RUST COMPANY HISTORY
For three generations, Rust Construction has upheld a tradition of fine building. Founder Robert Nelson Rust, Sr.
owned farmland covering several hundred acres from Old Town Alexandria to Bailey’s Crossroads in Northern Virginia.
In subdividing and developing the Rust Family Farms, large portions of Rosemont, Braddock Heights, Timber Branch, Mount
Ida and Beverly Hills were established. Many of the first homes in these areas were built by Rust Construction. The company’s
tradition of exceptional workmanship continues today in the construction of new commercial and residential buildings, renovation
and remodeling projects, and the restoration of historic properties throughout the region.
The firm’s nearly century-long presence in the D.C. metropolitan area affords a familiarity with the region’s complex
building regulations and changing needs.
Rust Construction is especially familiar with those requirements intended to
preserve the aesthetics of Old Tom Rust, President and Susan Belle, V.P.
Town Alexandria, Virginia. Throughout its long history,
Rust Construction’s work has commanded respect and high regard.
An early leader in sustainable and green building methods, in the 1960s and 1970s the Rust Construction Co. received several
passive and active solar research and development grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Rust Construction used these grants
to integrate active and passive solar design elements into new and existing commercial and residential buildings located in urban
settings. Later, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Thomas Rust taught the fundamentals of solar design. He has continually
promoted the use of techniques, materials, and equipment that today are considered to be “green.”