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Dave’s Hot Chicken Coming to Fort Worth

Courtesy Dave’s Hot Chicken

Dave’s Hot Chicken is making inroads in Texas, and it’s about time. Who doesn’t love Nashville hot chicken? We do, and we’re proud to be the General Contractor for their Fort Worth location.

The new location is at City View Towne Crossing — 4608 Bryant Irvin, just south of I-20. We’re remodeling an existing space, adding a new kitchen and a patio. We’re shaking our tail feathers (pun intended) to get this project completed by October.

If you aren’t familiar with Dave’s Hot Chicken and how they got started, here’s a link to their website, or follow them on Instagram @DavesHotChicken.

Our thanks to the team at Dave’s Hot Chicken for the opportunity to work with them!

Project Update: Cielo Place

New kitchen in Cielo Place unit

Cielo Place, a mixed-income housing community in Fort Worth, features 91 units. The new building we’re adding is nearing completion minus the surrounding site work. It’s exciting to see some of the apartment units with the kitchens and bathrooms installed and final coats of paint!

Exterior masonry work at Cielo Place

Project Update: Hotel Dryce in Fort Worth

Hotel Dryce Exterior

The boutique hotel in the Cultural District is really taking shape. Floor fixtures on the 2nd and 3rd floors are complete. Tile work is ongoing in various areas. On the exterior, fine grading at the entry is beginning, and a sidewalk is formed on the southwest side of the building.

A big thank you to our team and trade partners on this project! Stay tuned for more updates.

Interior Tile Work at Hotel Dryce

Memorial Day

US Flags at the Washington Monument in DC

From all of us at Fort Construction, we honor all those who served and sacrificed their lives for our great country. In observance of Memorial Day, our office will be closed on Monday. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Construction Starting on Fort Worth Audi

Rendering of Fort Worth Audi

We are moving dirt on the site that will be Fort Worth AudiThis is the new dealership owned by Group 1 Automotive and it’s right off I-20 at Highway 377.


The Audi dealership will total 53,139 SF and include a showroom, sales area, service and parts department, detail bays and car wash. The architects at Clear Architectural Design are the brains behind the design.


We appreciate the opportunity to work with Group 1 Automotive again! Our expected completion date is March 2022.

Grubbs Volvo is Underway

Rendering for Grubbs Volvo

Rendering Courtesy of VLK Architects

Fort Construction is moving dirt on a third dealership for the Grubbs Family of Dealerships at DFW Airport. Grubbs Volvo will feature a one-story, 34,000 SF facility, including sales and service.

VLK Architects is the architect, and they’re adding some unique design elements. Reminiscent of window shopping, they’ll install “shop windows” to display individual Volvo models.

We’re just getting started, and as of now, the approximate completion date is January 2022. We’ll keep you updated!

Grubbs Acura is Complete

Grubbs Acura in Grapevine

Grubbs Acura in Grapevine is getting ready to open its doors to the public on Monday, March 22nd.

Our work on the 53,000 SF two-story dealership is now complete. Located off Highway 114 on the north side of DFW Airport, customers will find a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility with every dealership luxury imaginable.

Customers will find a spacious service reception center, a 30 bay service department, and a gorgeous skylit showroom.

The Grubbs family has been in the automobile business since 1948. With third-generation family management, the Grubbs know what is needed to create a dazzling dealership.

Fort Construction is honored to have partnered with the Grubbs family on another dealership. We wish them all the success in the world!

Grubbs Acura Showroom

Construction Starts on OTR Fleet Service

Rendering of OTR FLeet Service in south Dallas

Rendering provided by KHArchitects


Fort Construction and our trade partners started construction on OTR in south Dallas. OTR Fleet Service is based out of Houston and offers 24/7 emergency truck repair and service.

The project is OTR’s first ground-up building in DFW. The 15-acre site located on I-20 and will include a 15,540 SF pre-engineered metal building designed by KHArchitects. It will have eight service bays, an office area, truck and trailer parking, and storage.

We’re proud to be the general contractor on this project. Thank you, OTR!

Groundbreaking in Rockwall

Fort Construction will complete a finish-out for the Rockwall Department of Family and Protective Services. The building is adjacent to the Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, and very near the county courthouse. We’ll also add some additional footage and when all is said and done, it will total just over 11,000 SF.

We’ll construct offices, meeting rooms for employees and families, a break area, and bathrooms. The completion date is September 1st – and demo is already underway.

We’re excited to partner with Rockwall on this important project that will serve members of their community!

Thank you to Our Trade Partners at Cielo Place

Exterior View of Cielo Place in Fort Worth

Fort Construction is the general contractor for Cielo Place, a unique mixed-income housing community in Fort Worth. This is a unique project because it’s located within and next to the historic Riverside Baptist Church.

As our work continues, we would like to send a shout-out to our trade partners:

M&M Construction (framing and siding)

N&S Construction (drywall)

WeatherShield Roofing and Sheetmetal (roofing)

NexGen Heating & Air (HVAC)

Reed Plumbing

Iron Eagle Excavation

Our success as a general contractor is reliant on our trade partners. We are truly appreciative of their hard work and dedication at Cielo Place.

Nico Purkiss Celebrates Five Years with Fort

Nico Purkiss

Nico joined Fort Construction five years ago and is now one of our Project Managers. He’s originally from Chile and came to the US in 2005. He served in the Marine Corps for eight years, then attended Texas A&M to study economics. After picking up different construction jobs here and there, he decided to put his career focus on the construction industry – and we’re glad he did.

Nico speaks English, Spanish and can get by in Mandarin Chinese. He lived in Taiwan from ages 16 to 20, and his mom and sister still live there. When he’s not working, you’ll find him outdoors. You’ll also find him with his pup, Maximus, a 130lb Cane Corso.

We’re thrilled to have Nico as a Project Manager. We thank him for his service to our country, and for his hard work and dedication to our company. Happy Fort Anniversary!

Another Award for The Vineyard on Lancaster

The Vineyard on Lancaster in Fort Worth

The Vineyard on Lancaster received the Texas Apartment Association’s 2020 Affordable Housing Award in the New Construction category.

Union Gospel Mission developed The Vineyard. The building features 98 affordable homes, six market-rate homes, and a health clinic. Schwarz-Hanson Architects designed the project, and we were the general contractor.

The Vineyard is an exceptional facility for the underserved in our community, and we offer our congratulations to Union Gospel Mission.

Update on Hotel Dryce in Fort Worth

Exterior of Hotel Dryce in Fort Worth

Hotel Dryce, located in the Cultural District, is taking shape. As you can see from the photos, we are completing framing. Our crew is also building the sheathing, back stairs, and interior walls. Up next, we’ll add the roof and install windows. Once the building is dried in, we will begin HVAC, electrical, and plumbing roughs.

One of the hotel owners, Jonathan Morris, is hosting a new show on the Magnolia Network. He often posts construction updates on his Instagram account. You can find him at @jonathandfw.

Happy Holidays

From all of us at Fort Construction, we wish you and your family health, happiness, peace and prosperity this Christmas and in the coming New Year.

Our office will be closed on December 24th and 25th, as well as December 31st and January 1st.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

New Location for The Learning Experience

Fort Construction is building a new retail center at 12900 Josey Lane in Farmers Branch.

We’ll add two buildings on a single site. One building will be 5,500 SF and will have three tenants including a bank, restaurant, and dental office. The second building will total approximately 10,000 SF and will be a new location for The Learning Experience. They offer early childhood education and daycare for preschool through kindergarten.

As you can see, it’s early stages as we add the sitework and paving. We’ll keep you updated on our progress.

Update on Cielo Place

Cielo Place Exterior

Fort Construction is the general contractor on Cielo Place, a mixed-income housing community in Fort Worth.

Right now, masonry restoration is taking place on all existing buildings. Framing is going up at New Building #3 and interior framing at Buildings #1 and #2. We have MEP rough-ins underway throughout all buildings.

This is a unique project because it’s located within and next to the historic Riverside Baptist Church. Of the 91 units, 88% will be offered at affordable housing rates, a much-needed addition in our community.

Cielo Place Framing

We Had an Axe to Grind

Fort Worth Axe Factory

Last week, Fort Construction rented out the Fort Worth Axe Factory for no other reason than to have a little fun.

We had close to 70 employees and trade partners stop by and learn to throw an axe. It was a terrific evening fueled by axe throwing, lots of pizza and laughter. Thank you Fort Worth Axe Factory!

Groundbreaking for OTR

From L to R: Architect Kent Holcomb, Fort’s Jayson Rodriguez and Victor Montano

Fort Construction is proud to partner with OTR, Henry S. Miller, and KHArchitects on a 24-hour truck maintenance facility. OTR is based out of Houston and offers 24/7 emergency truck repair and service.

Located on I-20 in south Dallas, this is OTR’s first ground-up building in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.   The 15-acre site will include a 15,540 SF pre-engineered metal building with eight service bays and an office area. There will also be truck and trailer parking, and storage.

We’ll begin construction by the end of this month and will complete it in March 2021.

Tarrant Roofing Building Complete

We partnered with Tarrant Roofing to complete a two-story, 24,000 SF facility located at 1900 Handley Ederville in Fort Worth. They have moved in, and by all accounts, they’re enjoying their new building.

Congratulations to Tarrant Roofing on their new location!

Our Condolences to the Averitt Family

All of us at Fort Construction would like to extend our deepest sympathies to two of our Superintendents, Matt and Crystal Averitt, who unexpectedly lost their father two weeks ago.

A celebration of Dennis Averitt’s life will take place tomorrow, September 25th in Boyd, Texas. We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to all the family members and friends affected by this loss.

Jayson Rodriguez Celebrates Six Years with Fort

Jayson Rodriguez joined us on September 15, 2014, and has been in charge of our Estimating Department since that day. Not only does he send out and keep track of bids, but he also sets up the standards and procedures, and trains new hires within his department.

If you attend a community breakfast or groundbreaking, you’ll likely see Jayson in attendance. He’s been terrific at representing Fort and growing our relationships with clients.

In the six years with Fort, Jayson has had a direct and positive influence on the growth of our company. We’re so fortunate to have him on our team. Thank you for all you do Jayson!

Project Update: 1thirtyone Motorcars

Exterior View of 1thirtyone Motorcars

We are nearing completion on 1thirtyone Motorcars, located at I-30 and Loop 820 in Fort Worth. The 54,000 SF building will include storage for a large collection of classic cars, a showroom, parts area and workshop, and a wash bay.

Final work items include MEP installation throughout the building, irrigation for the landscaping, a retaining wall on the west side of the property, final coats of paint, and an assortment of miscellaneous items.

This will be a beautiful place to store, showcase, and work on cars!

Inside View of 1thirtyone Motorcars

Fort Named General Contractor for Cielo Place

Rendering for Cielo Place

Rendering Courtesy of Miller Slayton Architects, Inc.

Fort Construction is excited to be named the general contractor for Cielo Place in Fort Worth. This will be a unique mixed-income housing community featuring 91 units.

Of the 91 units, 88% will be affordable at 30%, 50% and 60% of the area median income. And 12% of the units will be at market rate. The units will feature high-efficiency appliances and lighting, solid surface counters and flooring, and will be cable, internet and phone ready. Residents will also get to enjoy a furnished clubhouse with community room, business center, leasing center, fitness center, and bicycle parking.

Cielo Place will be located within the historic and rehabilitated Riverside Baptist Church, originally designed in 1924. We’ll also add a new building on the north side of the property. Construction is underway and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!

Project Update: Hotel Dryce

We’re laying the foundation for Hotel Dryce, a three-story hotel located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.

As you can see in the photos, we’re pouring some of the last remaining grade beams. We’re also finishing pouring elevator walls and retaining walls. The slab on grade is next on the list, and we’re excited to begin framing within the next month or so.

As always, we appreciate our employees and our subcontractors for their dedication and hard work.

commercial construction

The Vineyards a Finalist for National Award

The Vineyards

We recently received word that The Vineyards on Lancaster is a finalist for an award presented by Affordable Housing Finance magazine.

There are four finalists in the Special Needs category; a category that includes housing designs for homeless and special needs families. The Vineyards was developed by Union Gospel Mission, and features 98 affordable and six market-rates homes as well as a health clinic. Schwarz-Hanson Architects designed the project, and Fort Construction was the general contractor.

The Vineyards is an exceptional facility for the underserved in our community, and we offer our congratulations to Union Gospel Mission President and CEO Don Shisler and his team!

Project Update: Grubbs Acura in Grapevine

commercial construction

Construction on Grubbs Acura is moving along nicely with the project approximately 40-percent complete. The CMU installation is complete, almost all paving is poured, and 75-percent of the steel is erected. MEP rough-in and exterior framing will start this week.

When all is said and done, this will be a 57,000 SF two-story car dealership located on the north side DFW Airport. Contractually, this is scheduled to be completed by mid-February 2021, but we believe we may finish before the new year arrives!

Project Update: Maxim Crane

general contractor

Construction is underway for Maxim Crane in Fort Worth. This is a design-build project on an eight-acre site. It will feature a 19,000 SF building for their offices as well as service bays for maintenance.

We’re currently installing the wall and roof panels. Once that’s completed, we can start work on the inside.

Our thanks to Bennett Benner Partners for the design, Clark Engineering Associates for the MEP design, and Dunaway Associates for the civil and structural services.

Our expected completion date is the first of October.

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Project Update: Summer Creek Station

Summer Creek Station

We’re working in Fort Worth on a retail center near the corner of Sycamore School Rd and Chisholm Trail Parkway. The 9,774 SF building will offer four to five retail spaces.

Originally, this was scheduled to be a six-month project, but we should be able to knock a month off and have this completed by July 31st.

Bill Stonaker is the developer, and Robert Kelly is the architect. Our thanks to Bill for choosing Fort Construction to be the general contractor!

Summer Creek Station

Memorial Day

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” – Unknown

As Memorial Day approaches, we will take time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our great country.

Our office will be closed on Monday. Have a safe holiday weekend!

Project Update: Remodel on South Main Street

Commercial Construction

We’re movin’ and groovin’ on South Main Street in Fort Worth. This complete remodel will soon be the new location for CHC Development and Urban Bobcat Architects.

Those two businesses will occupy the second floor on the east side of the building. The remainder will be lease space. Because the building is on the highest point of South Main, one of the more interesting aspects of the design includes balconies that will overlook downtown.

Our expected completion date is late August.

Wholelife Authentic Care Now Open

Wholelife Authentic Care

With social distancing rules still in place, ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations are on hold for a bit. So we’re extending a virtual high-five to Nicole Havrilla and Wholelife Authentic Care.

Nicole is the CEO of Wholelife Authentic Care, a 501c3 non-profit clinic that treats the whole woman with family practice and OBGYN services. Their new location is at 1000 Bonnie Brae Avenue in Fort Worth.

We completed the finish out on the 14,000 SF space, and they’re taking new patients. Congratulations to Nicole and her team, and thank you for choosing Fort Construction!

Project Update: New Healing Shepherd Clinic

Healing Shepherd Clinic

Union Gospel Mission’s Healing Shepherd Clinic was opened in 2008 to provide free primary medical and preventive services to the residents and guests of Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County.

We’re very proud to be the general contractor on the new Healing Shepherd Clinic – located across the street from their current location. The new clinic is approximately 3,000 SF and is on the ground floor of Building A of the Vineyard on Lancaster.

The clinic is nearing completion. Door frames have been installed, and we’re now adding hard ceilings and flooring. Our expected completion date is no later than the end of May. We are grateful to the Union Gospel Mission for all they do!

Healing Shepherd Clinic

Project Update: New Location for Tarrant Roofing

Tarrant Roofing

Fort Construction is working on a new location for Tarrant Roofing. The two-story, 24,000 SF building is located at 1900 Handley Ederville Road in Fort Worth. Currently, all concrete panels are complete, and we’re starting columns and beams.

Over the last 26 years, Tarrant Roofing has installed over 15,000 residential and commercial roofs. Now that’s a lot of roofs! We’re thankful for the opportunity to be their partner on this project.

Project Update: 1thirtyone Motorcars

commercial construction

Work continues on 1thirtyone Motorcars at I-30 and Loop 820 in Fort Worth.

The 54,000 SF building sits on a five-acre lot, and will include storage for a large collection of classic cars, a showroom, parts area and workshop, and a wash bay.

The steel frame is in place, and vinyl facing is being installed in preparation for the insulation and roof paneling. The exterior will feature a mix of pre-finished metal paneling and brick. We’ll also install a clerestory that runs the length of the warehouse, allowing for plenty of natural light. The showroom will feature a metallic epoxy floor with a rotating car on display.

We’d like to thank the Whisenhunt family for the opportunity to build their storage and showroom facility!

Message from Fort Construction

Residents of North Texas are now challenged with the presence and prevention of the coronavirus, and that includes Fort Construction.

We are thankful for our state and local leaders, healthcare providers, and first responders who continue to care for our community.

We plan to remain open and continue our various construction projects. Our employees are encouraged to avoid handshakes, frequently wash their hands, and stay home if they are sick. Our offices are stocked with hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes, and we are being diligent about sanitizing surfaces.

Finally, for those who are not comfortable stopping by our office, you can reach us via phone and email.

Constant media reports do not make it easy to stay calm. Nevertheless, we are staying informed and relying on common sense. The safety of our employees, trades people, clients and architects is critical. We will constantly review this situation and adjust as needed.

Hotel Dryce Groundbreaking

Hotel Dryce Groundbreaking

From L to R: Allen Mederos, Harvey Blinn, John Corby, and Jonathan Morris

On March 4th, we attended the groundbreaking for the Hotel Dryce in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.

Jonathan Morris and Allen Mederos are the inspiration and developers behind this boutique hotel. The three-story building will feature 21 rooms, a lobby bar and an outdoor courtyard – and include parts of the old dry ice warehouse currently on the site.

Bennet Benner Partners designed this beautiful hotel, and Fort Construction is the general contractor. We’re excited to get to work!

Honor Award for Stanley Eisenman’s Fine Shoes

Stanley Eisenman Shoes

AIA Fort Worth held its annual awards ceremony for excellence in architecture.

One of the Honor Awards went to Ibañez Shaw Architecture for their design of the Stanley Eisenman’s Fine Shoes retail location at The Shops at Clearfork.

Bart Shaw did the thinking and designing, and Fort Construction did the heavy lifting – so to speak. Bart created a contemporary design with extensive steel work for the 3,160 SF space. As you can see, the storefront looks like a work of art.

Congratulations to Ibañez Shaw Architecture for their award. It was well deserved, and it was a pleasure to work with them on this project.

AIA Honor Award

AIA Honor Award with Bart Shaw and Scott Price

Visit Fort Worth Annual Meeting & Breakfast

Visit Fort Worth

Last week, Fort Construction attended the Visit Fort Worth Annual Meeting & Breakfast. Our table included part of the team working on the Hotel Dryce including Scott Price, Jayson Rodriguez, Amy Stenzler, John Corby and Harvey Blinn.

According to Visit Fort Worth, the tourism industry creates an economic impact of approximately $2.6 billion per year in Fort Worth. And they intend to expand and grow tourism by adding more physical spaces, supplying resources to artists, and creating more experiences for visitors and convention attendees.

It’s an honor to have our company based in Fort Worth, and we’re excited to see the opportunities for businesses, residents – and visitors!

Visit Fort Worth

Project Feature – Adult and Teen Challenge of Texas

There is always more to construction than what meets the eye.  There is an end user who started with a dream, vision, purpose or goal.  This holds true for our client, Adult and Teen Challenge of Texas located in Azle, whom we recently completed their project bringing a long time need and dream to life.  Adult and Teen Challenge is a substance abuse recovery center, and this project will give them the opportunity to house and expand their services to more people.

The project consisted of demolition of an existing steel building and constructing a new housing complex.  The new building provides four additional sleeping rooms with multiple bunks, shared restrooms and a living room which allows Teen Challenge to accommodate 48 residents at a time, up from 36.  It also allows residents to stay for up to two years, up from seven months.

It is always rewarding to see a project or building come to completion and turn the keys and space over to the Owner, however, when the project has a heart for helping others, like Adult and Teen Challenge, it makes our job even more special.  We are thrilled for their new facility, and we want to thank them for allowing us to be part of it!

Check out their story here highlighting the work that brought this dream to life!

Employee Spotlight – James Morris

How long have you been working here? I have been with Fort almost 4 years now.

What is your role at Fort?   My job with Fort is site Superintendent. That responsibility includes scheduling the project, coordinating the subs, maintain quality control, making sure safety measures are being followed, and communicating directly with the architects, engineers and owners.

What did you do before Fort Construction? Construction is in my blood you could say. My Grandfather was a contractor, and my Dad worked with him growing up. It was the same for me since I was 13 with my dad. In 2008, I started and ran a small residential construction company for 9 years prior to Fort. The company was called Branded Creek Construction. It was a great business; however, I felt like the growth and experience I would gain with a company like Fort would be invaluable given the vastly different projects they have completed and milestones they have achieved for over a decade.

Where were you born and raised? Right here in Cowtown!! Well, technically I grew up and still live in Aledo. This little town has got a lot bigger over the years, but it is still a great place to live. I’m pleased to be able to have my kids go to the same school I did with the kids of my old school mates.

When is your birthday and how old are you?  My birthday is November 18th…The BIG 40!

What are your hobbies? I enjoy hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, being on the lake and my favorite is taking trips with my 2 sons!  The look on their faces at new places is the best thing in the world! 

What is your relationship status? I am single, but that’s ok. I have 2 wonderful boys named Jackson (10) and Alexander (6). They are so much fun and cherish almost every minute with them. They can be knuckleheads at times which is why I said almost. But, seriously, I do love them so much, such sweet boys! 

Do you have any pets? Currently, no pets. We had a golden Lab named Bailey, but Alex has allergies to pets and we may be on the move before long. Fortunately, Bailey was taken by a family member that gives him lots of love and the boys can see him at any time.

What do you like most about your job?  The people for sure!  Everyone at Fort is goal oriented, supportive, and values family. That makes it a great place to work. Couple a team like Fort with the intense projects we have, and you have solid results. 

What is a long- or short-term goal that you have? Fort is my career. With that being said, the construction industry is ever changing so the ability to adapt is key. The long-term goal is to never stop learning about construction. There is always something new to learn…. every day. The rest should fall into place the way it’s meant. 

Employee Spotlight – Cody Warner

How long have you been working at Fort Construction?  I have been with Fort Construction for 1 year and 9 months.

What is your position at Fort Construction, and what are some of your responsibilities? I am a Project Engineer. My current duties and responsibilities are sending in owner pay applications, tracking monthly financials for the particular job I am on, reviewing submittals/shop drawings/samples from subcontractors, executing subcontractor and owner change orders, negotiating/writing subcontracts, and day to day duties the Superintendent or Project Manager requests.

