seeing with our clients and our work projections, next year looks like it will be more of the same in San Antonio.