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SAN ANTONIO - Vulcan Materials Company selected Forum Construction Company (FCC) as the contractor of choice for their new Medina quarry office and shop.






    Forum Construction Company was founded in 1986 by Ralph C. