95 Years Young

SAN ANTONIO – It is hard to find something that is still around after 95 years, whether it be a business, a building or a person. However, G.W. Mitchell Construction gets to reflect on its success and its journey as it celebrated its 95th anniversary in December.


George W. Mitchell: Building a Legacy

After graduating from Texas A&M in 1915 and serving as an officer in France during World War I, George W. Mitchell knew a thing or two about fortitude.

planGeorge used these strengths in 1921, leaving his job as a superintendent at Southern Steel to form his own construction company. G.W. Mitchell General Contractor started out small, building family homes in the Southside with the odd apartment complex and commercial project.
As time went on, the company grew its reputation by building homes for several prestigious San Antonio families, including a home for Judge Winchester Kelso’s son, which later came to house the famous La Fonda restaurant, and the Atkins Family Estate, what we all know as the McNay Art Museum. Around the same time, George’s company took a step beyond the residential market when it built its first school in Floresville, Texas.

The Great Depression hit George’s business like everyone else’s. After almost decade of growth, housing and construction slowed. Scrounging for repair and housing work as far as West Texas, George fought hard to keep his business and family alive. To stay above water, he took on more commercial jobs. A large project with Hoffmann & Hayman Coffee Co. in 1932, hard work, and close relationships kept G.W. Mitchell afloat during the Second World War.gw-downtown

It was a close relationship with famous architect O’Neil Ford that kept G.W. Mitchell busy in the residential construction market from 1937 through the 70s. This collaboration yielded dozens of homes in Olmos Park and Terrell Hills.

George passed his knowledge and enduring spirit on to his three sons (George, Bob and Melvin) in the late 1940s when the firm was incorporated into G.W. Mitchell & Sons Inc. Together, George and his sons thrived through the 1950s to 1970s, taking on bigger and more prestigious projects such as La Villita Assembly Building and UT Health Science Center.

The spirit of hard work and endurance that George brought to his company has left a lasting legacy, helping his children and grandchildren to survive economic hardships in the 1980s, the 2008 crash, and recent competitive entries into the San Antonio market. This persistent presence in the construction industry can be seen all over San Antonio from the Alamo and Hemisfair Arena to Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University and the UIW Mabee Library.

mitchell-16x20_1Today, a third generation manages the tradition of providing high-quality construction services with Melvin serving as Chairman of the Board, Bill Mitchell as President, Lane Mitchell as Vice President, Andy Mitchell as CFO. In the summer of 2012, a fourth generation Mitchell joined the team. Erin Mitchell Clementson is Director of Business Development, keeping the family tradition alive.

Strong community relationships, a powerful sense of optimism, and the undeniable fortitude George W. passed down to his family is what has kept G.W. Mitchell at the forefront of the construction industry for 95 years, making them key players in the development of Alamo City landscape.


US Builders Review Releases Annual “Best of the United States” 2016 Special Edition

US Builders Review has released its annual “Best of the United States” 2016 special edition, featuring more than 60 of the nation’s top construction companies.

Since 2013, US Builders Review, a leading construction trade journal, has recognized construction and building companies from across the country for their industry contributions, commitment to employees and forward thinking through the annual Best of the United States awards.


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544G.W. Mitchell Construction has been a standout name in general contracting since 1921. Now in the hands of third and fourth generation family members, G.W. Mitchell has overcome many obstacles, surviving the Great Depression and growing through the 2008 recession while building a reputation for quality service. Serving greater San Antonio and South Texas, G.W. Mitchell has been involved in many notable landmarks and has completed numerous corporate, educational, health care, historic renovations, municipal, religious, residential and retail projects over its 95-year history. A well-known name in San Antonio After serving as an officer in World War I, George W. Mitchell established G.W. Mitchell General Contracting in San Antonio in 1921. He got his start building small family homes, but quickly moved up to larger custom homes and commercial projects. After World War II, G.W.’s three sons — George, Bob and Melvin — joined the company and the business incorporated as G. W. Mitchell & Sons Inc. In the 2000s with G.W. long out of the picture, and Melvin the only active son in the business, the company began doing business as G.W. Mitchell Construction. G.W. Mitchell made its mark on San Antonio, completing many iconic buildings and landmarks, including the Atkinson Residence, which is now known as the McNay Art Museum; many of the buildings at Trinity University (including Laurie Auditorium); multiple projects at the Alamo Cement Quarry and many other fine residential and commercial projects. The second generation became known for La Villita Assembly Building; the South Texas Medical School (known today as the UT Health Science Center); the project of raising the roof on the original Hemisphere Arena and many other commercial and industrial projects. The third generation’s more memorable projects include: the Clear Channel World Wide headquarters, Alamo Heights United Methodist new campus, Oak Hills Church new campus, and a unique basement excavation under a building on the Alamo grounds.

Exclusive: Pop on a hard hat to tour USAA’s future home in the Vista Corporate Center

There is one thing that becomes immediately apparent when looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows at Vista Corporate Center — USAA will have one heck of a view.

The 150,735-square-foot building is the first true Class A office property — according to the Building Owners and Management Association International guidelines — that was developed on a completely speculative basis that has been fully preleased prior to delivery in the past 30 years.

Rast Iron Works expands with new home in northeast San Antonio

When Glenn Boggs drives around San Antonio, he sees four decades worth of buildings that were made using his company’s fabricated steel beams.

Boggs and his father founded Rast Iron Work
s in 1976, and earlier this week, the company started moving out of its old home in Schertz and into a 9-acre property off Rittiman Road and State Highway 78 in northeast San Antonio.

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Peek inside the future of downtown living.

Graffiti still covers the walls, the elevator banks have a vocabulary of unexpected thunks and the molding window panes still need to be replaced, but AREA Real Estate — which purchased the nine-story property in late 2014 through a partnership with its founder, David Adelman, as well as Lake/Flato Architects Principal David Lake — and G.W. Mitchell Construction are on track to complete the basement-to-rooftop overhaul by the end of this year.

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Executive Q&A: Kim Williams

Executive Q&A: Kim Williams, director of special projects, G.W. Mitchell Construction

Kim Williams
is the new face with G.W. Mitchell Construction, but she is no stranger to construction and development. Like the company she now works for, Williams has an extensive résumé filled with work for Fortune 500 companies such as USAA, and other names most would recognize. It was her ability to work with existing spaces, however, that has brought her from markets such as Dallas, Los Angeles and Austin to her new role in San Antonio. And even if it is as minimal as moving a door, Williams said she’s always up for the job.

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