Castle Hills 1st Baptist Church Sanctuary

Today we’re taking it back, way back to 1979. Many of those who have worked closely with us know that faith is a cornerstone within the Mitchell family. It is always an honor to build a church and other religious facilities. One project that we are fond of is the Castle Hills 1st Baptist Church Sanctuary.

Castle Hills 1st Baptist Church, now known as Castle Hills Church was founded in 1953 and over the decades has seen periods of great growth. During Jack Taylor’s and George Harris’ tenure, the congregation quickly grew during the 70’s and there was a need for expansion. G.W. Mitchell was commissioned, with architects Bartlett Cocke & Associates, to work on the Castle Hills Church Sanctuary. We began working on the project in 1978 and finished in 1979. This four-story building is home to a 1,200 seat auditorium that also includes a basement level choir room cut straight into limestone. Not to mention the Baptist Fan auditorium design with incredible acoustics and sight lines.

This project had a very complex layout. Both Lane and Bill Mitchell contributed to the Castle Hills project at the ground level. Bill recalls being in college working as a laborer digging ditches for grade beams and using a #90 jackhammer. He mentions how this was a great motivator to finish school and get his degree at Texas A&M (Gig ‘Em!). A memorable takeaway for Bill was when he was introduced to the now widely-known “breakfast taco.” Since Taco Cabana was not around in the late ‘70’s, he remembers his fellow laborers bringing tacos with homemade tortillas. If he had only known how popular they’d become in the future, he might have taken a different path.

Lane Mitchell’s first job was with Mitchell Equipment, a separate company at the time, washing concrete pumps and keeping them clean for only $2.00 an hour! He recalls both he and Bill wanted to come home and work over Christmas break. They earned the job of painting the lattice boom on a conventional truck crane parked at the Castle Hills Church. As Texas weather has it, there was a cold front and the weather stayed well below freezing while Lane and Bill painted. Lucky for them the paint was oil-based so it didn’t freeze but it felt like smearing tar onto ice. Once done, the crane had a new layer of black paint and looked wonderful.


Lane remembers how the Castle Hills Church project had a very complex layout. Superintendent, Larry Carlile, had the architect come and walk him through all levels that needed to coordinate with each other. This was a lesson that has stayed with G.W. Mitchell over the years, to maintain consistent and open communications. They began with the sanctuary which was laid out in a Baptist Fan pattern with steps on both sides working their way to the balcony level. The choir loft was duplicated below the platform area so that the rehearsal area matched the layout of the sanctuary. Lane notes that the ceiling beams were isolated concrete and were high above the ground floor with plenty of span across the room. When the project was complete, they had a very functional and modern church sanctuary.

All in all, G.W. Mitchell Construction is honored to have been a part of several projects throughout the Castle Hills Church’s vibrant history including the Faith Building remodel, the Victory Building, a gymnasium and the new steeple all while enjoying both the work and breakfast tacos.

Mitchell In Motion Quarterly – September 2018

Mitchell in Motion Quarterly – September 2018

Bill’s Blueprint

Wow! Can you believe summer is over and it is already football season?! I hope all of you had a great summer. There have been a couple of changes that have happened since our last issue that are both exciting and bittersweet. In August, our Director of Business Development, Erin Clementson, accepted a new position that would allow her to spend more time with her children, my grandchildren. While her presence will certainly be missed, I could not be prouder of her and her many achievements during her time here, and for putting her family first. Don’t worry, she’s a Mitchell – she’ll still be around, just not as our Director of Business Development.

This said, I would like to introduce you to our new Director of Business Development, Barrett Myers. Barrett has more than 10 years of development, sales and marketing experience, primarily with non-profits, which is just the type of grit and dedication we were looking for. We are very excited about his fresh perspective and new ideas he has already displayed in his brief couple of weeks.

Some fun facts about Barrett:

  • He played some college football but also enjoys watching English football (soccer)
  • He considers himself a chocolate cookie aficionado
  • Dog owner and lover of 2 dogs, a chocolate lab and a Catahoula leopard
  • Outdoorsman
  • Christ follower

Let’s give Barrett a warm welcome!

Sincerely,
Bill Mitchell
President

Melvin Mitchell Honored for 55 Years of Service

This past July, Melvin Mitchell was honored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio for his 55 years of service. President Chris A. Williams, a fellow Aggie, honored Mitchell with a commemorative plaque at the July meeting. With over 50 years of general contracting experience, Mitchell is the 2nd generation of leadership at G.W. Mitchell and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. Mitchell is also an active member of the Conopus Club, and the 12th Man Foundation of Texas A&M University and the Association of former students at Texas A&M University.

Congratulations Melvin on your 55 years of service!

Construction Zone – Coldwell Banker Dominion
We are pleased to announce the completion of our recent buildout for Coldwell Banker Dominion. This high-end office buildout, which is the first Global Luxury Office in the United States, features a modern and upscale lobby, glass-enclosed conference rooms, agent offices, and a multi-agent work area allowing touch down space for over 17 agents. The property also has a break room with easy access to the work area.
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The high-end finishes include tile flooring, with a feature wall that is a preformed Soelberg panel with an inset signage specific to the Global Luxury brand, Raco framing and doors, unique statement lighting, a projection light that allows the brand to project onto the floor, and an interactive AV screen allows patrons to view properties from outside the office while waiting.

The Superintendent, Miles Neubauer’s eye for detail and special projects experience made him the perfect fit for the Coldwell Banker Dominion property. The new property was built in a space previously occupied by a restaurant/bar and required significant demolition and plumbing reconfiguration while maintaining the adjacent restaurant operations. The Design was developed by Acuform Architecture with mechanical and electrical systems designed by Gillette Air Conditioning and MS Engineering.

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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.

  • Ervin Breiten-2 years on July 1
  • Mark Allen Spielman- 11 years on July 9
  • Miles D. Neubauer- 5 years on July 15
  • Jose A. Rodriguez- 6 years on July 25
  • Amber Caro- 2 years on August 8
  • William F. Mitchell- 35 years on August 15
  • Jim R. Smith- 23 years on August 16
  • Michael John Neuner- 6 years on August 31
  • Donald Lee Herbst- 3 years on August 31
  • James Zimmerhanzel- 6 years on September 17

Wishing a very happy birthday to:

  • Mark Allen Spielman- July 4
  • Jorge E. Ramirez- July 8
  • Kevin Beadle- July 9
  • James Keith Steigleder- August 9
  • Angela M. Hines- August 25
  • Melvin M. Mitchell- August 31
  • Richard Ramirez- September 18
  • Dennis E. Darr- September 27
  • Salome Perez Hernandez- September 3
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez- September 4
  • Joel M. McLeod- September 9
  • Jessica White- September 9
  • Crystal Davidson- September 15
  • Benjamin J. Clark- September 30
  • Preston A. Hill- September 30

Coco’s Corner
It’s no secret that we are big fans of Texas A&M. That’s why I thought we should kick off the football season right with the perfect game day snack. In honor of many members of G.W. Mitchell’s alma mater, I present you with The Twelfth Man’s Wings! Just fry the chicken wings as directed below, or for a healthier option skip the flour coating, grill, and then toss in the sauce. GIG EM!

Ingredients

(15-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup chipotle-flavored hot sauce
1 tablespoon grated lime rind (about 3 limes
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 to 5 pounds chicken wings
1 tablespoon salt/1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
Peanut or vegetable oil

Step 1
Heat tomato sauce and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Stir in honey and next 4 ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 5 minutes. Set tomato sauce mixture aside.

Step 2
Cut off wingtips, and discard. Cut wings in half at joint, if desired.

Step 3
Sprinkle wings evenly with salt and pepper; dredge lightly in flour, shaking off excess.

Step 4
Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven; heat oil to 375°.

Step 5
Fry wings, in 3 batches, 8 minutes per batch or until golden and crispy. Remove wings from oil using a slotted spoon; drain on layers of paper towels. (Allow oil to return to 375° before adding next batch of wings.)

