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February - Construction News
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FEBRUARY 2013
Knock, knock
ST: the next generation
Armando Cruz comes a-knockin’ with his new business, AC Door Specialties.
Two generations of Traugotts: Michael Traugott Jr. and his father Michael Traugott Sr.
W
ho’s there? Armando Cruz as
he answers the call of opportunity with AC Door Specialties.
“I worked for a general contractor for
almost 12 years, and did a lot of interior
work, and every time I needed doors and
hardware, it was like pulling teeth,” recalls Cruz. “So, I decided there’s a need
for this.”
Just like that, Cruz opened the door
to starting his own business in October.
“I’ve been real blessed,” he notes. “I
started my company a couple months
ago and hit the ground running – picked
up a lot of work at the University of Texas
in Austin and picked up some work here
in San Antonio from different contractors.”
W
hen Koontz-McCombs Construction was hired by Methodist Healthcare Systems (MHS) to
build the Methodist Metropolitan Gateway, they were actually taking on two simultaneous jobs – the ground up construction of the office building and the
finish out for inaugural tenant Broadway
Bank.
In 10 months, the crew brought a
contaminated, demolished lot along I-35
to the level of a three-story, limestone
clad tilt-wall 35,460sf medical office
building.
“I think it’s got an incredible frontage,” says Henry M. Serry, project executive. “Sitting on 35 like that, just north of
downtown, it’s right on the freeway, so I
think the stone and the towers making it
a very dramatic-looking building.”
Serry explains that MHS will lease the
offices, which were designed with medical purposing in mind. The shell building
came at a project cost of $4.5 million,
Even though he only just crossed the
threshold into this business, 85 percent
of his jobs are public, and of the jobs he is
doing for the private sector, 90 percent of
them are through the general contractors. AC has taken on work at government facilities and all kinds of commercial buildings where contractors call
upon him for the exterior doors.
“The stuff that we specialize in is the
hollow metal doors and frames for commercial buildings,” he explains, adding
that he doesn’t do residential-style doors.
“Industrial is available, also. I can get up
to ballistics doors, security doors, chemical-resistant doors – they’re made out of
continued on Page 25
A
s far as Michael Traugott Jr.
knows, Richard Mudd has gone
fishing. Mudd, who partnered
with Michael Traugott Sr. to start South
Texas Drywall & Construction in 1995,
retired in October.
“We were surprised,” says Traugott
Jr., vice president.
The elder Traugott is president, having opened South Texas Drywall as the
51-percent owner while Mudd ran the
business since its founding. But Traugott
Jr. says that Mudd wasn’t around the office much before retiring, because he
didn’t really need to be. The younger
Traugott and the 20 to 25 employees
were handling everything on their own.
Traugott Jr. says that his role is the
same essentially; it’s just that now he has
more responsibility.
“Basically, I’m taking the lead,” Traugott Jr. explains, noting that at 36, he has
a lot of experience, having grown up in
the construction world along with his father’s company, Traugott Painting, and
the other businesses that followed for
Traugott Inc.
While in college, one of the jobs he
did was installing acoustical ceilings for
the company he is now running. After
getting his business management degree at Southwest Texas, he came into
the office full time and started learning
the rest of the drywall business.
continued on Page 25
Gateway to MHS
while the first anchor tenant, Broadway
Bank, ran in the $900,000 range for its
5,000sf finish out, accounting for approximately half of the first floor.
The first challenge was clearing the
site of trees and known hazardous materials in the soil, namely insecticides and
lead paint that remained from houses
that had occupied the land for more than
60 years before being demolished. Testing along the way to ensure complete
removal, the amount of soil the team had
to strip from the site varied from six to 12
inches deep in some areas, and under the
building, about two feet of topsoil had to
be removed.
Once work began, the construction
team had to manage street closures on
varying sides of the property in order to
do roadwork, put in curbs and sidewalks,
and a turn lane to open up access since
Broadway Bank has a drive-thru on the
side of the building.
Koontz-McCombs Construction overcame several challenges to build the Methodist
Metropolitan Gateway medical office building on an accelerated schedule.
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Diann and Roy Reina opened Stained Glass Craftworkers Bench in 2001.
fter Diann Reina retired from
teaching, she went to work for her
husband Roy Reina, Triple R Contracting, which does digital HVAC controls. But soon, she found her own niche
in specialty contracting with Stained
Glass Craftworkers Bench.
When she decided to open her own
business in 2001, she and her husband
shared their rented office, but they soon
wanted a workspace that was their own.
Six years ago, they bought the 1950s
farmhouse across Eckhert Road, off Bandera Road, and two years later, the
stained glass shop relocated across the
street to the new idyllic setting with only
one piece of glass broken during the
move.
Reina does commission work for anyone and any type of need, but many of
her clients are churches or residential.
She notes that people come into the
shop with the misconception that she
has pieces ready to be taken home, but
each piece has to be a unique shape and
size, so the products are created for clients’ specific needs.
“Once everything’s determined that
they like the pattern and the glass choice,
then we start the production,” she says.
She points out that the biggest expense on stained glass is actually the
time it takes to create a piece. For instance, she recalls church windows that
were 35x56, and after the glass was cut,
they took her four days working from
8am to 9pm to assemble.
The wait sometimes worries clients,
but she explains that the window doesn’t
need to be ready to go in during construction. She recommends to clients
that they put in a traditional window to
safeguard against the elements, seal the
house for heating and air conditioning,
and then put the stained glass window in
from the inside, protecting it, making it
easier to clean, and preventing any delays in construction. –mp
San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
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PUTZ AROUND TOWN
JC Putz here . . .
Oh man it’s February in San Antonio
and the rodeo and Valentine’s Day
are heavy on everyone’s mind.
Just take for instance Ed Allen,
branch manager for H & E Equipment Services. The boss snapped
this photo at the pre-rodeo cook-off.
When asked what he was doing
in that big “Easy Chair” Ed just leaned
back a little further and said, “I’m just
contemplating the world around us,
the great smell of barbeque, next
months sales and what to get my
sweetie for Valentine’s Day.”
Such a profound statement really got me off my butt to create the
perfect list of Valentine gifts for the
guys this year. Thanks Ed.
Best gifts for the guys
1. Location of the ammo dealer who has
a stock of cheap 9mm, .380, .40, .45 and
.223’s.
2. Hitch mounted toilet seat (in oak, of
course)
3. A $1,000 gift certificate to CAMO
World.com
4. One get out of the doghouse card
from wife or girl friend.
The bigger the better
Late January brought the grand opening and open house for HOLT CAT’s new
ProTech Technical Training Facility. One of the honored guest speakers was State Sen.
Leticia Van de Putte.
While on the podium she
noticed and pointed out the
large fan.
Her comment was “That
says it all.” We agree with
you completely Senator.
With that, I’m out’a here.
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Ahead of the housing curve
T
he Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) called
upon prognosticator Jack
Inselmann, Metrostudy,
for the 2013 San Antonio
Housing Forecast.
So, what does the
housing horizon hold? A
promising light, actually, Inselmann says. For starters,
2012 saw the first increase –
17 percent – in single-family home starts
since 2006 with a total of 8,077. This was
accompanied by a 5-percent increase in
single-family closings compared to 2011
with a total of 7,430.
The market picked up slowly, but
gained momentum due to improved job
numbers and lower interest rates. Homes
in the lower price ranges accounted for
the majority of the market activity, breaking down to 39 percent priced under
$175,000, 23 percent between $175$225,000, 18 percent in the $225$300,000 bracket, 16 percent in the $300$500,000 range, and 5 percent above
$500,000. The homes under $225,000,
accounting for 62 percent of the 2012
housing market, lost market share from
the previous year, while there was no
change in the share for those homes
$500,000 and up.
Slicing the housing pie chart by geography, the west grabbed the biggest
piece of the San Antonio market, accounting for 35 percent of new home
construction. Northeast followed with 19
percent, and the far north accounted for
15 percent. New Braunfels held 10 per-
cent of the greater San Antonio market, beating out the far
northwest corner of the city,
which came in at 8 percent.
The Schertz-Cibolo area made
up 7 percent of the market.
And the southwest, east, and
south sections of San Antonio
tied for the smallest slice, each
holding 2 percent.
New home inventory was
holding steady and strong
with 4,186 units at the close of the year.
Looking back at the third quarter of 2006,
there were 10,499 new homes in inventory. At the time of the forecast, 2,482
units were under construction, 1,334 finished homes were vacant, and 370 furnished models were on the ground.
“I expect new home inventory to remain very tight and healthy throughout
2013,” Inselmann proclaimed. “I expect
lot delivery to once again lag behind lot
absorption during most of 2013 as we
play catch up due to the influence of tight
credit.”
Year’s end left a standing inventory
of 25.8 months’ supply of vacant developed lots and 17,357 developed lots on
the ground, down 1,246 lots from the
end of 2011.
The forecast boasts that the city is
ahead of the curve as the nation begins
recovering from the economic downturn.
Inselmann concluded, “San Antonio
has done comparatively well considering
the challenges, and I expect the new
home market to continue to improve in
2013 especially with the projected job
growth forecasts in the local area.” –mp
Eat your heart out, San Antonio!
T
he construction industry was well represented again this year at the 17th Annual
Pre Rodeo Cook-Off & Concert at Seaworld. The weather was good and the “My
Barbecue is Better Than Yours” attitude was everywhere and my feet hurt like
hell from walking for four hours to get all these pics, but the BBQ was great! –bd
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February 25th thru March 8, 2013.
Monday–Friday from 8:00–11:30 am, and 1:00–4:00 pm
Minorities and Women are encouraged to apply.
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Must have a high school diploma or GED or be a graduating senior in May 2013.
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Toned up
Submitted to Construction News
Changing of the guard
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) San Antonio chapter held its 2013 Board
of Directors installation Jan. 7 at Sunset Station. Councilwoman Elisa Chan spoke
about the city’s Capital Investment Program and officiated the ceremony. –mp
Antonio Gonzalez started running his business, Toned Homes Southwest, two years ago.
T
echnically, Antonio “Tone” Gonzalez, has been doing remodels
and air conditioning for about 17
years, but his dba, Toned Homes Southwest, is only two years old. It’s not only
clever; it landed him a better website.
Gonzalez, 38, was the general manager of three different air conditioning
companies over the last decade, and all
the while, he never stopped remodeling.
“I started making countertops when
I was 19 years old,” says Gonzalez, who
adds that he will still take on commercial
work for countertops and flooring.
“Initially, we were all subcontractors
working for different, larger companies,
and in the last two years, we have reorganized, and now we are the general contractor, remodeling, and air conditioning,” he explains. “We have been selfemployed and self-contracting for different areas of construction for the last 15
years, and it was a group of people that
would really help each other out if they
needed work. We had a small network of
contractors that worked tightly together
– we had countertop people, painters, air
conditioning people – and a couple years
ago, we reorganized where they all came
to work for me.”
Gonzalez honed his skills through
studying and learning by doing. Though
he attended Texas A&I University in
Kingsville, he didn’t finish college.
There is one particular thing he says
he picked up in his time at Texas A&I,
working for the Medina Valley Times.
“I’m really a stickler for the truth,” he
states. “I worked for the newspaper when
I was in college as a reporter … and I
guess that must have instilled that in me.”
When Gonzalez isn’t running Toned
Homes and managing his 10 employees,
he stays very involved with his church and,
of course, his family. He has been married
for the last two years, and he has four
daughters and two stepchildren. –mp
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It’s always green in the Sunbelt
The crew at Sunbelt Rentals on Austin Highway was buzzing around the shop
working – and buzzing about the new Selma location opening.
