Austin Pipkin

Project Coordinator / Design & Construction

  • 6 years of experience
  • 2 years at KDC

Austin Pipkin never imagined that tripping on a school playground would be the first step to a career in real estate development, but it was. The scar in his eyebrow serves as a daily reminder, too.

Pipkin was just a kindergartner playing tag when he tripped, cracked his forehead on a piece of wood, and ended up with a concussion. His aunt gave him a LEGO castle with 1,000 pieces as a “Get Well Soon” gift, and he stayed up all night with his dad playing with LEGOs.

“Seeing the castle come together sparked my interest in construction, and ultimately led me to where I am today,” Pipkin says

The KDC team is smart and collaborative, and the excitement they have about the projects they’re working on is contagious. The atmosphere at KDC is definitely one you want to be part of. Along the way to a successful project, people are smiling and laughing and having a good time.

Pipkin’s grandfather, a professional civil engineer, continued to cultivate Pipkin’s interest in building by taking him to construction sites throughout his childhood. He ended up following in grandfather’s footsteps by attending University of Texas at Austin and obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Pipkin relocated to Dallas, primarily to obtain his MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business. SMU’s MBA program.

Pipkin comes to KDC from the general contracting world. In his position as a project coordinator, he works on a variety of development projects at KDC. His background in general contracting allows him to make significant contributions to the design and construction group. His main responsibilities include design review, schedule review and management, budget review, and working closely with owners and vendors.

“The KDC team is smart and collaborative, and the excitement they have about the projects they’re working on is contagious,” Pipkin says. “The atmosphere at KDC is definitely one you want to be part of. Along the way to a successful project, people are smiling and laughing and having a good time.”

Prior to joining KDC, Pipkin worked in project management for Harvey | Harvey-Cleary Builders. He interned with the Houston-based general contractor for two summers, working on Amegy Bank’s headquarters and its regional headquarters before joining the company full-time.

During Pipkin’s five-year stint with Harvey | Harvey-Cleary Builders, he worked on a number of large projects including $147-million office campus in Midland, Texas, for Anadarko Petroleum and a $118-million administrative campus in Corpus Christi for Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV), a joint venture between Exxon and SABIC.

Even though the GCGV project had some unique elements including a Class 1, Division 2 hazardous waste facility, the Anadarko project is Pipkin’s favorite project to date. The 500,000-square-foot project consisted of two five-story class A office buildings, amenities building, and parking garage.

“Anadarko was a great life experience,” Pipkin says. “With a 12-person team in a very remote area, we were very close. So far, it’s the project where I learned the most and created great memories.”

Pipkin is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston in the Memorial City area. He’s one of five children, right in the middle of two older brothers and two younger sisters. Throughout his youth, he and his family visited Zambia every summer for seven years as part of Family Legacy Missions International to work with orphans.

As a Texas Longhorn, Pipkin’s blood runs orange, just like the rest of his family’s. His father and grandfather went to UT, and so did his two older brothers. Pipkin attends every UT home game with his family.

Pipkin is an avid pickleball competitor, and he also works out quite a bit – he’s become a fitness fanatic over the past several years. He also enjoys golfing; he’d love to visit Augusta, Ga., and attend the Masters Golf Tournament.

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