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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Ryder Truck Expansion and Renovation


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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.

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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!

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Hoot ‘n Holler Benefiting ACH


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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.

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

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New Warehouse for Habitat for Humanity


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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.

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Two Design Awards


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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.

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Congratulations to Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth


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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.

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BMW of Arlington Remodel and Expansion


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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.

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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.

 

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Can You Help Break the Cycle of Addiction?


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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.

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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.

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Finalists Named for Fried Goodness at State Fair


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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.

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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!

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Please Welcome our New CFO


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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!

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Grubbs Infiniti Experiencing Incredible Growth


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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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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.

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New Homeless Shelter for Moms and Their Kids


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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!

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Natural Grocers Grand Opening on West 7th


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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!

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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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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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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.

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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!

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Women in Construction? Absolutely


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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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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


Renovation on W 7th

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.

Waiting for Grand Opening

Waiting for the Grand Opening …

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It’s Open!

Nomination for 2015 Topping Out Award


Grubbs Infiniti of Grapevine

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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CONNECTOR TO NEAR SOUTHSIDE PLACED ON HOLD


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.

Photo courtesy of Paul Moseley at the Star-Telegram

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.

Tommy, Mary, Madeline and Thomas

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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Jerry’s Car Wash in Fort Worth

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!

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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.

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FORT is HIRING


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 …


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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


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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


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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:

http://www.star-telegram.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article9744344.html

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.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article9634913.html

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!

ECONOMY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE


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.

http://keranews.org/post/grand-prairie-tv-star-mike-rowe-gets-students-cheering-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.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/862946820382129

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.

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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.

www.bartshaw.com

www.paintballfunontherun.com

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:

http://www.pethospitalgranbury.com

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
 http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-innovative-workspaces-2013-7?op=1#ixzz2ZJgiHHSx

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