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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director 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.
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.
“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.
Interested in construction news? Our What’s Trending section will keep you up to date.
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How technology is redrawing the line between design and construction
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 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.
*Thanks to Susanna Kitayama for your photos of the Christ Episcopal Groundbreaking Ceremony.