What did you do before Fort Construction?  I was in college before I began working at Fort Construction. I worked summer jobs including drilling, landscaping/hardscape and worked as a technician at AT&T.  

Did you go to college? If so, where, and what was your major?  I attended college at West Virginia Wesleyan College where I played four years of college football and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology.

Where were you born? I was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland.  I moved to Fort Worth in May of 2017.

How old are you and when is your birthday? My birthday is January 2nd, 1993 and I am 26 years old.

What are some of your hobbies that you enjoy outside of work? I enjoy bass fishing and getting to hang out with friends.

What is your relationship status? I have a girlfriend, her name is Taylor Fox, and we have been together for 4 years.

Any pets? If so, how many? I have one dog. He is an English Labrador, and his name is Omaha.

What do you like most about your job? Every day is different. Every project is different. It is easy to stay motivated and interested in your work.

Magazine Monday

Just another Magazine Monday!  Ok, that may not be a thing, but it sounds good, and it’s hard not to read it in the famous ‘Manic Monday’ tune by The Bangles.  You know you did!

We were stoked when we saw our project, Fort Worth Camera, featured in not one, but TWO, industry magazines: Tilt-Up Today and Texas Architect.  We partnered with the wonderful, Bart Shaw, FAIA, of Ibanez Shaw Architecture, who designed and created this project.  The aperture wall has been the most recognized feature of the project, and arguably so.  The prominent wall began as a security function of the building to ensure cars wouldn’t crash into the glass storefront alongside Montgomery street.  However, the design quickly transformed into a feature wall representing camera apertures at various sizes, which later became Fort Worth Camera’s new logo.

This project was fun for us in that it offered many challenges between the size and location of the site to the coordination of the crane and equipment to erect the panels while not shutting down Montgomery, a highly trafficked street. We are extremely proud of the outcome and finished product.  The building is quickly becoming a landmark in Fort Worth, and we love that we were able to make Fort Worth Camera and Bart Shaw’s visions a reality!


Fort Supports Carroll Bass Team

Think back to when you were in Middle School and High School, how would you like to have spent your spare time fishing and be able to put it on your resume as an extracurricular activity?! Clubs and organizations sure have come a long way, and Fort Construction is thrilled to be a sponsor for the Carroll Bass Team!

Newly formed this year and beginning their first season on August 19th, the organization will consist of two teams: The Boat Team, 9th-12th grade, and The Club Team, 7th – 12th grade. The Boat team will compete at 6 THSBA (Texas High School Bass Association) area lake events against other schools in the metroplex division, while The Club Team will fish at ponds, creeks, lake shore, etc. while competing against one another in monthly app-based tournaments. (Nature and Technology…what more could kids want?)

While it is not an official UIL sport (yet), the organization will adhere to UIL standards and will fall under Carroll ISD supervision. While there is a competitive nature to the organization, their true purpose and mission is to grow the love for the sport of angling, and instill a respect for nature, wildlife, and the environment, while promoting academic excellence, encouraging community outreach and providing a safe and supportive experience for its members.

The Carroll Bass Team is off to a great start and has received great interest from the students. We highly recommend everyone to help sponsor and invest in these kiddos in order to continue their growth and success! You can follow them on Instagram, @carrollbassteam, or go to their website, https://www.carrollbassteam.com.

Mixed-Use Medical Office Building Coming to Southlake

We are set to begin construction this month on a two-story mixed-use medical office building in Southlake.

The project will total 19,300 SF and feature office space for lease on the ground floor. The second floor will be occupied by Dr. Amy Watts and Dr. Sandra Armstrong with Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jesse Schroeder with Schroeder Orthodontics will also be joining them on the second floor.

We are excited to get started and look forward to working with these wonderful dentists!

Project Manager Position

As a growing construction company based in Fort Worth, we’re always looking to the future, and looking to add great teammates.

At this time, Fort Construction is considering a Project Management position, and we welcome your resume.


  • Minimum 5 years experience in managing commercial construction projects
  • Work will be in DFW area
  • College degree preferred but not required
  • Positive attitude and ability to treat others with respect


Please forward your resume to careers@fortconstruction.com.

Slab Pour at Union Gospel Mission


Recently, we did a large podium slab pour on Building A at The Vineyard project for Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth.

This marks our first major milestone for the project.  At this stage, we can now proceed with framing the remaining four levels of the building. We’ll do another slab pour on Building B soon.

This is a large undertaking that takes extensive scheduling and coordination, and everyone on the team did a great job in making it a success.

Real Estate Execs Say DFW is Best

While we welcome 2019 with excitement, it appears that others share our optimism for the new year. Asked about their outlook for 2019, real estate industry executives ranked Dallas-Fort Worth highest for property investment and construction among 79 cities across the United States.

The rankings were released by the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report. The survey, sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Urban Land Institute, polled more than 2,300 property owners, investors, lenders, builders, brokers and other property professionals about what they see for 2019.

With the consistent job growth and population increases, DFW outshined other cities. In the first six months of 2018, North Texas saw more than $11 billion in construction project starts. While DFW was tops in home and apartment building, it was also a leader in demand for all types of commercial real estate.

Certainly there are concerns including higher property insurance rates, rising interest rates, and immigration restrictions, only a small number of real estate professionals polled were pessimistic about 2019.

We’re excited to kick off a new year, and hope 2019 brings happiness and prosperity to everyone.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

With Christmas just days away, I hope everyone enjoys their time with family and friends.

Fort Construction will be closed December 24th and 25th, as well as December 31st and January 1st to celebrate the holidays.

May we all be thankful for our blessings and kind toward others.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Join Us in a Race for a Good Cause

On March 23, 2019, we hope you’ll join us for the Blast Race as we walk, run and dine to make a difference in the lives of Cook Children’s patients and families fighting neuroblastoma.

Our own Ashley Tinsley along with Amanda Peterson are the chairpersons for the upcoming race. Amanda’s daughter is a fighter against this rare and aggressive form of cancer.

From talking with Ashley, they are seeking corporate and individual sponsors to contribute and donate – not only for underwriting purposes – but for the main goal of raising money to assist the Neuroblastoma unit as well as for families battling at Cook Children’s Hospital. They’re also looking for restaurants and food vendors to donate their time and resources to this event.

Ashley and Amanda will be leading monthly committee meetings with individuals from all walks of life that are volunteering their time to make this race fun and successful. If you’d like more information, please email Ashley and she’ll be happy to help. Her email is atinsley@fortconstruction.com.

We offer our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by cancer, and hope they celebrate a day when they’re pronounced cancer free. Until then, we’ll keep fighting to eradicate this awful disease.

Ribbon Cutting for New Lena Pope Learning Center

Courtesy of UNT Health Science Center

A number of community dignitaries, including Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price, stopped by the new Lena Pope Early Learning Center to celebrate their grand opening.

The building is located on Modlin Avenue on the UNT Health Science Center campus in Fort Worth. It’s no coincidence that the early learning center is on this campus. The two entities will partner to serve the staff and students of the UNTHSC – as well as families in the community.

Fort Construction remodeled the classrooms, bathrooms and playground areas. We added new floors, paint, ceiling tiles, doors, offices and conference rooms. The bathrooms were updated and reconfigured to add a little more space. We also spruced up the exterior of the building.

It was a pleasure to work on this project, and we hope the staff and students enjoy their new space!

Courtesy Lena Pope Fort Worth Facebook Page

Champion for the Homeless Receives Award

On Thursday, November 15th, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Fort Worth Metro Chapter, honored six members in our community during National Philanthropy Day.

Among the honorees was Don Shisler who received the Ben Franklin Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, he is the President and CEO of the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County.

Union Gospel Mission is dedicated to providing love, hope, respect and a new beginning for the homeless. Don is responsible for the professional leadership and orientation of the administrative services, staff management, and community relations. He also handles the financial solvency and fiscal obligations.

In layman’s terms, I can tell you that Don has committed his life to serving the homeless population. He is a pleasure to work with because of his steady and realistic approach. Because he gives so much of himself, people naturally gravitate toward the Union Gospel Mission in the hopes that they can help. He is a man of great faith who has the ability to recognize the hand of God in the present tense. His recognition of and constant reliance upon God’s will is an inspiration to me – and to so many others.

I would like to offer Don my sincere congratulations for receiving this wonderful award, and add my gratitude for all he does for our community.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fort Construction

As we prepare to join family and friends for the holiday, we would like to take a moment to express our deep gratitude.

Thank you to our amazing clients, our dedicated employees, our hard-working subcontractors, and our wonderful community.   We are blessed beyond measure.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Fort Construction!

Fort Host’s Near Southside Member Breakfast

Courtesy Near Southside Inc

On the 1st Wednesday of each month, Near Southside, Inc. schedules a Member Breakfast. Fort Construction was the host for the November breakfast, and we had a great turnout!

Near Southside, Inc. is a private, member-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Near Southside. The organization started with a small group of business owners and community leaders, and has grown dramatically over the last two decades.

The Member Breakfasts are a terrific way to showcase your business, meet other members, and get an update on what’s taking place in our corner of the Metroplex.

We would like to thank Near Southside, Inc. for allowing us to host, and thank you to those who attended. It was a pleasure to meet new people and reconnect with friends.

Fort Receives Topping Out Award

Topping Out is a North Texas networking event and awards program including architecture, engineering, construction and related fields. While celebrating outstanding projects, they also raise money for educational opportunities.

Fort Construction along with Ibanez Shaw Architecture jointly submitted our work for Fort Worth Camera. There were 44 submissions and we received a TOP TEN Award!

Fort Worth Camera is located along Montgomery Street in the Museum/Cultural District of Fort Worth. Their building includes photography classrooms, studios, a retail area, and a children’s area. TownSite Company was the Project Manager for the owner, Bart Shaw designed this innovative wonder, and we brought their vision to life.

It’s such an honor to have your work (and partners) recognized by our community. We would like to thank Topping Out for this recognition.

New Office for HKS Architects in Fort Worth

We are currently remodeling the second floor of a five-story building for HKS Architects in Fort Worth. This building was built in the 1920’s so this space is getting new everything.

It’s located in Fort Worth at 1227 Magnolia Avenue between 5th Avenue and S Henderson Street. We’ll be installing new framing, new walls, plumbing, fixtures, flooring, offices, bathrooms and conference rooms. The lobby will feature a small café for their guests and employees.

This is a LEED Silver project so it will be energy efficient and produce less waste. Some of the main areas will feature knotty white oak flooring. We’re also installing several wall systems called Modernfold – glass panels that fold like an accordion. And you won’t be able to miss the Big A** Fan that’s going in the main lobby. Yes, that’s the name of the company – although I added the two **.

Our expected completion date is the end of December, so HKS Fort Worth is going to kick off the new year in a beautiful new space. This is our first project with them and we appreciate the opportunity to work with them.

Happy National Boss’s Day to Scott and Ken

Last week, the employees at Fort Construction celebrated National Boss’s Day. For many, this day of recognition incurs some eye rolls. After all, in some cases, the boss is the one who doles out all the work and enjoys all the perks … and now we’re supposed to celebrate them?

At Fort, we were happy to recognize our bosses: Scott Price and Ken Evans.

No eye rolls around here either. Instead, we ordered a box of Tiff’s Treats and had them delivered along with a heartfelt note from all of us.

Because Scott and Ken genuinely care about our company, and all of the employees, it feels like a family. It’s a place where our contributions and ideas are valued, and we feel that every day.

It should come as no surprise that both Scott and Ken are terrific role models of leadership. They are not afraid to do tasks that are not in their job description. One day they may be on a job site, or sweeping and straightening the office, or participating in a finance meeting. There is no “us” and “them” at our company. We are all in this together, and we’re working hard to create a successful construction company that we can be proud of.  And we are.

So Happy National Boss’s Day to the best bosses anyone could ask for. We look forward to another year of hard work, fun and growth!

More Growth for DFW in 2019

I was excited to see that once again, all eyes will be on Dallas/Fort Worth in 2019. According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute, DFW topped 78 cities for “overall real estate prospects in 2019.”

There are a number of factors that played into the Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2019 report. They pointed to our tax efficiency, the low cost of doing business, and the low cost of living which continues to bring people to North Texas.

Growth in the Metroplex is expected to be more than two times the national average in 2019. Overall, the report estimates high growth and low volatility when it comes to employment next year.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I enjoy welcoming new people to our community. New arrivals mean more commerce, more building, more available work force – and yes, I realize there are headaches associated with such growth, but I believe the positives outweigh the negatives.  Welcome to Texas!

Work Starts on Ryder Maintenance Facility in Houston

We are pleased to announce that we have started work on a new Ryder Truck maintenance facility in Houston.

The site is located about one mile west of George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 888 East Airtex Drive. The project includes two buildings that are connected. There will be a two-story office building along with their maintenance shop. All told, the project will total 23,000 SF on 16 acres. Once complete, it will be their largest maintenance facility in the country.

Our expected completion date is June 2019.

We would like to thank Ryder Truck for the opportunity to work with them again. They’re a terrific partner and we appreciate their trust. In addition, this is our first project outside of North Texas, and we are excited to expand our operations beyond the DFW area.

Breaking Ground on Affordable Housing Complex in Fort Worth

Fort Construction Attending Ground Blessing

Fort Construction is proud to partner with Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County on their mixed-use affordable housing development known as The Vineyard on Lancaster.

On Tuesday, we gathered with members of the Union Gospel Mission as well as community leaders for a “ground blessing” and “watering of the vines.”

We are beginning work on twin five-story buildings that will be located at 1401 East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth. They will total 102,679 SF and feature 104 multi-family apartments as well as several retail spaces on the ground floor.

The apartments will provide quality affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless residents. Each unit (one or two bedrooms) will feature a full kitchen and bath, washer/dryer hookups, and 9-foot ceilings in the living room and bedrooms(s). Our expected completion date is toward the end of 2019.

Union Gospel Mission is dedicated to ending homelessness in our community, as well as helping the poor and underserved. Their programs offer love, hope and respect to those in need.

We would like to thank the amazing people at Union Gospel Mission for the opportunity to work with them. And we thank them for all they do in our community. We’ll keep you updated on our progress!

Fort Construction Named Top Construction Company

Last week, Fort Construction was honored to be named Top Construction Company by the Fort Worth Business Press.

To say we are honored is an understatement.  Founded in 2005, we are a full-service construction firm offering pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services for commercial work.  We love the variety of projects in our portfolio, and entertain jobs of all sizes from interior finish outs and renovations to ground-up, new construction.  With over 100 projects under our belt, we take great pride in the reputation we have built with subcontractors and owners.

We would like to thank the Fort Worth Business Press for this amazing recognition.  And we would also like to thank all of our clients, business partners, architects, engineers, and our employees for helping us achieve this title.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

Wishing You a Terrific Labor Day

With Labor Day weekend approaching, we celebrate our amazing employees, and thank them for their hard work and dedication.

To give our employees as much time as possible with family and friends, we will close our office at noon on Friday, and we will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.

We hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend!

Teaching Kids about the Construction Industry

Earlier this month, Fort Construction attended the Boys & Girls Club Career Fair at the Martin Branch in Fort Worth. The event allows kids to explore various career paths, and learn about potential internship opportunities.

Ashley Tinsley, Bridger Clader, and Caleb Midkiff represented Fort Construction and met lots of terrific kids and answered their questions.

Our crew had a great time with the kids, and we hope more than a few of them will consider the construction industry as their future occupation. And with school starting back, we hope all the students, teachers and parents have a terrific year!

From Fort to the PGA Championship

Steve Fleiner, Caleb Midkiff, Bridger Clader, and Ben Kern

What a weekend for Ben Kern! The Abilene native notched the best finish by a club pro at the 100th PGA Championship.

Kern, who shot 71-69-67-70, finished tied for 43rd at 3-under. This was the best finish by a club pro at the PGA Championship in 13 years. Kern played college golf at Kansas State, and currently works at the Georgetown (Texas) Country Club.

Last year, Kern joined the Fort Construction team for the CREW de Mayo golf tournament, and they came in first place. Kern is in the red hat on the far right. He’s pictured with Steve Fleiner, Caleb Midkiff, and Bridger Clader. Kern spent a couple of years working with Steve on his game. (No word from Steve if he plans to turn pro.)

We’re pretty sure the CREW de Mayo first place finish gave him the confidence to master the Bellerive Country Club course in St. Louis.  Many congratulations to Ben on playing so well, and earning top honors as a club pro!

New Marketing Director for Fort Construction

I am very excited to announce that Ashley Tinsley has been promoted to Marketing Director and Business Development at Fort Construction. Despite her hectic schedule, she found some time to sit down and answer a few questions.

  1. Let’s start with the personal side …

I am a single mama to two precious boys (Bingham 5, Jameson 2).  We live in Joshua, Texas, home of the Fighting Owls.  I was born and raised in Crowley, but consider Fort Worth my second home.  I graduated from Texas A&M in 2007 with a Business Degree in Marketing.

  1. How long have you been with Fort?

I started at Fort in January of 2013, while I was pregnant with my first son.  I worked for about six weeks then took maternity leave.  I knew then that Fort Construction was where I wanted to establish a long lasting career.  I mean, who hires someone, then allows them to take off for two months? I was thrilled to be a part of this company.

  1. What is your new title?

Marketing Director & Business Development

  1. What was your previous title?

The most accurate description I have is Utility Player. My business cards were left blank because I couldn’t pin down one job title that would sum up all the tasks I did at the office.

  1. How will you help Fort in your new role?

My new role will consist of all the marketing efforts, both print and online, as well as working closely with Scott on the business development side to bring in new business opportunities.

  1. Why are you excited about this position?

I think the creative side of the business, and interacting with people comes naturally for me.  I was already participating in numerous business events and organizations, and building relationships, so it seemed like a no brainer for me to focus on that full-time.

  1. What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

I hope to establish more friendships and business relationships with deep roots in Fort Worth (and all surrounding areas).  I also want to continue making Fort Construction a “household name” in the real estate industry, and bring large volumes of business to the company.  After all, we are a business, and the more work I can bring in, the more opportunity we can provide to our employees and to our community! I have some big goals, and I am ready to get after them.

  1. Fun fact people may not know?

Ken Evans, the Chief Operating Officer and Partner in the company, is also my dad.  Some people have negative experiences about working with family, but I love working for my dad and wouldn’t change it for the world.  We actually have quite a few employees who also have family members that work for the company, and I love that.  Fort really is a family business!

We are beyond grateful for Ashley’s hard work and dedication. She has meant so many things to so many people, and she is a true asset to this company. It only took 5 ½ years, but Ashley is finally getting a title on her business cards!

Teens Helping Arlington Residents

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Jones

After reading an article about teens helping residents in Arlington, I wanted to give them a quick shout out.

Every year, teens from around North Texas volunteer a few days of their summer to join Work Camp. Work Camp partners with the City of Arlington’s code compliance field officers to identify homes that have received a violation from the city.

Due to family obligations or health issues, some residents cannot bring their homes up to code, and that’s when Work Camp steps in. Over the last 20 years, this group has worked on 273 houses.

Their outside maintenance work includes landscaping, painting and woodwork. The photo above shows a home that had been overgrown by vegetation. The group spent the better part of a day cutting down trees and shrubs then painted the front porch.

This year, they had 181 students who worked on eight houses. Not only do they volunteer their time, but they pay $60 to enroll – and that money goes toward work supplies.

I wanted to recognize these wonderful teens and thank them for their efforts. This is a terrific service for Arlington residents who may not be able to tackle this kind of work. Bravo Work Camp volunteers!

Fort Supports Panther Club’s Golf Tournament

Last Friday, a number of men and women braved the oppressive heat to play a round of golf – all for a good cause.

The Panther Club’s Annual RTB Classic benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Refreshments and snacks were available at most of the holes, so participants could stay hydrated and energized.

The Fort Men’s Team came in third! The newly formed Fort Ladies’ Team came in last, but still won a prize, and we’re very proud of their efforts. Our own Ashley Tinsley played in her first golf tournament(!) and invited some other industry ladies and Fort Worth CREW members to complete her team.

Pictured above from left to right:

Bridger Clader (Fort)

Steve Fleiner (Fort)

Ken Evans (Fort)

Caleb Midkiff (Fort)

Amber Calhoun (Stablemade Group)

Laurie Fleiner (Mansfield EDC)

Ashley Tinsley (Fort)

Monica Luera (Trademark Property Company)

The Panther Club was established in 1998, and is an auxiliary group of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. The organization was created with the goal of supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth through fund raising, service projects and community awareness for the mission.

Thank you to our employees, their guests, other participants and volunteers – all of whom endured 100(+) temperatures to support this fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Well done!

Our Employees: The Key to Our Success

At Fort Construction, we believe the cornerstone of our success is our amazing employees.

Our dedicated employees work in the heat, the rain, and the cold; it’s the nature of construction. They also handle the stress of budgets, deadlines, construction issues, and bosses. With all that (and more), we believe it is essential for our employees to take time off.

I recently read an interesting statistic that even though Americans are given fewer vacation days than any other country, workers have been taking less vacation over the last 15 years. According to a Workplace article from UC Berkeley, 55% of Americans did not take all their vacation days in 2015.

At Fort, we believe time off is a necessity, and a win-win for all involved. Not only does it allow an employee the opportunity to unplug and relax, it keeps them fresh, creative, in better health, and more enthusiastic about their work.

We encourage our employees to take their vacation days, and we have implemented other ways to support our employees:

  • During the summer months, we close our office at 3pm on Fridays
  • We support employees who choose to work with a charity
  • We encourage participation in various charity golf outings
  • We host an annual fishing trip along with other social gatherings throughout the year


We value the people who have chosen to work for us. They are the reason we’re still going strong after 13 years in business.

Groundbreaking for Adult & Teen Challenge Dorm

On June 11th, we broke ground on a new dorm for Adult & Teen Challenge located next to Eagle Mountain Lake in Azle.

This 3,000 SF pre-engineered metal building will offer 48 additional beds for men who need help with a life-controlling issue. The foundation is installed and the underground plumbing is complete. Our expected completion date is November 18th.

Fort Construction is working closely with Adult & Teen Challenge to minimize all costs on the project. If you’re not familiar with this amazing organization, I included a recent testimonial from a family of three …

Regan and Caleb

Regan says, “When I started using, my world fell apart. I lost custody of my 2-year-old daughter and severely hurt my marriage. I never thought I would have any chance at a life with my family again.

Watching my husband, Caleb, go through Teen Challenge gave me hope. I pleaded with God to give me another chance at a happy life. I came to Teen Challenge hopeless and completely out of options.