Step 6
Place wings in a large bowl. Drizzle with tomato sauce mixture, tossing well to coat. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Building a Legacy in Aggieland

Since our inception, we have always believed in providing our children with the best education possible, which is why we take pride in every educational facility we work on. In honor of the new school year, we’re revisiting a project near and dear to our hearts, the Harrington Education Center at Texas A&M University.

It all begins with our founder, George W. Mitchell who attended Texas A&M University. He then went on to serve as a U.S Army Officer in France. In 1921 he came to San Antonio and quickly established himself as a contractor.  It was in the 1940’s that his sons joined him to expand the company. They continued to thrive and took on more prestigious projects, including the Harrington Educational Center.

 

This project was particularly special as it was built in honor of Marion Thomas Harrington (class of 1922). and because many of the Mitchell family members also attended Texas A&M. From George W. Mitchell to all three sons, too many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, we bleed maroon and white!

Dr. Harrington was the first Aggie to serve as President of Texas A&M University from 1950-1953. He then went on to serve as Chancellor of the A&M System. During this time, he was elected once again to serve as President of Texas A&M University from 1957-1959.

With such a legacy left behind by Dr. Harrington, we knew that the Harrington Educational Center had to serve not only as a functional building but also as a tribute. G.W. Mitchell began construction in 1972 and the project was completed in 1973.

Today, the Harrington Education Center serves as an eight-story administration building with an outdoor skywalk connecting the Harrington Education Center to the Harrington Education Classroom building. For the Aggies out there, we hope you have many fond memories of this building and for the newcomers, best of luck to you and Gig ‘Em!

Project Name: Rio Bank Headquarters – McAllen, TX

The Rio Bank Headquarters in McAllen, Texas will be a six-story, 126,451 square foot office building that will reside on a 7 acre, fully developed site.

The building will have a drilled auger cast pile foundation system with a structural steel fireproofed frame. The interior will include a two-story lobby with high-end finishes, three passenger elevators, one freight elevator and centrally located high-end restrooms.  The locally based Rio Bank Corporate Offices will occupy one-third of the building while leasing in the remaining space will be handled by Peloton Commercial Real Estate.  This project is expected to be complete in late 2019.

Mitchell In Motion Quarterly – May 2018

Mitchell in Motion Quarterly – May 2018

Bill’s Blueprint 

Wow! This past April sure was a fun-filled, action-packed month! As President of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, I was honored to be a part of all the festivities and couldn’t be prouder of our city and its success over those 11 days. This is the time of year where all of San Antonio comes together to celebrate our heritage, have fun and raise money for hundreds of nonprofit organizations. It surely was Party with a Purpose! Whether you attended Oyster Bake, the Taste of the Northside or the King William’s Fair, I hope you too thoroughly enjoyed yourself and I truly appreciate your support of these amazing events.

For as long as I can remember, Fiesta has been a part of my life in one way or another. As a kid, I remember attending the Battle of Flowers Parade, the Flambeau Parade, the River Parade and NIOSA every year. I even marched in the Battle of Flowers Parade multiple times in the mid-70s as a member of the Alamo Heights Band. Later, I proudly watched my mom Chair the Battle of Flowers Parade in 1989, the first year the parade had large helium balloons. Since then I have been a member of the Order of the Alamo and the German Club, as well as the Texas Cavaliers, serving as Parade Marshal in 2007 and Commander 2009-2010. Working with the City of San Antonio, the nonprofit parade participants, and the 200 plus volunteers on behalf of the Texas Cavaliers was an extremely rewarding experience. Prior to being Parade Marshal, I had worked on the River Parade for nine years, during which I chaired four different committees and was Operations Officer and Vice Parade Marshal. Due to the construction of the Riverwalk in 2007, we had to change the route of the parade to start where we used to end, creating a route that has not changed to date.

But my most rewarding Fiesta role (until this year) was serving as King Antonio LXXXIX in 2011 as it was all about giving back to the community. Whether we were supporting children’s charities financially or just attending schools or events where the children love Fiesta and King Antonio, it was all about the giving. No one cared about my name; they just loved King Antonio and the traditions surrounding the title. I was able to spread love and encouragement through my “Don’t Stop Believing” campaign, which urged children never to stop believing in themselves, their family and friends, and their faith.

