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 in San Antonio, Texas. 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 1926 Mitchell built his first school in Floresville, Texas. 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.

Today, a third generation carries on the tradition of providing high-quality construction services with Melvin serving as Chairman of the Board, Bill Mitchell as President, Lane Mitchell as Vice President, and Andy Mitchell as C.F.O.

The foundation for G.W. Mitchell Construction (GWM) and the reason for their continued success in an ever-changing environment is their commitment to meeting the needs of clients and providing exceptional customer service with the utmost integrity. Accordingly, the firm continues to be recognized for their outstanding service to the community and is evidenced by the receipt of Contractor of the Year awards in 1995 and 1997, and 2000; the Outstanding Construction Award as San Antonio’s Fastest Growing Company in 2000 and San Antonio’s Top 50 Private Companies in years 2000 through 2009.

While G.W. Mitchell Construction is still a closely held, family run company, it continues to thrive through the breadth and depth of many loyal and talented team members. There are a number of current and former employees in both the field and the office who have been with Mitchell for decades, some who are 3rd generation employees as well. The Mitchells, along with their strong team of experienced construction professionals, all share in the same core values that were instilled in the company culture back in 1921 by its founder:

      • We will operate our company under Christian principles.


      • We will maintain the highest degree of professionalism.


      • We will provide value for our clients by what we do every day.


      • We will recognize the need to be flexible while remaining focused on the end goal.


      • We will be problem solvers.


      • We will develop and maintain a servant-like attitude toward the owner, design team and others on the project.


      • We will treat our client’s project (and their money) as if it were our own.

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