Now, five months later, God has completely restored my husband and daughter to me again. He’s given me a new appreciation for life and pulled me out of the pit – and gave me a firm foundation to stand on. I will never have to go back to the way I was living. I am so blessed to be a new creation in Christ. 

Happy July 4th

As we look forward to the food and fireworks, we hope everyone has a chance to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What an amazing country we live in!

Fort Construction will be closed on Wednesday to celebrate with our family and friends. Here’s to a safe and happy 4th of July!

Fort Construction Receives Diversity Award

On May 14th, Fort Construction was honored to receive DFW Airport’s Champion of Diversity Award.

The award recognizes companies who embrace and exemplify diversity and inclusion in their business relationships. From joint ventures to prime and subcontracting partnerships, Champions of Diversity nominees promote partnerships with minority and women-owned businesses. Of the 30 business partners nominated, 13 received an award.

Fort Project Manager, Ashley Tinsley, attended the luncheon and received the award on our behalf.

We would like to congratulate all our fellow nominees and award winners. And we thank DFW Airport for this wonderful recognition.

Fort Worth Chamber Membership Drive

As a member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, I am a captain of a recruiting team, and we’re looking to add new members.

The Fort Worth Chamber is a terrific way to network and promote your business.  Currently, there are over 5,000 individuals from member companies who participate in events, committees and leadership positions.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

A Special Day for the Seniors at YWLA

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy is a part of the Fort Worth Independent School District, and it’s such a special school with truly amazing young women.

On May 24th, YWLA held a Senior Signing Day so each senior could announce where they will be attending college. The event was held at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union, and CREW Fort Worth was in attendance to offer their support.

CREW Fort Worth is non-profit organization whose core purpose is to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Our own Ashley Tinsley, who is on CREW Fort Worth’s Board of Directors for Programs, was there.

What a ceremony and a celebration! The Class of 2018 received 100% 4-year college acceptance and over $7.3 million in scholarships.

We would like to thank Ashley and CREW Fort Worth for supporting YWLA on this remarkable day. And congratulations to the entire YWLA Class of 2018. Keep up the great work!

CREW Fort Worth

Hard Eight BBQ Coming to Burleson

Residents of Burleson should get ready for some amazing BBQ! Last week, Fort Construction and Hard Eight BBQ celebrated the groundbreaking of their new location in Burleson.

The building, located at 220 North Burleson Blvd, is 17,500 SF and will include an upstairs private dining area. This beautiful building was designed by CHS Architects and offers several nods to their Texas roots. It should take about eight months to complete.

Hard Eight BBQ is a family owned and operated business that opened their first location in Stephenville in 2003. Since that time, they have opened locations in Coppell, Roanoke and The Colony. With the addition of Burleson, they’ll have five locations.

We would like to congratulate Vickie Nivens as well as Chad and Carie Decker on their success! And we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to partner with them.


*Groundbreaking Photo (left to right):

Mojy Haddad – CHS Architects
Chad Decker – Hard Eight
Vicki Nivens – Hard Eight
Travis Atwood – Fort Construction
Ken Evans – Fort Construction
Caleb Midkiff – Fort Construction
Dom Alves – Fort Construction
Anne Fernandez – CHS Architects
Robert Troughton – Fort Construction

No Tall Tale: Fort’s Annual Fishing Trip a Success

Every year, we take a Friday off to go fishing on Lake Texoma. This year, we had 10 boats filled with Fort employees, some of our subcontractors, family members and friends.

Almost every boat hit their limit, so we have plenty of fish for our company-wide fish fry which will take place in the fall. Fort Superintendent Crystal Averitt was the day’s big winner. She won the pot of money and an ice chest for catching the biggest fish. It measured around 29 inches!

Everyone had a great time, and we’re thankful to have such a wonderful group of employees and subs. We’ll see you again next year Lake Texoma.

Texas Tops in Commercial Real Estate Development

According to a new report by the NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, in 2017, Texas was the leading state for commercial real estate development contributions to the economy.

Looking at the nation as a whole, did you know construction started on over 524 million square feet of office, retail, warehouse, and industrial space last year? In Texas, we led the country in warehouse and retail development. Only California had more office development.

Amazingly, there was more than $24 billion in direct construction spending in the Lone Star State. The sector supported just under 380,000 jobs, and contributed almost $59 billion to the economy.

Fort Construction has truly enjoyed serving the North Texas community. With over 100 projects under our belt, we take great pride in the reputation we have built with our subcontractors and owners. If you are looking for a commercial general contractor for your remodel or new project, please let us know. We would appreciate the opportunity to partner with you!

Fort Attends Annual Near Southside Fundraiser

Each year, Near Southside, Inc. holds an annual fundraiser which is vitally important to all of their initiatives, including ArtsGoggle, Open Streets, and Friday on the Green.

The Omni Fort Worth Hotel hosted this fun and unique event earlier this month. The evening consisted of dinner and drinks, awards, entertainment, and development updates for Near Southside – which is in the midst of tremendous growth. The entertainment included artists who painted large canvases during the cocktail hour, Durable Goods sewed custom pennants for guests, and guests created designs on small tiles that will be placed around the Near Southside area. There were also snake handlers and dancers.

Our own Ashley Tinsley attended as a guest of Red Oak Realty, and we thank them for offering a spot at their table.

All told, more than 700 people attended, and Near Southside Inc. reached their fundraising goal.  This is such a special community and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Ryder Facility in Saginaw is Underway

Fort Construction is currently building a new Ryder rental and maintenance facility in Saginaw. This facility will handle and maintain 1500 Ryder trucks and trailers of all types.

Located at 1325 Triad Blvd in Saginaw, the main building will have offices and a driver’s lounge. The maintenance building will include 13 full bays and a wash bay that can accommodate a full tractor and trailer. There will also be a three bay fuel island for their trucks. In addition, we are installing about 400,000 SF of parking and drive payment.

Eugene Warren worked on the Ryder facility in Grapevine, and he is our Superintendent on this project as well. Mark Campos is the Project Manager, and Cody Warren is the Project Engineer. Our completion date is slated for late December.

We would like to thank Ryder for the opportunity to partner with them again!

Fort Tees Off in CREW de Mayo Golf Tournament

We had a great time playing in the CREW Fort Worth Nacho Average Golf Tournament.

It was held at the Texas Star Golf Course and participants enjoyed lunch, golfing, contests, raffles and dinner. Proceeds benefited CREW Fort Worth’s leadership and professional development initiatives, including the Carla Higgins Memorial Scholarship.

We entered two teams, and one of them took 2nd place! Fort Construction was also a specialty hole sponsor so we had our signs on six different holes.

Our motley “crew” included (from l to r): Dom Alves, Jayson Rodriguez, Matt Averitt, Mike Cunningham, Steve Fleiner, Ashley Tinsley, Bridger Clader, Kyle Kelly, and Caleb Midkiff. If you called one of them on Wednesday and got their voicemail, now you know why.

Thank you to CREW Fort Worth for a wonderful afternoon, and thanks to our dedicated employees for sacrificing an afternoon to play golf. Is that dedication or what?!

More to Love about North Texas

Main Street in Colleyville

I recently saw an article in the Fort Worth Business Press about the safest cities in Texas. Amazingly, 43 of the state’s 100 safest cities were located in North Texas.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSC) looked at areas with a population over 10,000 and included its own research as well as FBI data.

Colleyville came in first in the state, and ranked 11th nationally. The city saw a two-percent decrease in reported crime in 2017. Colleyville’s Interim Police Chief Hillary Wreay credited their residents for not only supporting their men and women in uniform, but looking out for each other.

With Colleyville in first, here are the rest of the top five – and all in North Texas:

2. Keller

3. Trophy Club

4. Highland Village

5. Murphy

There is so much to appreciate about North Texas. We have a growing economy, a lower cost of living, numerous and varied extracurricular activities, and a wonderful sense of community. It was terrific to see so many of our cities make the “safe” list.

New Lena Pope Learning Center in Fort Worth

Fort Construction has just started a remodel for a new Lena Pope Early Learning Center. The new location is a partnership between Lena Pope and the UNT Health Science Center.

Located on the UNT Health Science Center campus at 3620 Modlin Avenue in Fort Worth, the center will serve children of UNTHSC staff and students – as well as families in the community. They will also prioritize 50-percent of available enrollment for children from low-income families.

We will remodel the classrooms, bathrooms and playground areas. On the interior, we will add new floors, paint, ceiling tiles, and doors. We’ll also add some offices and conference room areas. We will also reconfigure the bathrooms and add a little space. On the exterior, we will remove the turquoise stripe and replace the fabric on the awnings.

We’re excited to work with the wonderful people at Lena Pope, and we thank them for this opportunity. Our expected completion date is around late July.

Fort Sponsors Ayden’s Acts of Kindness

Courtesy Ayden’s Acts of Kindness Facebook Page

It’s time for the 5th Annual Ayden’s Acts of Kindness Benefit in Burleson.

If you’re not familiar with their story, Anthony and Jayme Taylor started this charity to honor their son, Ayden, who passed away unexpectedly after just seven days. Because of the outpouring of kindness they received during such a traumatic time, they wanted to give back to the community.

On April 13th at The Oaks Event Center in Burleson, friends, family and fans will join Anthony and Jayme as they celebrate the life of their son. There will be food, live music, a live auction, silent auction and a raffle – all to raise money for this wonderful charity.

Numerous local and national companies have donated their services and products. These items will be available to bid on starting Monday, April 9th online for the silent auction, and will continue until the closing of the event, as well as in person. There will also be an auctioneer at the event who drums up some friendly competition over some pretty sweet packages.

All the funds collected from this event and private donations go toward specific needs which have been nominated by the community, as well as purchasing hundreds of gift cards.

On May 5th, Ayden’s Acts of Kindness gathers friends and family who want to participate. They then disperse these gift cards throughout the local community and metroplex to random individuals hoping to bless them, generate kindness and share the story of Ayden’s short but impactful life.

If you’d like to donate, nominate a person or family in need, or simply attend the event, please go to Ayden’s Acts of Kindness on Facebook for more details and information.

Anthony and Jayme are amazing people and special friends of ours, and Fort Construction is proud to be the title sponsor of this event!

Fort Worth ENT Complete

Fort Worth ENT in Edwards Ranch

Fort Worth Ear Nose Throat & Sinus has moved into their new location at 5751 Edwards Ranch Road in Fort Worth.

We partnered with the Dodson Companies to complete this two-story structure. The building totals 16,203 SF and was designed by 97W Architects.  Fort Worth ENT is located on the second floor. The first floor will remain unfinished until a tenant can be determined.

We would to thank the Dodson Companies and FW ENT for allowing us to building their beautiful new location, and we wish them continued success!

Please Welcome our New CFO

We are thrilled to welcome Mike Cunningham as the new CFO at Fort Construction.

Mike comes to us with a vast amount of experience, including 15 years as a CFO in the automotive industry, and seven years as the COO/CFO in the railroad construction industry. He also brings an amazing entrepreneurial spirit – having grown two businesses from start-ups to multi-million dollar companies.

Mike went to high school in Irving, and earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

He has been married to Denice for 33 years, and has two kids. Denice owns and operates the Little Red Schoolhouse in Weatherford. Their son Brian is married to Amanda, and they have a two-year old son named Colt. Their daughter Bryn is married to Evan, and they welcomed their daughter Everly a year ago. Mike is also a golfer, so we’ll put him to the test when we participate in the upcoming charity golf tournaments.

We are very excited to have Mike on our team!

Fort Joining The Blast to Benefit Cook Children’s

Courtesy The Blast Wings for Change Facebook Page

We are looking forward to joining The Blast: Run, Ride + Dine on March 24th in Fort Worth. This is a wonderful event that raises money for the Neuroblastoma Program at Cook Children’s.

We have five employees and their families who are participating, and our own Ashley Tinsley is on the planning committee. It’s the 11th year for this event and it includes a 5K, a one-mile fun run and a bike ride. Once the races are complete, there’s plenty of food and drink for everyone to enjoy.

This is a fantastic event and it’s for a great cause. For more information, you can go to the The Blast Facebook page @theblastwingsforchange. We hope to see you there!

Stanley Eisenman Opens in the Shops at Clearfork

Courtesy Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes Facebook Page

We would like to congratulate Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes on their grand opening last month in the Shops at Clearfork.

Fort Construction completed the interior finish out on the 3,160 SF space.  Architect Bart Shaw designed the contemporary retail store with a storefront that looks like a work of art.  The space also includes dressing rooms, restrooms, an office area, back storage area and kitchen.

Congratulations to Stanley Eisenman and his team for over 30 years of shoes and style. It was an honor and a privilege to partner with you on your new location.

Work Starting on Honda of Weatherford

We are starting construction on Honda of Weatherford, located at 851 W Interstate 20.

The building will total 56,500 SF and include a sales area, showroom, a large service shop and car wash. The city requested that we build a road connecting the neighborhood behind the site, so we’ll add that as well.

The architect is Castles Design Group, and we thank them for sharing their rendering with us.

We expect to get started this month, and should have it completed by December.

Fort Worth Christian Prayer Breakfast on April 18th

Courtesy of immotion studios

The 31st annual Fort Worth Christian Prayer Breakfast is coming up on April 18th and we’ll be in attendance.

The Christian Prayer Breakfast includes business and community members in Tarrant County, and meets annually for the purpose of praying for our leaders. All are invited to participate in the Spirit of Christ.

This year’s featured speaker will be Tom Doyle, Vice President and Middle East Director for e3 Partners. His ministry to pastors in this region has opened many valuable doors in building key relationships in places like Israel, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Palestinian territories of Israel. Tom’s relations with both Arabs and Jews have paved the way for many churches to be planted and cultivated.

Tickets and tables are still available. Please go to fwcpb.org for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wages and Jobs Increase in January

Despite the recent roller coaster on Wall Street, we were glad to see the Labor Department’s report for January 2018.

Across the country, employers added an astonishing 200,000 jobs last month – with the current unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. As for Texas, according to the ADP Regional Employment Report, the state added 28,000 private sector jobs during January.

Nationally, wages saw an increase by the fastest pace since the recession ended eight years ago. Analysts suggest the raise in wages could be due to three factors: a narrowing pool of workers, the recent tax cuts and minimum wage increases in 18 states.

Overall, the numbers from January seem to suggest a strong economy, and increased growth this year. We are excited to see what 2018 brings!

Beyond the Bag is in the Books

Ken and Kristi Evans

Last Saturday, the All Saints Health Foundation held their annual Beyond the Bag, an event that raises critical funds for the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center.

The event was held at The 4Eleven, one of Fort Worth’s newest event venues – and one of Fort Construction’s projects! A fantastic array of food was catered by Bonnell’s, along with drinks, silent and live auctions. DFW Lexus Dealers, Sewell Lexus of Fort Worth, and Park Place Lexus Grapevine joined forces to donate a gorgeous 2018 Lexus RC that was raffled off at the event.

This is such an important event in our community. Over the past six years, Beyond the Bag has raised a total of $1.7 million for breast and gynecological cancer services. Beyond the Bag proceeds assist the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center in providing navigation, counseling, support, education and guidance to individuals and family members as they walk through their cancer journey.

Fort has a very personal connection to this topic and this event. Not only did Ken Evans (one of our Partners) attend the event, his wife Kristi is a survivor and lay navigator at the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center. Kristi gave her personal testimony about her experience with JKCRC during her own battle with breast cancer – allowing everyone to understand the value and impact of this center.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, who bought a raffle ticket, and bid on an auction item. Cancer diagnoses are all too common in our lives, and we are thankful to the staff and volunteers at the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center for their hard work and dedication.

A New Project and a New Superintendent

About a month ago, we began work on Musket Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Terminal located across from Fort Worth Meacham Airport at 600 Meacham Blvd.

This will be a two-part project and we’re currently preparing the 18-acre site for drainage, creating a retaining wall, prepping the track area for four railroad spurs, and putting in two retention ponds. There is a ton of work to get done, but our expected completion date is early March.

Robert Troughton is the Superintendent on this project, and we recently welcomed him to our team. He started in construction when he was just 17 years old, and spent almost 40 years with his previous employer.

Robert recently remarried and has four kids. Fred Cauble at tma-cha architects, was kind enough to recommend us to Robert, and we sure appreciate the endorsement!

Robert brings a wealth of knowledge, and we’re excited to have him on our team.

Work Starts on Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury

We have begun work on Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury. This is a two-part project including a 2,700 SF expansion of their lobby as well as adding a new outreach building.

The lobby expansion includes steel, metal framing and masonry around the front entrance. Our goal is to have their members and guests utilizing those new front doors by April 1st. The outreach building is a pre-engineered metal building and will total 10,000 SF. We hope to have it completed by the beginning of May.

Urban Bobcat Architects designed this project and we’re excited to work with them again. We would also like to thank our employees and subcontractors for working through some tough weather conditions.


Population Gets Bigger in Texas

As a general contractor in North Texas, we are always keeping an eye on economic indicators. Recently, there were some eye-popping numbers provided by the Census Bureau. Per the usual, everything is bigger in Texas, including our population.

Over the course of 2017, Texas added almost 400,000 residents, the most of any state. To give you a sense of that number, the state added the equivalent of the entire population of Arlington. So where did all these folks come from?

  • Births: more than 209,000
  • People from other countries: over 110,000
  • People from other states: just over 79,000


The State of Texas is second when it comes to the most populous states with more than 28 million residents. California tops the list with 39.5 million residents, and Florida is in third with just under 21 million.

We would like to welcome our newest residents!

Congrats to Jermaine O’Neal and Drive Nation

We would like to congratulate former NBA star Jermaine O’Neal on the grand opening of Drive Nation, his youth-oriented sports facility located south of DFW Airport.

Drive Nation is a 77,000 SF facility that caters to helping kids hone their athletic skills. It features a 50-yard indoor turf field, six basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, an extensive weight room, and a full-service kitchen and concessions.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, we hosted an appreciation lunch for our amazing sub-contractors, and Mr. O’Neal was kind enough to attend, offer his thanks, and even sign autographs.  Drive Nation created a video of the event, and you can find it here.

I cannot say enough about this partnership – Mr. O’Neal was a pleasure to work with and it was an honor to help him realize his dream. Drive Nation is now open and hosting athletes as well as tournaments.

Photos Courtesy Drive Nation Facebook Page

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As we count down the days until Christmas, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday. I hope you enjoy this time with friends and family – and may we all take a moment to count our blessings.

From all of us at Fort Construction, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fort Worth Continues to Assist the Homeless Population

According to the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, there were almost 2,000 homeless people in our county in 2016. By their count, approximately 38 percent were women.

In late October, the Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County opened the renovated Lowdon-Schutts Women’s Shelter. This particular center caters to single, homeless women, and can accommodate 160 women.

The first floor offers a dormitory that can sleep 108 women. The second floor includes 13 rooms with four women assigned to each room. Staff members will help the women with housing, healthcare issues, and job-training needs.

It was just more than a year ago that the Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center opened their doors to homeless women and their children.

We are proud to live and work in Fort Worth, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone involved. Special thanks goes to the workers and volunteers who assist the homeless at the men’s shelter and the women’s shelters. And we send our heartfelt prayers and best wishes to those trying to find a new path.

BMW of Arlington Remodel and Expansion Complete

We have completed remodeling 16,000 SF of the BMW of Arlington dealership and added a 4,360 SF addition.

The expansion features a New Vehicle Delivery area where the salesperson can highlight the features of a new car purchased. The dbe group out of Galveston was the architect on this project, and they did a fantastic job.

Group 1 Automotive is the owner … it was a pleasure to work with them again!

Wishing You a Wonderful Thanksgiving

As we continue to grow our company, we have so much to be thankful for. Thank you to our families, our wonderful employees, and our subcontractors. And to our clients, we thank you for placing your trust in us and allowing us to build your dream.

As you gather with friends and family members, we hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving – filled with good food, relaxation, and a moment to count your blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Fort Construction!

TCIDA’s Building Taking Shape

We are approximately halfway through building a new location for Tarrant County Infectious Disease Associates (TCIDA).

The new office, totaling approximately 17,000SF, will accommodate research, clinic, and pharmacy departments. It is located at 1025 College Avenue in the Near Southside neighborhood.

Currently, the wood framed structure is being completed. Exterior sheathing has been installed and roofing will start shortly. As for the interior, plumbing and electrical wall rough-in continues as well as fire protection above ceiling work rough-in.

Tom Malone at tma-cha architects designed this beautiful building. Our expected completion date is mid-April.

Rendering Courtesy of tma-cha architects

Please Welcome Our New Receptionist April Duran

Well, I am happy to report that Fort Construction has finally hit the big leagues and hired a receptionist.

If you have done business with us in the past, you know calling our office was an adventure. Anyone in the office might have picked up the phone – from Project Managers, Superintendents, accounting, or maybe even me!

The next time you call, you’ll hear April Duran’s voice. She was raised in Fort Worth, so you know she’s a terrific person. April is married with two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 2, and a Labrador Retriever mix named Onyx.

We’re so happy to have April here to help us. The next time you call, be sure and welcome her!


Please Join Us for 6th Annual Beyond the Bag Men’s Event

Okay guys, it’s time to cowboy up and support the ladies!

Join us, November 9th, for an evening of western fun, western-themed activities, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Whiskey Ranch, the new home of Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.

The event is free to attend so be sure and purchase as many raffle tickets as your wallet can handle. The raffle tickets are your chance to win a brand new Lexus, and that drawing will take place at the annual Beyond the Bag event in January.

All proceeds from the men’s event will benefit breast and gynecological cancer care services provided by the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center.

Our own Ken Evans serves on the Host committee for the men’s event. And Kens’ wife, Kristi, is not only a breast cancer survivor, she is also a Lay Navigator at the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center.

Event hosts are asking for your RSVP by November 2nd. For more info or to RSVP, please go to the event’s Facebook Page at http://ow.ly/cDKi30ge7Dk


Fort Supports CREW Brews & BBQ Event

Last month, CREW Fort Worth hosted an evening of live music, BBQ, local beer, a raffle and games.

The CREW Fort Worth association is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to providing a network and social forum for real estate professional women in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.

The CREW Brews & BBQ event was held at the Mopac Event Center in Fort Worth, and featured the music of The Dolan Band as well as BBQ catered by Heim Barbecue. Approximately 160 people attended the event, including our own Ashley Tinsley, Steve Fleiner, Jayson Rodriguez, and Matt Averitt. By all accounts, everyone had a fantastic time, and I have the photos to prove it!

Congratulations to CREW Fort Worth on all their hard work. Fort is proud to support their efforts in our community.



Jerry’s Express Car Wash Coming to Flower Mound

We are excited to start construction on Jerry’s Express Car Wash in Flower Mound.

