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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Old vs. new?

Old vs. new? G.W. Mitchell taps 95-year history for both

With a strengthening focus on historic preservation and new corporate projects, G.W. Mitchell Construction has found most of its success comes from doing it all.

The company has some of the deepest roots in San Antonio’s business community, with a résumé of projects for nearly every major name in the city — Valero Energy Corp., H-E-B, University of the Incarnate Word, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, Cavender Auto Group and even work on the Alamo.

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From the Alamo to Valero

From the Alamo to Valero, G.W. Mitchell Construction uses the old to focus on the new

As the oldest contracting firm in San Antonio, G.W. Mitchell Construction has a connection to most of the city’s largest developments, companies and rehabilitation projects, and it is leveraging its 95 years of business to launch it into the future.

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