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Happy Thanksgiving from G.W. Mitchell Construction

Happy Thanksgiving from G.W. Mitchell Construction

The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century. The Church of England under King James was persecuting anybody and everybody who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. The government was God, the government was the religion, the government was the church. Those who challenged that, those who believed strongly in freedom of worship, were hunted down, imprisoned and sometimes executed for their religious beliefs in 1600s England.

A group of separatists first fled to Holland, and they established a community there. After 11 years, persecution was catching up with them in Holland, and 40 of them agreed to make the journey to what was then called the New World, where they knew they would certainly face hardships. But the promise was that they could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. So, August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. There were 102 passengers, including 40 Pilgrims. The 40 Pilgrims were led by a man named William Bradford.

On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, the Mayflower Compact. It called for just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? These were religious people. They came from the Bible. The Pilgrims were people that were completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example. Because of the biblical precedents in Scripture, they didn’t doubt their experiment would work.

They were people with incredible faith. The journey to the New World was long and it was arduous. When they landed in New England in November, according to Bradford’s journal, they found a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. No friends to greet them. Rocks and coastline. No houses. There were no hotels, no inns, and the sacrifices they had made for freedom was just beginning.

During the first winter, half of them died, including William Bradford’s own wife, of either starvation, sickness, or exposure. When spring finally came, Native Americans, did indeed teach the settlers how to plant corn, how to fish for cod, skin beavers for coats. Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they didn’t prosper. Not yet.

To make the journey to the new world, the Pilgrims had merchant sponsors. The reason for the original contract that the Pilgrims all signed aboard the Mayflower was to establish a common purse to pay back the sponsors. They didn’t have any money. These sponsors were in Holland and London and they had to be repaid.

That contract called for everything the Pilgrims produced to go into a common store, a single bank account. Each member of the community was entitled to an equal share of the gross. This was fair. This was equal. All the land they cleared, the houses they built, they belonged to the community as well.

Nobody owned anything. Everything was owned by the community and everybody had equal share to all of it. They were going to distribute it equally. All the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community. Now, William Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this wasn’t working. They weren’t making any money to pay off the sponsors. Since everybody got an equal share no matter what, there were some lazy sloths. Yes, some of the original Pilgrims just sat around and did nothing all day while the others picked up the slack.

Bradford saw this wasn’t going to work. Essentially, they tore up that first contract which, although they didn’t know it, was socialism. They created a new community based on what we would call capitalism today. The more you produced, the more you got to keep. The harder you worked, the greater were the fruits of your labors. If you wanted a larger home than somebody else, and you could afford to build it, you did and didn’t have to share it.

This change unleashed everything, and the Pilgrims became an economic concern. They experienced economic plenty far greater than they had under the previous Mayflower Compact arrangement. Bradford writes about all of this in his journal, and it is for this that the original Pilgrims gave thanks to God for helping them to survive and thrive in a place none had ever been.

The great Pilgrim migration occurred because of the overwhelming success of growing their community. The word of what the Pilgrims had done spread. The ships going back and forth from the New World to England and Europe spread the news of this newfound prosperity of this New World, new opportunities, religious freedom and other freedoms that had been created after the arrival of the Pilgrims. They set up free enterprise where the fruits of your labor determined what you got, what you had, and what you were able to do. It was so successful, and that’s what they gave thanks for.

These were deeply religious people. They were giving thanks for having been shown the light, the word spread, and that began the Great Puritan Migration. That’s when the flood of European arrivals began, after the success of the original Plymouth colony.

This was the story that George Washington had in mind when he gave the Thanksgiving proclamation on October 3rd, 1789.

By the President of the United States of America – a Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

Also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Mitchell In Motion October 2019

Bill’s Blueprint
Greetings Mitchell in Motion Readers,
I hope this newsletter comes to you in times of peace and blessings.  On behalf of the GWM Team, I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Bill Mitchell and join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.  He is out of the hospital now, going through a little rehab and will hopefully be headed home soon!