It will be approximately 4,964 SF and will include an office, restrooms, cashier and waiting areas as well as cast-in place reclaim water system and a vacuum system. This location will also have an underground storm water retention system. Always a good idea in North Texas!

Thanks to James Nader at urban bobcat Architects for the beautiful design – and for sharing his rendering.

This is the fifth location we’re building for Jerry, and we thank him for partnering with us again.


Preparing to Start Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes

Bart Shaw Rendering for Eisenman

For over 30 years, Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes has been wowing their customers with their service and selection. Fort Construction is honored to work with this amazing company on their new location at the Shops at Clearfork.

It will be located one space down from Tesla and across from rise no 3. We will complete an interior finish out on the 3,160 SF space. Bart Shaw is the architect and created a contemporary design with extensive steel work. As you can see in Bart’s rendering, the storefront will look like a work of art. There will also be an opening to a large 30’ deck, dressing rooms, restrooms, office space, back storage area and kitchen.

With a projected completion date of mid-November, the work will move very quickly, but we welcome the challenge.



Fort Sponsors Westside Little League Ball Field

I think many of us share some special memories from playing youth sports – whether you threw a football around, ran up and down a soccer field, or dreamed of a game-winning homerun.

We are very proud to be one of the sponsors for the Westside Little League Ball Field in Fort Worth. It was started more than 50 years ago, and each year those fields host hundreds of boys and girls for numerous baseball games.

The sponsorships are used to maintain the fields, the grounds, pay their utilities, and provide scholarships for families who can’t afford to pay. In fact, no child is turned away. If they want to play, they are welcome.

We’re very proud to be a sponsor of the Westside Little League Ball Field and best of luck to all the kids who will play ball this year!

Photo Courtesy of Miguel Castillo


Donation Drive for Harvey Victims

Courtesy David J Phillip/AP

As we watch Hurricane Irma churning toward the U.S., we remain mindful of those in South Texas who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Highpoint Urban Living is just down the street from our office, and they are collecting items for our neighbors to the south. Highpoint is located at 650 South Main Street in Fort Worth, and they’re accepting clothes, food, medical supplies and anything else that might be useful. Collection boxes are set up inside their clubhouse.

If you have questions about items or when to drop off, please call them at (817)928-4448.


Preparing to Start Dr. Simmons’ Office

Rendering for Dr. Smmons’ Office


We are preparing to begin construction on a new doctor’s office located in the Near Southside neighborhood.

This will be a 19,000 SF mixed-use building. The first two floors will feature a medical office along with physical therapy offices for a pain management practice. The third floor will have leasable apartment space that will provide extra income to the owner.

An interesting aspect of this building is that it will have a small police sub-station, office, and secure restroom for the Fort Worth Police Department. As Dr. Simmons stated, one of the small luxuries that an officer can have is a secure restroom since they cannot lay down their weapons while using a public restroom.

Tom Malone at tma-cha architects, inc. is the mastermind behind the design. He is not only considered one of the most experienced mixed-use architects in Fort Worth, but he also brings a keen eye to healthcare design.

We should start moving dirt by the second week of September and expect to have everything completed by June 2018.



Cook Children’s Pediatrics Nearing Completion

Cook Children’s Pediatrics in Trophy Club is just about ready to open its doors.

Located at 2550 Bobcat Blvd, this 3,429 SF facility will feature a reception area, seven exam rooms, staff and doctor’s offices, as well as a break room. For those of you familiar with the area, it is right across the street from Byron Nelson High School.

The grand opening is slated for August 28th and we’re completing the finishing touches. We would like to thank Cook Children’s for the opportunity to work with them again.



South Main Street Becoming Popular Again

Courtesy Max Faulkner of FWST

Anyone on or near South Main Street in Fort Worth has earned a medal in patience. For months, the city of Fort Worth had the street torn up in order to repave and stripe it. Sidewalks were widened, trees were planted, and lampposts were added.

The $8.6 million in improvements included a one-mile portion that ran between Vickery and Magnolia – which is right around the corner from our office.

Since the street has been reopened, South Main is seeing something of a resurgence. We’re currently renovating an industrial space at 411 South Main. The new space will feature four mini-retail units along with a 4,000 SF restaurant, a 5,000 SF event space, and a 6th Ave Homes fixtures and furniture store. And that’s just one project among many!

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently took a closer look at South Main, and I have provided a link if you’d like to read more.  We are excited to see new life being breathed into this area, and look forward to welcoming many more new business owners and residents.


Update on Drive Nation: Youth Sports Complex Nearing Completion

Drive Nation will be a 77,000 SF facility that caters to helping kids hone their athletic skills.

Once complete, the site will feature a 50-yard indoor turf field, six basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, an extensive weight room, and a full-service kitchen and concessions. Former NBA star Jermaine O’Neal is building this facility because, as he says, he noticed plenty of places that worked with adults, but no youth-oriented sports facilities.

So where are we on this project? The structure is up and complete, and we’re hanging sheetrock and installing the AC units. We’ve got the basketball goals installed, the volleyball nets are in, and we’re beginning to put the floor in for the basketball courts.

As for the exterior, brick and stucco is being added to the exterior, and the roads and parking lots are paved.

O’Neal hopes to provide top-notch training for kids in sports. Further, Drive Nation will serve as a site for tournaments, award ceremonies and banquets. It is located in Southgate Plaza on DFW Airport property.

Our expected completion date is the middle of October.



Fort Construction Joins Facebook

As we change and grow with the times, we are learning that our audience can be found across numerous social media platforms.

My LinkedIn account has been a terrific platform to connect with other people and companies, but we know that some do not use that platform – or may not login very frequently.

We have added a Facebook Business Page for Fort Construction. If you’d like to keep up with what we’re working on, please stop by and follow us.  You can find it here.

As always, thank you for your support.


A Cop and a Musician Walk Into Our Office …

It sounds like the beginning of a good joke, but Jimmy Williams and Jamey Ice are the real deal – and we are thrilled to be working with them.

Jimmy is in fact a Fort Worth detective, and Jamey is an active member of the Green River Ordinance band. The two are co-owners of a real estate development firm in Fort Worth, and have been renovating houses in the Fairmont neighborhood since 2014.

Along with 6th Ave Homes, and a brokerage firm, Jimmy and Jamey are partnering with Fort Construction to renovate an industrial space at 411 S. Main Street in Fort Worth. The building will feature four mini-retail units along with a 4,000 SF restaurant, a 5,000 SF event space, and a 6th Ave Homes fixtures and furniture store.

The most engaging thing about Jimmy and Jamey is not the success of their home renovations, or the opening of a brokerage firm, or even the renovation of an 18,000 SF warehouse – it’s their commitment to adding value to the neighborhood and networking with other local business owners.

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with these two as they bring another building back to life in South Fort Worth. We’ll keep you updated on our progress.



Texas Slips to Number Four in CNBC Rankings

Image of an old Texas flag on the rock texture

For the first time in 11 years, CNBC ranked Texas outside of the top two in America’s Top States for Business.

In fact, Texas came in fourth. Washington came in first, followed by Georgia and Minnesota, respectively. More than 60 areas of competitiveness were sliced, diced and measured.

The state’s losses in the energy sector have affected the unemployment rate, but I think we’ve all seen numerous efforts to diversify. Unfortunately, quality of life ranked 37th and education ranked 39th. I feel strongly that we can do better.

Nevertheless, Texas was still described as a “juggernaut.” The state ranked first in areas such as infrastructure and work force. It also ranked in the top 10 for access to capital and cost of living.

Texas may have slipped two places in the overall rankings, but I believe we have cause for real optimism as we look toward the future.


Construction News Features Fort Worth Camera

We were so pleased to see that Construction News recently featured Fort Worth Camera and their new location in the Cultural District.

We were also thrilled to see a mention of our own superintendent Matt Averitt and project manager Kadie Midkiff – both of whom worked diligently on the project.

Here is a link to the article.  And if you have time, be sure and swing by Fort Worth Camera at 1600 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth.


Here’s to a Happy July 4th

Whether you’re at home or traveling, we hope everyone has the chance to celebrate our nation’s freedom. We are so grateful for this country and everything it has to offer. May God continue to bless us all.  And here’s to a happy and safe 4th of July!



Old Town Station – Award Winning Project

The Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association (TLPCA) just held their 65th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Houston, Texas. Fort Construction was thrilled to learn one of their latest projects, Old Town Station, and one of their subcontractors, Galindo & Boyd, was honored with an award at the convention.

Galindo & Boyd is a commercial subcontractor specializing in wall & ceiling finish applications. Because of their exceptional quality and craftsmanship, TLPCA selected them and Old Town Station to receive the Pinnacle Award as the ‘Best of the Best’ for projects in 2016-2017 in Commercial Exterior Stucco/EIFS & Veneer Stone.

Designed by CHS Architects, the 36,000 SF building is a landmark for Burleson, Texas, and a project we are extremely proud to be a part of. Congrats to everyone involved!

From l to r: Frank Franco, Andy Boyd, and Nick Pauza




Mixed-Use Building Coming to Near Southside

We are partnering with Greenstar Development out of Austin, Texas, to build a two-story mixed-use project in Near Southside.

The 25,225 SF building will be located at 601 S. Main Street. A retail space will be on the ground floor with an office on the second floor.

We are currently in the pre-construction phase with the owner and architect, so there may be a couple of changes to the design. Bennett Benner Partners designed this beautiful building – and we thank them for sharing their rendering.

We are hoping to start moving dirt by early July.



Would You Like to Join our Bid List?

As we expand and grow at Fort Construction, we are always looking to add new subcontractors to our bid list.

We are especially in need of masonry subcontractors – but we welcome all applicants. We do have a few requirements, but more importantly, we are looking for honest, hard-working and dedicated subs.

If you’d like to review our subcontractor page, you can click on this link. Or, you can contact Jayson Rodriguez and he can answer any questions and walk you through the process. His email is jrodriguez@fortconstruction.com.

Thanks very much for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Construction to Begin on Fort Worth ENT

Fort Construction is partnering with the Dodson Companies to build a two-story structure in Edwards Ranch.

The project, totaling 16,203 SF, was designed by 97w Architects and we’d like to thank them for sharing their rendering.  The building will host Fort Worth ENT on the second floor.  The first floor will remain unfinished until a tenant can be determined.

We are currently in the permitting phase and once that’s secure, we’ll begin construction. The project should take eight months to complete.



Society of Commercial Realtors Breakfast

From left to right: Steve Fleiner, Ashley Tinsley, Scott Price, John Terrell, Ken Evans, Bridger Clader, and Caleb Midkiff

Fort Construction was proud to sponsor and attend this morning’s breakfast with the Society of Commercial Realtors.

John Terrell, Vice President Commercial Development for DFW Airport, was the guest speaker.  He brought a wealth of information and knowledge, and shared it in a short period of time.

We have worked with John and DFW Airport on two past projects – both automotive dealerships – and currently on the Drive Nation project.

He spoke very highly of the Drive Nation facility and sports fields, and all it will offer to athletes and the airport. They expect the facility to bring in 750,000 people a year for youth sports tournaments, training, college scouting, etc. – and all during the weekend hours.  This is good news especially for DFW Airport hotels as they experience their lowest occupancy rates on the weekends.

There are still thousands of acres readily available for commercial development, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with John as well as DFW Airport.


Another Fishing Trip … Another Fish Tale

Every year, Fort Construction takes our employees to Lake Texoma for a day of fishing and fun.

We always use Where’s Roger’s Guide Service based in Pottsboro on Lake Texoma. We left the dock around 3pm with 10 boats!

Some of our boats did better than others – a few caught fish over 20” in length. The others caught pretty consistently, so everyone had something to throw in the freezer.

We got back to the dock around 6:30pm, and the owner of Roger’s provided us with a BBQ dinner while they filleted the fish for everyone to take home.

And here’s where the fish tale comes in … we had a money pot for whoever caught the largest fish. Matt Averitt, one of our Superintendents, claimed he caught a fish that was 29.5” in length. However, his boat had already caught its limit and he had to throw it back. Hmmmmm.

While it sounded like a fish story, and we gave Matt a good ribbing, we let him split the pot with the second largest fish caught – and brought back to the dock for proof – by Eugene Warren’s (Superintendent) wife.

It is always important that we show our employees how much we care about them and value them. Our annual fishing trip is just one way we can say thank you for all their hard work.

It was a terrific time and we thank everyone who came and enjoyed the day!



CREW de Mayo Golf Tournament

Fort Construction’s CREW de Mayo golf participants

Fort Construction was proud to sponsor and participate in the CREW de Mayo golf tournament earlier this month.

We sponsored the awards ceremony and entered two teams. Lunch was provided and then we tee’d off at noon for a fun 18 holes of golf at the Texas Star Golf Course.

Per Texas spring weather, we experienced all four seasons in one day – but everyone hung in there. There were golfing contests, a raffle, silent auction, and dinner provided by Joe T’s and Esperanza’s.

The two Fort teams placed 1st and 3rd (I promise it wasn’t rigged!) and proceeds from the tournament will benefit CREW Fort Worth’s leadership and professional development initiatives, including the Carla Higgins Memorial Scholarship.

Our motley crew included: Steve Fleiner, Kyle Kelly, Jayson Rodriguez, Stacey Sledge, Scott Price, Ashley Tinsley, Bridger Clader, Caleb Midkiff, and Ben Kern.  Thanks to everyone at CREW as well as all the participants … we had a terrific time!



Burgher Haggard Getting New Office at Ridgmar Plaza

Burgher Haggard’s New Location

Burgher Haggard will soon be moving to a new location at 2501 Ridgmar Plaza in Fort Worth.

Burgher Haggard is a boutique professional services firm that provides three core services including financial administration, consolidated reporting, and consulting. Because of their success, now with 40 employees and continuing to grow, it was time to find a more suitable location.

Bedford Burgher and Clint Haggard bought a building that offers easy access from I-30, and is very close to several of their clients in the Rivercrest and Westover neighborhoods. They appreciated the Mid-Century Modern look of the building and wanted to carry that theme throughout the interior finish.

Architects Ted Gupton and Jamie Wallace with GFF, did a terrific job in keeping with this architectural time period – with exposed brick and beams, polished concrete floors and glassed-in offices.

Fort is completing the renovation and remodel on the building. The three phases of the project will allow them to expand their offices from 6,000 SF to 18,000 SF after fully building out the lower level.

With about a month to go on this phase, we are painting and adding ductwork. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be adding glass.

We’re excited to put the finishing touches on the project so they can move in. If you’d like more information, please visit the Burgher Haggard website.  And congratulations to Bedford and Clint, as well as their staff, on their success!



Attention Kids and Parents: The PlaySpace is Coming to Fort Worth

Construction continues on The PlaySpace

Ever needed to drop off your kids so you could run some errands? Thinking of a date night and your tried and true babysitters are busy? Lindsay Jones is the mastermind (and owner) of The PlaySpace, an hourly drop-in daycare for your babies and kids.

We are working on PlaySpace’s building – a 2,600 SF remodel off University and Collinsworth. It will have a gaming room, movie room, sports court, open play areas, and indoor play equipment. They will accept kiddos from 6 weeks to 12 years old, so there will also be a room designated for infants.

Sheetrock, electrical and plumbing is in. We are starting to frame some of the walls and ductwork will begin shortly. Our approximate completion date is June 2017.

If you’d like more information, Lindsay already has a website up and running and you can find it here.   It has been a pleasure to work with Lindsay and we’re excited for her upcoming grand opening. I have a feeling parents will be excited as well.




Women in Construction? No Doubt About It

At Fort Construction, we are proud to employ a number of women – from the front office to skilled labor in the field. In the third of a series of articles that will highlight the amazing women we employ, we take a closer look at Crystal Averitt, Field Superintendent.

Crystal will celebrate her 10-year anniversary with Fort in May. Crystal has two Bachelor’s degrees and was hoping to move into the medical field after college. Fortunately for us, she found herself in construction.

Here’s a brief Q&A with Crystal …

What do you enjoy about working in construction?

I have been around construction my entire life with my dad and my family. In fact, when I was 12 years old, my brother and I helped my dad pour concrete! I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

Fort Construction employs a number of terrific people, and everyone gets along and works well with each other. In addition, I have a few family members who work here and I love seeing them.

Is it easy or difficult being a woman in the construction industry?

Being a woman in construction can prove to be challenging at times. Mostly, people respect me, but others need a little more time to realize I know what I’m doing. While there are some difficulties, there are also times when someone might offer their help. For example, if there’s a large heavy box, many men will offer to help me with it. Now if I were a male Superintendent that help would never be offered. I think that’s awesome.

What keeps you at Fort Construction?

I know this may be a common answer, but we really do have good people that work at Fort, and I enjoy working with them. We continue to grow as a company and I hope to continue to be part of it.

On the personal side, you have some exciting news.

I got engaged two weeks ago – it only took him 10 years to ask me! Lol! I have two Pit Bull fur babies named Baxter and Brandi. I’ve only had Brandi for about seven months, but she has blended into the family perfectly. I also have five godchildren, and three of them work at Fort Construction. When I say working at Fort is like working with family, I mean it!


At Fort, our goal is to hire the best candidate for every job, and there have been a number of times that the best candidate is female.  We have found that women are extremely hard workers, take immense pride in their work, and have a natural eye for the smallest of details.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:  this type of diversity not only benefits the quality of our projects, it benefits our clients as well.  We’re extremely proud to have Crystal on our team.


Update on BMW of Arlington Remodel and Expansion

We are making terrific progress on the remodel and expansion of BMW of Arlington. We are remodeling almost 16,000 SF of the current dealership, and creating a 4,360 SF addition.

Currently, we are hanging drywall and installing light fixtures. HVAC ductwork and units are also being installed. Once we are finished hanging the drywall, we will begin our finish out of the interior. As for the exterior, we will begin installing our glass system at the end of the month.

The dbe group out of Galveston is the architect. Group 1 Automotive is the owner and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with them again.



Hemphill Connector Moving Forward

Courtesy of Star-Telegram

We have been following this story for some time, so it was exciting to read that $23 million has been designated for the construction of the Hemphill Street Connector Project.

The connector, from Lancaster Avenue to West Vickery Boulevard, will feature a four-lane divided road that goes under I-30 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The project includes a new bridge for those tracks.

Whether you live or work in the Near Southside area, the Hemphill Connector is of vital importance. Currently, the area is experiencing something of a renaissance with a number of new businesses taking root and over 1,000 new residential units in the planning stage or being built. Connectivity to and from the Near Southside area is key for this sustained growth.

Much work remains including a final funding plan and bids for work. The council is expected to provide final authorization of the funding needed in June. We are hopeful that after 15 years of discussion and planning, the project can finally begin.


Fort Worth Camera Starting Strong

Courtesy Fort Worth Camera Instagram

Fort Worth Camera’s new location in the Cultural District is already a hit!  The retailer has had their doors open since March 1st, with a grand opening planned for April 15th.

MacKenzie Hughes is their Marketing and PR Director and says, they’ve already welcomed lots of new customers; many who have stopped to check out their new building – inside and out.

The Fort Worth Business Press did an excellent write-up on Fort Worth Camera, and I have attached a link if you’d like to read more about them and their owner Jeff Masure.  You can also find more information on Fort Worth Camera by visiting their website.

We are very proud of this project and wish them continued success!




New Building for TCIDA

We are excited to break ground on a new building for Tarrant County Infectious Disease Associates. TCIDA has been providing quality healthcare services since 1997, including a variety of infectious disease processes.

The project, designed by Tom Malone of tma-cha architects, will be located at the corner of Rosedale and College Avenue in the Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth.

This will be a 16,000 SF two-story building complete with reception area, exam and treatment rooms, and lab rooms. The exterior will feature cedar siding along with masonry and glass. The front lobby is unique in that it connects to the outside landscaping/patio then continues inside the building with the same footprint.

We have worked on numerous projects with Tom, and always welcome the opportunity to partner with him. And we thank the physicians at TCIDA for choosing us to build their new location.



APEC and Game On Helping NFL Draft Hopefuls

While the NFL Combine is complete, hundreds of athletes are preparing for their NFL pro days. We were excited to read that more than 12 NFL draft-eligible players were spending time with APEC to improve their skills.

APEC prides itself on taking the time to create tailor made programs to suit an individual athlete. They examine speed, top-end mechanics and power index – producing a “work smarter not harder” program.

APEC is located inside the Game On sports complex in Fort Worth – which Fort Construction completed in early October. The eight-acre outdoor and indoor sports complex can be found at I-30 and Loop 820.

Game On is open to professional as well as recreational athletes, covering a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. Congratulations to APEC and Game On – and all the best to your clients!


Cornerstone Pain Management Underway

Cornerstone Pain Management, an 11,690 SF Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), is under construction in Mansfield.

We have completed all the site utilities, including finishing touches on the plumbing and electrical rough in for the building. We are slated to pour the slab within the next week then begin framing.

This ASC, owned by Dr. Sardar, and designed by architect Tom Malone, will feature an OR, x-ray room and pharmacy.

Our approximate completion date is October 2017. We would like to thank our employees and sub-contractors for their hard work on this project.


Fort Attends Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner

From l to r: Steve Fleiner, Scott Price, Jenny Price, Bobby Baillargeon, Kristen Baillargeon, Staci Harris, Sloan Harris, Jim Stephenson, Ken Evans, and Jayson Rodriguez


Last week, Fort Construction was proud to host a table at the Annual Davey O’Brien Foundation Awards Dinner.

The event, held at the Fort Worth Club, honored the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner, Legends, High School Scholarship winners, and the Charles Ringler Founder’s Award recipient.

It’s not often you’ll catch us in a tuxedo, but we had a terrific time celebrating the award winners, and talking a little football. Apologies to our wives.

Our congratulations to former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, two-time Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner, and the other recipients for their hard work and dedication.





Vineyard on Lancaster Project

Fort Construction is proud to partner with Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County on the completion of their mixed-use affordable housing development.

Union Gospel Mission is dedicated to ending homelessness in our community, as well as helping the poor and underserved. Their programs offer love, hope and respect to those in need.

Vineyard on Lancaster will be located at 1314 East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth. It will total 115,990 SF and feature 104 multi-family apartments in two buildings.

Union Gospel Mission is securing a grant for this development, so we expect to get started later this year. The goal is to begin occupancy by December 2018.

We would like to thank the amazing people at Union Gospel Mission for the opportunity to work with them. And we thank them for all they do in our community.



Renovations for Stage West Theatre

Stage West held their signature fundraiser Tuesday night, and we were excited to have a table there.

Acting with the Stars featured a wine hour, silent auction, wonderful dinner, and live auction. We also watched some very talented people in six short scenes that included a local celebrity teamed with a professional actor. Attendees cast their votes for the best scene, and drum roll please … Eva Bonilla, Owner and President of Vamos DFW Tours, and actor Mark Shum were voted as the winners!