Lastly, I must mention the military as we are Military City USA and Fiesta is proof positive of that statement. We celebrate the military throughout the week and have 10 Military Ambassadors that are an official part of Fiesta and are celebrated at every event they attend. There are at least 12 events that are specifically directed at the military, but the military is a part of many more. One of the commanding Generals last year commented that a lot of cities talk the talk that they are a “Military City” but Fiesta is proof that San Antonio walks the walk.

As President of G.W. Mitchell Construction, a company with roots as deep as Fiesta and responsible for building much of the iconic San Antonio landscape it’s an honor to be a part of an organization, such as the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, that supports and celebrates the history, traditions, and community of San Antonio. Since 1891, Fiesta has grown from one event to 113, involving 97 nonprofits with 75,000 volunteers, as well as providing entertainment for more than 2.5 million Fiesta attendees. This Party with a Purpose has had an economic impact on the San Antonio community of more than $340 million – that’s quite astounding!

Attending these events was not only fun, but it allowed you to directly make a difference while celebrating San Antonio. Remember that you, the San Antonio community, is what made Fiesta great, providing help to the organizations that need it most.

Until next year – Viva Fiesta!

Bill Mitchell

Building San Antonio for 1/3 of its History
To celebrate the Tricentennial and Commemorative Week, we want to take a look back at our history, our Founder and some of the historical projects we have built over 1/3 of San Antonio’s history.

In 1921, after attending Texas A&M College and serving in France as a U.S. Army officer in World War I, George W. Mitchell established himself as G. W. Mitchell General Contractor. Mitchell got his start building homes for families on the Southside of San Antonio but quickly moved up to larger custom homes and commercial projects. In 1929, he successfully completed a large residence that put him on the map as a premier local contractor – the Atkinson Family Estate, widely recognized today as the McNay Art Museum.

G.W. Mitchell General Contractor survived the Great Depression and moved primarily into commercial construction during World War II. After the war, G.W.’s three sons (George, Bob and Melvin) joined the company and the firm was incorporated G.W. Mitchell & Sons, Inc. The company continued to thrive from the 1950’s through the 1970’s and completed many notable San Antonio landmarks. Some of these include: La Villita Assembly Building, Laurie Auditorium and other buildings at Trinity University, Alamo Cement Quarry, South Texas Medical School known today as the UT Health Science Center, and the Hemisfair Arena Expansion.

Historical Projects

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Construction Zone – Boerne Jaguar – Land Rover
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On March 26, 2018, G.W. Mitchell broke ground on a retail project, Boerne Jaguar – Land Rover, in beautiful Boerne. This collaboration with McIntosh Architecture Inc. is ground up construction of 41,563 square feet that will house a high-end gallery showroom, office space, Parts and Service Departments, and a make-ready car wash station. This project is slated to be complete during the first quarter of 2019.

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As tariffs loom, construction costs continue to increase

As opening deadline approaches, tour the progress at San Pedro Creek

Staff Showcase
GWM would like to send special congratulations to Ben Clark and his wife Stevi on welcoming a beautiful baby girl, Elsie.


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.

  • Lee Trevino – 3 years on April 6
  • Ariel De Luna – 17 years on April 11
  • Amy Lopez – 4 years on April 21
  • Griffin Kissling – 1 years on April 26
  • Dennis Darr – 5 years on May 6
  • Andy Mitchell – 23 years on May 15

  • Lane Mitchell – 36 years on May 17
  • Kim Williams – 2 years on June 1
  • Keith Steigleder – 4 years on June 2
  • Erin Clementson – 6 years on June 5
  • Joel McLeod – 18 years on June 26
  • Kristi Nuyttens – 10 years on June 30

Wishing a very happy birthday to:

  • Ervin Breiten on April 1
  • Art Ramos on April 2
  • Miles Neubauer on April 5
  • Sarah Soto on May 9
  • Griffin Kissling on June 17
  • Bill Mitchell on June 18
  • Andy Mitchell on June 24

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Last, a big shout out to our employees of the month Amy Lopez and Joe Rodriguez.