L-R: John Stevens, Rene Almanza, Kenneth Rogers, Junior Stevens,
George A. Gamez, Ray Birmingham, and David Kennedy. –mp
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Jason Calandres, Elliot Sanders, and Cindy Baete, Glidden Professional, supply
clients with what they need to paint the town – for the holidays, and as always. –mp
L-R: The 2013 AGC-San Antonio Board of Directors,
President: Fred Galvan, Zachry Construction
Vice President: Sam Nunnelly, Core Continuum
Secretary/Treasurer: Kristian Pearson, Joeris General Contractors
Directors: Mike Kaiman, Turner Construction; Tony Battle, Byrne Construction
Services; Julissa Carielo, Tejas Premier General Contractor;
Luis Berumen, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors; Mike Sireno, Baker Triangle;
Sean McNelis, McNelis + Winter, PLLC; Katherine Willis, T.H. Willis Company;
Immediate Past President: Maryanne Guido, Guido Construction
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am now. They were there for me when I
needed them, and it was pretty cool.
Bell Crisp, President
Absolute Resourcing
I
t seems like every time you go to a
construction industry event in San Antonio, you run into Bell Crisp, president
and founder of Absolute Resourcing.
You probably know her, because just
about everybody does. You might know
she started her staffing company in San
Antonio in August 2010 and just opened
a second location in Austin last year. It’s
also possible you know that she runs
about 200 guys out a day and still does
sales because she has a passion for her
job and people.
But if you think that’s all there is to
this smart as a whip trailblazer, you don’t
know Bell.
How did you get started in the construction business?
I actually have been in the construction business for 13 years now in the
staffing industry. I started out with LaborReady for several years, and then I went
to Able Body Labor.
Able Body had some problems. I was
their regional sales manager over Texas,
and things started to go downhill. My
commission checks were getting later
and later, and I was like, hmm, this is not
good.
I’d always wanted to go out on my
own, but my non-compete was rock solid
even though Texas is a right-to-work
state. So, I figured I would just be an Able
Body employee forever, and then when
that started, it was a $250 million company, and I never thought that would
happen.
So, I went out and got some things
together, got everything ready to go.
Then, in August of 2010, my workers
didn’t get paid one day, and that was it
for me, because if they didn’t pay them,
how was I supposed to get them to go to
work? I pretty much quit that day, because I had workers coming up to the car
upset, saying, “We can’t get paid.” And I
said, “I’m so sorry.”
I went out on my own, and two
weeks later, they filed for bankruptcy.
The timing worked out that I was proactive instead of reactive. I had offers to
work for other companies, but I was done
with that. I wanted to do something on
my own. I knew I had enough backing
with my clients to do it, so they gave me
the kick in the pants that I needed. They
said, “You need to do this yourself, and
we’ll support you.”
I did everything on my own with my
own money. Unfortunately, in the staffing industry, you don’t have any assets,
except for your receivables. Well, if you’re
new, you don’t have receivables, because
you don’t have people out yet. So, I could
not get a loan even though I was with the
same bank since ’98, I had $100,000 in the
bank in savings, and I had an 830 credit
score – I could not get a loan. So, I just
grabbed my money and plopped it out
there, and on a wing and a prayer, things
just started happening.
The first three months were pretty
stressful, because it’s your money and I
skinned my knees a couple of times on a
few things, but with the help of the customers that I’d had for years, they made
sure I got paid quickly in the very beginning so I could get some cash flow. If it
weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I
What scared you the most about putting it all on the line like that?
Not having anything to fall back on if
it didn’t work out. My husband – he’s got
a really good job, but to support both of
us and my stepdaughter – whom we
have half the time – I had to have a job
and the security of that money. That was
the only thing that scared me.
After about three months, things
started happening, and the money started coming in and workers going out, and
everything kind of balanced out, and I
haven’t looked back. I’ve been getting
bigger and bigger every day, landed
some really big jobs, and just opened up
in Austin in August, which I never thought
I would do. I just didn’t. I was San Antonio, and I don’t know that many people in
Austin, but I got to Austin, and things
were really rockin’ and rollin’ up there. It’s
incredible that I’ve been so blessed, and
to make it in this time when the economy
is so bad.
I opened in Austin, and Austin is going strong. I’ve got a good person there
running the office. I do sales still. I go
back and forth every Wednesday, and
then I stay here the rest of the time and
do sales while my other two girls are in
the office for me.
I’ve got some good help where it’s
freed me up a lot to get out more and get
in front of my customers.
Is it stressful being the boss now, or is
it liberating?
The only stress I feel is if I let one of
my customers down, because they’re
trusting me to get it done. They helped
me get started, and they’re trusting me
to make it right. In my industry, you’re going to have a problem. It’s not if; it’s when.
And it’s how you deal with that problem.
I always make sure that my customers are
happy.
If I mess up and a worker walks off,
the next day, they have an extra worker
on my dime. I’m like, “Here’s an extra guy.
That’s my guy. I pay for him. Just to help
you catch up and help you keep going.”
And I couldn’t do that when I was
with the other companies, because they
were all about profit, and they would say,
“You’re giving a free worker away? Are
you out of your mind? Those guys expect
this to happen.”
And then I’m like, “Well, yeah, I don’t.
I don’t.” So, it is very liberating to be able
to do that without having a hatchet over
your neck. Or losing a customer because
you can’t make it right. But yeah, I think
it’s liberating.
What about your personality do you
think makes you well-suited to your
work and business?
I relate really well to just about anybody and any situation. I really love people. It doesn’t matter who you are or what
background you’re from. If you’ve got a
story, I usually figure it out and find a way
to connect with someone. It’s really, like
they say, six degrees of separation between everybody in the world.
Once you start really talking to somebody on a personal level – I don’t do what
most salespeople do. I don’t go in and go,
“Hi, I’m so-and-so. Who are you using?
How many guys do you need?” I don’t
talk business at all. I get to know that person first. I don’t ask for a sale. I talk to
them, find out about them.
You talk about learning about other
people’s background, but what’s your
story?
I was raised with three brothers, so I
had that tomboy element. So, I could
duck and jab with the best of them. I was
raised in the country, so we just have a
different set of rules when you grow up
that carefree. I’ve had horses and animals
all my life, which I still do to this day.
But I actually started out as a horseman’s bookkeeper for Manor Downs in
Austin right out of school. Worked at that
for about a year and a half, and then end-
Along with her stepdaughter KJ, Bell Crisp’s goals for 2013
include doing well with her show horses.
ed up living with the top female jockey in
the world, and she was my best friend
forever.
Tammy Purcell – I just reconnected
with her. She’s back in Austin, and we just
reconnected after, I don’t know, 20 years?
But we were inseparable, and I started
riding racehorses – I’d always ridden. I
was riding before I could walk. I was in
diapers when mom had me on a horse –
but the racehorses? That was new, that
was fun, it was daring. It was a high, and
so the bookkeeping went away, and I
moved to California, and the rest was history. I started riding racehorses for some
of the top trainers in the world. Then, I
decided that I wanted to be a jockey too.
So, for 15 years, I rode and trained.
In that industry, I didn’t have an
agent. I was my agent, and it was just my
gift of gab that got me on horses, because I’d pick a horse that ran dead last
the day before and laugh and tell the
trainer, “Before you send him to the glue
factory, let me work him for a week. I
guarantee that horse will finish better
than last.”
They’d say, “Oh, you can’t do anything with this nag,” and I would light the
board every time. I would run either first
through fifth every time with a long shot.
And then they were like, “Wow.”
And it was tough back then being a
female jockey in a male-dominated sport.
But the guys loved me. The other jockeys
encouraged me to become a jockey, because I would exercise horses, and then
I’d say, “This jockey would fit this horse …
You’ll win on him.”
Knowing how to get the right personality for the right horse, they asked,
“Why don’t you just ride?” So, the top
jockey at Sunland Park, where I first started out, gave me his old saddle to use, because I was afraid to spend the money – I
didn’t know if I was going to like it or not.
He gave me a saddle, and the second
leading rider gave me some jock pants –
that still had his name on the back. The
only thing I had to buy were my boots.
That was it.
So, I was pretty much funded by the
other jockeys to get out and try something. Which is pretty incredible, especially back then, because if you were a female
wanting to be a jockey, those guys tried to
scare you and run you off, because you
were dangerous. They didn’t want you
out there. And with me, they knew that I
was safe, even though I’m blind in my left
eye. Even knowing that, they knew that I
was a smart rider, and so, just having to
present myself in that way, I got tough
and had a blast and decided after 15 years
of traveling all over the country from the
east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between, I was ready to settle
down. But I got all my fun out first.
Then, I came back to San Antonio
and was playing competitive softball and
met my husband.
I love to play golf. I play golf with my
customers quite often. I play in tournaments, such as ABC, AGC. My stepdaugh-
ter and husband are playing now. So, we
do the family thing.
I’m still in horses, only it’s showing
horses now with my stepdaughter. I look
forward to going out of town and taking
the paint horses and going to shows. We
have a blast. That’s probably my favorite
thing I do now, go with her, go to Waco
and College Station, Fort Worth, Tulsa,
and drive the horses up to go show.
Have you been blind in one eye since
birth?
Yes.
And you didn’t find that challenging,
being up on a horse racing?
No, because I have extra sensitive
ears, and I can feel when something’s
coming and the direction. Unless it just
comes so fast, like a rock coming up. I’ll
know it’s about to hit me, but I can’t do
anything because I don’t know where it’s
coming from.
I just had an optical nerve in the back
that, according to the doctors, never connected. They said, “We can operate, but
she really won’t get any eyesight, because I didn’t have a lot of control over
my eye when I was younger. But they
said, eventually my eye would get strong
and just move with the other one.
But to this day, if I get really tired and
I’m talking to my customers or somebody, like at night when we’re at the
functions, several times I’ll be talking to
somebody, and they’re looking behind
them. And I’m like, “No, no, I’m looking at
you. My eye’s getting tired. I can always
tell when it starts to drift just a little so it
looks like I’m looking behind your shoulder, because I’m tired.
What do you see in the future ahead of
you? Is there something you’d like to
do that you haven’t done?
No, I think I’ve lived a pretty darn
good life, because I waited so long to get
married that I took the trips. I went to
Cabo, I went to Cancun, I went to the Cayman Islands, and I did it all on my own. I
didn’t need to drag somebody with me. I
loved the freedom of being out and doing what I wanted to do, because I knew
at some point, I was going to settle down,
and then I did, and we travel.
The goal that I have this year is to win
at the world level with the paints. In June,
my stepdaughter and I will be going to
the Pinto World Show for two weeks in
Tulsa, and then the two weeks after that,
we’ll be at the Paint Show, so we’ll be
gone the whole month of June, showing
horses.
As far as goals, my show at the Paint
level will be in November, so I’m looking
forward to seeing how my new horse
does. That’s the goal on the personal side
– to do really well at the horse shows this
year.
Business-wise, just to have more free
time in Austin and really get Austin going. It’s fixin’ to break open up there, and
I’m really excited about that. –mp
San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
Page 7
Ton slinger
Business as usual, but simplified
Mike Grendell, 50, has been the branch manager of Midco Sling of San Antonio
almost since it first opened 34 years ago.
M
idco Sling & Cable, founded in
Dallas by Doug Dry, came to San
Antonio in 1979, and branch
manager Mike Grendell has been
aboard the wire rope ride for the last 32
of those 34 years.
At the San Antonio branch, Midco
fabricates slings, custom manufacturing
them for a wide variety of projects, including underground utilities, telecommunications, heavy highways and bridges, and of course buildings.
Currently, the San Antonio office has
13 employees. Grendell credits the
branch’s size with its successful diversification.
“We do some business in the oil field
like everybody else, which has helped a
little bit,” Grendell says. “As far as other
diversification that we have, we sell fall
protection. We specialize in that; fall protection and rigging – harnesses, lanyards,
horizontal lifelines, anchorage, connectors. We do a lot with cranes as well.
“One thing that we have is
150,000-pound test bed, so if people
want their slings proof tested, we’re able
to do that for them. We have two 500-ton
hydraulic presses, a reeling machine to
transfer wire rope from one spool to another for shorter cut lengths. We have a
full line distributorship with Crosby.”
Grendell enjoys his job, handling the
wide range of supplies and services and
helping customers resolve issues, as he
notes, “It is ever changing. It’s challenging.
Everybody that walks in the door doesn’t
have the same problem. Everybody has
rigging issues, and they need answers.”
When he’s not selling wire rope sling,
Grendell can often be caught slinging a
fishing reel along the Gulf Coast and going offshore. Last year, he traveled to the
Sea of Cortez off the coast of Mexico on a
fishing adventure. He also took a recent
trip to Argentina to bird hunt, and he has
a deer lease near San Saba. –mp
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L-R: Shane Harrell, project executive for the Commercial Division; Scott Reynolds, president;
and Mark Haynie, project executive for the Federal Division
S
even years ago, Scott Reynolds,
president of Catamount Constructors, and his partners bought MCC
Construction. But since MCC is a federal
sector contractor, and Catamount is a private sector contractor, the two companies have continued to function as separate entities.
“They were being successful, and we
didn’t want to rock the boat, if you will,”
Reynolds remarks. “So, we just managed
from afar for about six years.”
Three years ago, Reynolds says they
started running as a joint venture company called MCC Catamount, and they’ve
done over $200 million of work under
that name, but still the companies functioned separately.
“We kept them separate for the management styles,” he explains. “The federal
market is quite different than the private
sector; different type of people, different
type of work, different type of everything.
Then, when I moved here two years ago
to open this office [in San Antonio], it was
our first try at co-mingling the two cultures and the two companies.”
But after cohabitating in the San Antonio location since January 2011, Reynolds
decided to bring the federal umbrella under Catamount to exist as one company.
“Mark Haynie has run the MCC operation of San Antonio – or as they call it
the Southwest – for the last 15 years, so
now Mark Haynie still will run our federal
work, but he’ll report to me.”
He notes this merger simplified internal functions and did not result in any
layoffs.
“We’ve actually hired about five
more people in the last two weeks,” he
proclaims. “So, it wasn’t a cost-cutting
measure by any means.”
In San Antonio, Catamount added
the 20 MCC employees to the 25 working
under the Catamount name.
Reynolds has high hopes for his company’s post-merger outlook, expecting
the San Antonio office to grow in revenue
by 26 percent in 2013. –mp
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San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
35 and still growing
Industry FOLKS
M
Brad Tellander
Outside Sales Representative
A1 Fire & Safety
Editor’s note: Who says newspaper stories should be reserved for the highest
ranking officials in companies?
Our Industry Folks piece allows you to
get to know the people you deal with
every day on the phone, behind the
counter, and at the job site. Contact us
at [email protected] if
you know someone who would make a
great interview!
S
mokey says it best, but it’s not just
forest fires that you can prevent;
it’s structural fires, too. Brad Tellander
helps create awareness of fire safety
and understanding of those fire safety systems as an outside sales representative for A1 Fire & Safety.
Based in A1’s office in San Antonio, Tellander’s territory is South Texas
and the Eagle Ford Shale area. His
sales job challenges him to get out
and meet potential clients and close
the sale.
You could say fire safety is something Tellander, 34, holds near and
dear. He also works as a Balcones
Heights firefighter.
He’s been with the Balcones
Heights Fire Department for two and
a half years, since graduating from the
San Antonio College Fire Academy
program as a structural firefighter.
He says he’s proud to be in a position to save lives.
“Sometimes, it’s being up all
night running EMS calls, or spending
four or five hours or longer at a structure fire, trying to put the fire out and
save lives,” Tellander describes. “The
nature of the beast is sometimes you
save them and sometimes you don’t.”
As a salesman, selling fire extinguishers and systems as well as doing
safety tests and training, he hopes he
gets to try to prevent some of those incidents from happening, saving lives
before they can become in danger.
“The reasons for the laws that are
in place for having fire suppression systems, whether it be fire hoses or fire extinguishers in high rise buildings or in a
home, or over cook systems in restaurants and schools is to protect the life
and property of a place of inhabitants,”
he says.
When he’s not educating contractors and others about fire safety – or
saving lives – Tellander likes to hunt
and fish, and of course, spend time with
his soon-to-be fiancé Mandy Kresta.
The couple met through mutual friends
at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo BBQ in January 2012. –mp
cKim &
Creed,
Inc., an
engineering, surveying and planning firm that operates SURVCON,
a division in Houston, Austin, San
Antonio and Fort
Worth, is celebratMichael Creed
ing its 35th anniversary this year.
Chairman and CEO Michael Creed,
Ph.D., PE, said the firm was pleased to
have reached the milestone, and would
continue to improve and grow as it
looked ahead to its future.
“In our 35 years of operation, McKim
& Creed has grown from a two-person
structural engineering company to a
400-person infrastructure consultancy
with offices throughout the United
States,” Creed said. “Most recently, we’ve
added LiDAR to our services, which is
particularly strong in our Texas market.
We’re also expanding into the “green”
market, providing services for micro grids
and renewable energy projects.
“These are things that Herb McKim
and I never dreamed of when we started
the company in 1978. It’s exciting to reflect upon the technological advances
that have been
made during the
past 35 years,
and to plan the
future direction
of McKim &
Creed.”
As it reaches
the noteworthy
milestone, the
company is getRoger Woods
ting bigger, acquiring the assets of North Carolina-based United Engineering Group, which is a leader in the
design of solar photo voltaic systems and
containerized energy storage systems for
solar and wind energy production.
UEG Chairman Roger Woods, PE,
will oversee McKim & Creed’s energy and
electrical design services.
As it amasses more professionals
with energy expertise, the company
plans to be involved in the extensive
shale areas of South Texas.
“We are not yet involved in this area
but plan to be in the near future,” Creed
said. “Right now we’re expanding our
Texas staff to include more professionals
with extensive backgrounds in the oil
and gas industry, and these people will
help us grow into this specific area of the
energy market.” –ms
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Wellspring of this year’s leaders
Around 75 guests attended the Hispanic Contractors Association (HCA)
of San Antonio’s Board of Directors induction dinner Jan. 16 at San Antonio Water
Systems headquarters. L-R: Tomas Larralde, executive director; Danny Oliver;
Betty Myrvang; Debbie Harris; Estela Garcia Perez, vice chair; former Mayor Ed Garza;
Jeff Balthrop; Lisa Varen Vorphahl;
JR Trevino; Adam Silva; Kevin Jones;
Josh Hill, treasurer; Dan Barrett;
Henry Vera, secretary; and Art Luna.
Not Pictured: Trisha Ramirez, chair,
and Wayne Terry –mp
Independent Electrical
Contractors, Inc.
13th Annual
IEC San Antonio
BBQ Cook-Off
Saturday, March 16
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Helotes Festival Grounds
Adults - $7.00
Kids under 12 - $5.00
Price includes BBQ Plate
Kid’s Game Truck
Bounce House
Apprentice Wire-Off Competition
San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
Page 9
A merger fastened together
Pioneer in the mist
Chris Davie built his business by helping to take
mist-based cooling systems to a level of ubiquity.
T
he easiest way for Chris Davie to
explain what his company Aquality
does is to explain that he specializes
in the kinds of the misting systems people see on the sidelines at football games.
“We’ve been in misting, as far as this
type of application goes, since it’s infancy,” Davie says, noting that before he
founded the company in 1993, the lowpressure misting systems were agriculturally-based for animals.
Now, as his company nears its 20th
anniversary, high-pressure misting has
broken into residential, commercial, and
industrial markets. But it wasn’t easy in
the beginning.
“We got a lot of doors shut in our
face, saying that it could never work here
with the humidity and so on,” he remembers. “Then, we worked with a few restaurants where we actually put the
equipment in free of charge as long as
they would allow us to bring people to
show them.”
Starting the company at only 21 in
his garage after earning his business
A-1 Fire & Safety
management degree from Texas Christian University, Davie knew the odds
were against him and took the risk anyway.
Today, his company manufactures,
installs, and services high-pressure cooling and ventilation systems. They rent
the cooling systems for events from
backyard parties to the Austin City Limits
music festival, and they have a wide
range of other uses, from concrete curing to dust and particulate control.
“We actually worked with one of the
government agencies in Houston,” he recalls. “They were having an issue with the
dismantling of a nuclear reactor core,
and they called us, because they were
having a huge dust issue while they were
drilling and breaking apart this containment unit. That was one of the cool ones.
It was fun. They all assumed that I was an
engineer, but they were cracking their
skulls, so to speak, for about three to four
months trying to figure out a way to do
this, and we did it in about three to four
hours.” –mp
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L-R: Patrick Pulliam, Karen Metzger, Kyle Anderson, DeWalt; and Mark Ross, Powers Fasteners
T
his is a story about power tools and
the fasteners they fit. Actually, it’s
about two companies that were a
perfect fit for a merger – Dewalt and
Powers Fasteners.
Since the merge in October, DeWalt
Powers, has been dealing in both product lines and is more focused on construction.
“I think that Stanley Black & Decker
[DeWalt’s parent company] decided to
take the opportunity to combine the two
brand names together,” says Mark Ross,
branch manager for Powers Fasteners in
Stafford, TX. “The idea is providing the entire package to the construction industry.”
Ross says that before the merger, he
couldn’t make recommendations to contractors or distributors who actively call
on jobsites regarding tools that would
work best with their the anchors. Now, he
says the knowledge of the power tool
end from DeWalt’s side has given him a
better understanding of his end users
needs.
“I think you’re helping the contractor
in the end, because you can make a recommendation on the entire package, so I
think you reduce the chances of error on
the contractor’s part.”
Kyle Anderson, account manager at
DeWalt’s San Antonio location, is excited
by the synergy between the two companies, believing it will allow sales and customer service representatives to help
their customers get their jobs done more
efficiently.
“The neat thing is that now we’ve
got more guys out in the field where we
can solve more opportunities,” Anderson
says of the merger. “There’s more of us
working together.”
DeWalt has Factory Service Centers
in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Carrolton, and McAllen. Powers Fasteners
has branch offices in Dallas and the Houston area with outside sales covering the
state from those two locations. –mp
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San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
Contractual Liability Insurance for
third party over actions
Simple tax deferral steps that
can increase cash flow this year
Paige Heard, CPA, Tax Manager
Van Houten & Associates, PC
Round Rock, TX
I
n today’s economy, most construction companies are
actively looking for ways to increase their cash flow. A
simple and low cost way to achieve this is to request to
change your company’s method of accounting with the
IRS. This can accomplish significant tax savings now,
and result in that much needed increase in cash flow. The IRS requires Form 3115 for
this purpose, and it can still be filed for ‘automatic changes’ effective for the 2012 tax
year up until the due date (including extensions) of your 2012 tax return. Discussed
below is two such ‘automatic’ accounting method changes of which you may be able
to take advantage this year.