Not only did we enjoy the fundraiser, we are going to start updating and expanding the Stage West Theatre on W. Vickery Blvd.

The first phase of the overall master plan includes remodeling and expanding the existing main restrooms. As we continue, we’ll add a box office/ticket booth to the front of the building, expand the inside dinner seating area with a balcony and terrace-type seating, and update rehearsal and actors’ dressing rooms and spaces.

This will move very quickly as we expect to get this completed between April 9th and May 4th!

Stage West is a wonderful part of our community. If you’d like more info or would like to donate, please visit their website or call (817)784-9378.




We Bought a Steer, Part 2

Andrew Broz, on the left, with his older brother

Once again, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo employees, volunteers, and participants can all take a well-deserved round of applause. It remains one of Fort Worth’s premiere events.

As many of you know, junior participants show steers, barrows, lambs, and goats in the livestock shows.  A number of the animals are purchased with the proceeds helping the kids pay for college tuition, or for the maintenance and upkeep of their animals.

As Bidder Number 188, our own Ken Evans joined forces with Don Marable of Edward Jones, and purchased an American Crossbred steer. The steer belonged to Andrew Broz, who lives in Veribest, Texas – not far from San Angelo.

The amount of work these kids put into caring for their animals is astonishing. We congratulate Andrew on his dedication and hard work. He did a terrific job!

Ken was so excited, he wanted to put the steer in the back of his GMC truck and give it to his wife for Valentine’s Day. My understanding is that Mrs. Evans quickly vetoed the idea.




Old Town Station Nearing Completion

Old Town Station in Burleson will welcome its first tenant on February 8th.

This three-story, 36,000SF commercial building will be the new home of Keller Williams Realty, Rio Mambo, and several other tenants.  We still need to complete exterior lighting, canopies and awnings – and finish outs on the lobbies, but we can see the finish line.

Some of the more interesting aspects of this project include balconies for all the offices, a partial glass elevator that offers a nice view of the area, and remote-controlled holiday lighting that follows the top of the parapet and towers.

We would like to thank Robert Dow, the owner of this project, for the opportunity to partner with him and build his vision.  We think it’s a beautiful addition to the city of Burleson.


Colonial Sets Record for Charitable Giving

With the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational less than four months away, it’s a good time to revisit the amazing contributions that come from this PGA Tour event.

Back in October, the final numbers were announced, and in 2016, the tournament raised $11.6 million – with more than $10 million from the event’s Birdies for Charity campaign.

There were 33 North Texas non-profits that received contributions from the money raised, and many of those groups serve disabled, neglected and low-income children. From camp scholarships to after-school programs, mentoring and medical diagnostic and treatment services, so many kids in our communities are helped.

Tickets are available for the 71st DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. You can visit their website for more info.  To those who participate, volunteer, attend and donate, we say thank you!


Drive Nation Sports at the Starting Line

We are very excited to announce that construction will begin on Drive Nation, a 16-acre campus located at the south entrance of DFW Airport.

This state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar youth and sports training facility will feature a 77,000 SF structure that includes indoor basketball and volleyball courts, a turf field, areas for physical training, team rooms, conference rooms, nutrition and wellness education, and mezzanine viewing spaces.

Phase II will feature two outdoor fields – including a football field and track – and two more buildings.

The founding team of Drive Nation Sports is led by former NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal, and this facility will provide opportunities for athletes of different ages to train, compete and excel within their sport.

This is such a terrific project, and we would like to thank Jermaine O’Neal and Drive Nation Sports for the opportunity to partner with them.


Update on Fort Worth Camera

Our crew is working hard to complete the 9,000 SF retail space for Fort Worth Camera at 1600 Montgomery Street.

Award-winning architect Bart Shaw designed the two-story structure which includes concrete, glass, and wood. Inside, customers will find polished concrete floors, an exposed galvanized steel ceiling and glulam beams – along with plenty of light and space.

There is not doubt this will be a featured destination for photography buffs with retail space, studios and even classrooms.

We would like to thank Fort Worth Camera for the opportunity to partner with them. We should have everything in place, cleaned and ready to go by early February.




A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours

With Christmas just days away, I hope everyone enjoys the time with their family and friends. May we all be thankful, grateful and generous toward others.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Update on Audi Dealership in Grapevine

We are pleased with the progress on the new Audi dealership in Grapevine. So pleased, we asked Bartley’s BBQ to stop by and provide lunch while we offered tours through the facility.

When all is said and done, the 62,000 SF facility will host a number of unique features. Here’s a few of them:

  • Audi Sport area in the main showroom
  • One wall will resemble a race track
  • Large waiting area for those dropping off their car for service
  • Men’s and women’s locker room for the techs
  • Break rooms for the sales staff as well as the techs
  • New Car Delivery features a panel light ceiling with 130 LED strip lights
  • The office area will have a metal ceiling

We would like to thank our Superintendent Danny Still and Project Manager Mark Campos for overseeing and managing the construction. And thank you to the rest of our employees and our sub-contractors for their hard work. Our expected completion date is mid-March.



Our Annual Fish Fry

On November 17th, Fort Construction hosted our annual fish fry for employees, their families, our subcontractors and architects.

This is no ordinary fish … it was caught during our fishing trip earlier in the year, and every November, we take the opportunity to cook it up and share it. Eugene, one of our superintendents, is the chef and always does a terrific job! We ordered sides and desserts to complete the meal.

About 140 people attended, and The Dolan Band provided the live music. We have pictures of several people dancing, but decided to protect the innocent.

As you can see, this isn’t anything fancy – it’s a casual celebration and our way of saying “thank you” to those who work so hard for us and with us.


Ryder Truck Expansion and Renovation


Fort Construction is continuing work on the Ryder Facility in Grapevine.

The project includes three buildings as well as site utilities and the replacement of all asphalt paving with new concrete paving.

We are working to renovate their existing truck maintenance facility – approximately 2900 SF – including an interior mezzanine. In addition to the renovation, two new pre-engineered metal buildings will be added.

One building will be a two-story office building and the other will be a truck maintenance facility, totaling just under 700 SF.

Ryder has 800 locations across North America. This particular location at 1150 Texan Trail is extremely busy and offers maintenance, rentals, on-demand maintenance, and fuel.

We are about 65% complete and should have everything wrapped up in the spring of 2017. We would like to thank Ryder for the opportunity to work with them on this project.



Happy Thanksgiving from Fort Construction

I always enjoy this time of year. A time when we can take a breath, and take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re headed. We have so much to be thankful for including our talented, dedicated and hard-working staff and sub-contractors, our fantastic clients, and our wonderful community.

Whether you are preparing a feast fit for royalty, or packing your bags and hitting the road, we would like to wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


Hoot ‘n Holler Benefiting ACH


Fort Construction was proud to support – and attend – the Hoot ‘n Holler event benefiting ACH Child and Family Services. This miraculous organization, headquartered on Wichita Street in Fort Worth, is dedicated to protecting children from abuse, neglect and family separation.

Ken Evans and I grabbed our wives, along with Aaron and Kathleen Thesman, and enjoyed an evening of drinks and dinner at GRACE Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth.

This event has raised over $2 million to help children and young people who’re being treated in ACH’s residential services program. These are some of the most expensive programs to operate, including emergency shelter, foster care and adoption, residential care and behavioral care. Each year, more than 700 kids are served within these areas.

And if you haven’t kept up with the news of late, ACH has been at the forefront of creating a new foster care system. A system that has received an enormous amount of positive feedback, and could become the model for the state.

With the holidays fast approaching, ACH could use your time, a gift, or a donation. I hope you’ll consider helping this amazing organization. For more information, please visit their website.


From left to right: Scott Price, Aaron Thesman, Kathleen Thesman, Kristi Evans, Ken Evans, and Jenny Price



New Warehouse for Habitat for Humanity


Fort Construction has completed a new warehouse for Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth.

The 10,800 SF pre-engineered metal building was designed by 97w, a Fort Worth based architecture firm. This addition, located at 2801 W. Loop 820 South, will serve as a storage facility for this wonderful organization.

We would like to thank Trinity Habitat for the opportunity, and in some small way, help with their important work in our community.


Two Design Awards


Courtesy of Bennett Benner Partners

On October 18th, Bennett Benner Partners received two Merit Awards from the AIA Fort Worth.

Le Cep and 2800 W. Lancaster were both designed by BBP and Fort Construction was the general contractor on both projects.

Le Cep, a contemporary French restaurant, is owned by Chef Sandra and David Avila. They have received rave reviews and several awards since opening in October 2014.

The project located on 2800 W. Lancaster was converted from the Old Thrifty Nickel facility into two levels that offer private office space, conference room, break room and workout space.

Congratulations to Bennett Benner Partners on their creativity in design! It was a pleasure to work with them on these projects, and we look forward to partnering with them again.


Courtesy of Bennett Benner Partners



Congratulations to Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth


Courtesy YWLA Facebook Page

A few weeks ago, the Young Women’s Leadership Academy was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016. It was the only school in Fort Worth to receive such an honor.

The leadership academy, Fort Worth’s first single-gender school for girls in grades six through 12, opened in 2010, with 150 students. Today, they have 400 young ladies including 35 seniors.

The school engages their students in STEAM-focused coursework that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Along with a heavy course load, they utilize field-based exploration, and academic and college counseling.

Fort Construction has always supported women in our industry, typically a male-dominated industry. Currently, we have women in a number of roles within our company, including Accounting, Project Management, Superintendent, Marketing/Project Administration, Carpentry and Field Labor – so we can appreciate their STEAM-focused coursework!

It is wonderful to see their hard work and dedication pay off.  We offer our congratulations to the YWLA students, teachers, staff, parents and community!  Well done.




BMW of Arlington Remodel and Expansion


We are excited to start working on a remodel and addition for BMW of Arlington.

We will be remodeling almost 16,000 SF of the current dealership, and creating a 4,360 SF addition. The expansion will feature a New Vehicle Delivery area where the salesperson can highlight the features of a new car purchase with the owner.

The dbe group out of Galveston is the architect, and I have provided one of their drawings. A big thank you to Group 1 Automotive for the opportunity to work with them again.

We’ll get started on this project in October and should be completed by early summer.



Star of Texas Awards

On September 12th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott honored numerous first responders, firefighters, and law enforcement officers who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

The Star of Texas Awards list included Euless officer David Hofer, who was killed in the line of duty, and Fort Worth officer Matt Pearce, who was seriously injured.  If you’d like to read more, I have provided a link to the story.

We continue to keep both families in our thoughts and prayers.  And we offer our thanks to the men and women who continue to protect and serve our community.



Can You Help Break the Cycle of Addiction?


Fort Construction has started working with a wonderful organization called Adult & Teen Challenge. This is a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program with over 200 locations across the United States.

The Men’s Campus, located in Azle, currently has 36 participants, and can accept up to 40 at any given time. The campus is in need of renovations, to not only serve current residents, but allow even more into the program.

We are working with Adult & Teen Challenge on a grant proposal. Hopefully, they will receive that grant and we can also assist them with some of their construction needs.

This is an intensive 12-month program, providing room and board, counseling, faith-based ministry, daily chores, academics and work assignments. Amazingly, Adult & Teen Challenge has an 86% success rate – the highest rate in the country. And what is success? Five years after graduating from the program, a participant has not returned to their previous lifestyle.

This program relies 100% on your donations and assistance. Here’s a few ways you can help:

  • You can hire their workforce. They have worked the parking lots of Cowboy’s games, rodeos, concerts, clean up of construction sites, garage sales, clearing brush, moving, and working in their Thrift Store in Haltom City. They’ve done just everything, and hiring them is tax deductible.
  • Do you have unwanted clothes, household items or furniture? You can donate them to the Restored Thrift Store in Haltom City. They can pick up your donation.
  • They can use any size monetary donation. No one is turned away from this program regardless of ability to pay.
  • Interested in volunteering? They would welcome you.


Almost all of us know or love someone who has battled addiction. It is not an easy road. I encourage those who are interested to take a closer look at this program, and if you can, get involved.

You can call The Men’s Campus in Azle at (817)406-4441 to make a donation, inquire about using their workforce, or get more information on volunteering. The Restored Thrift Store can be reached at (817)887-9497.







Best Maid Pickles Celebrates 90 Years

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There aren’t many people who plant a cucumber patch then go on to celebrate 90 years in business.  But that’s what happened to Jessie and Mildred Dalton.

Mildred was known for her pastries and homemade mayonnaise, but a decision to add pickle relish to a sandwich spread, would change their future.  When her relish supplier raised prices, she decided to plant her own cucumbers.

A bumper crop inspired the couple to make pickles and with that, their pickle dynasty was born.  Their products did well, and in 1925, they opened a small production facility in Fort Worth.  After 20 years, and an increase in demand, the Dalton’s moved to an even bigger facility on Riverside Drive.

Incredibly, Best Maid Pickles is still a family affair and they’re celebrating their 90th anniversary.  Congratulations to the Dalton family and everyone at Best Maid for reaching this amazing milestone.


Finalists Named for Fried Goodness at State Fair

Big Tex

The State Fair of Texas can trace its roots back to 1886.  Amazing to think it’s still going strong after 130 years.  In fact, it has the largest attendance of any fair in North America – totaling more than 3.5 million visitors last year!

While many attend the Fair to see the animals, try their hand at a game on the Midway, or cheer for their beloved Longhorns or Sooners, the lines may be the longest for the fried food.

Last week, eight items were named finalists for the Big Tex Choice Awards.  Your arteries may clog just reading this, so make sure you exercise and take your Statin:

*State Fair Cookie Fries
*Caribbean Pineapple Korn-a-Copia
*Fried Jell-O
*Deep Fried Pulled Pork “Funyun” Dings
*Injectable Great Balls of BBQ
*Southern Fried Chicken & Dumplins

The two winners will be announced on August 28th.

The State Fair of Texas runs from September 30th through October 23rd.  You can find tons of information – but no calorie count – on the fair’s website.

Food at Fair


BioLife Coming to Burleson

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We are excited to break ground on BioLife Plasma Services in Burleson.  Final permits are being approved and we hope to get started in a couple of weeks.

BioLife is an industry leader in the collection of high-quality plasma which is then processed into life-saving plasma-based therapies.  They operate collection facilities in 24 states across the United States as well as Austria.

The location in Burleson will be 16,694 SF on a three-acre lot, and we’ll be taking care of the ground-up construction and finish out.  The expected completion date is April of 2017.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with BioLife and welcome them to Burleson!


Please Welcome our New CFO

Martin Moad 1

Fort Construction is pleased to announce that Martin Moad is our new CFO.

I got to know Martin while we served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth.  One day at lunch, he mentioned he was a bit bored with retirement and wanted to find something with a small, private company.

As I drank my iced tea, the wheels started turning, and I told him we were looking to strengthen our financial area at Fort.  The rest, as they say, is history – and Martin started working with us in June.

Martin was born and raised in Fort Worth.  He graduated from Amon Carter Riverside High School and obtained his accounting degree from Stephen F. Austin.  A few years after that, he received his CPA certificate.

He’s been married to Judy for 21 years, and he has a son, Martin, who is also an accountant working in Houston.

Martin spent 34 years with the Tandy/Radio Shack Corporation, serving in various accounting and financial roles, including Investor Relations Officer, Treasurer, and Corporate Controller.

He and Judy are big hockey fans.  If he doesn’t answer your call, he may be at a Dallas Stars game.  If he’s not sitting next to a frozen sheet of ice, he enjoys playing golf, fishing and working in his woodworking shop.

We are so fortunate to have Martin on board with us.  If you have the chance, be sure and welcome him to Fort, and back to the working world!




Grubbs Infiniti Experiencing Incredible Growth

Grubbs Infiniti of Grapevine

Grubbs Infiniti of Grapevine

Grubbs Infiniti, located at Highway 121 and Texan Trail in Grapevine, began operating in March 2015.  Since then, according to George Grubbs III, they have experienced an amazing amount of growth in sales and service.

Here’s what Mr. Grubbs had to share:

“The new location was obviously a good decision.  From the day we opened this dealership, we were the world’s largest Infiniti dealership, measured by the square feet of our building footprint.  With our growth over the past 12 months, we are also the world’s largest Infiniti dealership in sales, measured by 2016 sales through June.

As for our customers, they are wowed by this dealership.  I get comments all the time that we don’t look or feel like a car dealership but more like an art gallery or a high-end hotel lobby.  Other comments include how clean it is – which translates to the clean design and high-end finishes.  In addition, guests tell me that it’s very comfortable and relaxing.  I think that’s due to the openness and multiple gathering spaces.

Our architect, Jim Stephenson, was able to take the design elements required by Infiniti – along with our desires – and create a dealership like no other.

As with all construction projects, there are usually things you wish you would have done differently.  With this project, there isn’t a single thing I would change.

The only thing we didn’t plan for?  We didn’t expect this much growth and I wish I would have built a bigger dealership!  So, we are now in the planning stages of a remodel to create additional offices and extra space for our younger guests.  And, we wouldn’t have anyone else do this project other than Fort Construction.”

We are tremendously grateful to the Grubbs for allowing us to be a part of this project.  It has been our pleasure to work alongside Jim Stephenson and the Grubbs family.  We look forward to helping with the remodel, and wish them continued success.

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Grubbs Infiniti Service Area



We Salute the Men and Women in Blue

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While we grieve for the victims and their families of last week’s tragedy, I have been so impressed with Dallas Police Chief David Brown. His control and calm demeanor is in such sharp contrast to the behavior of one errant individual who took the lives of five of his men.

Our society is fortunate that there are men and women who choose to protect our rights, and maintain their professionalism, in spite of an “us against them” mentality.

All of us at Fort Construction would like to say thank you and God bless you to the brave people who serve in our police departments. You are greatly appreciated.


New Homeless Shelter for Moms and Their Kids

Courtesy Presbyterian Night Shelter

Courtesy Presbyterian Night Shelter


In early June, Presbyterian Night Shelter revealed their new homeless shelter for women and their children.

The Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center, located on Poplar Street in Fort Worth, has 40 dormitory-style rooms, a children’s room, dining room, computer center and outdoor playground.  The beautiful $8.4 million facility was paid for through local donations along with a federal grant.

In the next few months, the facility hopes to open a retail space that can provide internships, job training and revenue.  Add that to the current counseling and educational programs, and the shelter hopes to reduce average stays to three to six months.

There is rarely an easy answer to the homeless question.  But a safe, comfortable, dignified place to stay for moms and their kids, is a great start.  For more information on Presbyterian Night Shelter, including the Morris Foundation Women’s and Children’s Center, please visit their website.

We offer our congratulations to Presbyterian Night Shelter, their staff and volunteers, for their tireless efforts to help those in need in our community.  Well done!

Courtesy Presbyterian Night Shelter

Courtesy Presbyterian Night Shelter




Natural Grocers Grand Opening on West 7th

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Natural Grocers Ribbon Cutting

With all the restaurants, retail stores and parks and trails, the one thing missing along West 7th is grocery stores.  That’s why those who live and work near West 7th will be thrilled that Natural Grocers is celebrating their grand opening today!

Back in March, we completed a shell renovation on this strip center.  What was once a Caliber Collision, is now home to Natural Grocers, MedSpring Urgent Care, and additional retail space.

Natural Grocers offers the highest-quality groceries and supplements – including only USDA certified organic produce.  To celebrate their grand opening, they’ll be offering product samplings, cooking demonstrations and prizes.  You can find them at 2501 West 7th.  For more information, check out their website.  Or follow them on Twitter @naturalgrocers.

Congratulations to Natural Grocers and welcome to Fort Worth!



Project Update: Game On Arena

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Recreational sports enthusiasts will be pleased to know construction on Game On Arena is underway.  The eight-acres of outdoor and indoor sports fields and facilities is located near I-30 and Loop 820 in Fort Worth.

Currently, the building foundation and concrete installation is complete.  Sub-grade electrical and plumbing rough-in work is complete.  Site utilities are complete and site paving is about 80% complete.

The pre-engineered metal building is almost complete and we have begun the installation of exterior walls.  Roof installation is about a week away, and more importantly, main AC units should arrive in 10 days.  We’re hoping to get those powered up in two to three weeks.  With the current heat and humidity levels, the inside temperature can reach 120-140 degrees; making it nearly impossible to continue interior work.

Game On is slated to be complete in September.  Once done, there will be 8 full-size basketball courts and/or 12 full-size volleyball courts – the configuration is completely flexible.  There will be batting cages, pitching cages, physical training and workout areas, 6 full-size sand/beach volleyball courts, concession areas, a place for parties, sports medicine, staff offices and shopping spaces.

This is going to be a terrific addition to Fort Worth!

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Best of Fort Worth Awards: Congratulations Calloway’s and Arlington Heights Animal Hospital

Each year, Fort Worth, Texas magazine issues their Best of List.  With over 126,000 votes for 142 categories, we were pleasantly surprised to see several clients among the honorees.  Last week, we paid homage to Le Cep restaurant and Whistle & Sway salon.  If you missed the article, you can find it here.

This week, we’d like to congratulate Calloway’s Nursery and The Retreat at Arlington Heights Animal Hospital.

Calloway’s now has 18 locations across North Texas, and we were honored to build their latest addition in Mansfield.  Calloway’s earned Reader Pick for Best Nursery.  If you need help with your lawn or garden – or want to see if you can gain a green thumb though osmosis – head to any Calloway’s location across the Metroplex.

We would also like to recognize The Retreat at Arlington Heights Animal Hospital, voted Reader Pick for Best Boarder/Groomer.

We partnered with Architect Tom Malone on this beautiful, full-service facility.  The Retreat, an extension of the animal hospital, offers play care, boarding, grooming, and overnight stays.

The really good news with the heat index hanging out in the 100’s – they have two air conditioned, indoor play areas.  Overnight guests can choose their own room or a “Seaside Cottage on the Boardwalk.”

We offer our congratulations to Calloway’s, The Retreat at Arlington Heights Animal Hospital, and their respective staff for their well-deserved recognition in Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s Best of List 2016.

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The Retreat and Arlington Heights Animal Hospital

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Calloway’s Nursery in Mansfield





Best of Fort Worth Awards: Congratulations Le Cep and Whistle & Sway

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Each year, Fort Worth, Texas magazine issues their Best of List.  With over 126,000 votes cast for 142 categories, it’s clear we support our local entrepreneurs and businesses.

We would like to recognize two recipients:  Le Cep and Whistle & Sway Salon

It’s hard to believe that we featured Sandra and David Avila in October of 2014.  At the time, their contemporary French restaurant, Le Cep, was just days away from the grand opening.

