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2023 Family Biz Awards: Russell and Dawson Inc.

Russell and Dawson is a long-serving architecture and engineering firm in Connecticut. Founded in 1965, the company provides integrated architectural and engineering services across the Northeast states. The firm offers full architectural design, engineering and construction services, including structural, HVAC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing; and sustainable and interior designs.

Tell us a bit about your recent accomplishments.

Russell and Dawson has been blessed with the addition of good talent to our team in recent years. It is noteworthy to mention that we have been slowly establishing our presence in key municipal projects across the state, which is our way of serving our local communities.

What are your family values and how do they contribute to your business success?

Russell and Dawson brings to work a sense of responsibility and its importance of the impact for the lack of it. We work together with creativity, integrity and respect to overcome any obstacles that we may face during the process of completing a project.

Understanding comfort levels of our clients and effective communication has proved valuable time and time again to our business, thus building strong, everlasting relationships.

Where do you see your business in the next five years?

Russell and Dawson is expanding its presence in K-12 and other municipal design and engineering work. As we continue to expand into various sectors, we would like to build upon our team experience and expertise in these sectors and continue improving upon our standards of service over the next five years.

Do you have a business succession plan?

Russell and Dawson as a company is a firm believer in developing leaders from within our ranks. We emphasize cross-discipline training for our employees and provide them exposure to various aspects of firm management in order to help future leaders prepare for their leadership roles.

What are your guiding business principles?

Our multidisciplinary, client-first approach makes us the AEC firm of choice in the states where we practice, as proven by our greater than 90% client retention rate. We have an experienced team of in-house architects, engineers, designers, consultants and technicians making us who we are. The firm is well versed and knowledgeable in dealing with local, state and federal agencies in the approval and permit process required for the successful completion of projects.

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