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A gem shines again

image The Arevalo Alamo Building located at 219 N. Alamo. Photo courtesy of Alfredo Mora.

SAN ANTONIO - Driven by the desire to produce a quality product and develop long-term professional relationships with clients and design teams has allowed founders Micha and William Pugh of Pugh Constructors Inc. the ability to be selective in the types of projects and total revenue they undertake.




    It is this aspiration that made Pugh Constructors the perfect fit for the restoration of the Arevalo N. Alamo Building.
    The renovation of the 18,565sf Arevalo N. Alamo Building took one year to complete, having started May 30, 2017 and completed on May 31, 2018. The project cost over $3million to complete, start to finish and will be used for tenant, commercial and residential use.
    For those of you who are not familiar with downtown and the Arevalo N. Alamo Building, this is the original YMCA building built in 1907 and located only three blocks from the Alamo and was designed and built with sustainability in mind. Over the years, ownership of the building has changed hands to include ownership by the Joske’s family.
    The 110-year-old building required the complete renovation of the four-story structure located in downtown San Antonio. The aged beauty required renovation and repair of the brick façade, sidewalk repairs, roof repairs, structural steel work, architectural wood work, installation of aluminum clad windows and storefronts, new flooring, antique wood re-finishing, plaster, structural glazing, mechanical, electrical and plumbing overhaul for a complete interior finish-out.
    The primary materials used for this renovation was concrete, brick, structural steel, glazing, architectural woodwork, reclaimed lumber, finishes and MEP.
    Renovating a dilapidated 110-year-old building in a confined work environment proved to be very challenging. Coordinating MEP trades under floor, through shafts and on exposed ceilings was also challenging.  In addition, there was negotiating work with community stakeholders and balancing nostalgic and modern materials.
    Although this was a design-bid-build project, the complexity and surprises encountered while under construction phase required the architect, Douglas Architects Inc. and owner, Quality Services International LLC to be intimately involved with Pugh Constructors during all phases of construction. Tobin Flinn, project manager for Pugh Constructors and Raul Juarez, project superintendent maintained open lines of communications at all times.
    Vollmer Electric Co., United Restoration & Preservation, Beyer Mechanical, Beyer Plumbing Co., Rodriguez & Sons, ARIS Designs, AGL Painting, Corporate Floors, Wessely-Thompson Hardware, DEA Specialties, Firetrol Protection Systems, Tex State Constructors, Garden Ornamental Designs, B&B Masonry, Gavin Steel Fabricating, Superior Roofing & Construction, Cowboy Grading, Lehne Construction, Samuels Glass Company, 101 Mobility, Unistrut Service Company, Parkland Vertical Solutions, Hammonds Wood Floors, Hill Country Overhead Door, McLarkin Group along with structural engineer Lundy & Franke Engineering Inc.; civil engineer Pape-Dawson Engineering and MEP engineer RGM Engineering were involved in the restoration of this 110 year-old gem.
    Pugh Constructors LLC is a full-service general contractor in San Antonio. -cmw

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