Moving Through the Years

Moving-01It’s finally moving day and we are movin’ on up! Literally! After more than 60 years in the Mirano Building, we are headed to the third floor of the newly improved 86|TEN Building located at 8610 Broadway. This building was actually Lane Mitchell’s first project in 1982!

 

Since we love a good flashback, we felt it only fitting to take a look back at our various locations throughout our 96 years. First, our founder, G.W. Mitchell, conducted business from his home office located on Stratford Court just south of downtown, where he worked building homes and apartment buildings. In 1925, as business picked up and the projects became more commercial, it made sense to move downtown to the Builder’s Exchange Building located on Pecan Street where we remained for 30 years. During that time, we completed the Atkins residence, which is now the McNay Art Museum, several projects at Trinity University, the San Antonio Airport and the cement silos at what is now the Quarry.

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As downtown became more congested and San Antonio started to expand away from downtown, GWM wanted something more convenient for clients to be able to come to the office. George scoured the town for locations and found the perfect spot on St. Mary’s Street. In 1955, GWM built the ‘Mirano Building’, named after Mitchell, Randol, and Noonan who partnered together to build the building. We called Mirano home for 62 years. Over those six decades, we worked on projects ranging from the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Zoo, and the University of Texas Medical School to the Alamo Sales Museum, Clear Channel Communications Headquarters and Data Center, Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, The Maverick Apartments, and Vista Corporate Center.

We are very excited about this new chapter at our new location, but want you to know that while our location may be changing, our commitment to client satisfaction, completing projects on–time and in-budget will hold true no matter where we call home.

 

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G.W. Mitchell Construction
8610 Broadway Suite 310
San Antonio, TX 78217

Mitchell In Motion Quarterly – October 2017

Bill’s Blueprint

5. Alamo Quarry 1Hello All,

Welcome to Mitchell in Motion our new quarterly newsletter that covers all things G.W. Mitchell. There has been a lot of change taking place at GWM in the last few months mainly our big move. After six decades of residing in the Mirano Building, at 2002 N. St. Mary’s Street, we are excited to announce that we are moving on up (literally) to bigger and better things. Very soon we will be relocating to our newly renovated offices in the 86TEN Building located at 8610 Broadway, Suite 310. We are thrilled about the move and can’t wait to see what amazing new opportunities this new chapter will bring. While we will certainly miss the Mirano Building, the memories of the fantastic projects that were developed, and the many great people who worked there over the years will be etched in our history forever. As we close one chapter and embark on another in this new office, I want all of you to remember that although there may be a lot of change coming our way, a few things will always remain constant at GWM, our commitment to client satisfaction, completing projects on–time and in-budget.

Sincerely,
Bill Mitchell
President

G.W. Mitchell Makes a Move

On December 1, G.W. Mitchell is making its first move in over 60 years to newly renovated office space at 410 and Broadway. We have had only three locations in the past 95 years so this move will be our fourth and biggest yet. We have been in the Mirano Building diligently building your construction projects for 62 years, the Builders Exchange Building before that for 30 years, and our first office was in G.W.’s home office for a mere four years. So, as you can see, it’s a pretty big deal!

What also makes this move so exciting is that the building we are moving to was actually built for a developer by G.W. Mitchell Construction back in 1983 and was Lane Mitchell’s very first project as a GWM project manager.

The 86TEN building is owned by several partners including the current tenant occupied partners, as well as an equity partner out of Austin and our friends at Peloton Real Estate. We are investing in this partnership so that we will not only be tenants of the new building, but part-owners.

In addition to upgrading our technology and boosting morale by occupying newly renovated offices, the move will allow us to strategically position our project teams and support personnel in their own working spaces, allowing for future expansion.

We, in a way, have come full circle in this new office and the move, and we can’t wait to start developing this new chapter with YOU – our team, partners, clients, subs, architects, and engineers. Wanna see the new digs? Be on the lookout for an open house sometime after the first of the year.