Amy is a tremendous asset to GWM. Being the resourceful, innovative, approachable, and enthusiastic person that she is, she is everyone’s “Go To” person around here. Amy juggles a lot of balls in the air yet always has time to help anyone who asks. Always smiling.

Joe does a great job and often stays late to make sure his work is done well. He is an awesome team member and a pleasure to work with. Congratulations to you both for making GWM a great place to work!

 

 


Coco’s Corner
Whooohooo summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate that than with a cool, refreshing, adult beverage recipe. Summertime is for BBQs and entertaining, and sangria is the perfect addition to any gathering. Check out this yummy sangria recipe that will amaze your guests.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup sugar
2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry white wine
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup orange liqueur
2 to 3 cups lemon-lime soft drink, chilled
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
2 oranges, thinly sliced
1 pint fresh strawberries, thinly sliced


Step 1

Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.

Step 2
Combine sugar mixture, white wine, and mint and orange liqueur in a large container; cover and chill 4 hours. Stir in lemon-lime soft drink and the remaining ingredients about 1 hour before serving. Return to chill. Serve over ice, if desired.

More fun sangria recipes from Southern Living here.

Buying More Time for CPS Headquarters

CPS Energy has been in the news quite a bit lately concerning their new headquarters in the old AT&T Building downtown. Did you know that G.W. Mitchell (GWM) helped CPS grow and expand in their current building, allowing them more time in their current headquarters?

In November of 1984, GWM began work on the challenging task – building an additional three stories to the existing seven story CPS building in a very tight space at 145 Navarro Street. Being located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, there was no laydown area as the job was constrained on all four sides by Villita Street, Navarro Street, the River Walk and the Tower Life parking garage. The job required the construction and design team, including 3D/I Architecture, to work very closely and creatively with the owner, city and subcontractors to complete the project. In total, the addition was a 61,000 square feet expansion of an operating office building.

GW Mitchell bid the project but was actually selected by CPS to do the work because of their logistics plan, not because of the bid. A tower crane had to be erected in one lane of Villita Street and the tower crane base had to avoid hitting live sewer and water mains. All deliveries were scheduled on a “just on time” basis as there was no room to lay down the structural steel, brick, etc. The brick and cast stone façade were selected and manufactured to closely match the existing brick and cast stone materials and were installed using San Antonio subcontractors.

The original CPS Headquarters building was built right here in the heart of San Antonio in 1942, and since then CPS Energy has serviced over 800,000 electricity customers and over 300,000 natural gas customers in Bexar County and portions of its seven surrounding counties.

As CPS is a large contributor to the San Antonio area, we at GWM are glad that we could give back over 30 years ago and contribute three additional stories to its headquarters. Despite the challenges at hand, and weather delays due to the snow storm in January of 1985, GWM finished the project exactly one year after it began just in time for the holidays.

CPS just received a set guaranteed maximum price of $150 million to build their new headquarters at what is now the AT&T building off McCullough and Avenue B. With a rich history on Navarro Street, the utility company is looking ahead to building a bright future at their new home.

Building a Relationship with Architect O’Neil Ford

As you know, G.W. Mitchell Construction (GWM) recently moved. As busy and hectic as it was, we still had fun reminiscing about our hard work over the last 97 years. For instance, we found a letter from a famous architect, O’Neil Ford’s office, stating gratitude to the team for their countless hours of hard work and dedication during the La Villita Assembly Hall build in 1958. The letter specifically states his appreciation for the relationships developed throughout the project.

GWM’s relationship with Ford all began in 1937 when Mr. & Mrs. T. Frank Murchison commissioned him to design their residence. Ford contracted our founder G.W. to build the $36,000 home (equal to $660,000 in 2018). The project went so well that the interior decorator, Earl Hart Miller, sent a letter praising the collaboration and G.W.’s tireless dedication to the project.