Architect Michael Bennett designed the space, and he recommended Fort Construction to complete the interior construction.  Since then, Chef Sandra and Le Cep have been featured in numerous magazines and articles; receiving rave reviews and compliments.

This year, Le Cep earned the Staff Pick for Wine List.  The restaurant, located in the Cultural District, offers 600-700 different wines, a variety of champagnes and ports.  You can read more about the Avila’s leap of faith in our article.

We’re also proud to recognize TJ Nolen, owner of Whistle & Sway Salon; Reader Pick for Best Hair Salon.

We partnered with Allen Architecture to turn this former flower shop into a unique, cozy salon that TJ could call his own.  We featured TJ and his salon in December of 2015, as they were celebrating their opening.  You can find the article here.

TJ’s favorite part of the salon is the shampoo room with its colors, finish, design and execution.  We have a feeling the real star of the show is TJ and his staff.

We offer our congratulations to Sandra, TJ, and their staff for their well-deserved recognition in Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s Best of List 2016.

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Le Cep Restaurant

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Whistle & Sway Salon


Groundbreaking for Fort Worth Camera

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Photography buffs will be excited to know that Fort Worth Camera is building a new location at 1600 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth.

There was an official groundbreaking ceremony a couple of weeks ago, and we were honored to take part.  The owner of Fort Wort Camera was there, as was TownSite, their real estate developer.

The new location was designed by Architect Bart Shaw and will total roughly 10,000 SF.  You can see from the rendering that this will be a beautiful addition to the area.  The project should take about seven months to complete.  We’ll keep you updated on the progress!

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We would like to thank Fort Worth Camera and TownSite for the opportunity to build their new location.

If you would like more information on Bart Shaw, TownSite or Fort Worth Camera, we have provided a link to their respective websites.


Memorial Day Message

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While many of us look forward to a long, Memorial Day weekend, I hope everyone will take a moment to remember our service members who left home and never returned.

Memorial Day was first observed in 1868, as a day to pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  As we read news accounts, watch TV, and travel around the world, we can count freedom among our country’s greatest gifts.  But as with anything of value, freedom has its price.

To those who served and sacrificed, and to their families, we honor you and we thank you.

Congratulations to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

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With the news that Fort Worth added almost 20,000 residents from July 2014 to July 2015, it’s no wonder the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has been working overtime.

According to Site Selection magazine, the Fort Worth Chamber was selected as one of the nation’s top 12 economic development agencies.  Last year, the Fort Worth Chamber completed 15 deals representing $3 billion in capital investment, and more than 5,300 jobs.

With those impressive numbers, the Fort Worth Chamber was also given the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development.  Amazingly, they have been handed this award eight times over the last 12 years.

Fort Construction is a proud member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and we offer our congratulations on their dedication and hard work.

CREW de Mayo Golf Tournament

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From left to right: Bridger Clader, Jayson Rodriguez, Ashley Tinsley, our designated beer cart driver, Scott Price and Matt Averitt

It was another successful outing at the CREW de Mayo golf tournament!  And by successful, I mean no one smashed a window with an errant golf ball, or hit five balls into the water.

The tournament benefits CREW Fort Worth’s leadership and professional development initiatives, including the Carla Higgins Memorial Scholarship.  The Fort foursome included myself, Bridger, Jayson and Matt – and while we didn’t win, we shot a 4-under 67.  No question we had the most fun!

Thanks to everyone at Fort who played and volunteered … we look forward to next year’s tournament.

Jet Linx Fort Worth Office Complete

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Jet Linx is ready to move into their new office space at Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport.  The 4,150 SF space is leased from American Aero Corporation, located on North Main Street.  With the guidance of Good Fulton & Ferrell architects, we created a conference room, a large open area with galley kitchen, and individual offices for clerical work and flight planning.

We performed all the work inside – from floor to ceiling – including the walls, carpet, tile, sliding glass doors, counter tops and cabinetry.  The glass on the exterior is called View Dynamic Glass, and adjusts its tint throughout the day to optimize the indoor climate and the outside view.

Jet Linx has more than 13 locations across the country, providing their customers access to a private jet on a guaranteed basis.  Jet Linx offers Light, Midsize, Super Midsize and Heavy Jets.  If you’d like more information on their fractional jet ownership and usage plans, you can contact them info@jetlinx.com.

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Congratulations to Acme Brick

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It’s not often that a company celebrates being in business for 125 years, but Acme Brick Company had that distinct honor on April 17th.

It was founded in 1891, just outside of Fort Worth.  Today, it is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with 66 offices in 14 states.  Their brick is used in residential, commercial, educational and civic projects around the country.

Acme Brick is a fantastic representation of Fort Worth.  They are loyal to the community, steady in their performance and have become the standard bearer for most of the building specifications that come through our estimating department.

We offer our congratulations on this incredible milestone.  And here’s to another 125 years!

Fort Construction Joining Men’s Retreat … And You Can Too

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It’s about time for the 15th Annual Camp Eagle Men’s Retreat, hosted by Robert Dow, Jim Ryffel and Friends.  The retreat is right on the Nueces River, located in the Texas Hill Country, with abundant wildlife, trap shooting, a zip line, hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, volleyball and basketball.

If it sounds like you’re preparing to participate in “Man vs. Wild,” don’t worry, there’s also plenty of relaxing around a fire with fine drinks and cigars.  Fort Construction is sending seven of our guys to the retreat … and they have room for 125(+) men who could use a weekend getaway.

Mark your calendars for April 22-24.  You must be 21 years or older – no exceptions – and obviously, you must be a guy.  Sorry ladies.  If you’d like to register or need more information, visit their website.  Or, you can send an email to info@mensretreat.com.

We hope to see you there!

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Z Gallerie Grand Opening Coming Soon!

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Z Gallerie in Southlake Town Square

When Fort Construction began this project, the area was being used as a parking lot.  If you’re familiar with Southlake Town Square, it was the lot across from the post office and Five Guys Burgers & Fries.

Since the project began in late August, we have built a 12,000-square-foot building with 8,000-square-feet belonging to Z Gallerie; a store with affordable home decor and stylish, chic furniture.  The building is brick and stucco with cast stone accents.  Steel canopies with perforated soffits are above each entrance.  And there is still plenty of parking!

The design is reminiscent of the 1930’s when strip centers were starting to pop up in the United States.  The brick, the stone accents, windows, and framing, all lend itself to achieving this look.  We would like to thank the owner for allowing us to build his vision.

Z Gallerie is located on the corner State and Prospect Streets.  They’re preparing to celebrate their grand opening on April 22nd – and we wish them all the best!


Women in Construction? Absolutely

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Project Manager, Kadie Palma

At Fort Construction, we are proud to employ a number of women – from the front office, to skilled labor in the field, to Superintendent. In the second of a series of articles that will highlight the amazing women we employ, we take a closer look at Kadie Palma, Project Manager.

Kadie has been with us for four years.  She majored in Construction Science at Texas A&M University, and when she graduated, we tried to find a job for her in Fort Worth.  While we were networking and looking, a position opened with Fort and we were able to hire her.

Here’s a brief Q&A with Kadie …

What do you enjoy about working in construction?

Learning how everything is connected is amazing.  You may renovate an old, historic building to make way for its next purpose – perhaps an office or a restaurant.  Or, you see a building that begins on nothing but a patch of dirt.  Every project is different and you learn something new each time.

Is it easy or difficult being a woman in the construction industry?

The industry itself is not easy.  At times, this job is very stressful and you can miss the beauty in it.  You’re bringing all these trades together to turn someone’s creativity and imagination into something tangible.

People pay an enormous amount of money for these buildings and/or property, and they deserve to have the job done right.  You also have your sub-contractors, and their employees, who work countless hours to provide for their families.  You have to fight for your owners, your sub-contractors, and of course, for yourself.

What keeps you at Fort Construction?

I have a ton of respect for Ken [Evans] and Scott [Price].  They started this company based on how a general contractor should be. They taught me how to treat people fairly and do things right in this industry.

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Kadie at Fort’s Office

I work for some of the best people I’ve ever met and that’s a good feeling – especially when things get stressful.  Honestly, life itself is already hard and you spend most of it at work.  For me, working for good, decent people is very important.

On the personal side, you just got engaged … to a Fort employee!

Ha, yes!  His name is Caleb and he interned with Fort a couple of Christmas breaks ago. We never saw each other during his actual internship because he was out in the field.  But later, we started talking and surprisingly, found we had many mutual friends from college.  And the rest, as they say, is history.  The great thing was Scott and Ken welcomed the news (which was such a relief) and we are getting married in Colorado in June!

I sometimes joke that Ken and Scott raised me through my 20-something struggles.  Ken probably knew more about my dating life than my father because I’m so close with his daughter and wife.  And with most of my family based in Houston, they became my de-facto family, whether they wanted to or not.

Kadie’s work ethic has been invaluable to her learning and growing in our business.  Her attention to   detail and her desire to provide our clients with the best service possible has made her an invaluable member of our team.  I know that I can always count on her no matter the situation.   She is not afraid of a challenge and never shirks her responsibilities.  In short, she makes us a better company. – Ken  Evans

I can echo Ken’s sentiments. Kadie is an exceptional young woman, and a smart, talented Project Manager.  It has been our pleasure to have Kadie as a part of our family, and we’re thrilled that she and Caleb are getting married.

At Fort, our goal is to hire the best candidate for every job, and there have been a number of times that the best candidate is female.  We have found that women are extremely hard workers, take immense pride in their work, and have a natural eye for the smallest of details.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:  this type of diversity not only benefits the quality of our projects, it benefits our clients as well.  We’re extremely proud to have Kadie on our team.

Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Easter

We hope this Easter holiday fills your home with peace and joy.

We are so thankful for the blessings we’ve received.  And we wish those same blessings for you, your family and your business.

Ashley Tinsley: 2015 CREW Future Leader of the Year

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Fort Construction’s Ken Evans, Ashley Tinsley, Scott Price

We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Ashley Tinsley, who received the 2015 CREW Future Leader of the Year Award.

CREW Fort Worth is a non-profit organization of women who work in – or in relation to – commercial real estate. The organization focuses on networking, socializing, education, leadership development, civic involvement and philanthropy.

Ashley takes care of a number of responsibilities at Fort, but we narrowed her title to Marketing/Project Coordination. Wonder Woman was also in the mix, so don’t be surprised if she adds that to her business card.

Her responsibilities at CREW Fort Worth are just as varied, and impressive. She is the Chair for CREW’s Programs Committee, which is responsible for planning and coordinating the monthly luncheons, as well as developing the topic/speaker for each month.  The Programs Committee also oversees and plans social events.  In addition, she works with the Special Events Committee which plans their annual social event.

Because Ashley has less than 10 years of experience in this industry, she is considered a CREW Future Leader. Thus, the Future Leader of the Year award recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to CREW Fort Worth. The recipient has shown their commitment to the organization, has honor and integrity within the commercial real estate industry, and is always a good representative of CREW within the community.

Congratulations Ashley on your dedication and hard work! We are so proud of you.

Renovation Project on West 7th

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We are completing a shell renovation at 2501 West 7th in Fort Worth.  What was previously a Caliber Collision location will now be a grocery store, a medical office, and additional space to lease.

We demolished part of the 32,000 SF structure, re-built walls, added new exterior walls, a roof, and a walkway with canopies.  We are nearing completion on our portion of the work with only touch-ups and paving yet to be completed.

We would like to welcome Natural Grocers as well as MedSpring Urgent Care to the West 7th neighborhood!

We Bought a Steer!

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The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been an institution in our community for 120 years.  Each year, thousands attend to see the rodeo, stock shows, petting zoo, artwork, the carnival, parade, and various exhibits.

As many of you know, junior participants show steers, barrows, lambs, and goats in the livestock shows.  This year, according to the FWSS website, over 11,000 of these animals were shown.  A number of the animals are purchased with the proceeds helping the kids pay for college tuition, or for the maintenance and upkeep of their animals.

We joined forces with Buyers Barricade and bought a shorthorn steer from a San Antonio high school senior.  She did a terrific job!  We offer our congratulations on her hard work and dedication.

For those of you wishing to visit our shorthorn steer, unfortunately, we ran out of office space and cannot keep him here.  Maybe next year!

Renovations for ACH Child and Family Services

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Fort Construction is currently renovating two buildings for ACH Child and Family Services at their Wichita Street campus in Fort Worth.

The buildings are formerly old Masonic schools, and as you can see, we gutted them right down to the studs.  Cottage 1 will be the home of Fort Worth MHMR.  It will have new walls, new floors, bathrooms, bedrooms and a kitchen.  Cottage 2 will be used by ACH for additional office space.  We are scheduled to complete both cottages during the month of April.

ACH is an amazing organization that offers programs “designed to prevent child abuse, neglect and family separation and help heal and treat children already affected by these tragedies.”  Please visit their website to find out more about their programs.

We’re honored to work with ACH on these projects.  We will do everything we can to ensure they’re a valuable addition for the services they offer the community.

Calloway’s Newest Location Nears Completion

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Mansfield residents should mark their calendars for March 11-12th.  This is the weekend slated for Calloway’s grand opening of their newest location!

The store is located at 311 E. Debbie Lane – about five blocks to the east of 287.  This location  will feature:

*35,000 SF outdoor display area for plants and flowers
*15,000 SF greenhouse
*5,000 SF indoor retail space

Basically, if Calloway’s doesn’t have it, it may not exist!

The new store is designed to resemble a Texas farmhouse, so we utilized a rustic-stone exterior and a wrap-around porch.  We grabbed a quick quote from Calloway’s President and COO, Marce Ward:

“Calloway’s is pleased to open in this thriving community and offer local homeowners new opportunities to create beautiful gardens,” said Ward. “We strive to make gardening fun and successful for everyone – from novices to experts – by offering expert advice from our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals and unmatched selections and quality.”

It has been such a pleasure to work with Calloway’s on this project.  We congratulate them on their newest location … and hope to see many more throughout the Metroplex!

In Memoriam: Jeff Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce that on the morning of January 28, 2016, Jeff Smith passed away while driving to work. We do not know the exact circumstances, but he was able to pull over and call 911.

His wife is holding a remembrance at their home in Wichita Falls this afternoon at 3pm, and we will attend. Jeff was 47 years old and had two kids, a son and a daughter. He will be laid to rest in Tennessee.

Jeff was hired by Fort on December 17, 2015, as a Project Manager.  He had the best sense of humor.  Last Thursday, we gathered our new employees so we could take a photo and write a brief article.  Jeff joked about wearing a tie for the picture and wondered if we needed a solo shot … you know, because it would make Fort look better!  He had all of us laughing that afternoon.

We offer our prayers and condolences to the Smith family – here and in Tennessee. He will be greatly missed.

Jeff Smith is on the back row wearing a jacket and tie.

Fort Construction Receives Quality in Construction Award

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Ken, Jayson, Tommy and Ashley

On January 23rd, AIA Fort Worth recognized Fort Construction with the 2015 Quality in Construction Award.

The annual awards ceremony was held at the Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum.  According to AIA Fort Worth, the awards celebrate those who have made possible “distinctive works of architecture in our community.”

I can’t tell you how proud we are to receive this award.  While Ken Evans and I were named, this belongs to the entire Fort Construction family.  We would like to thank our entire staff and sub-contractors for their dedication and hard work.

We would also like to offer our congratulations to the architects who were honored by AIA Fort Worth.  Fort Worth is the beneficiary of so many amazing projects and very talented designers.  We are privileged to be a part of this community.

Our Take on the Economic Outlook for DFW

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Everyone in Texas has been keeping an eye on the price of oil. While we are not directly involved in the oil & gas sector, we have plenty of friends and colleagues who are – and at the moment, the outlook appears dicey.

The price of oil plunged to $27/barrel on Wednesday, and most analysts suggest the price needs to stay in the $40-50 range to mirror the state’s job growth from last year. It’s a fine line, isn’t it? While everyone is enjoying lower gas prices, and saving hundreds of dollars, the hit to the oil industry is massive. We are hoping those affected by falling oil prices can hang on.

An interesting note came from Keith Phillips, the Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. This quote is from the Dallas Business Journal:

    “San Antonio, Dallas and Austin are forecast to post moderate to strong job growth, and Fort Worth may improve if manufacturing picks up.”

We can echo that sentiment. At Fort Construction, we are fortunate to have on-going work and we continue to seek new projects. The slow down in the oil & gas sector has given us the opportunity to hire qualified candidates from that industry. We have found their skill sets highly transferable to the construction industry, and we have added a number of terrific people to the Fort family.

We are very fortunate to have a more diverse economy in Dallas/Fort Worth. And while we are grateful for our continued growth, we also send our best wishes to those in oil & gas.

Construction of Game On Arena Sports is Underway

For those of you near I-30 and Loop 820 in Fort Worth, get ready to enjoy more than eight-acres of outdoor and indoor sports fields and facilities.

We are proud to partner with Game On Arena Sports, who has leased the necessary acreage from All Saints Episcopal School.  Construction will include areas for baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer and football.  Of that, 140,000 square feet will be indoors with six full-size basketball courts that can convert to 12 regulation volleyball courts, a training space with a stretch of artificial turf as well as a 75-yard track, a healthy dining facility, retail space and two party rooms.

We are projecting a completion date of August 2016.  For those of you who can’t wait, Game On has another location in Fort Worth which features indoor soccer and flag football.  You can find more info here.

We’d like to thank Game On for this amazing opportunity!  And we look forward to offering West Fort Worth a beautiful new sports complex.

Thank You Colonial for Helping Our Community

The Colonial is one of the most treasured sporting events that takes place in Fort Worth.  Ken Evans, myself, and a number of our employees attend the PGA Tour event every year and always have a great time.

Aside from the golf – and realizing my tee shot could use a ton of work – the Colonial, local non-profit groups, volunteers, attendees and local businesses work very hard to raise money for charity.  2015 was no different.

Recently, the Colonial announced they raised more than $9 million from last year’s tournament activities and initiatives, including just over $8 million from “Birdies for Charity.”  That’s an astonishing total and better yet, 33 local non-profit organizations benefited from the money raised.

We would like to congratulate the Colonial and all those who participate and donate for making our community a better place.  Job well done!

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“Birdies for Charity” Luncheon at Colonial Country Club (Nov 2015)

Here’s to 2016!

At Fort Construction, we’re celebrating another year of serving our clients.

It has been our pleasure to help businesses come to life, expand, add another location, or renovate.  With 2016 in our sites, we are excited to set new goals, meet new clients and welcome returning clients.

From all of us at Fort Construction, we would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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With Christmas fast approaching, we would like to take a moment and say thank you.

We would like to sincerely thank our employees for their hard work and dedication.  We would like to thank our sub-contractors for their skill and tireless efforts.  We would also like to thank our clients, new and returning, for placing their trust in us.

From all of us at Fort Construction, we wish you, your family, and those you love, a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Old Town Station

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On Monday, December 14th, we were proud to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Old Town Station in Burleson.

I joined Robert Dow, the owner of the project, along with the Mayor of Burleson, on the “stage” which in true Texas fashion, was an over-sized trailer.  Rio Mambo catered samplings of their food, margaritas and beer.  There was live music along with tables and chairs so everyone could sit, eat and enjoy.

Phase I of this five-acre project will include a 36,000 square foot office building featuring businesses such as Keller Williams Realty, Rio Mambo, SWBC Mortgage and Providence Title.  We are slated to begin construction in early January.

Our thanks to the Dow’s and the City of Burleson for a wonderful event!

Whistle & Sway Salon Now Open

We would like to congratulate TJ Nolen on the opening of his beautiful salon in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.

TJ has been cutting hair for the last 18 years, and felt it was time to step out on his own.  He’ll admit to being terrified about taking that leap of faith, but “My wife, Allen Architecture and Fort made everything a much easier process than what I anticipated.”

The 1300SF space used to be a flower shop.  It was completely gutted and turned into a salon space.  “The layout is beyond anything I could imagine.  To watch Fort turn around and bring everything into reality was very exciting.”

So what’s his favorite part of the space?  The shampoo room – with the colors, the finish, the design and execution – he describes it as “wonderful.”  The other big compliment about his salon?  “Everyone that comes in calls it cozy and you don’t often hear that about a salon.  I love it.”

Congratulations TJ!  It was a pleasure to partner with you on your dream.  If you’d like more information on Whistle & Sway Salon, you can check out their website.

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Waiting for the Grand Opening …

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Nomination for 2015 Topping Out Award

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Grubbs Infiniti of Grapevine

Have you ever heard an Academy Award nominee say, it was an honor just to be nominated?  We know how they feel.

We recently attended an awards ceremony for Topping Out, an industry award that honors a project’s entire construction team and their ability to work together toward a successful completion.

The Grubbs Infiniti Dealership in Grapevine was our nomination, and we proudly stood next to other nominees, including schools, churches, hospitals, university additions, and even a stadium.  We can honestly say, it was an incredible honor to be recognized alongside these projects.  We congratulate the 2015 winner:  the New Parkland Hospital.  And job well done by their team!

We would like to thank the Topping Out jury for recognizing our team on the Grubbs Infinity project.  And we offer our thanks to our group for their hard work, communication, vision and skills:

Architect:  Stephenson Architects
Landscape Architect:  Michael Bardis Landscape Architecture
CM/GC:  Fort Construction
Structural Engineer:  HnH Engineering, Inc
Civil Engineer:  Thomas Hoover Engineering, LLC
ME/PE:  M&P – DRH Engineering, LLC
Electrical – Clark Engineering Associates

A Happy Thanksgiving To All

As everyone scatters here and there to celebrate Thanksgiving, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the community, our clients, our partners and our amazing employees.  We are blessed beyond measure.

New Audi Dealership Coming to Grapevine

Fort Construction is proud to partner with Group 1 Automotive on a brand new Audi Dealership in Grapevine.

The location will be on the south side of Highway 121, prior to the Texan Trail exit.  Ground breaking for the 62,420 S.F. dealership is slated for late December/early January, with a completion date approximately ten months later.

Audi has a unique image that utilizes unique materials you won’t likely see anywhere else.  This is Group 1 Automotive’s second largest investment in a dealership.  We provided a rendering so you can see what it will look like.

Our thanks to Group 1 Automotive … we are thrilled to work with you on this project.

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If you have been keeping up with the news in and around Fort Worth, you know that the Hemphill-Lamar Connector has been placed on hold by the Fort Worth City Council.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Moseley at the Star-Telegram

The connector, which has been in the discussion and planning stages for 15 years, would include a four-lane street along with a pedestrian tunnel, featuring sidewalks and bike lanes.

With contracts awarded, land condemned, utilities installed, and a celebrated ground-breaking just seven months ago, those of us in Near Southside were thrilled that progress was finally being made on a new connector.