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Community Conscious

At GWM, we believe that engaging in community service provides people with the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large to the people who need it most. From rebuilding historic neighborhoods and helping non-profits renovate, to volunteering for a local charity, GWM believes in giving back. Each quarter we will showcase of few of our employees doing great things locally.

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On October 21, Superintendent Mark Balencia and his brothers took a group of 150 Wounded Warriors to Extreme Dove Hunts Negland Farms outside of Lytle, TX for a day full of dove hunting, skeet shooting, fishing, and relaxing outdoors. This is the fifth year Mark has been involved in this annual event.

 

 

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Angela Hines, one of our Senior Project Managers, is Co-Chair of the National Association Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) Block Kids event at Madison Elementary on December 1, 2017. Block Kids is a National building competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC. This award-winning program introduces 4th and 5th grade children to the construction industry in an effort to create awareness and promote careers in the industry. Each child will be given the same materials – Legos, a rock, string, foil and no tape or scissors – with instructions to create whatever they want related to construction in 30 mins.
The participating children will then answer some questions about their creation from the NAWIC judges who will judge their creations and give awards and goody bags. Local winners advance to regional competitions with one semifinalist from each region being entered in the national program competitions where the top three creations will be awarded.

 

Port ADirector of Business Development, Erin Mitchell Clementson and her husband have been volunteering through their church to help with clean up, demolition and rebuilding efforts in Port Aransas after Hurricane Harvey. They have already made one successful trip since the hurricane and have plans for several more trips this fall.

 

 

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Faith is one of the cornerstones of our company’s foundation, so we take great pride in our faith-based projects. Recently, we have had the honor to be involved with two local churches, Zion Lutheran and Christ Episcopal Church (CEC).

On September 24, Bill Mitchell, Lee Herbst and Dennis Darr attended the official rededication to the recently completed multi-phased Zion Lutheran Church project. The renovations and additions to the Zion Lutheran Church included site demolition of existing pavilions and covered walkways, facilitating the construction of a 16,634-square foot, two-story education building that included administrative offices and the finish out of an existing gazebo that is the center point of linking the new education building to the existing administrative building.

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“During the course of our project the Mitchell team helped us find multiple ways to save money while still providing quality results, and for a church, that was a God send,” said Rev. Dr. David Schulte, Senior Pastor at Zion Lutheran.

Additionally, the 12,415-square foot sanctuary was completely renovated. New high-end ornate chancel and pipe chambers were constructed along with state of the art sound system to enhance the church’s new pipe organ. The project included the remodel of the sacristy, narthex, music rehearsal and balcony, and existing stained-glass windows were removed rebuilt and reinstalled.

On October 1, GWM broke ground on their latest faith-based project with Christ Episcopal Church in an improvements project that seeks to expand CEC outreach facilities and extend CEC’s beautiful campus further into the neighborhood. The improvements include a new multi-purpose building to be used by the CEC food pantry, restoration of a historic carriage house, addition of a porte-cochere, expansion of parking areas, connecting all of the new areas to the existing campus via covered walkways, and an overall transformation of the new property into a park-like setting.

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Staff Showcase

Each quarter we will showcase GWM staff work anniversaries, milestones, and birthdays.

Congratulations to the following employees for celebrating multiple years as part of our team. GWM is proud to have you as a member of the GWM family.

  • Miles Neubauer 3 years on October 6
  • Aurelio Torres 19 years on October 14
  • Richard Ramirez 10 years on October 22
  • Preston Hill 1 year on October 24
  • Henry Moncada 1 year on November 8
  • Jorge Ramirez 1 year on November 14
  • Ben Clark 2 years on November 16
  • Lance Long 2 years on November 16
  • Art M. Ramos 14 years on November 22
  • Mark Spielman 7 years on December 1
  • Jesse Soto 18 years on December 1
  • Gregg Dutra 5 years on December 30

 

Wishing a very happy birthday to:

  • Pablo Balderas on October 3
  • Mark Balencia October 4
  • Lane Mitchell on October 18
  • Amber Caro on October 28
  • Kristi D. Nuyttens on October 29
  • Henry Moncada on October 31
  • James Zimmerhanzel on November 3
  • Kim Williams on November 6
  • Aurelio M. Torres on November 11
  • Jose Rodriguez on November 30
  • Erin Clementson on December 1
  • Mike Neuner on December 2
  • Gregg Dutra on December 14

 

A big shout out to Ben Clark who was named the Employee of the Month two months for continually going above and beyond to get results. Thanks, Ben, for your outstanding work ethic and drive.