Ford was known for many projects around Texas, projects like the Denton Convention Center, several projects at Trinity University, Saint Mary’s Hall campus, and the Tower of the Americas. His firm’s specialty designs were for higher education buildings, as he designed projects on twenty university campuses. However, in addition to higher education, the firm has had specialty practices in residential, planning and urban, theatre, historic preservation and interior design. Shortly before his death, he completed a design in Kerrville for the building of the Museum of Western Art.

The now-famous La Villita Historic Arts Village is an art community downtown that connects to the River Walk and houses a number of art galleries, souvenir shops, restaurants and La Villita Assembly Hall. One of the most distinguishing features of the Assembly Hall is the roof, suspended on 200 Bethlehem steel strand assemblies attached to an outer ring, 132 feet in diameter, and a 40-foot inner ring, designed to resemble the bullring, typical in historical Mexican villages.

This type of roof construction is not only one of the first in the nation but also first of its kind in Texas. It eliminates the need for any columns allowing unobstructed views to all parts of the hall, a truly beautiful site. Can you believe the construction team lifted the roof with a single World War I Liberty truck and an A-frame pulley system?!

In the fall of 1958, in the book O’Neil FordArchitect by Mary Carolyn Hollers George, Ford described the construction of the La Villita assembly building:

“What a beautiful thing is that roof structure on the Public Service Building. Everyone in town is excited about it – never have I seen such fine steel fabrication – such marvelous accuracy – and so quickly erected by G. W. Mitchell with his old, World War I Liberty truck!

Amazing, complex of mechanical equipment….Henry Groteus is foreman – enthusiastic and resourceful. Job looks good – great credit to Nic Salas (the project architect). He’s done wonderfully as architectural supervisor.”

The La Villita Assembly Hall project led to 17 more projects at Trinity University that spanned from 1950-1970. Not entirely, but certainly a big part of this expansion was thanks to architect Ford and his great work and appreciation of GWM.

 

Mitchell In Motion Quarterly – January 2018

Bill’s Blueprint

Hello, Mitchell in Motion Readers,

I must say, 2018 has started with a bang! We have settled into our new space and couldn’t be happier with the new location. I’d like to thank the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for helping us celebrate our new space and partnership with VIP Staffing and Peloton Commercial Real Estate during a ribbon cutting on January 18th.

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This year is going to be one full of productivity, growth, lots of exciting projects, and many happy clients. 2018 is set to be one of the best ever for G.W. Mitchell, and we couldn’t be more excited for what this new year will bring. Check out our new space here!

Sincerely,
Bill Mitchell
President

Breaking Ground in South Texas

On January 18, we ceremoniously broke ground on the Rio Bank headquarters project in McAllen, TX. The 9.5-acre site will house a six-story Class A office building designed by RVK Architects, Alpha Consulting Engineers, DBR Engineering Consultants, and Spoor Engineering Consultants. The building will include more than 125,000 square feet of corporate office space with Rio Bank occupying the majority and the remaining space will be for lease by Peloton Commercial Real Estate

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GW Mitchell’s Sr. Project Manager, Angela Hines, and Superintendent Gregg Dutra attended the groundbreaking celebration.  The building will consist of an auger cast piled foundation, structural steel frame, brick and EIFS façade, standing seam metal roofing with areas of flat roofing, four elevators, outdoor courtyard space, surface parking, and high-end lobby and core finishes.

 

Community Conscious

Volunteerism is a main priority at GWM and we’ve been up to great things.  Check out what our amazing team members have been up to over the holidays.

Lane Mitchell was part of the Volunteer Choir for Barbara Dan Butt’s funeral in December and participated in the Feast of Sharing with the Rotary Club. He also hosted an Aggie watch party with the San Antonio A&M Club at the Palladium. Gig ‘em!

Preston Hill has been busy as well. He and his wife, Stephanie, are Young Life leaders at the Trinity University. They regularly mentor on campus as well as hold Bible Studies regularly. Not only have they been busy volunteering, they welcomed a baby boy, Chambers Bailey Hill, on January 6th. While school was out of session, Preston also helped out at Daily Bread Ministries packing snacks for low-income students. He didn’t stop there. He along with his brothers also played Christmas music for inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Three Rivers during the holidays.