Excluding Retainages in Accrual
Method of Accounting for
Short-term Contracts
If your company uses the accrual
method of accounting for its short-term
contracts (those contracts started and
completed in the same year), then you
may request an automatic change to the
accrual method excluding retainages.
This entails the reporting of the retainage portion of a contract to be deferred
until the work is “completed and accepted” by the owner. If this does not occur
until a subsequent year, then tax on this
retainage portion will not be due until
that subsequent year. This change in accounting method also requires that any
retainages payable to subcontractors
must be excluded from deductions for
that project until such time that the work
is “completed and accepted” by the owner.
Segregating Property Costs of
Real Property Used in your Business
This tax deferral strategy involves
the accelerated depreciation deduction
of components of property owned by
and used in your business. It can be used
when property is constructed or purchased, even if the construction or purchase occurred in previous years. Usually, a relatively inexpensive engineering
study must be done that segregates the
total cost of the real property into categories, such as personal property, land
improvements, building components,
and land.
Once the engineering study is complete, then the various categories of
property segregated may be available
for shorter useful lives rather than the
standard 39-year useful life to which real
property or building improvements are
normally subject, which will most likely
result in significant accelerated depreciation deductions currently.
Another advantage of this automatic
change in accounting for depreciation is
the ease of writing off the un-depreciated cost of an asset that becomes damaged or needs replacement. An example
of this is a roof that needs replacement.
Under the traditional method of accounting for real estate improvements, there
would be no disposition and tax loss for
the roof if the costs of the original building were not segregated. If cost segregation was applied, then the replacement
of a roof with un-depreciated cost would
be reported for tax purposes as a disposition and a loss would be allowed for that
remaining amount.
Paige Heard joined Van Houten &
Associates, PC (VHA) in 2007, and has been
a CPA for over 23 years. Her experience
includes ten years as an Internal Revenue
Agent in the Austin IRS office, and six
years in public accounting with VHA, with
primary emphasis on tax preparation and
tax planning provided to constructionrelated companies and their owners. Paige
can be contacted at [email protected]
com or 512-310-9277.
Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 14
Charles E. Comiskey, Vice President
Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, Inc. Houston, TX
T
exas House Bill 2093, the Construction-Related
Anti-Indemnification
and Anti-Additional Insured Act (the
“Act”, and my title, not theirs), has been in
effect for over a year now. This Act declared any requirements to defend, indemnify or hold harmless another party
for their negligence (whether joint, concurrent, sole, strict, gross, etc.) or that of
anyone for whom they are responsible
(agents, employees, anyone under the
control or supervision of the Indemnitee)
are void and unenforceable. It further
declared that any additional insured requirements covering the same issues are
also void and unenforceable.
So unless you are in one of the types
of business excluded by this Act (residential or municipal work), you’re in the clear,
right? Well, not exactly.
The Act contains an important exception applicable to injury or death of
employee of the Indemnitor (the downstream party), its agents or subcontractors. Indemnification and additional insured requirements that remain permissible under Texas law include the required assumption of the Indemnitee’s
(the upstream party) joint, concurrent
and/or sole negligence with regard to
this exception.
What is the significance of this?
Assume a subcontractor’s employee is injured on the job. He makes a workers’
compensation claim and is prohibited by
law from suing his employer. He can,
however, bring suit against upstream parties, who then tender the suit back to that
employer for defense and indemnification under the employer’s general liability
insurance. This process is commonly referred to as a “Third Party Over Action”.
Contractual indemnification arises
from liability assumed in a contract. It applies to liability not normally imposed by
law – you are liable only because you
have agreed to be liable. There are a variety of insurance issues pertinent to this
exposure that require your attention.
From the standpoint of the contractual liability insurance provided by a general
liability policy, there are four:
1. An “Amended Definition of Insured
Contract” endorsement (CG 24 26) limits
coverage to bodily injury and property
damage “caused, in whole or in part, by
you or by those acting on your behalf”.
By definition, that excludes injury or
damage caused solely by an upstream
party. The effect is to exclude coverage
for the assumption of that party’s sole
negligence even though permitted by
law.
2. A “Contractual Liability Limitation” endorsement (CG 21 39) is one of the most
hazardous exclusions in the insurance industry, completely deleting coverage for
most liabilities assumed in an indemnification provision.
3. Sneakier are numerous endorsements
that modify or delete the exception to
the general liability policy’s Employer’s Liability exclusion. Coverage for Third Party Over Actions is provided by this exception, and it’s deletion exposes a contractor to one of the most common types of
construction litigation with no coverage.
4. Even when the contractual liability
coverage hasn’t been modified in any
manner, it’s important to recognize that
defense costs paid in behalf of an Indemnitee are not paid outside of, or in addition to your limits of liability, but are paid
inside of limits, eroding those limits. If
you have a $1,000,000 per occurrence
limit and spend $400,000 defending an
Indemnitee, you only have $600,000 left
for payment of any damages.
In this last example, who wins? Not
the Indemnitee, who thought it was getting the benefit of a full $1,000,000 limit,
only to find that the remaining limit is
substantially reduced. Not the Indemnitor (a/k/a the downstream contractor)
who (1) not only paid dearly for this coverage, but (2) is now having to share its
limits with the upstream party, and (3)
even worse, is having those limits rapidly
eroded by defense costs.
Who wins? The insurance company,
who now is having to pay far less, saving
money with every dollar paid to defend
an Indemnitee.
What’s the moral to this story?
There are two:
1. Do not permit any endorsements to
your coverage or that of a downstream
contractor that might limit or eliminate
coverage for the liability assumed in an
indemnification provision; and
2. Require consistency in your coverage.
If you agree to indemnify for sole negligence, obtain additional insured coverage that provides that same scope of
coverage. Defense costs paid in behalf of
an additional insured are paid outside of
limits of liability.
Additional insured issues abound,
but there’s good news on the horizon.
More on that next month.
Charles E. Comiskey, CPCU, CIC, CPIA, CRM,
PWCA, CRIS, CCM, is Sr. V.P. of Brady Chapman Holland & Associates. Comiskey is a
nationally recognized expert and frequent
speaker on risk management and insurance issues to various legal, construction
and real estate associations and similar
groups across the country. He has served
as a pre-trial consultant/expert witness in
approximately 200 matters in State and
Federal courts, serving in behalf of both the
defense and plaintiff. He can be contacted
at 713 979 9706 or [email protected]
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Page 11
I did the work; now how do I
get paid and can I recover my
attorney’s fees?
OSHA issues final rule on
digger derricks
Joann Natarajan
Compliance Assistance Specialist
OSHA
Austin, TX
West W. Winter, Partner
McNelis + Winter, PLLC
San Antonio, TX
G
ood questions! A number of avenues and causes of
action exist in Texas to assist contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in obtaining payment for work
properly performed and materials provided for a construction project.
Mechanic’s and Materialmans Lien
Perhaps the most significant tool in
your arsenal will be the Mechanic’s Lien.
Governed by Chapter 53 of the Texas
Property Code, statutory mechanic’s
liens, if timely and properly perfected, secure your right to payment against the
project. While the specifics of proper lien
perfection are complicated and beyond
the scope of this article, perfection of a
lien claim generally requires timely and
proper written notice of the unpaid debt,
timely recording of a proper lien affidavit
in the real property records in the county
in which the project is located, and timely
giving notice of the filed lien to the owner and general contractor. Be aware that
suit must also be filed to enforce/foreclose the lien claim within the limitations
period mandated by Chapter 53 (typically one or two years, depending on the
type of project) or the lien will be extinguished. Contractors having an agreement directly with the project’s owner
may further enforce constitutional lien
rights which exist independently of any
notice or recording requirements. Rights
may alternatively exist under a payment
bond if work is performed on a public or
bonded private project. Strict time and
notice requirements also exist for the
proper perfection of a bond claim and
will differ depending on whether the
project is state or federal.
ments and loan receipts are trust funds if
they are made to or borrowed by a contractor or subcontractor under a construction contract for the improvement
of real property. Contractors, subcontractors, or owners and their officers, directors, and agents who receive or control the trust funds are considered to be
trustees of these funds. Those who furnish labor or material for the construction
of the improvement are the beneficiaries
of the trust funds. A trustee who retains,
uses, disburses, or otherwise diverts the
trust funds without first fully paying all
obligations to the beneficiaries, is
deemed to have misapplied the trust
funds. While certain exceptions, exclusions, and defenses apply, criminal penalties exist for misapplication of these trust
funds, and the courts allow for a civil
cause of action.
Breach of Contract, Quantum
Meruit and Sworn Account
Whether or not a mechanic’s lien has
been perfected, you may also assert a
cause of action for breach of contract as a
result of non-payment. In some instances, such as when there is no express contract, where the work performed is outside the scope of the agreement, or when
the work is partially performed, an equitable cause of action may exist for quantum meruit. Typically, suppliers to construction projects will also be able to
avail themselves of a suit on sworn account and in instances where they have
secured a personal guaranty, suit against
the individual guarantors.
Attorney’s Fees
With the exception of a trust fund
claim, a prevailing party asserting any of
the causes of action discussed herein has
the ability (in some cases an award of
fees is discretionary with the court) to recovery reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees.
Violation of the Texas Construction
Trust Fund Statute
Chapter 162 of the Texas Property
Code mandates that construction pay-
Prompt Payment Act
Another statutory tool to assist in
compelling payment is the Prompt Payment Act pursuant to Chapter 28 of the
Texas Property Code. This statute requires payment of contractors and subcontractors within the timeframe specified in the Act and allows for the recovery
of interest on unpaid amounts. Notably,
the Act also provides for the right to suspend work in certain circumstances following proper written notice.
West W. Winter is a partner at McNelis +
Winter, PLLC. A LEED Green Associate, West
serves on the board of the Construction Law
Section of the San Antonio Bar Association
and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in San
Antonio for Construction Litigation. His firm
aggressively represents general contractors,
subcontractors, and suppliers in all phases of
the commercial and residential construction
process, from contract formation through
dispute resolution, litigation, and collection.
West can be reached via email:
[email protected]
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Sealing the deal
L-R: Bobby Estes and David Zimmerhanzel were busy behind the desk at
waterproofing supplier SSI, processing orders and handling invoices. –mp
A
“digger derrick” or “radial boom derrick” is a specialized type of equipment designed to install utility poles. A
digger derrick typically is equipped with
augers to drill holes for the poles and
with a hydraulic boom to lift the poles
and set them in the holes. Employers
also use the booms to lift objects other
than poles; accordingly, electric utilities,
telecommunication companies, and their
contractors use booms both to place objects on utility poles and for general lifting purposes at worksites. When OSHA
promulgated subpart V (Power Transmission and Distribution) in 1972, it excluded
digger derricks from certain requirements of the OSHA crane rule in construction.
When the Agency promulgated the final
Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule,
OSHA’s primary concern about extending the digger-derrick exemption beyond pole work was that such an extension would provide employers with an
incentive to use digger derricks on construction sites to perform construction
tasks normally handled by cranes - tasks
that are beyond the original design capabilities of a digger derrick.
The utility industry determined that the
exception in the crane rule covered 95%
of their work with digger derricks while
installing electric utilities, but did not
cover several routine tasks for which digger derricks are used. These other tasks
would require digger derrick operators to
be certified operators under the crane
rule. Fully exempting digger derricks
from the scope of the standard also eliminates costs for other activities besides
operator certification, such as inspections and power-line safety. If an employer uses a digger derrick for subpart V
or telecommunications work without
complying with all of the requirements
in subpart V or Sec. 1910.268, then the
work is not exempt, and the employer
must comply with all of the requirements
of subpart CC of 29 CFR 1926 (the Crane
Rule).