Whether you live or work in the Near Southside area, the Hemphill-Lamar Connector is of vital importance.  Currently, the area is experiencing something of a renaissance with a number of new businesses taking root and over 1,000 new residential units in the planning stage or being built.  Connectivity to and from the Near Southside area is key for this sustained growth.

It is our hope that the Council will eventually decide to move forward with this much-needed project.  If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

Employee Spotlight: Tommy Hamm, Business Development

We are very excited to announce we’ve hired Tommy Hamm to be in charge of our business development.

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Tommy, Mary, Madeline and Thomas

Tommy has been a fixture in the Fort Worth area as a commercial general contractor for 22 years, and as a business owner.  He started a stone import business called Stone Distribution, Inc., that imported slabs and tiles from approximately 25 countries.

He and his wife, Mary, have two kids, Thomas and Madeline.  His son is at TCC while his daughter attends TCU.  Both Tommy and Mary are graduates of TCU so we’re guessing about half their wardrobe is purple.

The Hamms were born and raised in Fort Worth.  In fact, some of you may know Mary – she has worked in outside sales for Greenwood Office Outfitters over the last 26 years.  And Tommy’s father was an architect in Fort Worth for 40 years … he’s now 91!

Tommy will be out and about representing Fort Construction.  I imagine many of you already know him, so if you see him at a luncheon or mixer, please be sure and say hello.

Congratulations to Cunningham Architects on their Award

Cunningham Architects was recently honored with a 2015 AIA Dallas Built Design Award for Mixed-Use.  The award was for their design of three buildings anchoring the corner of the Clearfork Campus, a 7.5 acre development between the Trinity Trails and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

Fort Construction was proud to partner with Cunningham Architects on this project.  Congratulations to Gary Cunningham and his dedicated staff.  You can see more of their work on their website.

To see more photos of the Clearfork Campus from Architect Magazine, click here.

Jerry’s Car Wash Coming to Crowley


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We are so pleased to partner with Jerry’s Express Car Wash on a fourth location – his sixth overall.  The newest location will be located in Crowley, on the lot next to Wal-Mart.  It’s approximately one-acre in size and includes a 2,600SF building.

While every Jerry’s Express Car Wash location looks similar – making them easier to recognize – Crowley will have new equipment which is all stainless steel and made by a new manufacturer.  The projected completion date is February 2016.

We’d like to thank Jerry’s for allowing us to partner with them again.  If you’d like more information about Jerry’s Express Car Wash, check out their website.

Working on Project for Habitat for Humanity

It was our pleasure to contribute to the construction of a new home on Humbert Avenue in Fort Worth.

Trinity Habitat for Humanity has been serving Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties since 2006.  They’ve grown from a handful of dedicated founders to thousands of volunteers – and we take great pride in working with them.

We performed the framing and sheathing, and got the main beam supports installed for the front porch.  We were graciously hosted by the soon-to-be-homeowner, and she was very excited to see the progress.

The 1,300SF house will include three bedrooms and have a 3-Star Energy
Efficiency rating.  The completion date will be around mid-December – just in time for the holidays!


Employee Spotlight: Dennis White, Project Superintendent

We would like to welcome Dennis White to the Fort Construction family.

Dennis has spent the last 20 years splitting his professional time between the oil field and the construction industries.  He currently lives in Weatherford with his wife of 18 years, and two teenagers.DKW pic

Dennis is a Project Superintendent, so his time is spent managing approximately 30-40 workers at any given time.  Given the status of the construction industry around Dallas/Ft. Worth, there is nothing easy about that.

Sub-contractors themselves are working on a number of job sites so keeping them on a specific schedule is nothing short of a miracle.  But Dennis has two teenagers, so this may in fact be a breeze.  Truth be told, that’s what Dennis enjoys about the job:  the challenge of building a project within a deadline and on budget.

“Fort is pleased to add such a high caliber superintendent.  His large project experience is a major benefit for us moving forward.”     -Partner, Scott Price

When he’s not working, Dennis enjoys spending much of his free time with his family as well as camping, hunting, and fishing.  He’s also a volunteer at his church.

Dennis is a great guy and we are proud to have him on our team.

Historic Fort Worth Preservation Awards

It was an honor to attend the Historic Fort Worth Preservation Awards last Thursday night at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

Nominations were evaluated based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Criteria include: sensitivity to the historic integrity of the property and its historic features, craftsmanship, and impact of the project on the preservation of Fort Worth’s historic fabric.

Bennett Benner Partners and Fort Construction received two awards on the night.  The building known as the Crown Machine & Tool Company on Lancaster Avenue was honored, as was the Starr Conspiracy Headquarters on Main Street.

Both buildings were updated while honoring and preserving their historic value.  Each represents a beautiful mix of historic and modern elements that compliment each other.  We extend our congratulations to the owners of these buildings – who chose to update rather than tear down.

If you’d like more information, please visit www.historicfortworth.org

L to R: Mark Wolfe (Exec Dir, Texas Historical Commission), Ryan McGuire (Bennett Benner Partners), Megan Crase (Bennett Benner Partners), Ken Evans (Partner, Fort Construction)

L to R: Mark Wolfe (Exec Dir, Texas Historical Commission), Ryan McGuire (Bennett Benner Partners), Megan Crase (Bennett Benner Partners), Ken Evans (Partner, Fort Construction)

Z Gallerie Coming to Southlake Town Square

If you’ve been in Southlake lately, you may have noticed a new building taking shape in Southlake Town Square.  The project totals 12,000-square-feet with 8,000-square-feet belonging to Z Gallerie; an affordable home decor store with stylish, chic furniture.  The adjacent space will likely be leased by a restaurant.

If you’re familiar with the Town Square, this space is on State Street between the town hall and the post office – across the street from Tyler’s and Whole Earth Provision.

You can see from the rendering the design harkens back to the 1930’s when strip centers were just starting to pop up in the United States.  This could easily have been a dry goods store, general store or department store.  In fact, it looks a bit like Z Gallerie is renovating an older space.

Fans of Z Gallerie can celebrate their grand opening in the spring of 2016.



Here at Fort Construction we are staying very busy!  So busy, in fact, we could use some more help.  We are excited to have this opportunity to add to our staff, and we are looking for eager and talented individuals.  Our estimating department is doing a phenomenal job of budgeting and bidding projects which is leading to more work and opportunities for our company.  We are seeking a Project Manager, Superintendent anWe are Hiringd a Project Engineer.

On the flip side of the construction openings, we also need office support.  With the influx of projects we are completing comes the financial support component.  We are also hiring for an Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivables Clerk.

We are lucky to live in a city like Fort Worth where the talent is second to none and have no doubt we will find some exceptional candidates for these openings.  We are looking to move quickly, so spread the word and don’t miss out on the opportunity to join this amazing company!

Job descriptions can be found here:  Job Openings

Group 1 Automotive Selects Fort – July 7, 2015

We are so excited to announce we will be partnering with Group 1 Automotive out of Houston to build the Addition and Renovation of the Courtesy Nissan Dealership in Richardson.  We will be renovating and expanding the existing sales and service facility which is approximately 32,000 SF (once renovations are complete).  The project is expected to begin construction this month and should be complete withRendering - Courtesy Nissanin 10 months.

Group 1 Automotive is an international, Fortune 500 auto retailer which owns and operates 150 dealerships, 195 franchises and 38 collision centers in the United States, United Kingdom and Brazil.  The Courtesy Nissan Dealership, part of the Group 1 family, offers new and used Nissan models.  To learn more about Group 1, you can visit their website at:  www.group1auto.com.  If you are in the market for a great car and top of the line service, go see our friends at Courtesy Nissan:  1777 North Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas 75080, www.courtesynissan.com.

It’s safe to say Group 1 and Courtesy know what they are doing in the automotive sales industry, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they felt the same about Fort when it comes to construction!

The 2015 Tarrant County Heart Walk

The American Heart Association’s signature walking event, the Heart Walk, will take place Saturday, September 12th.  The national initiative, which also takes place in our own backyard, is designed to get your employees to embrace physical fitness.AHA Heart Walk Logo

Let’s face it, with our jobs, our kids, their extracurricular activities, taking care of family members including our spouse/partner, there just isn’t much time to take care of ourselves.  And our employees are in the same boat.

But here’s an alarming statement:  cardiovascular diseases and stroke are our nation’s no.1 and no.5 killers, and our greatest health risk.  It is the AHA’s hope that the Heart Walk jump starts your employees’ interest in getting and staying fit.

I am proud to be on the AHA’s Executive Leadership Team of Builders and Architects, and our hope is to motivate the construction and architectural industries to get involved. If you would like to enroll your company in the Heart Walk, we would love to have you.  Please feel free to email me or Laci Pippin at laci.pippin@heart.org.

On This Memorial Day …



As we pause on this Memorial Day, we remember the selfless service and sacrifice of our Nation’s soldiers.  On behalf of everyone at Fort Construction, we are truly grateful.

Unemployment at 5.4 percent

The U.S. Labor Department reports that employers added 223,000 jobs during Financial accounting stock market graphs analysisthe month of April.  While the numbers signaled good news, there was also concern that average hourly wages rose just 3 cents during the same period.  Nevertheless, we are always encouraged when the numbers show that jobs are being created and more people are finding work.  Click here for the full article.

EVO CNG Celebrates Grand Opening

EVO CNG Opening

CEO of EVO CNG Damon Cuzick and Fort’s Scott Price

Congratulations to EVO CNG on their grand opening in Fort Worth.

Fort Construction built the station over a six month period.  The site, located along Loop 820 South, is a compressed natural gas fueling station located on Central Freight Line’s property.  Almost any vehicle that runs on natural gas can refill their tanks at EVO CNG.

The station features four refueling bays along with a separate storage building for the compressors and tanks.  The project required heavy coordination between the equipment supplier and Atmos Energy.  We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all those involved.  And again, congratulations to EVO CNG on their grand opening!

Six Points Area Getting Its Share of Attention

Six Points Urban Village

Six Points Urban Village Rendering, courtesy City of Fort Worth

Both the Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press noted some changes that could be headed to Six Points.  The area, which got its name for the intersection of Riverside Drive, Belknap and Race Streets, was designated as an urban village back in 2005, and funding could finally pour into the neighborhood.

Criterion Development, a group that has taken the lead in this area, just won approval from the Fort Worth City Council to re-zone a portion of the area.  First up, a 400-unit, multi-family village which will include small town homes and apartments.  They’re also hoping to entice the kind of businesses that help promote a safe, family-oriented neighborhood.

Will Northern, owner of Northern Realty Group, recently led a tour through the area sponsored by the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council.  Will is also representing  a number of properties in this neighborhood, so if you’re looking for more information, you can email him at will@northernrealtygroup.com

Fort Construction has done a number of interesting redevelopment projects and would like to get involved in the Six Points area.  If you’ve got a project in mind, give us a call and let’s talk about it.

You can read the article in the Star-Telegram article at:  http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article18529700.html

Praise for Grubbs Infiniti

We recently completed a project for Grubbs Infiniti in Grapevine.  The nation’s largest Infiniti dealership was classified as a Nissan – Retail Environmental Design Initiative (NREDI) project and was overseen and managed by Turner & Townsend.

Jeff Lam, IREDI Regional Project Manager – Infiniti West Region, was kind enough to send this recommendation our way:

Grubbs Infiniti in Grapevine

Grubbs Infiniti in Grapevine

“I would absolutely encourage you to accept a bid from Fort Construction.  I have worked on numerous NREDI projects throughout the Southeast and Midwest Regions, and am now working on IREDI projects in the West Region.  I would put Fort Construction up against any General Contractor I’ve worked with.”

Jeff also sent a note to Steve Fleiner, our Project Manager who handled Grubbs Infiniti:

“… the Brand Review went great! Thanks again for being so great to work with.  I have a few things that I would like to get more information on as several of the solutions that you and your team came up with will surely be recommended on other projects.”

We agree … Steve, his team, and the subcontractors did an amazing job.  We are thrilled that Grubbs and Nissan North America Inc., are so pleased with their new dealership.

If your project has national guidelines or company standards that must be followed, we can help.

Spiral Pipe of Texas Chooses Fort

Fort Construction is proud to announce they have been chosen as the commercial construction company for Spiral Pipe of Texas (SPOT).

The family-owned, regional fabricator of sheet metal and ductwork is preparing for future growth by adding 10,000SF onto their existing manufacturing facility.SPOT - Logo

SPOT projects can be found all over the country as well as our own backyard. If you’ve been to a Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium, you’ve seen their work. And they just completed a project at Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony which should open to the general public shortly.

The construction at SPOT’s facility in Fort Worth will last approximately six months and they’ll remain open during the project.  If you’d like more information about SPOT’s fabrication of sheet metal and ductwork, please visit their website at: www.spotusa.com

We sincerely appreciate this opportunity and look forward to working with the team at SPOT.

Grubbs Infiniti Now Open in Grapevine

The world’s largest Infiniti dealership is now open in Grapevine, though once inside, you’ll be hard-pressed to think of it as a car dealership.  When you walk through the three buildings – housing new car sales, pre-owned sales and service – you’ll almost certainly notice the glass, stone, wood accents and the amazing art collection.

Customer Cafe

Customer Cafe

When this dealership was designed, customers were first and foremost in Grubbs’s mind.  Each office and work space is open and airy – as are the showrooms.  There is a cafe, a bank of TV’s, WiFi and work stations for the customer’s convenience.

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New Car Showroom

One interesting design element is the glass curtain that spans the front of the building.  It’s unique in that it features Infiniti’s new IREDI brand standard of glass – and this dealership is the first one to incorporate it.  The top white portion (above the glass) is known as the sail and you’ll see that it curves back over the roof.  This was specifically designed and engineered by Oldcastle for this project.

As always, all of our sub-contractors worked extremely hard during the last year.  You can see their eye for detail and craftsmanship everywhere you look.

We hope you’ll stop by Grubb’s Infiniti and look through this beautiful space.  You can find it in Grapevine at Texan Trail and 114.

Spotlight on Architect Michael Bennett

Ever thought of turning an elevator into a mobile conference room?  That’s an idea Architect Michael Bennett has for a project in downtown Fort Worth.

The building, owned by Purple Land Management, was built in the 1920’s.  At that time, parking garages had multiple stories without connecting ramps – so they built car elevators to move them up and down.

Starr Conspiracy project with Bennett Benner & Partners

Starr Conspiracy project with Bennett Benner & Partners

Instead of wasting a car-sized elevator, Bennett would like to turn it into a conference room that can move up and down to different floors.  That’s just one example why most of us are not architects.  Who could come up with that idea?!

Bennett is actually a Fort Worth guy – he received his undergraduate degree from TCU and his Masters from UTA.  After working as an architect in Berlin, Amsterdam and New York, the Bennetts decided to move back to Fort Worth.  In 2008, he became a partner and CEO at Bennett Benner & Partners.

Almost all of their work is in Fort Worth and his hope is that he leaves the space better than when he got there.  He particularly enjoys the older, historical buildings that can be restored, rehabbed and re-used.

Bennett and Fort Construction have partnered on a number of occasions and it has been a real pleasure to work with him.  And once renovations are complete at the Thrifty Nickel in Fort Worth, take note of the glass staircase.  That was his idea as well.

If you’d like more information about Bennett Benner & Partners, check out their website at www.bbptx.com

More Good News for Near Southside Fort Worth

Rendering of New South Main Street

Rendering of New South Main Street

In an effort to create the same kind of neighborhoods that have popped up around Magnolia and West 7th, South Main Street is getting an $8.6 million renovation.

Some of the improvements will include wider sidewalks, bike lanes, protected parallel parking for adjacent businesses, and upgraded water, sewer and storm water utilities.

South Main Street in Near Southside is in need of an update, and it’s nice to know the planned improvements are not just a coat of paint, but real improvements that benefit the entire neighborhood.  READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Thank You to HK Plumbing

While we are always excited to announce a new project, or relay news about the economy, we also want to pay attention to those who’ve helped make Fort Construction a success.

Reynolds Clearfork

Reynolds Clearfork

This month, we are thanking HK Plumbing for their superior work.

We began working with the owner, Heath Kirkwood, about four years ago.  He brings the perfect mix of the personal and the professional to each project he works on.  When asked about working with Fort, Heath said, “Honestly, it’s not just a company.  We’ve been through good projects and bad projects, and we’ve done it together.”

We have used HK Plumbing on a variety of projects, the latest being the Reynolds Clearfork buildings in Fort Worth.  As usual, they did an outstanding job and we thank them for their contribution.

If you’d like more information about HK Plumbing, you can reach Heath at:  hkplumbinginc@yahoo.com

Bart Shaw Chosen to Update Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Worth

Architect Bart Shaw may be getting a few more phone calls than he’s used to – and for good reason.  He not only won four awards from the AIA Fort Worth, he was recently featured on the front page of the Star Telegram’s “Life & Arts” section.  Now, Shaw has been selected to design and update the entrances to six different branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 3.24.00 PM

Shaw – who stepped out on his own four years ago – described his decision to open his own business as “taking a dive off the high board.”  And with that leap, he’s been able to connect with his clients.  He says, his strength is being able to listen to what his client needs, see it through their eyes, then look at all the possibilities and figure out what really works.

And what about the four awards he just received from the AIA FW?  Shaw says, the awards may not make a difference as far as gaining new clients, but they matter to him personally because it reinforces his confidence, and the idea that he’s doing something that has value.

He’ll have a chance to add value to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth which have six different locations.  Besides updating the functional aspect of each branch – including security – an entrance will be designed that creates a sense of what these buildings, and the organization, mean to the community.  The intention is to unify all the branches with similar elements, but due to the uniqueness of each location, each entrance will connect with that particular building.

Fort Construction would like to congratulate Bart on all the recent recognition he’s received.  It is well deserved.  If you’d like to find out more, you can visit his website at www.bartshaw.com.

You can also read the article from the Star Telegram by clicking this link:


DFW Shows Strong Job Growth in 2014

For the first time since 1990, DFW led in job growth for a full calendar jerryscw_63year amongst U.S. metropolitan areas.

That story was in the Star-Telegram last week and it was welcome news.  We all benefit from the more than 136,000 jobs added – especially those who found employment.  Of course, we’ve also seen fluctuations in the oil & gas market which affects our part of the country.

According to the executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, DFW has a diverse labor market, but around 25% of the jobs in downtown Fort Worth are related to the oil and gas industry.

We’ve had one project postponed and it was in fact for an oil and gas exploration company.  Nevertheless, the area’s construction market continues to be active and we are still very busy – providing bids, consultations, scheduling new projects and completing current projects.

For those who’d like to read more, the article is linked below.


Here’s hoping the DFW area can set another record in 2015!

AIA Fort Worth Awards Ceremony

Each year, the AIA Fort Worth Chapter holds its annual awards ceremony to celebrate the people who’ve designed distinctive works of architecture in the community.
The ceremony took place at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Piano Pavilion on January 24th.  Fort Construction was there – and to assist in the celebration, we sponsored the mimosa bar.
Bart Shaw was honored with not one, but four awards, including a Citation Award for the Fun on the Run Paintball facility which we were honored to bring to life.
Bennett Benner Partners, another architecture firm we work with quite often, received a Merit Award for the Erma Lowe Hall – TCU School of Classic & Contemporary Dance.
Fort Construction extends our congratulations to all of the architects who were honored.

AIA Awards w Fort

Jayson Rodriguez, Architect Bart Shaw, Scott Price, and Michael Franklin, owner of Ramon Franklin Roofing

Southside Bank Renovations Complete

New Teller Area

New Teller Area

Fort Construction has completed a total renovation of the 7,700sf bank building located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Near Southside Fort Worth.

On the west side of the building, customers will find a large lobby, new teller area, and glassed-in offices that offer an open feel. On the east side of the building, Southside Bank will feature a commercial lending branch.

The most interesting aspect of this project was that the bank stayed open throughout the rebuild and remodel. We were able to complete much of the work on the west side after hours and overnight so that customers could still conduct their banking business without having to wear a drop cloth or a hard hat.

The final look is updated, bright and open with more offices and a more convenient configuration. It was an absolute pleasure to partner with the

Previous Teller Area

Previous Teller Area

team at Southside Bank, and we appreciate the opportunity to bring their vision to life.

For more information on Southside Bank, you can visit this location at:

Southside Bank – Medical District Branch

1000 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth

Or online at:

www. southside.com

New Project in Near Southside Fort Worth

Travis Apts

Rendering of Travis Avenue Apt Building

While the medical community continues to thrive in Near Southside Fort Worth, the need for residential housing is also growing. Thus, a new residential apartment building has been designed and approved for the neighborhood along Travis Avenue.

Starting in early February, Fort Construction will break ground on a 30,500SF mixed-use building. The Travis Avenue Apartments will consist of four floors. The ground floor will feature commercial and medical office space while the top three floors will house 25 residential apartment units.

The building was designed by Tom Malone at tma-cha. We may have lost count but this appears to be Tom’s 17th project in the Near Southside area. Dr. Bajaj is the owner and we are honored to partner with him for a third time.

Near Southside Fort Worth: The Renaissance of a Neighborhood

Tom Malone's Office

Dr. Aggarwal’s Texas Pain Institute in Near Southside

For Tom Malone at tma-cha architects, the transformation of Near Southside has been nothing short of a renaissance. When he moved his office there in 2004, drug houses were located right behind him, and some sketchy characters roamed the neighborhood, including Sometimes Crippled Willy.

One day, Crippled Willy, who utilized a single crutch to hobble up and down the sidewalks, was seen with that crutch above his head while carrying a boom box. Thus, Sometimes Crippled Willie was re-named. But really, he was a symbol for the area just south of downtown Fort Worth.

Near Southside has always been dominated by the medical establishment. And about a decade ago, Tom remembered that 5pm Friday not only marked the end of the work week, it marked the end of anyone in the area – until Monday rolled around.

It was depressed, crime-ridden, and filled with blighted properties. At the time, that wasn’t exactly a phenomenon when you looked at areas in and around downtown metropolitan areas. So what did Near Southside need? Residents.

In 2002, Tom designed the first mixed-use building in the area, and really, the first in all of Fort Worth. The mix of retail on the ground floor with apartments above had not been utilized since the 1930’s.

Travis Apts

Travis Avenue Apartments

One of the reasons for Near Southside’s predictable and steady growth was the implementation of a form-based code. This type of code – which actually won an award – offers particular design direction, including keeping areas walking-friendly, having entrances facing or near a street, and adding windows that face a street. There is also an emphasis placed on parks and plazas where people can meet, hang out and play.

As new residences are being adding, an eclectic mix of people has found their way into the neighborhood. Boutiques, restaurants, florists, jewelry makers and artisans, salons, a beer brewer and even a whiskey distillery – these are just a few of the independent, family-owned businesses in Near Southside.