Coco’s Corner

Coco Mitchell, our company pup, has you covered with her various seasonal tips, treats, and other fun stuff. Since fall is in full effect, she wanted to share with you a quick and easy fall recipe that’s a healthy take on an old fall favorite, chili. Check out her Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili Recipe.

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*Thanks to Susanna Kitayama for your photos of the Christ Episcopal Groundbreaking Ceremony.

“We’re Moving!!”

After six decades of residing in the Mirano Building at 2002 N. St. Mary’s Street, we are excited to announce that we are moving on up (literally) to bigger and better things. On December 1, 2017, will be relocating to our newly renovated offices in the 86TEN Building located at 8610 Broadway. M3We are thrilled about the move and can’t wait to see what amazing new opportunities this new chapter will bring. While we will certainly miss the Mirano Building, the memories of the fantastic projects that were developed, and the many great people who worked there over the years will be etched in our history forever.

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G.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.

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A Star-Studded Project: Working for Patrick Swayze

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.44.53 AMG.W. Mitchell has had its fair share of encounters with local stars over the years, from San Antonio’s oldest Mexican restaurant to its most beloved art museum. Beyond our proud history of high-profile historical and commercial works, G. W. Mitchell also once had a very special honor: a job requested and paid for by the late Patrick Swayze himself.

As any Riverwalk tour guide can tell you, San Antonio landscapes have featured in a number of notable films over the years including Hollywood hits such as Miss Congeniality (2000), Spy Kids (2001), and small portions in the original Ghost Busters (1984). In 1993 Patrick Swayze’s Father Hood also benefitted from our city’s sights.

Fans of Father Hood may recognize the Downtown US Post Office on Houston street in a small portion of the movie. As fate would have it, this part was set to be recorded during G. W. Mitchell’s addition of the Alamo Sales Museum basement, which required work both on-site and on Houston street to meet the project’s unique needs. At the time of the movie crew’s arrival, G. W. Mitchell’s team was in peak demolition on the Alamo Sales Museum and surroundingAlamoMuseum Front WIP Cropped areas, disrupting filming.

Concerned about the noise and dust from the equipment, Swayze approached the construction team and asked if they could shut down for a time while the film crew caught their shot. Stan Motz, Superintendent for this job, worried about the pace of the project and explained that shutting down would bring up costs substantially. After some thought, Swayze came up with a unique solution: if Motz could give him an estimate, Swayze himself would pay to offset the additional coIMG_1905sts during filming.

With the approval of the Daughters’ of the Republic of Texas (the project owner), the plan worked, and both the Father Hood and Alamo Sales Museum basement were completed by 1993.

Despite many challenges, the Alamo basement construction project finished under budget and ahead of schedule. Though many parts of this job and its needs were unique, none were as memorable as the paid job it earned G. W. Mitchell with Hollywood star Patrick Swayze.

Remembering the past and shaping the future: Rehabarama

On May 13th, G. W. Mitchell had the pleasure of taking part in the first San Antonio Rehabarama hosted by the city’s Office of Historic Preservation. The Rehabarama was a one-day event in which volunteer community members and local contractors came together to restore an entire city block of aging homes in the historic Denver Heights neighborhood.image1

This event took place as part of the Office of Historic Preservation’s Preservation Month in May, an initiative aimed at celebrating “all things heritage in San Antonio”. In addition to preserving the historic diversity of the city’s architecture, the event helped to provide necessary repairs to moderate and low-income homeowners. The Denver Heights area, which thrived in the early 20th century, is one of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods. Despite strong community ties, the area has suffered a lack of significant investment of the years, and many of the homes have fallen into disrepair. With the help of hundreds of local volunteers, this year’s Rehabarama helped to bring new life to 18 aging Harding Place homes.