OSHA is proposing to exclude all uses of
digger derricks from coverage by the
crane rule, when used in accordance
with subpart V for power transmission
and generation. Digger derricks when
used for augering holes for poles carrying electric or telecommunication lines,
placing and removing the poles, and for
handling associated materials for installation on, or removal from, the poles, or
when used for any other work subject to
subpart V. To be eligible for this exclusion, digger-derrick use in work subject
to subpart V of this part must comply
with all of the provisions of that subpart
V, and digger-derrick use in construction
work for telecommunication service (as
defined at Sec. 1910.268(s)(40)) must
comply with all of the provisions of Sec.
1910.268.
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Keeping their memories alive
Whistling while they work
G
ood news, industry jobseekers!
Four of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For are construction companies with locations in
Texas.
Balfour Beatty Construction and
TDIndustries, both headquartered in
Dallas, came in at 85 and 86 on the list
respectively.
TDIndustries has been named to
the same list for 16 consecutive years,
which gives them a distinction shared
by only 12 other companies; they’ve
made the list every year since its inception in 1998. Balfour Beatty has made
the list four times in a row.
DPR Construction, a general contractor with offices in Austin and Houston, achieved position number 15 on
the list. PCL Construction Enterprises,
a civil engineering design/build firm
with offices in Dallas and Houston,
came in at 73.
Bob Richards, president of Central Texas operations for TDIndustries,
stated, “We are committed to providing outstanding career opportunities
by exceeding our customers’ expectations through continuous aggressive
improvement.”
More than 20 percent of the employee-owned company’s partners are
still with the firm since it first appeared
on the list.
Robert Van Cleave, chairman
and CEO of Balfour Beatty, commented, “I’m very proud about what it says
about the quality of people we have
here. Our company has endured a
tough economy and weathered the
challenges of being a rapidly growing
business; and yet, our employees continue to be positively engaged in our
business, their communities, and each
other. They are the ones who make this
a great place to work, consistently
striving to earn the repeat trust of their
coworkers, partners, and clients.”
Businesses are ranked based on
questions about pay, benefits, hiring
practices, internal communication,
training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. –mp
The Beneath the Flag image is a mosaic of photos of men and women
of the Armed Forces who died in service to their country.
W
hen you see a story on the news so often there are parents and family
about a fallen soldier, are you members out there who have lost a loved
left wanting to know more one, and we don’t realize that we could
about that person who made the ulti- be standing next to them in line at the
mate sacrifice for our coungrocery store or sitting next
try? Who were these individto them at a restaurant and
uals? What were their pasnot have any idea that these
sions and interests? How do
people have sacrificed so
their families remember
much,” explains Hatton.
them?
“This project is as much to
Questions such as these
honor the individuals who
motivated Rob Hatton to inihave sacrificed on the battletiate the Beneath the Flag
field as well as their families
project, a book series and
and their loved ones.”
documentary film as well as
While support from mema website and Facebook
bers of the military has been
Rob Hatton is compiling
page. These avenues allow
extremely strong, Hatton
the stories of fallen
the stories of men and womsays he will start with one
combat soldiers into a
series of books and a
en of our Armed Forces that
book and gauge the redocumentary film.
were lost in combat to be
sponse.
told more intimately through the memo- Since all the books are being printed
ries and photographs of their loved ones. here in the U.S., the significant cost of
When Hatton learned the story of printing will be a factor in continuing the
Marine Lance Cpl. Luke Holler, a San An- series.
tonio resident killed in action in Iraq in But, Hatton assures, “We have the exNovember 2006, through his family, perience to understand what it takes to
friends, and brothers-in-arms, Hatton pull something of this magnitude off and
knew that experience established a per- do it effectively and successfully.”
sonal connection beyond that of name, Since the age of 17, Hatton has run
rank, and serial number.
his own business in one form or another,
Starting with the launch of the first working in the fields of marketing, pubBeneath the Flag coffee table book in Fall lishing, and design – all skills he is apply2013, Hatton will be giving our fallen he- ing to ensure the project’s physical maniroes depth and dimension that tran- festations in print and on video.
scends the fleeting coverage of an eve- Meanwhile, Hatton continues to call
ning news clip.
upon those who have lost someone in
“We just want people to know that Iraq or Afghanistan to share their stories
so the project can include as many of our
nation’s lost warriors as possible.
For more information or to contribute
to the Beneath the Flag project, call Rob
Hatton at 210-849-9786 or e-mail him at
[email protected] –mp
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Trophy trout
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ne of the most popular questions
I get throughout the year is,
“When is the best time to go fishing?” My answer is always the same,
“Any time you can.” Second most asked
question is, “What do I have to do to
catch a trophy trout?” Well the answer to
that question can vary a bit. First, you
have to ask yourself, “How committed
am I to accomplishing such a task?” Trophy trout are similar to trophy whitetail
deer. You’re not going to sit in a deer
blind and have a 180-class whitetail
come out during every hunt, unless you
are on one of those high fence ranches
that grow monster deer and release
them into the wild. It takes countless
hours and, in most cases, countless days
spent in the field or on the water to see
such a trophies much less harvest them.
For the next few months, we will
spend many days walking countless
miles wading the shallow waters of the
Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay in search of
one of the most sought after trophies
that roam the inshore waters of the Gulf
of Mexico. Most anglers know that win-
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tertime is when speckled trout are at
their peak weight. A 30-inch trout caught
in the middle of the summer may only
weigh 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 lbs; whereas that
same fish may be 9-1/2 to 10 lbs in the
winter. These heavier trout make your
catch that much more gratifying.
One of the most important tools to
have before you venture out for your day
on the water is something that can’t be
purchased. A GAME PLAN must always
be one of the first things you should have
before you leave the dock. If you’ve kept
logs in the past like most serious anglers
do, review them. Think back to previous
years or outings that were successful. What lures did you throw and which
ones did you have the most success with?
What were the weather conditions like cold, windy, cloudy, sunny, etc? Try to
predict what your day is going to be like
and look back to find a similar day in your
logs. Don’t be like most routine fishermen who go to the same spots over and
over because they caught a good fish
there 11 years ago.
Now that you have arrived to your
pre-designated fishing spot, your next
decision should be which lure to throw.
My suggestion to most of my clients is to
throw a lure you have confidence in. I always start out with a lure that has been a
producer for me in the past. Don’t get
caught up in some new item that came in
a fancy package and costs a small fortune
or a lure that your buddy gave you and
said these are what I catch all my fish on. If I have a group of customers, I always try
to mix it up. I start everyone off with a
different lure. This helps me determine
what the fish are wanting on that given
day. After we have established what the
fish want we can all go to the same type
of lure.
If you would like to plan a trophy
trout fishing trip in the next month or so,
don’t procrastinate it any longer. Now is
the time! Also, those of you that are waiting for spring and summer to get your
fishing in, my calendar is rapidly filling. I
can be reached by phone at (361) 8133716 or by e-mail at [email protected] Good luck and good
fishing.
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Matt Schultz and his dad Mike Schultz, Capital Concrete Pumping, shot these two
11-point deer from different blinds within seconds of each other. Matt’s deer was 145in
and Mike’s was 160in. This was Matt’s first hunt since his return to Texas from the Navy, and
the LaSalle County trip was courtesy of the Phil Hunter family, PHI Construction. –mp
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Ken Milam’s Fishing Line
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My name is Ken Milam and, for the past 26 years, I have been guiding fishing trips for striped bass on
Lake Buchanan in the Texas Hill Country. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity of getting to know
a good many folks in the construction trade.
Hiding places
Make a day trip of it. Stuff the ice
chest with good stuff to eat and drink
and load up the kids just like you were
going fishing, but instead of bringing the
boat and all the tackle, let the kids bring
their own entertainment. One thing a
low lake has to offer is lots of open space
to run. They can fly kites, have room to
play with the remote control toys they
got for Christmas, or just have fun exploring. Meanwhile, you get in some fishing
research and get a chance to look for
good places to launch your boat and
such. That way when you are coming to
the lake to fish, you already have the hard
part done and can focus on fishing and
having a good time.
If you are not comfortable with taking your own boat to a low lake, then
seek out a good fishing guide. They are
on the lake frequently and familiar with it
as it changes, and how the fish have been
moved around. Also, don’t forget all the
little lake area businesses that support
your fishing trips. From the bait shops to
the convenience store you used to fuel
up at, to the little fishing camp where you
used to spend the night and the little
café that fed you breakfast, all these folks
would be happy to see you too!
If you don’t do this now, you might
be kicking yourself when the lakes fill up!
A
t this writing, we are having a welcome stretch of warmer weather.
The warm days after a cold spell
just get me itching to get out and do
something!
I figure I’m not the only one who
feels that way, so let’s get cracking!
Spring is coming! Now that we are finished with deer season and have put the
rifles away, it’s time to look forward to
spring and summer fishing.
You know how you used to say you
liked going to Lake So-and-So, but you
are getting bored with it and need to go
try somewhere else? Well, this year you
are in luck. If you are like so many of us
and are surrounded by lakes that have
below normal water levels, you just got
yourself a brand new lake without having to travel somewhere else.
I know you have seen and heard me
say this before, but it is still true. Low
lakes are lakes that are giving up their secrets! Before they fill up again, you need
to get yourself out there with your camera and GPS and in some cases a good
pair of hiking shoes. Go find the places
you have had good fishing and get an up
close look at why it has been productive.
Look for points, drop-offs and rock piles,
any place for fish to hide or hang around.
Take pictures, make notes and get
GPS coordinates. Now you are ready to
go exploring the lake bed and finding
other places that have the same traits,
places you haven’t been aware of with
the lake full. I can drive across the empty
lake bed and see a lot of spots that I have
caught fish on for years. Now I can see
why those places hold fish. You can
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by fish finder, but still be surprised at the
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at Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, shot this 8-point buck at Broken Blade Ranch,
outside Menard, TX, with his dad, Robert. –mp
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Jason Barrett, FSG Electric, caught up with the other of a pair of bucks that he’s been
pursuing for years now. He shot Old Johnny a few months ago, and now, he got the
other one, which he believes was about 9 years old and he called High-Horn Buck. –mp
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Catching reds away from the green
Where the CPA and the antelope play
Kasen Schneider, son of Stephen Schneider, Albert Sterling & Associates, had a great
Saturday in January catching redfish in Rockport. Kasen is a senior and 4-year letterman on
Churchill High School’s golf team, and he recently received a scholarship to play golf for Sam
Houston State University where he will be starting in the fall, majoring in criminal justice. –mp
Tony Ridout, RidoutBarrett, nabbed this black buck antelope on a hunting trip
guided by Tom Snowden at the Serengeti Ranch near Junction, TX. –mp
Constructing talent in the Hill Country
Zada Jahnsen
“ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE”
I
f you’d like to try something different,
go to a dinner theater - Hill Country
style. The Bulverde S.T.A.G.E. (Spotlight
Theater & Arts Group Etc.) offers live theater entertainment and home style cooking.
All the aspiring actresses and actors
are from the surrounding areas. Some
have gone on to win competitions and
scholarships. One actress is now at Universal Studios in Florida, and is only one
of five that has permission to perform
Lucy. Another actress, the first to receive
a scholarship (A&M), went on to work
with Pixar Dreamworks, Disney.
Each year in August, awards are presented to the actresses and actors for the
previous year’s performance in various
plays. At the 33rd annual awards in August 2012, 10 awards were handed out;
there were 41 performers.
The theater season is from October
through August. Last year, there were five
plays, 11-13 performances each.