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Superintendent, Jesse Soto, made volunteering for the Children’s Shelter before Christmas a family affair. They requested help moving Christmas presents down from their 2nd story storeroom as they have no elevator. Jesse along with his two brothers, Andy and Willie, and his daughter, Aniya, showed up ready to work and got everything downstairs so they could prepare for the holiday.
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Angela Hines’ NAWIC “Block Kids” was a huge success, with approximately 30 kids that participated in the event. The kids put their creativity into action and had some impressive projects built entirely from Legos. The winner’s projects ranged from the winning homeless shelter to a church-restaurant and a dream home.
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Lance Long plans to volunteer at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Let’s Rodeo San Antonio!

 

Construction Zone:

Demo has started on our special project, PIE Society, located on Houston Street next to The Palm across from The Majestic Theater. Due to this historical nature of the building, architect, m(ødm), turned to our Special Projects Division which focuses on clients and projects needing special attention such as adaptive reuse, historical renovation, upgrades or renovations of an existing facility, or tenant improvement work in new or existing buildings.

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Special concerns of this project include maintaining the building’s historical significance and charm and the issues that arise due to being flanked on both sides by upscale restaurants in a high traffic area. Minimizing disruption to those businesses during construction is a major factor in the planning of GWM’s special construction efforts.  As is with most older buildings located in historic downtown San Antonio, a primary concern will be bringing systems up to current codes, ensuring that the building systems meet the standards of Grey Street Partners for future operations of the building.

The space will be split into two functions, pizza kitchen and bar, which work together conceptually through material and form.  The pizza-kitchen will be visually open and well-lit using lighter material colors, as the experience of “making pizza” is transparent and expressed to all patrons. The bar will have a more subdued presence with darker colors, wood accents, and an undulating ceiling.

Construction is slated to begin soon.

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Staff Showcase

G.W. Mitchell wants to congratulate Preston Hill and his wife, Stephanie, for welcoming a baby boy, Chambers Bailey Hill, on January 6, 2018!


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.

  • Angela Hines – 3 years on February 9
  • Patrick Southern – 10 years on March 3
  • Kevin Beadle – 2 years on March 7

  • Sarah Soto – 3 years on March 16
  • Pablo Balderas – 4 years on March 24
  • Jessica White – 3 years on March 30

Wishing a very happy birthday to:

  • Luciano Hernandez – on January 7
  • Lance Long – on January 7
  • Lee Trevino – February 7

  • Daniel Garcia – February 27
  • Ariel de Luna – March 10
  • Jesse Soto – on March 31

Jessie-HeadshotLastly, congratulations to Jesse Soto, our January Employee of the Month. Considered a tremendous asset to GWM, Jesse consistently demonstrates a high quality of work and commitment in carrying out responsibilities.  He has demonstrated a willingness to take initiative beyond regular project assignments and has exhibited a positive and supportive attitude. Thank you, Jesse, for all you do!

 


Coco’s Corner
Goals
Happy New Year everyone. I hope that your year is off to a great start and you’re tackling those new year’s resolutions and succeeding. If not, no worries, Coco to the rescue. Here’s some advice to keep you on track to meet and potentially exceed your goals.

  1. Set realistic goals – there is no sense in setting goals that aren’t realistic. When you don’t meet them then you feel like a failure. Set a goal that is obtainable and not too far-fetched, that way you actually have a chance at reaching your goals. Who knows you might even exceed them and surprise yourself
  2. Have a plan – rarely do people succeed at things without a plan. Clearly map out how you will achieve your goals so you have a clear picture of what it will take to succeed. Make a daily checklist and mark tasks off regularly. This will allow you to see your progress and assess how well you’re doing, and adjust as necessary.
  3. Don’t get discouraged – creating change takes time and falling short happens. Just pick yourself back up, regroup and remember each new dawn brings a new day. Remember, it only takes two weeks to create a routine, and routines become habits, which is what you are trying to achieve.

Good luck!