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Family fun for everyone

image Epic Fun, 7101 W. US Hwy 71 D

AUSTIN - When Stacy Eppen, owner of Epic Fun decided to renovate an old Big Lots store into a family fun center, Eppen knew she wanted a family-oriented contractor with a reputation for getting the job done.






    Third generational contractors John and Matt Haralson were born and raised in Austin. Their family has been active in the Central Texas construction industry since 1950. In 1992, the Haralson’s founded G Creek Construction, a family owned and operated construction company. G Creek specializes in commercial and municipal construction.
    Transformation of an existing 27,000sf Big Lots facility into the family entertainment center, Epic Fun took six months and $2,000,000 to complete.
    Renovation of the existing building included demolition of all interior structures and finishes, installation of an all new commercial kitchen, restrooms, bowling alley and most importantly erecting all the new attractions. The attractions varied from an elevated rope course, a three-story playground, rock climbing, arcades, bumper cars and mini-bowling.
    The biggest challenge faced was scheduling. The various entertainment vendors had to fall in line precisely as they were coming in from all over the world.  Any lags or delays would result in complete disruption of the schedule, thus causing increased costs and remobilization fees by the attraction vendors.
    Working with a first time owner, starting a business on a tight timeline and budget, made this project unique. Major redesign was needed when issues arose during the permitting process. Making changes was quite challenging working with an out of state A/E team unfamiliar with City of Austin permitting processes and coordinating vendors from around the world. The Balocity attraction came from Canada, the bowling setup came from Israel with Israeli installers, Clip & Climb came from Oregon, Spin Zone came from New Jersey, Laser tag from Florida, the remainder of the games came from all over.
    “Owner, Stacy Eppen, was fabulous to work for because of the many moving parts that she had to deal with, especially it being her first foray into this type of business,” agrees Robert Petri, project manager and superintendent Brea Patton.  The architect and engineer faced the challenge of working from out of state while trying to maneuver around the local City of Austin codes.
    G Creek Construction is a full-service, fully bonded general contractor in Austin. -cmw

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