Acting classes are also offered, for
ages 6-12 and age 13 to adult. Some of
the performers today started as children
in the classes.
Amazingly, the theater is totally run
and operated by volunteers, approximately 141, 11-12 per night.
Even more amazing is the lady responsible for all this, Zada Bremer Jahnsen, corporate manager. She began
acting in German plays at age 5. She attended elementary school in Bulverde
and finished high school in New Braunfels.
She went on to marry Earl Jahnsen and
had two sons, James and David.
Jahnsen herself has won acting
awards for stage roles, has directed many
productions and always produces and
directs the entertainment for awards and
annual meetings.
After many years, trials and tribulations, Jahnsen asked her husband to
build her a theater in 1985. She saw so
much potential in the performers in the
area and wanted to give them a home, a
place to display their talents.
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By 1986, the theater was built and
named “Krause House,” in honor of her
great grandparents who came from Germany to settle here in America.
Originally, Jahnsen and her husband
owned the property, and they wanted to
make sure that the theater had a permanent home.
“We established a non-profit family
foundation and have given S.T.A.G.E. a
long-term lease so no one could come
along and sell it. It would have to go to
another non-profit organization.”
Today, there is a full house for most
performances. One has an option to
have dinner there before the play, or go
to the play only. Optional meals are available before the performances at 6:30pm
on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Sunday matinees offer a 1pm lunch with
curtain time at 2:30 pm. It is best to make
reservations.
This year, there will be two comedies,
one drama, and one musical play. The
first show of the season, “Interruptions,”
was October 11. This comedy is about a
writer of romance novels who suddenly
suffers from a bad case of writer’s block
and accidently deletes the first eight
chapters of his book. He is continually interrupted by a host of visitors to include a
cantankerous plumber, a homeless woman selling magazines, a nervous pizza delivery person, a Girl Scout, an irate boxer,
etc. –rd
The Krause House Theater is located
at 1300 Bulverde Road., 830-438-2339. For
a lineup of the 2012-2013 season, go to
stagebulverde.org.
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aba Kistner Consultants, Inc. has
two co-pilots taking the controls,
helping to fly the engineering firm
into 2013.
Chris Schultz PE, PMP and Paul
Lampe have accepted co-leadership of
Raba Kistner Consultants, a whollyowned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc.
Schultz and Lampe will be overseeing operations and financial management
of eight Texas locations from the division’s
headquarters in San Antonio: Austin,
Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso,
Houston, McAllen, and New Braunfels.
Schultz has been promoted from senior vice president, a position he rose to
in 2004, to president and chief operating
officer of Consultants, and he will remain
practice leader for geotechnical engineering.
Lampe moves from senior vice president, a role he too assumed in 2004, to
executive vice president, and he will re-
tain his responsibilities as practice leader
for construction materials engineering,
testing, and construction inspections.
“Paul and I have a lot of our time,
heart and energy invested in this company,” stated Schultz. “We know that we
are taking over leadership of an exceptionally dedicated group of employees.”
Lampe commented, “Chris and I
have worked together at Raba Kistner for
22 years, providing services to both regional and San Antonio area clients. We
look forward to an expanded role in supporting operations and clients in all of
our offices.
“One area that I really look forward
to is working with our clients to use more
recycled construction materials.”
William Raba, president of holding
company Raba Kistner, noted, “This action
is to support expanding the company’s
reach and growing our staff and service
capabilities over the coming years.“ –mp
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New leaders for a new year
L-R: Randy Pawelek and Harry Moeller have stepped up into new positions
to lead Bartlett Cocke into 2013.
Melissa Flathers and Dawn Holmes, Workplace Resources, dropped off gifts
for an anonymous Wounded Warrior family that were collected at the National
Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) holiday party. More than $800
was raised to help a family with four children; two girls and two boys. –mp
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Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is shaking things up.
The employee-owned company has
made some changes in leadership as the
Texas construction forecast promises opportunities for growth.
Randy Pawelek is making the move
from president to chairman, but he will
retain his position as CEO. He has served
the company as president since 2008.
As Pawelek steps up, Harry Moeller
will take his place as president. Moeller’s
new position will require him to oversee
daily operations at the company’s local
and regional offices.
“This ongoing, planned leadership
transition is not about letting go or handing off, but allowing others to step forward,” Pawelek said in a statement. “Since
1959, many have stepped forward to help
lead our organization forward. It is the result of vision, planning, hard work, working
smart, and most of all, great teamwork.”
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As Moeller assumes the role of president, a position that has been held by
Bartlett Cocke Jr. and Duane Pozza, he
comes with a long history of experience
with the company. Starting in 1985 as a
field engineer, he worked his way up to
project manager, vice president of estimating, and his former position, executive vice president.
Others have been promoted as well.
Kevin Byrd is the new vice president of
operations for Central Texas. James Anderson has become the new South Texas
regional manager. Mark Christensen is
now the East Texas regional manager.
And Nathan Olson, who has been serving as interim director of preconstruction, has been officially promoted to the
position.
Regarding the many changes in
leadership, Moeller commented that the
Texas economy is poised for growth and
Bartlett Cocke is ready for those emerging economic opportunities. –­ mp
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friends and I were never going to get married – and most of them were my guy friends
– so then, they got an invitation to the wedding, and they were laughing, “Is it April
Fools?” We’ve been together ever since.
Bell Crisp, Absolute Resourcing
I met my spouse, Linnea, while I was getting my hair cut actually … One day, she
walked by, and we noticed each other,
and then of course, the matchmaking
happened … We went out on a date four
days later, and we’ve been together ever
since. We dated for a long 11 years, and
we got married last year, and we just had
our first baby, Connor, in September.
Love at first does, evidently, exist.
Chris Davie, Aquality
My girlfriend is my next door neighbor.
We met just running into one another as
neighbors.
Kyle Hammock, Rock Engineering
We met as students at Trinity University
in 1985. I was a freshman, and he was a
senior – I caught him right before he left.
Cynthia Schluter, Beckwith Electronic
Engineering
I did some landscaping for a really nice
Christian woman in Mystic Shore subdivision, and she said, you should really meet
my decorator, Polly, and I said okay, so
she went to her decorator and said that
she should talk to her lawn guy. I talked
to her. We were already seeing different
people at the time, but a year later, I went
to talk to her again, and we started dating. We’ve been together nine years now.
Sam Sitterle, Green Grow Organics
We met each other in 1996 at a Little
League Baseball game. My brother was
playing and he was umpiring the game.
Kelly Wilson,
Associated General Contractors
Catherine and I were going to same
school since middle school, but we never
had any classes together. We had some of
the same friends, but we never hung out
… Fast forward eight years, we had a mutual friend who was visiting from Alaska,
and his last day here, his plane was delayed, so he called me to get dinner. So,
we went to Mamacita’s, and Catherine
was there, and Colin called her over to
have dinner with us … We made plans to
hang out, and we went to Hofbrau for
dinner. That was one of the greatest
nights of my life, because we just talked
and had an amazing time. I always tell her
that she was my high school sweetheart,
but we just didn’t know it yet.
John Valderrama,
Virtual Builders Exchange
San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
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Construction Safety
Safety matters
Juan Mendoza, Safety Director
Lasco Acoustics & Drywall Inc.
Austin, TX
J
uan Mendoza is the safety director at the Lasco Acoustics & Drywall Inc. Austin, TX location but also travels
to work in Dallas and San Antonio. He manages all the
safety programs for the company.
“I train our guys on how to work safe
on a daily basis and I provide bilingual
training because I can speak both English
and Spanish,” Mendoza said. “I do training on first aid, CPR, boom lift and scissor
lift equipment, scaffold and fall protection.”
Looking at the numbers, Mendoza
says he has read fatalities have slowly but
surely decreased in the past few years.
“I have seen a lot more training in the
commercial construction industry lately,”
he said. “If you look at the data, the fatalities in 2012 were less than the year before and the previous year.
“I think there has been an improvement this past year because there has
been more emphasis on the safety training for the industry.
“It is very important for construction
related companies to not just have a
good safety program, it is important to
implement the program. In addition,
there are requirements that workers on
the job have to have some level of training. That has been helping companies to
step up and provide the required training
to their employees.
“Here at Lasco Acoustics & Drywall,
we have a safety program in-house. We
develop and update the program on a
yearly basis.
“We go back and review it and
change things as required. Most of the
training we do is in-house; however,
sometimes when we are required to have
a specific training on specific equipment,
we call the providers and have them do
the training for us.
“For us to actually to get employees
on the jobsite, we do what is called a new
hire safety orientation. The orientation
lasts anywhere from four to five hours.
We train our employees before they even
step foot on the jobsite.”
According to Mendoza, there have
been advances in personal protective
equipment (PPE) in recent years.
“In 2008, there were changes in the
OSHA regulations,” he said. “It is required
that employers provide PPE. Since the
change in the OSHA regulations, we now
provide all the PPE, which include safety
glasses, hard hats, gloves, safety harnesses, earplugs and more.
“In the future, I think construction
safety will continue to improve. In the
past, our industry had a tremendous
problem in the Hispanic population be-
cause the workers weren’t getting trained
before they were sent to the jobsites.
“Thanks to the push on the OSHA
regulations and inspections, it has been
changing little by little. There are more
and more people out there getting together, focusing on goals and making a
difference.”
Mendoza says he really enjoys his job
as safety director.
“At the end of the day, when I see the
workers are going home the same way
they left in the morning, it is rewarding to
know that they are going to go back to
their families and see their children,” he
said. “That is my biggest joy.
“It is very important to me that the
workers are going to be safe on the job. It
is not just a job, it is my passion.”
Lasco Acoustics & Drywall Inc. provides
drywall, acoustics and plastering in the
commercial construction industry. The
company has a corporate office in Dallas
and also has offices in Austin and San Antonio. –ab
usually the kinds of things that make the
news. It’s just something that you need
to be aware of.”
Jelenewicz says key steps in implementing a plan to bolster fire safety on
your construction site include:
1) Making sure you get your superintendent involved. Make sure he is properly trained to deal with potential problems that might arise.
2) Get with the local fire department
involved with the plan to ensure that
their needs are properly met, and make
sure that there is an established water
supply.
Being aware of their water supply is
the part that some construction companies overlook, Jelenewicz said.
“It’s the most important thing – the
fire department needs to have water if it’s
going to put out a fire,” he said. “I think
that’s the part that is most often forgotten about. You’ve got to get those hydrants in place as soon as possible, and
you’ve got to make sure the fire depart-
ment has a way to access the site with its
ladder trucks.”
3) Technology and the prevalence of
cell phones can be used, too. “You can
put in place some sort of text messaging
system so that people on the site can be
notified immediately,” Jelenewicz explains.
4) Make sure everyone knows the escape routes and that it is understood
how to exit the building or site in case of
an emergency.
5) If it’s a high rise project, two
words: standpipe system. “These are simple vertical pipes that allow the fire department to reach each floor. On each
floor, there is a connection so that the fire
department just has to pump water into
the pipe and haul a hose up to the floor
where the fire is present.
“It’s not rocket science, and it doesn’t
cost you too much money, but it really
does make things safer,” Jelenewicz said.
–ms
Important to have fire safety
plan on construction sites
Chris Jelenewicz, P.E.
Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Bethesda, MD
G
o to most construction sites these
days, and you’ll see a safety-conscious bunch of workers. People are
wearing their hard hats, they’re wearing
harnesses when they’re going up in lifts,
and they comply with safety practices
and procedures.
