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Dreaming of a White Christmas


In November of 1984, G.W. Mitchell Construction began a highly complex project of adding on three stories to the existing seven-story City Public Service Headquarters building. Being located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the construction and design team, including 3D/I Architecture, had to work very closely and creatively with the owner, city and subcontractors to complete the project with such a tight layout space. Despite the significant construction and logistical challenges, including some weather setbacks with the “great snow” in January of 1985, Mitchell was able to complete the project on time and had CPS into their new space by November of 1985. Our very own Miracle on Navarro Street!

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‘Charging’ Into a New School Year


In light of the beginning of another school year, we wanted to highlight another of G.W. Mitchell Construction’s well known school projects, the construction of Winston Churchill High School.

By the early 1960’s, the ever growing city of San Antonio was bursting at its seams with residents continuing to settle further North, expanding the city limits. Residents began establishing several small municipalities landlocked within the city of San Antonio including Hill Country Village, Hollywood Park and Castle Hills. Consequently, the North East Independent School District’s two public high schools at the time had enrollment numbers that continued to increase beyond the schools’ capacities. In 1960, a bond was passed which allowed for construction of two new high schools in the NEISD. G.W. Mitchell Construction was commissioned five years later to build a brand new high school that would become one of the most well attended and revered public high schools in San Antonio.

In the spring of 1965, Mitchell began construction on the 135,000 square foot Winston Churchill High School for a contracted amount of $1.6 million. By the middle of the summer of ’66, the project was complete and the school was ready for its first students to attend classes. Since 1966, Churchill High School has continued to grow in size and excel academically. With a current enrollment of just under 3,000 students, the Churchill Chargers rank in the top 1% of all high schools in the country. Additionally, for the past nine years, every Churchill graduate has been accepted to college. The schools motto of “Never, never, never, never give up,” which was taken from a Winston Churchill quote, continues to ring true throughout the halls of this historic and well-renowned school.

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Building San Antonio’s Medical Community


In January of 1978, G.W. Mitchell Construction was commissioned to build a new ground up 166-bed, 110,000 square foot hospital known as Southwest General Hospital. Not only was Mitchell able to complete the construction of the hospital 30 days prior to its original completion date but they also came in under budget. In August of 1979, the hospital celebrated its grand opening with keynote speaker Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez.

As a result of such a positive experience with the owners, in 1983, Mitchell was asked to negotiate with the hospital on a difficult, fast track addition and remodel that would add 60,00 square feet- fifty percent of the hospital’s original size. Again, Mitchell proved to be successful in this project finishing it within the completion date and budget.

Today, Southwest General Hospital has continued to provide high-quality healthcare for residents of southwest San Antonio for over 30 years and remains a vital source of healthcare for the Southside of San Antonio and the surrounding area. It is a 327-bed acute care hospital with specialties in Cardiology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Women’s Health, Emergency Services, Physical Therapy, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatric Services. Southwest General has earned numerous distinctions for quality, including a Health Grades 5-star rating for maternity care seven years in a row, Health Grades 5-star rating in heart failure, sepsis, pneumonia and COPD.