Rehabarama5Over the course of the day, volunteers and staff from G. W. Mitchell helped to repair windows, exposed joints, masonry and rotting portions of the wooden exterior on a local 1920’s-era home, followed by a new coat of paint. G. W. Mitchell’s crew included Art Ramos, Mark & Laura Balencia, Andy Mitchell, Lane Mitchell, and Angela Hines. These team members were joined by volunteers from AREA Real Estate led by David Adelman, David’s Daughter and several of her friends, Alex Childers from USAA Real Estate Company and Janis Ploetz (and Jim) with Urban Land Institute. Through their combined efforts, this team repaired, prepped and painted the entire exterior of the house and provided new attractive landscaping for the homeowners.

ORehabarama3ver 95 years of growth with the San Antonio community, G.W. Mitchell has had the opportunity to work on many of the city’s most memorable buildings. Participating in this event was a wonderful chance for the G.W. Mitchell family to both remember their roots and help in shaping the future of the city.

“Everyone had the satisfaction of making a difference through our volunteer work,” says Lane Mitchell, Vice President of the company and 3rd generation family member, “the homeowner was very pleased.”

G.W. Mitchell and friends look forward to many San Antonio Rehabaramas to come.

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Changing the game at the Piggly Wiggly

A pioneer in its time, Piggly Wiggly changed the face of grocery shopping in early 20th century America. Founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1916 by Clarence Saunders, Piggly Wiggly was the first American grocery store to provide full self-service shopping. While most competitors still relied on clerk and counter services, telephone orders and home deliveries, Saunders made the bold decision to instead offer registers, open displays and woven handbaskets for customers to select their own products. By cutting out the full-service industry staples of the time, Saunders was able to more efficiently serve grocery shoppers, saving time and money for all. For its trendsetting success, Piggly Wiggly also became one of the first grocery stores to franchise nationally, and quickly spread across the US.

In 1920, Piggly Wiggly opened five stores in what is now known as San Antonio’s downtown area. Over the next decade, “the Pig” expanded rapidly within the city, eventually opening over 40 stores. In 1927, the chain contracted growing local builder G. W. Mitchell to construct a Piggly Wiggly storefront on the corner of West French Place and Fredericksburg Road, in a growing business district near San Antonio’s Pedro Creek. This project was one of G. W. Mitchell’s earliest forays from housing into retail construction, a move which would later help them to weather the Great Depression.

The G. W. Mitchell’s Piggly Wiggly, a large white corner building with a smart terracotta roof, was an icon of its time. Housing Saunder’s revolutionary cold storage cases and aisles of both fresh produce and dry goods, the store drew daily shoppers buying in small batches. This location would later become part of what is now known as Alta Vista, a central San Antonio neighborhood home to San Pedro Creek and other central San Antonio landmarks. The store remained open and thriving with its green coupons and local charitable contributions until the 1970s when the rise of grocery stores with larger parking lots and selections began to push out smaller chains like the Pig. By 1980, Pigs across Texas were shutting their doors, and in 2011 the last Piggly Wiggly locations in the state were closed.

While Piggly Wiggly may no longer have a presence in San Antonio, its iconic buildings still stand. Many are under consideration for historic preservation, and the G. W. Mitchell project can still be seen standing on the corner of West French Place and Fredericksburg Road.

Mitchell In Motion: G.W. Mitchell Gives Back to Local Non-Profit in a Big Way

Recently, G.W. Mitchell Construction donated construction services to finish out the third floor of Crosspoint Inc. a local non-profit that provides residential facilities that aid in the rehabilitation of persons with emotional and psychological problems, The third-floor finish out increased boarding and service areas for people transitioning IMG_0437out of the penal system. The mission of this behavioral health diversion unit is to help make the local justice system more effective, efficient and meaningful by diverting offenders from jail to a place where they can get the mental health and addiction help they need in a community-based setting.