But another important tool for construction companies to keep their workers safe on the job site is a plan in place
that prevents and protects against fire
emergencies, says Chris Jelenewicz, P.E.,
with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
“It’s very important on a construction site to make sure that you have a
plan so that you know exactly what to do
in case of an emergency,” Jelenwicz says.
Things to cover in your plan include
knowing whom to call in case of a fire,
prevention of potential hazards involving
flammable materials and liquids, and
having access and water for the fire department to put out any blazes should
they occur.
“You want to make sure that when
the fire trucks get to the scene, that they’ll
be able to provide support,” Jelenewicz
said. “Make sure fire hydrants are in place
as soon as possible before starting the
construction process, or make sure there
is an alternative way that the fire department can get water.”
While fires don’t seem to be a particularly large problem these days, an ounce
of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
“It’s not something you should get
complacent about,” Jelenewicz notes.
“Fires do happen. You don’t usually hear
about these fires because they aren’t
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Construction Safety
A safe way is the best way
W. C. Bill Blayney, Owner and President
W. C. Blayney & Associates
Humble, TX
W
.C. Bill Blayney is a professional safety consultant.
During his career, he has shared his construction experience with more than 1,500 construction companies.
“I started in construction as a laborer, office clerk, purchasing agent, superintendent, general superintendent, head
of cost department, specializing in workers compensation cost reduction and refunds, scheduling and organizing multiple projects for most cost effective completion and sale,” Blayney said. “Along
with the inception of OSHA in 1971, I received a new title of safety director.”
Blayney says he has 52 years of active
construction experience and 41 years attempting to stay in compliance with the
OSHA.
He says the major risks in construction are workers misunderstanding instructions and supervision in a constant
rush, with incomplete information to
perform tasks at hand safely.
“Additional risks in construction are
operators not reading and understanding limitations to heavy equipment and
architects and engineers avoiding safe
design out of fear of liability.
“Many owners and managers do not
want to give full information to their front
line supervision. Supervision needs clear
and complete instructions to line management and supervision. Also, a clear
company mandate for safe operations,
use of experienced safety director, foreman, superintendent, with full authority
to identify and eliminate risk and errors.
“Results of a good safety record,
gives you a competitive edge over unsafe
competitors. Employees would rather
work for a company with a corporate culture of being safe. Your insurance rates
are lower, because you can reduce costs,
because of safe behavior and can under
bid your competition. You get more
work, and more year end rebates from
your insurance company.
“Of the major construction compa-
nies that I worked for, we enjoyed the
benefit of ability to be self-insured. Refunds to a self-insured contractor resulted profits in excess of production savings
on the jobs. We were able to determine
cost in detail, able to count on less expenses on overhead and labor costs.
“On years that we completed $50
million in production, we expected a refund of excess workers compensation
premium of more than $650,000 to add
back to the bottom line. With a good
safety program, and with supervision's
blessing, we could count on this year-end
treat annually.. With clear instruction,
and use of experienced management, we
always came in under estimates.”
Blayney says to increase safety
awareness and create a safe working environment, give job supervision a corporate safety culture and ensure executive
and supervision must be sold on safe behavior.
He added that personal protective
equipment (PPE) has always been there
and every construction supplier has had
all types of safety equipment on their
shelves.
“Organizations such as the AGC, ABC,
ASSE, NSC are regularly and frequently
holding meetings, open to the public on
how to utilize and use safety equipment
to the company’s greatest benefit, along
with saving limb, fingers, and lives.”
Looking ahead, Blayney thinks the
industry will use more and older people,
more experienced seniors, people with
on the ground experience, knowledge
and ability to communicate it.
“The most significant challenge to
the safety industry and 40,000 professional safety specialists is the sale of safety benefits to owners and contractors.
How much better planning, execution,
safe operations, lack of lost time and enhanced production and well planned and
budgeted a project can be brought to
fruition and good final payday, with no
lost- time injuries.
“I still get a thrill out of seeing a good
project come together. I love seeing concrete poured starting before daylight.
Framing wood, steel, masonry going up
at fantastic rates. I like to see two-year
projects finishing in 18 months, and experienced crews planning and executing
error free jobs.
“Working from the experiences of
their grandfathers, dads and now we are
in to the third generation of builders,
building faster, safer and more productive than ever.”
W.C. Blayney & Associates provides loss
control services and jobsite safety inspections. The company specializes in communication towers, excavation, trenching,
concrete placement, framing, trim carpentry, electrical, roofing, masonry and drywall
safety programs. –ab
Raise the roof
Industry FOLKS
Gilbert Pena
Driver
Triple-S Steel
G
ilbert Pena says he mostly spends
time working in Austin and San
Antonio these days.
“There is no typical day when you
are a driver,” Pena said. “Every day is
different.
“For example, I unloaded material
and drove in the pouring rain yesterday. Today, I am driving in beautiful
weather. It is a great day. I am glad I to
be outside on days like today. I have
never wanted to be cooped up in an
office or a building. I prefer to be on
the road.
“After high school, people asked
me what I wanted to do, and I gave it a
lot of thought. As a teenager, I used to
love to drive and I remember thinking
I wanted to be a truck driver. So, that’s
what I did.
“I think to be a good driver, you
have to have experience. Everyone
starts green. The more time you put
into it, the more experience you get
and the better you are at it.
“My job responsibilities nowadays are to drop off customers orders,
load the material on the truck, and
make six or seven stops during the
day.”
Pena says he started driving small
vans in the ‘70s. He received his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in 1991
and started driving large trucks.
Pena says on the side, his hobbies
include going to San Antonio Spurs
games. His favorite basketball player
is Manu Ginobili.
“I go to the game, especially during the playoffs,” he said. “I am hoping
they make it all the way in 2013. Last
year, I thought they were going to win
the play-offs.”
Pena says he also enjoys photography as a hobby.
“Sometimes I will be driving and I
will see something I want to photograph. I was recently in Kingsland near
Marble Falls, TX. Right before you get
into Kingsland there is a granite hill
with a great view of the Colorado River at the top.
“I thought it was so beautiful I
had to stop. I love taking photos in the
Hill Country. I have been interested in
photography since the ‘80s.
“I am already in my mid-‘50s and I
plan to keep driving for many years to
come. Maybe one day I will submit my
photography and get published!” –ab
F
The Feller Roofing & Remodeling family
eller Roofing & Remodeling LLC
has operated since 2000. The company has locations in Austin and San
Antonio.
Scott Feller is the owner and his sister Ami works as an estimator. Cindi Morin is the office manager, bookkeeper
and she keeps everyone's schedules in
order.
“Scott is a construction engineer by
degree and worked his way through college in the roofing business,” Morin said.
“He taught his sister Ami at a young age
how to estimate and do roofing work.
They both went to college at Iowa State
University.
“When Scott isn’t at the office, he is
very involved with his family of four children ranging in ages from 10 to 16-yearsold. He is the basketball coach for his two
youngest daughters and doesn't miss a
football or basketball game for Hutto
High School or Hutto Middle School for
his two oldest children.
“He got married last year in April to
Stacie, who is also an integral part of the
roofing company from behind the
scenes.”
According to Morin, Feller is a great
piano player and his sister is a talented
photographer and an avid runner.
“On the side, I love to cook and garden at home,” Morin said. “Scott will eat
just about anything I bring to the office!”
Morin says Feller Roofing & Remodeling gives back to the community as
much as possible.
“We are currently donating a roof to
a victim of the Bastrop fires and we also
do small roof repairs for low income families many times at no charge,” she said.
Feller Roofing & Remodeling provides
residential and commercial roofing and
also does remodeling projects from kitchens to bathrooms, flooring, counters and
cabinets. –ab
San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
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Twenty-six students graduated from the fall Pre-Employment Architectural and
Construction Exploration (PACE) program. As part of the educational wing of the
Builders Exchange of Texas, the program gives each student their OSHA 10-Hour
plus 30 hours of classes about the construction industry and trades.
“They will be looking for jobs and apprenticeship programs,” says Cherie
Foerster, head of the workforce development program. She notes that many
of the students are seniors who will graduate high school in May ready
to start their careers as apprentices or inentry-level positions because
f this program. –mp
The fall graduating class of PACE students
Photo by Mary C. Haskin Photography
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San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
Round-Up
Vickrey & Associates announces the following promotions
to associate for the company:
Brady Baggs is a
professional engineer holding a Fair
Housing
Section
504 certification.
He has more than
nine years of experience in civil engineering, specializing in project management and design.
Kenneth Rogers
joined the firm in
2005 and has more
than 19 years of experience in civil engineering. His specialties include hydrology and hydraulics,
natural
channel design, and geotechnical engineering.
Submissions
Kara
Heasley
joined the firm in
1999 and has more
than 13 years of civil
engineering experience. Her specialties include linear
parks, land planning, utility engineering, and sustainable development.
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ABC
Associated Builders & Contractors
Feb. 4: New Employee Orientation, 8:3011:30am, ABC office; UTSA Student Mock
Interviews, conducted by the ABC Future
Leaders Task Force, 3-5pm, ABC office
Feb. 18: New Employee Orientation,
8:30-11:30am, ABC office
Feb. 19-20: OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification Course, 8am-2pm, ABC office
Feb. 28: Green Environment, 1-6pm, ABC
office
AGC
Associated General Contractors
Feb. 1: Train the Trainer for Lean EP, AGC
office
Feb. 5: CLF PD Committee meeting, AGC
office, noon
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27: LEED AP BD+C Exam
Prep, AGC office, 6-8pm
Feb. 8: Education Committee meeting,
AGC office, 8:30am
Feb. 18: President’s Day Mixer & Salsa
Taste-Off, AGC office, 5-7pm; to submit
your salsa or be a sponsor, call 210-3494921; prizes will be awarded; deadline is
Feb. 15
Feb. 19: CLF Service Committee meeting, AGC office, noon
Feb. 21: Safety Committee Meeting, AGC
office, 11:30am
Feb. 22: Board of Director’s meeting, The
Petroleum Club, 8am
Feb. 26: CLF Steering Council meeting,
AGC office, noon
AIA
American Institute of Architects
Feb. 25: Meeting, The Fiesta Room of
Luby’s, 911 N. Main Ave; Realizing CoSA’s
Mission through the Built Environment;
speaker: Carol Warkoczewski, architect
for the City of San Antonio; no RSVP necessary; $25 per person.
ASA
American Subcontractors Association
Alex Puente, store manager, and Lance Thompson, assistant manager, were
keeping quite busy helping customers at Northern Tool + Equipment. –mp
Feb. 12: Seminar: Am I at Risk? Learn
about potential shortfalls in the areas of
insurance, human resources, contracts,
and cyber liability; Padgett, Stratemann,
1:30-4:30pm, $150 for members, $165 for
non-members
Feb. 19: Healthcare Reform: What does
this mean for my business?, Old San Francisco Steakhouse
Feb. 28: 18th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet; The Jack
Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western
Art Museum; $85 per person.
For more information, email [email protected]
asasanantonio.org or call 210-349-2105
CFMA
Construction Financial Management Assn.
Feb. 26: Chapter Luncheon; 11:30am1pm, Old San Francisco Steak House; for
more information contact Stephanie at
210-828-6281, ext.1575 or stephanie.
[email protected]
GSABA
Greater San Antonio Builders Assn.