As we move into the fall and cooler weather, it is encouraging to witness all the continued progress being made in and around San Antonio.  Accordingly, we feel blessed to have had a part in a number of projects from the Rio Grande Valley up to San Antonio and North to New Braunfels and San Marcos. Along with these projects that are already in motion, GWM continues to win and plan for a number of historical renovation projects as well as continued construction of auto dealerships and other new facilities. With the year winding down, we are looking forward to finishing out strong in the last quarter and we are optimistically looking ahead to a good year in 2020.

Thank you for all your hard work, outstanding leadership, and continued growth.

Faithfully Yours,
Andy Mitchell
CFO

Construction Zone
As mentioned earlier, GWM has many projects keeping us busy this year. Here are some updates on those ongoing projects:

New Cavender Dealership – This parking garage structure is part of the first phase of some major improvements coming to this Cavender dealer at I-10 and Hausman. Adding a 202,500 square foot. parking garage, which includes a 39,200 square foot. shop on the first floor and 152,500 square foot. of covered storage for inventory. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed March 2020. Phase 2 is scheduled to begin shortly after and turn over spring 2021.

Vance Jackson Offices – Building 1 tilt-wall and structure is completely erected; the roofing is dried in and windows are being installed. Site utilities are ongoing. Building 2 tilt-wall is completely erected with finish welding occurring on the structure. Roofing will start next week. The project is scheduled to turn over in January 2020.

Rio Bank – The roof is dried in, and metal wall panels and metal roof panels are ongoing. The exterior stucco and EIFS are ongoing and approximately 95% complete. Windows are installed and the scaffold is being removed from the first sections. On the interiors, rough-in is ongoing and sheetrock has started. MEP systems are being installed. The chillers, generator, and transformer, along with many other pumps, fans, units, panelboards, etc. have been set and are being tied in. This project is scheduled to turn over spring 2020.

107 N. Flores – A historic building owned by Weston Urban, located at the corner of N. Flores and Commerce Street, will be undergoing a facelift during the next few months. The renovation of this building, originally built in phases during the early 1900s, will be updated and restored to mimic its original architecture with the cleaning and repairing the existing masonry structure, new roof and canopy, replacement of the windows and storefront, installation of a new elevator enabling access to 2nd floor tenant space, new restroom facilities, and the improvements to the ground floor tenant spaces with refurbishment of the existing wood floors and plaster walls.

Coco’s Corner
With the holidays fast approaching, what better way to jump-start your holiday spirit than with a fall favorite, pumpkin pie! If you’re don’t like baking, or you find yourself strapped for time, don’t worry! This no-bake alternative offers a fast and easy option to traditional recipes. Try it out at your next holiday meal:

 

 

 

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  •  1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  •  2 eggs, beaten
  •  1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

Directions:

  • In a heavy saucepan combine gelatin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in condensed milk and beaten eggs, mixing well. Let stand one minute, then place on burner over low heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes, or until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in pumpkin, mixing thoroughly, and pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill before serving.

Mitchell In Motion Q2 2019

Bill’s Blueprint

Hello Mitchell in Motion Readers,

Have you all recovered from Fiesta yet? We are back in the swing of things at G.W. Mitchell Construction but had a great time celebrating with the rest of the city.

As we start the second quarter of the year, we are blessed to have our workload ramp up with several new projects and will continue to make great strides with our existing jobs. Rio Bank and Roosevelt Artist Studios are progressing nicely and we are nearly finished with the Gensler Finish Out, Barrett Jaguar Land Rover and Kuper Realty on Broadway. In addition, we will be starting work in June (to follow up on the home construction in the late 1920’s) on a major site renovation at the McNay Art Institute. You can check out some of our progress below.

Additionally, we are currently looking to fill various Superintendent and Project Management positions. If you know anyone who might be a good fit for GWM, have them send their resumes to raquel.carreon@gwmitchell.com.

Sincerely,
Bill Mitchell

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Big Wins for Team Mitchell

Recently, G.W. Mitchell’s Special Projects Division won the American Subcontractors Association’s 2018 Project of the Year for the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, Global Luxury project. However, that’s not the only big win we have had lately. Q1 started with a bang with several new projects secured.