When asked his favorite thing going on here, Tom says, it’s the sense of community. And since half of his portfolio is in this area, he’s met almost every business owner in Near Southside. We have a feeling Sometimes Crippled Willy might have made a beeline for the Firestone & Robertson Distillery or perhaps, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company.

Fort Construction is honored to have worked alongside Tom in a number of projects, and we look forward to partnering with him again.

For more information on Near Southside, you can visit:  www.fortworthsouth.org

For more on Tom Malone and his architecture firm, you can check out his website at www.tma-cha.com

Don’t Forget to Lend a Hand in 2015

We hope everyone was able to enjoy the holidays with friends and family; a little down time, a lot of food, and perhaps a new exercise routine. We are very excited about the New Year and look forward to serving new clients as well as our current clients.volunteer group raising hands against blue sky background

At Fort Construction, we are also making a commitment to do more in our community this year. We are already actively involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Worth, and we hope to do more.  http://www.fortworthkids.org/

If one of your resolutions includes volunteering, we’ve added a link to Volunteer Guide which allows you to find volunteer opportunities by interest and time available.  http://www.volunteerguide.org/

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015!


Resolutions for 2015?

Who doesn’t greet the new year with optimism and excitement?  New year's eve fireworks 2015We probably all tend to make a list of resolutions involving health, family time, and work goals.  If you’re looking for a little direction, here’s an article from Forbes.com that focuses on business resolutions.

And to everyone, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

Our Christmas Message

To Fort Construction’s clients, design partners, suppliers, subcontractors and our employees:

We hope that you have enough time to enjoy your families, allow joy into your lives, and contemplate the birth of Christ.a pile of gifts and christmas ornaments, such as christmas balls and stars, on a rustic wooden table

Has this miracle really occurred and if so, how does it affect your life? We’re all so busy and focused on the day-to-day minutiae, we rarely take the time to see the bigger picture. While we may not be able to complete every task, every day, we can all take a moment to enjoy the many blessings bestowed upon us.

Thank you for a wonderful year and we look forward to a joyful 2015.

Le Cep Restaurant Receiving Enthusiastic Welcome

David and Sandra Avila’s restaurant, Le Cep, has only been open about seven weeks, but they’re already receiving amazing reviews for their contemporary French cuisine.Le Cep Logo

Fort Construction was proud to play a small role in the Avila’s vision. As we renovated the space for their restaurant, we got to know David and Sandra, and we knew this was going to be a special place to dine.

David is happy to report that “the support and encouragement from our guests has been just incredible.” Asked if he’s had a favorite moment, he couldn’t pick one thing but did say, those who’ve chosen to celebrate a special occasion at Le Cep has been a great honor. “To be the place where they celebrate one of the special moments in their lives, touches me every time.”

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, try Le Cep.  You can find more information at www.leceprestaurant.com

And check out just a few of the reviews below:

From The Star Telegram:    http://www.dfw.com/2014/12/10/950799/restaurant-review-le-cep-restaurant.html

From individual diners who’ve posted on Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/le-cep-restaurant-fort-worth

From individual diners who’ve posted their experience on Trip Advisor:   http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g55857-d7258012-Reviews-Le_Cep_Restaurant-Fort_Worth_Texas.html

Fort Construction couldn’t be happier for the Avila’s, and we wish them continued success!


It is not our intention to become The Economist of Fort Worth, but the numbers attached to the economy are just too good to ignore.

Singling out North Texas, data and analytics from McGraw Hill Construction show commercial construction in North Texas is growing. Contracts awarded in October totaled more than 361 million. Compare that number to the same time a year ago when contracts totaled just over 343 million.jerryscw_8

Nationally, while construction spending dropped .1 percent in September, that number rose 1.1 percent in October. Another indicator being used comes from the American Institute of Architects, which is reporting greater demand for their services. According to the Star-Telegram, the AIA report the “October billings index was 53.7. Any score above 50 indicates that billings increased.”

Overall, across the nation, 321,000 jobs were added while the unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 percent. The data has led some analysts to believe stronger-than-expected economic growth is coming our way in 2015.

As we close out 2014, and prepare for next year, we’re excited to see such positive numbers, not only for our particular industry and region, but across the board and the country.

Construction Industry Continues to Add Jobs

For those of us in Dallas/Fort Worth, positive construction news is no surprise.  Driving IMG_1601around the Metroplex, one sees multiple construction cranes, road closures, new home developments, strip centers and industrial buildings.  And according to Construction Data, the numbers across the U.S. continue to trend upward.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

A Note of Thanks

At this time of Thanksgiving, Fort Construction would like to acknowledge and thank everyone involved in the success of our company.

Fort Sign

Thank you to the owners. Without you, we wouldn’t have any projects. Thank you to our sub-contractors. Without your dedication and hard work, we wouldn’t be able to complete the projects. Thank you to the architects and engineers. Without you, we wouldn’t know what to build.

As this year draws to a close, we are completing our best year ever and we could not have experienced this growth without you. Our thanks and gratitude are immeasurable.

Fort will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday so that we may enjoy time with our families. We wish the entire community a wonderful Thanksgiving and appreciate every opportunity to work together, now and in the future.

Scott Price, Ken Evans and Dennis Averitt

A Champion for Skilled Labor

Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe speaking at Dubiski Career High School

With the current construction boom in North Texas, a number of construction companies are having a difficult time finding skilled labor. But one school in Grand Prairie is doing their part to provide trained, motivated workers.

Mike Rowe, who has TV shows on the Discovery Channel and CNN, has lent his voice and his time to promote the value of skilled labor. He made a stop in Grand Prairie to encourage the students at Dubiski Career High School, a school that focuses on technical training.


If you doubt Rowe’s passion for technical training, just check out his Facebook post regarding the event, and the fact that skilled labor rarely gets mentioned as a viable educational alternative.


Grubbs Infiniti Moving Closer to Completion

Work on the 75,000SF Grubbs Infiniti Dealership in Grapevine is moving ever closer to completion. All of the structures on the 16 acre site have been completed. Site work, including paving, is now underway, as is exterior glass installation.

The largest Infiniti dealership in the country is expected to be complete by February 2015.


Fun on the Run Paintball Facility Given Citation Award

Bart Shaw was recently recognized with not one, but four design awards by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Amongst those four awards, he was recognized for his design of the Fun on the Run paintball facility in Fort Worth.Fun on the Run

Fort Construction was honored to work with Mr. Shaw in building the 6,000sf facility. It will house their administrative offices, retail sales, storage and party space.

The two-story structure was purposefully kept very simple with materials limited to exposed concrete, glass and painted steel. As we all know, some of the most simple designs are some of the most interesting and beautiful.

Congratulations to Architect Bart Shaw and to Fun on the Run.

For more information on Bart or the largest paintball field in Fort Worth, you can click on these links.



Fort Construction No.12 Among Fort Worth General Contractors

The Fort Worth Business Press has released their list of the Largest Tarrant County Area General Contractors – based on 2013 billings – and Fort Construction has rocketed up the list to No.12.

The move is a testament to our growing reputation as a commercial construction company that can handle any job in a timely, responsible manner. We would like to thank our clients for placing their trust in us.  And since this is a total team effort, we are also grateful to our employees for their dedication and skill, and our sub-contractors for their tireless work.

We look forward to continuing to serve our clients – past, present and new. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to assist you with your project.


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Le Cep Restaurant: A Dream Realized

Have you ever thought of walking away from your career in order to pursue your dreams? That’s exactly what David and Sandra Avila did when they decided to open a contemporary French restaurant in Fort Worth.

For the last 10 years, the husband and wife talked about the possibility – even as they traveled, lived and worked around the world. During dinner in Paris one night, Sandra fell in love with the food, the service, and the experience that is French cuisine. She decided then and there to formalize her culinary education, eventually studying at the Culinary School of Fort Worth.

In the middle of her studies, David was transferred to the Philippines, so the family packed up and made the move to Manila. Sandra was able to continue her studies at the Ducasse Institute and after graduating, she was selected for a prestigious internship at Alain Ducasse’s 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant, located on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower.

While Sandra was cultivating her skills as a French chef, David was reading about and studying wines. And yes, tasting them. All that hard work paid off as he is now certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

As the years ticked by, they continued to raise their daughters, Rebeca and Natalia — continued to eat out, to study, to work, and to dream.

David and Sandra KitchenIn March of 2014, they pulled the trigger. David resigned his corporate position with a global eye care company. They sold their house and a car, allowing them to pay off all their debt. They found a small, affordable space to lease on West 7th, and hired Architect Michael Bennett.

Fort Construction began work in July, and is now putting the finishing touches in place. A few things of note inside Le Cep:

  • When you walk in, you’ll notice a “wall” separating the entrance from the seating area.          What looks like a massive sculpture is made of sanded and shaped sheetrock.
  • Seating at a small wine bar is available once you check in with the hostess.
  • A glassed-in wine room can be seen from the entrance and the dining area.
  • As you walk to your table, a small window offers a quick peek into the kitchen.


Architect Michael Bennett of Bennett Benner Partners is responsible for many of the unique aspects inside the restaurant and we’d like to thank him for recommending us.

The grand opening is set for October 30th with an 8-course tasting menu that costs $85.00 per person. They also offer a wine pairing for an additional $40. While eight courses may sound like you’ll be rolling yourself across the parking lot, a reminder that a tasting menu offers smaller portions per course. If you still fear you’ll pop the top button off your pants, they will have a 4-course option for $45 per person with a wine pairing for an additional $25.

For those of you ready to taste contemporary French cuisine, reservations are recommended. Le Cep is a more intimate restaurant with a total of 15 tables. You can make your reservation online at www.opentable.com. Or, call the restaurant at 817-900-2468.

Fort Construction is proud to have been a part of the Avila’s vision … we wish them all the best and bon appétit!

Women in Construction? Absolutely.

At Fort Construction, we are proud to employ a number of women – from the front office, to skilled labor in the field, to Superintendent. In the first of several articles that will highlight the amazing women who are employed by Fort, we take a closer look at DeLinda and her two daughters, Apryl and Alysha.All Three

DeLinda has been with Fort for the last four years and has proven invaluable in a number of roles. Coming from a family of seven, DeLinda watched as her mom built and repaired various items in their home, so the passion to build things came naturally.

At 19, DeLinda built her first roll top desk which is incredible considering she never took a shop class in school. That success led to other projects which led her to opening her own home repair and remodel business. Not only is she a master at intricate carpentry work, she is experienced with plumbing and electrical.

The early experience DeLinda had with her mom was the same experience she gave her daughters. It was not unusual for Apryl and Alysha, at the ages of 4 and 5, to work alongside their mom in the garage.

Now Apryl and Alysha, who say their mom is their hero and role model, are employed by Fort. Both were on-site at Le Cep on West 7th as the finishing touches were being added to the soon-to-be-open French restaurant.Two girls

For our competitors: don’t even think about trying to steal these talented women. All three have been placed in the witness protection program, have been cut off from cell phone use, and uh, live in Nebraska. Make that Ohio. Actually, they live in Alaska and commute to Fort Worth on a daily basis.

At Fort, our main goal is to hire the best candidate for every job and there have been a number of times that the best candidate is female. We’ve found that women are extremely hard workers, take immense pride in their work and have a natural eye for the smallest of details.

This type of diversity has not only benefited the quality of our projects but our clients as well. We are extremely fortunate to have DeLinda, Alysha and Apryl on our team.

Magnolia May Given Historic Fort Worth Preservation Project Award

Fort Construction is proud to have been a part of the renovation project located at 401-411 W. Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth.Close up of sign

These commercial buildings, occupying about 10,000 square feet, were redesigned and renovated into mixed-use spaces including both offices and restaurants.

Originally built between the 1920’s and 1940’s, none of the buildings were hiding a cache of silver or an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, but we did uncover some fantastic masonry surfaces.

This was a total team effort among Fort Construction, Presidio Interests, Hatfield Properties, and the architecture firm of Bennett Benner Partners. Not only do you have to meet current building codes, you must maintain architectural standards and ultimately, retain the spirit of the building.

The entire project is 100% leased and includes two restaurants, 24 Plates and Spice, as well as Panther City Salon and TBG, a landscape architecture firm.

Presidio Interests’ Andrew Blake and Hatfield Properties’ Dak Hatfield are co-managing this project. You can find more information on Magnolia May, and their other creative, adaptive reuse projects at www.presidiointerests.com.Magnolia May 2

Bennett Benner Partners is a multi-disciplinary design firm, offering architecture, urban design and planning, economic development, interior design and landscape architecture services. You can reach them at www.bbptx.com.

The Current Climate of Construction in DFW

If you’ve driven through the respective downtown areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, it was likely an exercise in patience and navigation prowess. The orange cones, the closed streets – an Atheist could be moved to prayer.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the current commercial construction industry is steaming past the good ol’ days of 2008. Consider that more than 20 buildings with almost 6-million square feet of office space is being built throughout North Texas. In its 2nd Quarter report, the CBRE Group, Inc., found that despite a number of completed office projects, the “under construction pipeline hovered around 5 million sq. ft., over the quarter …” And that’s just one area of commercial construction.site

The employment numbers are just as impressive. According to CBRE, employment growth continues to be rated as strong. Year-over-year growth (April 2013 – April 2014) throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, showed a 3.5% increase representing 106,800 jobs.

With many economic trends pointing in a positive direction, how might this affect your plan to build?

Labor Shortage

The metropolitan area that includes Fort Worth/Arlington added over 2,600 construction jobs. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of America) reports, “Many construction firms looking to expand their payrolls are finding a surprisingly tight labor market.”

We can relate to those findings. After searching locally for an estimator over the last 18 months, we finally moved our search out-of-state. It took just two months to find and hire our new estimator, Jayson Rodriguez from Fresno, California.

Even as construction employment expands in Dallas/Fort Worth, national surveys continue to show that some general contracting firms are turning down work due to a lack of labor.

To ensure we can accept new projects, we have two things in place. First, we are hyper-focused on coordinating with our sub-contractors. The fact is, just about everyone is booked, so gone are the days of calling a sub and asking him/her to be on a job site the next day. Second, we have our own workforce of qualified, hourly workers that can help fill-in any gaps.

Construction Salaries

With demand for construction increasing, the cost of salaries and skilled labor has increased right along with it.

In a national survey conducted by AGC of America, 70% of firms confirmed they are paying more for skilled labor. In some cases, the wage increase is considered “significant.”

Firms who took part in the survey say, the hardest positions to fill right now include: carpenters, project managers, supervisors, estimators, electricians, plumbers and ironworkers.

One example of how higher salaries is affecting the cost of projects is Chevron Phillips Chemical. According to an article in the Star-Telegram, they estimate the ethylene plastics plant they’re preparing to build in San Antonio will now cost $6 billion – that’s $1 billion over the original estimate.

Whether it’s billions or millions, our estimates indicate sub contractor pricing has gone up approximately 5-8% over the last 18 months.

Cost of Materials

Figures released by AGC of America in January 2014, show prices for construction materials and for nonresidential building construction increased more than overall prices for final demand.on the site

In many cases, contractors were able to raise bid prices to match the cost increase in materials, but competition for projects kept margins fairly minimal.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, released their national producer price index for January 2014:

* Gypsum products jumped 7.4%
* Lumber and Plywood up 2.4%
* Cement increased by 2.0%
* Insulation Materials up 1.5%

Locally, our numbers show much higher price increases. By our estimates, concrete pricing has expanded by more than 10%, with the price skyrocketing from $75/cubic yard to almost $95/cubic yard. In addition, we have seen an increase in costs for gypsum products, lumber and plywood, as well as glass.

Interest Rates

One of the positives of commercial construction is that interest rates for loans remain very low. For the last two years, rates have attenuated and remain very thin.

Mark Cundiff, Senior Vice President of Real Estate at OmniAmerican Bank says, the rates can’t move much lower, so borrowers are asking for, and in some cases getting, longer Interest Only periods on their loans. The other area benefiting borrowers is the request for non-recourse, meaning the borrower is not personally liable for the secured loan.

The competition amongst commercial lenders is steep, so it’s not surprising that more changes are happening to the structure of the loans that lessen the burden on developers. And with evidence of new construction taking place throughout North Texas, banks appear just as confident as their customers.

Willingness to Build

Pace of construction in Dallas/Fort Worth doesn’t seem to be ringing any alarm bells.Resevoir View-Foch Warehouses

The current state of construction is filling a demand, where just three years ago, very little could be seen taking place in the industry. Many analysts see this construction boom as “backfilling” current demand.

Confidence is high amongst, builders, developers and banks. And, the Built-to-Suit business continues to grow along with the North Texas economy. We are encouraged by this positive attitude and plan on retaining our great people to meet the increasing demand for construction services.

Welcome the Newest Member of Our Team

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Sept. 22, 2014

Fort Construction is pleased to introduce our new Estimator, Jayson Rodriguez.

Originally from Fresno, California, Jayson earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. He has the spent the last 12 years working in various positions in the construction industry, including Superintendent, Project Manager and Estimator.

This was an easy hire for us. Jayson is exceedingly intelligent, has an excellent background in the construction industry, and has a great attitude. After giving him about ten minutes to settle in, we had him start on conceptual budgeting, which  includes looking over plans, estimating the work that needs to be done, then pricing the project.

Jayson’s fiancée, Jeanna, and their two sons, Brennden and Wyatt, will be making the move to Fort Worth in about a month. When asked if the boys were nervous about leaving the Central Valley, he says, they were at first, but now they’re excited. Jayson’s case for making the move was markedly improved when the boys found out LEGOLAND was located in nearby Grapevine.

He should fit in just fine. Jayson is an admitted gearhead and looks forward to getting out to Texas Motor Speedway for two Nascar races each year. If he’s delayed in returning your call in early November or early April, you’ll know why.

Renovations Coming for The Pet Hospital of Granbury

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With a growing practice and increased wait times for patients and their owners, Drs. Scott McCall, Kathleen Wallace and Scott Myers decided the time was right to make some improvements to their facility.

Starting in early January 2015, Fort Construction will begin renovations in two phases. Here’s what we plan to do:

  • Four exam rooms will be added – making a total of seven.
  • There will be separate canine and feline intensive care units.
  • They will have a brand new surgery suite and dental area.

For those of you who rely on The Pet Hospital of Granbury and their staff, they will remain open during the four-month project.

The Pet Hospital of Granbury is a new client and we are very excited to work with them. We would also like to thank Tom Malone, Principal Architect at TMA-CHA Architects, Inc., for recommending us.

For more information on The Pet Hospital of Granbury, visit their website at:


Fort Construction Recognized for Steady Growth

Fort Construction is honored to earn the title of “Greatest Advancement by a Private Company” by the Fort Worth Business Press.  As we continue to grow, our goal remains the same: develop the highest quality buildings that please everyone involved – including the owners, designers and our subcontractors. When this happens, we create an atmosphere of trust that leads to more opportunities. Read Full Story Here.

THIS is How You Update a Construction Project

If you’ve driven on Highway 114 near Texan Trail in Grapevine, you may have noticed a rather large construction project on the southwest corner.

Grubbs Infiniti hired Fort Construction to build the largest Infiniti dealership in the nation. The 16 acre site will host a 75,000 square foot dealership. The projected completion date is February 2015.

So how are things going? George Grubbs, Jr., mixed pictures with video taken by a drone + DJI Vision 2 to highlight what’s happening. Check this out!

Grubbs Infiniti Drone Video

How to Choose a Commercial Contractor

This very topic may lead you to reach for two Advil and something stronger than water, but it doesn’t have to.

Ken Evans, Senior Partner and Director d Construction Services for Fort Construction, suggests people consider the following when choosing a commercial contractor:

1. Hire someone you trust. You should always ask for references and more importantly, check those references. Do they have repeat business from their clients? Were they a nightmare to deal with? Did they do previous projects on time and within a budget?

2. Do not base your selection solely on price. The lowest bid may be cheap for a reason. Refer back to #1.

3. Pick a contractor that knows the local sub-contractor market. It’s important to know which sub-contractors are qualified and the most cost-effective for your specific project.

The bad news? If you’re in the middle of a contractor quagmire, there’s usually no easy remedy. The good news? You never have to find yourself in the middle of a nightmare if you take the time to find a reputable contractor and check their references.

Join Us This Friday for Boxing at the Ballroom

For the last 15 years, this event has helped raise almost two million dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Ft. Worth.

We tried to schedule our favorite sub-contractor to step into the ring against our accountant; alas, you’ll have to settle for a professional fight card provided by Paulie Ayala Productions. You’ll also enjoy a wonderful steak dinner, fine wine and spirits, hand-rolled cigars, live and silent auction, as well as the infamous Knock-Out Raffle.

Single seats are $300 or purchase a ringside table for 10 for $7500. Christi Langas is the Special Events Manager and she can walk you through all the ticket and table options. You can reach her by email at clangas@fortworthkids.org.

Fort Construction is proud to sponsor this event and we hope to see you there!

Fort Construction Announces New Project for OmniAmerican Bank

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In an effort to better serve their customers in a new, more spacious environment, OmniAmerican Bank has hired Fort Construction to renovate their building located in the heart of the medical community in south Fort Worth.

Fort is projected to get started just after Labor Day with a completion date around the end of November or early December.  Anne Holland is a Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer at OmniAmerican Bank, and says, we chose Fort “because of their commitment to customer service and quality within a cost structure, meeting our budget needs for this project.”

What’s unique about this job is that the branch will remain open during the renovation and construction.  The receptionist will not hand you a hard hat or a drop cloth as you walk in.  All renovation work will be done after hours to minimize any inconvenience to their customers.

This branch of OmniAmerican Bank is right down the street from the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Cook Children’s Medical Center, and a number of other medical facilities.  OmniAmerican Bank offers a new healthcare banking program that features customized solutions for healthcare professionals.  You can get more information by going to their website at www.omniamerican.com.

Fort Helps Build New Restaurant

Fort Construction is excited to be partnering with a local favorite business owner, and helping with the construction of his new Ethiopian restaurant.  Read all about this great Fort Worth Family here:  http://issuu.com/360westmagazine/docs/76107-july-august/13?e=5268866/8437838

Fort Construction Supports Boys & Girls Clubs

Fort Construction is proud to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth and Boxing at the Ballroom-2013

Project Featured in Business Insider

Fort Construction’s Project, iProspect, is Featured in the July Issue of Business Insider

Fort Receives Award

Fort’s Project in the Southside Receives Neighborhood Revitalization Award

Fort Partners with Marketing Agency

Fort Partners with Iconoclastic Marketing Agency, Starr Conspiracy, to build their new Headquarters