G.W. Mitchell showed their support for Crosspoint’s mission by providing their services at cost.

“It has been an honor to help this organization that serves some of the most vulnerable populations in San Antonio. Crosspoint does so many wonderful things, it was the least we could do for this fantastic organization,” said Bill Mitchell, President of GW Mitchell.

IMG_0436Crosspoint also houses and helps to rehabilitate a number of groups including domestic abuse survivors, veterans, and people suffering from addiction and severe mental illness.

“Since the beginning, G.W.Mitchell has not only accepted the challenge of building this behavioral health diversion unit. They have embraced mission behind it,” said Kevin Downey, CEO and President of Crosspoint Inc.

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Expanding the Family Tradition: G. W. Mitchell Welcomes Pella South Texas

 

SAN ANTONIO – Pella Products of South Texas is now known as Pella South Texas and under new ownership. Bill Mitchell, of G.W.Mitchell Construction, one of San Antonio’s oldest and most trusted construction companies has purchased the regional distributorship of Pella windows and doors.

“G.W. Mitchell has always worked hard to exceed industry standards,” says Bill Mitchell, president of the distributorship and grandson of Mitchell Construction founder George W. Mitchell. “We strive to build the best of the best for our clients, so it was a natural fit to align with Pella’s innovative and premium windows and doors.”

While Bill is the new CEO, Andy Mitchell is the CFO of the distributorship with their sights set on better serving the San Antonio region including offering Pella’s newest offering, the Architect Series Collection of contemporary and historical designs.

Both Pella Corporation and G.W. Mitchell are family-owned, dedicated to excellence and have been serving the San Antonio community since the 1920s; the two companies share more than an industry. While G. W. Mitchell was building now-famous local landmarks such as the McNay Art Museum and The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Pella was refining the performance and craftsmanship that goes into each of its windows and doors. Together, they will now work to create beautiful, structurally superior spaces for families and businesses in South Texas.

“It’s exciting to see our skills come together, and we are all looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead,” says Will Mitchell, Bill Mitchell’s son and trade sales manager at Pella South Texas. With G. W. Mitchell and Pella’s shared values and combined expertise, company leaders are confident in their ability to go further for clients than ever before.

To learn more, visit http://www.sanantoniowindowsales.com

About G.W. Mitchell Construction: 

GWMitchellConst logo_DIGITAL USE_Hex 500000Founded in 1921, G.W. Mitchell Construction is a San Antonio fourth generation family owned and operated construction company with a legacy of experience in aspects of ground up construction, renovation and restoration. Our mission is to consistently provide quality project management and construction services that deliver maximum value for our clients. By doing so, it is our vision to become our client’s indispensable partner and create an atmosphere where teamwork, timeliness and integrity are the standard. For more information visit gwmitchell.com, call or email Erin Clementson at erin.clementson@gwmitchell.com or 210-227-8127.

About Pella Corporation

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Founded in 1925 and headquartered in Pella, Iowa, Pella Corporation designs and manufactures made-to-order and custom windows and doors and offers services for almost every type of home or building being constructed today. With 13 manufacturing locations within the United States, Pella Corporation also includes EFCO Corporation, a manufacturer of architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entry systems designed for commercial construction needs; Grabill Windows & Doors Inc., designer and manufacturer of custom luxury windows and doors for elite properties; Reilly Windows & Doors, a premier manufacturer of discerning windows and doors for the most exacting builder and architect; and Duratherm Windows Corporation. Recently, Pella Corporation introduced the Pella Crafted Luxury collection of expanded design possibilities.

For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit pella.com/news. Follow Pella on FacebookYouTubeHouzzInstagram and Pinterest and Twitter @Pella News.

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