Health by Design – Inspiring a Passion for Life

To show our appreciation for our local healthcare professionals, this Flashback Friday is showcasing one of our medical clients, Health by Design (HBD). HBD’s mission is to integrate faith and medicine, inspiring a passion for life with health and hope for the glory of God.

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The Health by Design story began in 1979 when founder, Dr. David Player, formed a practice that treated patients with kidney failure. With the rise in obesity and the risk for disease, Dr. Player soon expanded the practice into the adult weight loss arena. The company continued to advance by bringing the right people at the right time, including Dr. James Ogletree, to continue its mission and grow the company. In 2005, because of a clear need for “business” acumen, HBD invited Barney Randol to join as a third partner through the formation of a new entity, Health by Design Management, LLP. For the first time, the doctors felt free to be doctors, without the added task of also running the business.

Since then, Health By Design has experienced increased demand, expanded services, and has built several onsite clinics, continuously offering new models of care. Last year, Health by Design revised its mission to: “inspire passion for life with health & hope for the glory of God.” From concierge care to health and nutritional coaching, HBD ensures each patient receives accessible care for their body, mind, and spirit.

G. W. Mitchell Construction’s strong and ongoing relationship with Health By Design began in 2015 when Team Mitchell and RVK Architects began assisting HBD in the development and construction of four clinics in the San Antonio area: The Paesano Parkway Clinic (completed in 2015), the City Base Clinic (completed in 2017), the Valero Family Wellness Clinic (completed in 2017) and a new clinic on Tezel Road (completed in June, 2020). All locations are state-of-the-art medical facilities that provide patient-centered care that treats mind, body and spirit. Since faith is also the cornerstone of the Mitchell family, we considered it a privilege to help bring life to HBD’s vision, knowing that each patient who steps through the doors will be shown the love of Christ and will receive top-quality care.

Since its beginning, Health by Design has clearly watched the hands of God at play. HBD is the place that clients, patients, and employees experience joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, and self-control. In every life they touch, they seek to produce a healthy body, sound mind, and hope-filled spirit that inspires patients to live a healthier, more rewarding life. G. W. Mitchell Construction is honored to be part of Health by Design’s special story.

Serving the City of San Antonio: Fire Station #51

Completed back in November of 2011, Fire Station #51 was constructed by G.W Mitchell Construction through a contract given by the City of San Antonio. Located at 5040 Beckwith Boulevard, the fire station was built to meet the LEED (Silver Leadership in Energy and Environment Development) Silver certification and federal green standards.

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Designed by Chesney Morales, this single-story, 14,015 square foot project included ground-up construction of CMU interiors, a brick exterior, and a radiused standing seam metal roof. In addition, it included the building of three apparatus bays, one EMS bay, first-rate living quarters for fire companies and EMS technicians, and a fitness facility.

San Antonio’s Fire Station #51 hosts the city’s second-heaviest rescue team, improving response times within the urban community of Bexar County.

G.W Mitchell Construction would like to personally thank all first responders and essential personnel in the surrounding area of San Antonio during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. We could not be here today without your service. Thank you.

Mitchell In Motion April 2020

Bill’s Blueprint

Normally at this time of year, we would have just wrapped up Fiesta. However, this year is undoubtedly unique and hopefully, a one-time occurrence. In these uncertain times, I am very proud of all of the G.W. Mitchell Construction employees and all other “essential” workers who are out there every day, continuing to make things happen.

Our job sites are adapting to the almost daily changes in requirements from our federal, state and local governments and projects are moving forward. While I fully expect to have some slowdowns and other ramifications from COVID-19, I do not anticipate any major repercussions.

First and foremost, we are working to make all of our job sites safe for our employees, our subcontractor partners and our clients. We are following all governmental guidelines and in addition, have our Safety Director working daily with our superintendents to maintain safe job sites.

Now what the future brings…my crystal ball tells me that there will be some fallout and delays of upcoming projects due to the pandemic. However, G.W. Mitchell Construction is in a good position with a strong backlog and outstanding clients that will get us through whatever comes from the current situation.

My son gave me this analogy, and I think it is very appropriate for today:

“Being a buffalo is about storms. Why a buffalo? When storms come, cows look up, see it and run away from it. They bolt away from the storm as fast as they can. But there is a problem with that. The storm catches up to the cows and they end up running with the storm, prolonging the time it takes for the storm to pass. When buffalos see a storm coming, they charge directly into the storm. It is the same storm the cows see, but they react differently. By running directly into the storm, the buffalos minimize the storm’s impact and break through on the other side faster!”

We are definitely in a storm today. My challenge and encouragement to you is how can you (and all of us) be a buffalo today? How can we run toward the storm and come out on the other side faster? How can we get better during all of this than just returning to normal? We shouldn’t return to normal. Things shouldn’t be the same after this. The question now is, how will we be different; how will we be better?

Bill Mitchell


Construction Zone: The Park at Vance Jackson 

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Our new construction team recently completed The Park at Vance Jackson, a 60,000 square foot, multi-unit office park, conveniently located on Vance Jackson and West Loop 1604. Can you say location, location, location?! The northwest property consists of two 30,000 square foot, single-story buildings with ample parking, multiple access points and is close to tons of amenities. Interested in this property? Transwestern is ready to lease. Contact Russell T. Noll at or call 210-253-2945 for more information.

Community Conscious: Team Mitchell Food Drive
Giving back to the community is always important to Team Mitchell, especially during these unique times. Currently, many local residents find themselves unemployed, making it difficult to feed their families. The San Antonio Food Bank has done an amazing job feeding thousands in the blink of an eye. To show our support of the SA Food Bank and help our fellow San Antonians, we will be taking food donations at our office located at 8610 Broadway on May 4th and 5th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All you have to do is drive to the covered parking lot on the backside of the building, and drop your non-perishable food items in one of the bins located near the entrance. We will handle the rest.

The Harvey E. Najim Hope Center

Completed in 2015, the Harvey E. Najim Hope Children’s Center provides a safe haven for many abused and neglected children across Bexar County. This project was very dear to our hearts as we were able to partner and assist in the building of the facility, supplying family services to thousands of San Antonio children in their time of need.
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The Hope Center is a trauma-informed facility specialized in administering emergency shelter and foster care assistance to youth and children. Standing as a symbol of hope and refuge for many, the center provides specialized outpatient therapy and mental health services to children and families across South Texas.

Funded by Harvey Najim and other generous donors, the construction of this 4,033 square foot, one-story facility consisted of a total renovation and extensive structural repair to an existing dilapidated building along with an addition to the building that added much needed space for the shelter.

Courtesy of Lopez Salas Architects, the interior of the building is completely furnished and designed with bright colors and homestyle decoration to comfort every child who walks through their doors. The center is located at 2939 W. Woodlawn and resides on a 10-acre lot of land, ready for future expansion.

And expanding is exactly what happened! Recently the center expanded their facility to provide mental health care for children as young as 2, who have experienced neglect, abuse and/or abandonment. The Hope Center 2 renovation of approximately 4,000 sf area on the existing Children’s Center Campus. The project construction of new treatment rooms, observation areas, doctor’s offices, social worker touch down spaces, upgraded restrooms and a new break area created the facilities needed to expand medical services. We are proud to say we built this facility that allows for a continuation of outpatient services for more than 4,100 children every year.