Those projects include:

  • Light & Print Building – AmWins/Web TPA tenant improvements
  • Cavender Jaguar Land Rover
  • Grant & Kress Building finish out
  • Gensler Office finish out
  • Vance Jackson Office #1
  • H-E-B Cypress Tower site work
  • N. Flores renovations

We are very excited about the months ahead and great projects we initiated in Q1.

Construction Zone: 5000 Broadway

A transformation of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty existing workplace located in Alamo Heights is happening!  Recently, Kuper leased a 2800 sf, single story building in the heart of downtown Alamo Heights, providing additional workspace and expanding their ever-growing Alamo Heights presence.

G.W. Mitchell has been working with SixthRiver Architects to design and build a space that will make Kuper’s vision a reality.  This project has presented several challenges for the team due to the discovery of asbestos, uncovering three levels of abandoned ceilings, water damaged framing and structural cracking caused by foundation failure. The patience and persistence of the project team showcased how teamwork makes a difference.

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The building has a Santa Barbara feel that features arched architectural features including a high vaulted ceiling clad in wood, creating a very open and airy environment. Black Raco framing and high-end tile flooring in the common areas and carpet in the offices finish out the space. Additionally, an exterior facelift sets the building apart from its neighbors.

We are currently partnering with Kuper on four additional projects and one additional project is planned for later this year.  Subcontractors include Barton Interiors, Masters Electric, Gillette Air Conditioning, Alamo Tile, Intertech Flooring, FAK Painting, Sunset Painting, Hull Doors, B & T Glass, Goetz Plumbing, Robles, KMAC, Medina Valley Security, and the Koehler Company.

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Mitchell In Motion Quarterly – January 2019

Mitchell in Motion Quarterly – January 2019

Bill’s Blueprint

Hello Mitchell in Motion Readers,

I would like to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we wrap up an eventful 2018 and shift our momentum into the next calendar year. We have been blessed that the past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievements, and without each and every member of the dedicated G.W. Mitchell (GWM) team, our success would be limited. As we reflect on the past year, we have many reasons to be thankful. I am very proud of our accomplishments and look forward with enthusiasm to 2019.

I invite you to join me in anticipating what we will accomplish together in the year to come. My main focus for the year is based on three pillars: Confidence, Responsibility and Cooperation.

  • Confidence in our performance capabilities, expertise and achievements. Confidence that we provide the best services we can for our clients. Confidence that each project will be a success.
  • Responsibility fiscally for our clients, treating their money as our own. Responsibility professionally to be responsive to the needs of our clients and to personally be the best version of ourselves every day.
  • Cooperation with our clients before, during and after construction, ensuring our clients’ expectations are exceeded. Cooperation internally as a team as well as with our subcontractors to complete projects on time and in budget.

Let us keep these words in the mind and forge ahead together for our great cause.

Sincerely,
Bill Mitchell
President

Community Conscious – Toys for Tots

At G.W. Mitchell Construction, we believe that giving back is imperative. During the holidays we proudly partnered with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and were able to accumulate lots of toys for less fortunate children in our community. Thanks to all of the GWM employees who donated toys, ensuring multiple children received presents this holiday season.

 Construction Zone: Christ Episcopal Church

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Earlier this month, our Christ Episcopal Church (CEC) project wrapped up. After completion, the church was able to utilize the new outreach facility and fully restored carriage house to serve more than 130 people a fresh meal and hand out provisions for those in need. CEC’s outreach ministry will continue its service every Saturday.

 

“This time patrons were able to come in and sit down to a good meal in the new climate-controlled outreach pavilion, enjoying food and fellowship while waiting for their number to be called to go over to the newly restored carriage house, where they picked up their weekly provision from the food pantry,” said Andy Mitchell, CFO at G.W. Mitchell. “This will help change many lives.”

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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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Staff Showcase

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.

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.

SangriaSangria Blanco

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.

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!

Mitchell In Motion Quarterly – October 2017

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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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What’s Trending?

Interested in construction news? Our What’s Trending section will keep you up to date.

San Antonio Business Journal’s Crane Watch –  See who’s building what in San Antonio.

Construction adds 8k jobs in September

The 50 States of Construction: How competition, steady demand are defining the TX market

How technology is redrawing the line between design and construction

 

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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.