Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Jim Metzger

James H. Metzger

M.S.C.E., University of Texas at El Paso, 1968
B.S.C.E., University of Texas at Austin, 1962

A native of Fredericksburg, Texas, Jim Metzger always planned to have a career in construction and has worked in the commercial construction industry for more than 45 years. He paid for his college tuition by working in pipeline construction during each summer while attending school.

After earning his B.S. degree, he worked as a surveyor, field engineer, project engineer, and project manager on projects related to railroads, buildings, chemical plants, locks and dams, and nuclear power plants. From 1963-78, he worked for C.H. Leveall & Co. where he achieved the position of senior V.P. and COO for the Dallas-based construction company. During his time at the firm, he also served project manager for a portion of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and was construction engineer on nine of the first thirteen buildings of the manned NASA Space Center in Houston.

In 1978, Metzger was named president of IBS Contractors in Houston, specializing in medium-rise office buildings, retail, warehouses and industrial facilities in Texas and New Mexico.

Along with a partner, he established Metzger Construction in 1986 and eventually expanded to 10 other states in addition to Texas. The company is now listed as one of the top 125 contractors in the Lone Star State. Metzger Construction was also one of the first to construct large tiltwall structures using job cast insulated concrete “sandwich wall panels”.

Metzger is an active member of the Littlefield Society, Chancellor’s Council, and President’s Associates. He is a member of the University of St. Thomas Development Committee and a Life Member of ASCE. In 2011, he was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the Cockrell School of Engineering.