G.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.