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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.



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.

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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, call or email Erin Clementson at 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 Follow Pella on FacebookYouTubeHouzzInstagram and Pinterest and Twitter @Pella News.

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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.


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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.



US Builders Review

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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