Top 40 Under 40 2013: Andrew C. Auxier

Andrew Auxier has been in the mass transit construction industry for 12 years and has worked on numerous transit projects throughout his career at Stacy and Witbeck Inc. Starting as a summer intern, he has at one time held every management position within the organization. Additionally, he has been a part of all facets of infrastructure construction, including but not limited to: utilities, roadways, light rail, streetcar, heavy rail, electrical, overhead catenary, bridge structures, train signals and pedestrian facilities.

Auxier was an intern on the $104 million Interstate MAX Light Rail Project; a field engineer/QC on the $4 million  South Waterfront Central District Street Improvements; a field/office engineer on the $29 million Amtrak Extension, Civil Systems & Station Construction; a project engineer on the $12 million  Portland Streetcar Lowell/Bond Extension; segment manager for the $180 million South Corridor I-205 LRT Extension; and construction manager on the $107 million Portland Streetcar Loop.

Auxier is now the project manager on the $87 million Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension project. He has locally been involved with MCIP (Minority Contractor Improvement Partnership) and NAMCO (National Association of Minority Contractors) in hopes of attracting and mentoring minority and women-owned contractors.

Auxier has been a source of innovative advancements in mass transit construction techniques, specifically developing methods to minimize revenue service impacts during rail tie-ins by advancing and reorganizing turnout and crossing construction. His construction techniques have led to realized cost and schedule gains on several Stacy and Witbeck projects.

He takes great pride in improving neighborhoods, not just with transit projects he builds, but by helping outside the projects as well. He has worked with Disjecta (a local nonprofit art center) in North Portland to remove an old asphalt parking lot and revitalize it into a usable green space. In southeast Portland he helped raise money and built new playgrounds for a local school next to the project. In his personal time, Auxier has volunteered at a local middle school in Clackamas, Ore., to teach a math unit about engineering.

 “The most enjoyable aspect of building mass transit projects is the reward of seeing hard work develop into an incredible product and to know our projects will have a lasting impact for many future generations.  

“It’s great to be part of an industry which builds such amazing projects to improve communities and enhance peoples’ lives.  I love to visit completed projects and see the communities utilizing and enjoying our hard work.”