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A first in four decades

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SAN ANTONIO - The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio’s (BGCSA) mission is to inspire youth, especially those who need us most, to achieve their full potential in a safe, positive and engaging environment that promotes education, health and character development. So finding the right contractor for the construction of a new facility for BGCSA was vitally important.



    Founded in 1977, Keller-Martin Construction Inc. has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in construction for 40 years. The majority of their work is in the private sector including many projects each year for non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club. In addition to quality, they take pride in their record of completing projects on schedule and within budget. Their business philosophy is based on dedication to customer service. They work with owners and architects as a team, in a spirit of cooperation toward a common goal. At the core of each project are communication, collaboration and trust. The company’s proactive approach includes advance planning and problem solving that result in a seamless workflow during construction of even the most challenging projects.
    The first new construction of a Boys & Girls Clubhouse in over 40 years is in one of the oldest inner city neighborhoods in San Antonio that is highly dense with an extreme poverty rate.
    The construction of a new 23,000sf Boys and Girls Club took 11 months to complete, starting in June 2016 and completed in May 2017 with a construction cost of $4,600,000.
    The project was a two-story structure with concrete slab on grade and a pre-engineered steel structure. The lower level included a full gymnasium, classrooms, a teaching kitchen, game rooms and a teen center. The second floor included the administrative personnel for all the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio and a boardroom.
    The architect mixed together basic materials with elaborate colors to create an enthusiastic environment for the kids. The exterior included vertical and horizontal metal panels. The interior included high ceilings of exposed structures, drywall, suspended ceilings, and a special cushioned athletic floor in the gymnasium.
    The first big challenge was working with the architect to design a building that met the Boys & Girls Club budget. Ultimately, resources were garnered to complete all aspects desired in the building, but until that time, there were numerous meetings and iterations to get the project within budget. And wouldn’t you know, but San Antonio’s first significant rain in decades happened during the construction period. While no one can predict the weather, there was a hard deadline to have the building ready to host the Grand Opening Gala on May 31.
     Keller-Martin worked closely with Project Control and the architect and the board of B&G Club for nine months to align the scope of the building with the dollars budgeted. The site had an extensive amount of demolition below grade from the remains of an old manufacturing facility downtown. Mesa Excavation handled this sensitive work expeditiously so the project could stay on schedule.
    With the start of construction delayed and limited access to the site once started, it was discovered SAWS had scheduled a major repair of a 50” sanitary sewer line running along the south property line. Keller-Martin met with SAWS and Pape Dawson, the civil engineers, to coordinate the work with SAWS and continued on schedule.
    Angie Mock, the CEO of B&G Clubs, was able to secure additional funding for several components of the building that were additive options in the beginning. Just before the closing up of the building, Mock asked to include a second-floor boardroom that required expediting structural steel and not delay the overall building. Keller-Martin moved quickly to add the additional work and keep the project on schedule. There was no option to be late since there was an event scheduled to recognize the donors to the project. Mock also wanted to open the doors to the downtown kids of San Antonio for summer.   
    Keller-Martin Project Manager Robert Hoyland and Superintendent Doug Neubauer worked closely with B&G Club CEO Angie Mock, board members William McCormick and Rene Garcia and architect Adam Gill, Luna Middleman Architects throughout construction.
    Constant communication was key to the successful completion deadline.  “Keller-Martin and Luna Architecture always came to BGCSA with a solution. From management to job site personnel, they were very professional and incredibly creative in working through issues.  They were incredibly patient and helpful in dealing with staff questions and our building committee structure. They really went the extra mile to help us make sure our Grand Opening Gala was perfect despite construction delays due to weather. I always felt like they ‘had our back’ when it came to the project budget. They understood that we are a youth-serving non-profit and that every dollar we saved in contingency would benefit our organization. After construction, they continued to provide support and
incredible customer service as needed,” says Mock.
     Keller-Martin Construction Inc. is a general contractor located in San Antonio and services the South Texas region. -cmw

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