Feb. 1: Chili Cook-Off, Kendall County
Fairgrounds
Feb. 20: Rally Day, Austin, TX
HCA de San Antonio
Hispanic Contractors Association
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Feb. 7, 14, 21: HCA Help Desk Thursdays:
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Suite 156; 9-11am; [email protected]
Feb. 16: Free Home Improvement Seminar, St. Mary’s University, AT&T Center for
Technology, Gate 4 on Memorial St., 9am2pm, light breakfast and lunch provided
Feb. 19: Business Opportunities for Texans (BOTS) luncheon, $12 online RSVP,
$16 walk-ins, Absolutely Everything Catering, 3915 San Pedro, 11:30am-1pm;
RSVP at www.bots-sa.com
Feb. 20: Membership recruitment dinner, members $15, non-members $20,
Café College, 131 El Paso, 6-8pm, Omar
Garcia (STEER) will discuss opportunities
for Eagle Ford Shale, Zachry Construction
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Feb. 28: Members benefit breakfast, free
to all, featuring VIA purchasing department, Absolutely Everything Catering,
8:30-9:30am, RSVP 210.444.1100 or email
[email protected] IEC
Independent Electrical Contractors
Feb. 4-7: National Leadership Conference, Memphis, TN
Feb. 18: Continuing Education Class, IEC
office, 5-9pm
Feb. 19: A&T Committee meeting, IEC office, 11am
Feb. 20: Board of Directors meeting, The
Barn Door, 11am
Feb. 23: Electrical Maintenance Technician Class, IEC office, 8am-5pm
Feb. 26: NFIB Small Business Day at the
Capitol, Austin, TX
For more information, call 210-431-9861
or www.iecsanantonio.com
MCA–SMACNA
Mechanical Contractors Association
Sheet Metal & A/C Nat’l Assoc.
Feb. 6: Regular and Associate Members
meeting, Oak Hills Country Club, 11:30am
Feb. 20: Joint Industry Fund Forum and
Business meeting, Oak Hills Country Club,
11:30am
Feb 26: Texas NEBB Board of Directors
meeting, Embassy Suites, 6pm
Feb 27: Texas NEBB Annual Requalification Seminar, Embassy Suites
NAWIC
Nat’l Assn. of Women in Construction
Feb. 6: Meeting, The Petroleum Club,
5:30pm networking, 6pm dinner; members and first-time guests $35, nonmembers $45, includes dinner; for more
information, contact Ginny Horrell at
[email protected]
PHCC
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors
Feb. 14: Meeting, Earl Abel’s Restaurant,
11am; speaker: City of San Antonio Developmental Services
For information on Plumbing Apprenticeship Programs & PHCC-TX Plumber,
HVAC Continuing Education & Specialty
Class, call 800-992-7422
SDA
Society for Design Administration
Feb. 28: Meeting, The Barn Door, noon,
HR Implications of New Healthcare Reform by Joanna Antongiovanni, guests
welcome, $25 person, RSVP to monica.
[email protected]
USGBC
U.S. Green Building Council
Feb. 6, 13, 27: LEED Green Associate
6-Week Exam Prep Course, AGC office,
Waco, TX, 5-7pm Feb 6: LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep; every
Wednesday through Mar. 13, AGC office,
San Antonio, 6-8pm
Feb 19: LEED 251 Full Day Workshop: Understanding LEED NC 2009, AGC office,
Austin, 8am-5pm, earn 7 GBCI CE and 7
AIA CES/LU hours
Feb 21: Lunchtime Learning Series, Principles of LEED: LEED Implementation,
AGC office, Waco, 11am-1pm, earn 1.5
GBCI CE hours
San Antonio Construction News • Feb 2013
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kind of a hard plastic – and we provide
those as well.”
AC does wood doors for the inside of
buildings, too; for example, high-finish
quality wood doors for the University of
Texas along with the hardware, such as
panic bars.
Cruz, 41, has been in construction all
his life and grew up around it in Carrizo
Springs, and now with three employees,
he’s already planning for the future of his
company.
“I’m hoping, within five years, to be
where I have up to five or seven project
managers and maybe up to 15 or 20 employees, maybe five trucks running out in
the field.”
Meanwhile, Cruz and his wife of two
years, Leticia, are trying for kids. He credits her with a great amount of support in
what he has accomplished.
“I’m also trying to get my bachelor’s
degree in business management as well –
at the same time as running my own business,” he proclaims. “I’ve got one more
year at the University of Phoenix. I’m trying to live the American dream.” –mp
continued from Page 1 — ST: the next generation
“An estimator/project manager is
what my first position was,” he remembers. “And now I’m still doing estimating
and project management, but now I’m
doing more of the financial stuff.
“Now, instead of only being focused
on the jobs I’m project managing or estimating, I’m keeping track of all the jobs,
and our manpower, and I used to pay attention only to specific job costs, and
now I’m paying attention not only to all
the job costs, but the overall cost for the
company. Before I wasn’t really concerned about insurance or anything like
that. Well, now, that’s a high priority.”
One bonus to running the show is
that Traugott Jr. can bring some tech to
the table; he has thought for a while that
the company could use a website, but it
has never had one. Now, he has plans to
build a website next year, along with
changes to the data systems and new
software upgrades.
“I’m excited and optimistic about our
future,” he states. “We have a really good
company. We’re strong. And we have really good people.” –mp
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As the first tenant, Broadway Bank’s finish out was a project within the project.
The project also saw approximately
50 days of inclement weather, and the
rain was another challenge the team constantly worked to overcome.
Despite all the hurdles, Koontz-McCombs’ team cleared the finish line on
schedule due to an accelerated timeline,
and the results were a functional building, a new bank location ready to open
for business, and a striking aesthetic.
“It’s the limestone, the metal roofing
– the mansard roofs and the tower roofs,”
observes Serry. “Mansard roofs give the
appearance from the outside that it’s a
sloped metal roof, but actually, it’s a perimeter effect, and back inside the mansard is a flat roof where mechanical
equipment and things like that sit. It
serves a purpose architecturally, but also,
it hides all the mechanical equipment.”
The Gateway is an aptly named, welcoming first impression, as Serry points
out, “It’s kind of a front door to [the MHS]
metropolitan complex down there. Their
hospital sits behind it along with some
other medical office buildings.”
Ernest Gibson, project manager,
comments, “I was really happy with the
way everything turned out, especially on
the exterior of the building. Everything
just turned out really nice.”
Gibson describes the relationships
with the owners’ supervisors Jeff Wilson,
MHS, and Barry Ivy, Broadway Bank, as
extremely beneficial and supportive.
Superintendent on the job was Darrell Jackson along with assistant superintendent Jeremy Taft, and Bill Rhodes
was chief estimator.
Serry commends the strength of the
construction team and emphasizes the
great work the subcontractors did on
these two projects, noting that there was
not a single incident on the jobsite and
they came in at budget and on time.
The Design Team on this project included Project Control, Chesney-Morales architects, ESA as MEP engineer,
Beicker-Martinez as structural engineer,
Pape Dawson as civil engineer, and L.H.
Bell landscaping.
Headquartered in San Antonio,
Koontz-McCombs Construction was founded in 2000 by Bart Koontz and Red McCombs to serve the construction needs of
their development, business, and third-party private projects. –mp
Changing Roles
T
he Texas Masonry Council (TMC) has hired Jennifer Wilkins as the new
community planner for the Houston/South Texas region. Wilkins brings
with her a vast understanding of the non-profit industry as well as an extensive background in marketing, management and business development. For
the past four years, she was owner of Jennifer Wilkins and Associates Business Services, a business that provides outside marketing, event planning
and business development. In her role as community planner, Wilkins will
help cities and communities by providing education and information about
masonry. –ab
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Rock the house
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For the technicians of tomorrow
President and COO Allyn Archer opened HOLT CAT’s new ProTech Training Facility.
L-R: Matthew Oliver, Nathan Ruckstuhl, and Kyle Hammock
stand in the moist cure room at their new location.
ock isn’t just Mark and Roetta
Rock’s last name; it’s their business.
Rock Engineering & Testing Laboratories started in Corpus Christi in 1998,
and then, expanded into San Antonio in
2005.
Rock specializes in geotechnical drilling, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and special inspections. The company does constructionrelated consulting as a service provider,
performing tests on soil, concrete, and
asphalt at both of its locations.
Kyle Hammock, PE, vice president
of operations in San Antonio, says that
Rock does a lot of commercial as well as
residential development projects.
“When they’re building something,
we take samples of soil and we analyze it,
and we give recommendations for foundations and roads and buildings and
bridges,” explains Hammock. “And during construction, we test the concrete
while they’re placing it to make sure it’s
the right compressive strength.
“That’s our standard bread and butter, our standard business, but over the
past two years, realistically, the Eagle
Ford Shale work is the main contributor
to our rapid expansion,” he notes. “From
San Antonio and Corpus, we can cover
the Eagle Ford Shale-related work from
both the north end and the south end,
which gives us a very good advantage.
We can split the work up. We can service
the clients from both directions.”
In that region, Rock does frack sand
terminals, railroad spurs, oil storage
tanks, and central delivery stations,
working for major gas and oil exploration and transmission-type companies.
Hammock isn’t kidding when he
says the firm is rapidly expanding. His
branch in San Antonio just moved into a
new building the company purchased at
10856 Vandale. The new office is double
the amount of space with 6,000sqft to
accommodate 25 employees. The headquarters in Corpus has approximately 30
on staff. –mp
T
echnical training with $2 million
pieces of equipment is crucial for
both efficiency and safety in this
business, and now HOLT CAT has opened
a new ProTech Technical Training Facility
on East Southcross Boulevard in San Antonio.
The LEED Silver facility will train technicians from across the state, including
HOLT CAT’s Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi,
Laredo, and Victoria, and of course, San
Antonio.
Allyn Archer, president and COO,
and Guy Clumpner, senior vice president, were onsite for the grand opening
and open house Jan. 24.
“HOLT sees a serious, industry-wide
need for skilled workers and this state-ofthe-art facility demonstrates our commitment to future growth, professional
training and development for technicians,” Archer said in a statement.
Clumpner stated “This is a very sophisticated business. The technical acumen required to be successful in this field
requires digital, computer and electronic
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skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to accurately diagnose and make repairs. Our focus is to hire and develop
professional technicians who can build
successful careers in one of the most critical areas of our business.”
At the official opening, Sen. Leticia
Van de Putte and Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon both spoke about the significance of this training center to the youth
entering the workforce.
“Without the strong voices of HOLT
CAT and others in our business community, we cannot craft an education system that meets the needs of a future
workforce,” Van de Putte commented.
HOLT CAT and the Caterpillar Dealer
Excellence Fund recently contributed
$54,000 in scholarships to nine Texas
schools to support training of specialized
technicians. Students and faculty attended the grand opening from two of those
schools, St. Philip’s College and MacArthur High School, which are both located
in San Antonio. –mp
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Footprints in the desert sand
Mary Paul, San Antonio editor for Construction News, traveled to White Sands National
Monument in New Mexico, where dunes of fine gypsum cover 275 square miles of the
Tularosa Basin, bracketed by two distant but breathtaking mountain ranges. –mp
Brian Becina, working under Journeyman Randy Baker, Keller Custom Signs, is lifted high in
the sky to repair a commercial sign for PNF Properties. –mp
Enrique Pena and Juan Salazar, Niznik Concrete, begin digging the foundation for a new
AutoZone on Blanco Road. Project manager and superintendent is George Games
for general contractor Texas Alliance Group. –mp
Joe Rodriguez and Bret Zampese, J. Anthony Electrical Contractors, were putting the
power in the dental office of Dr. Robert Rodriguez. Superintendent is Mike Nelle
for general contractor MedTech Construction. –mp
A worker for Gonzalez Concrete, under supervisor Armando Marroquin, is busy with the
drive-thru for the new Lone Star National Bank on 1604, being built by Cantu Construction.
Oscar Falcon is the project manager. –mp
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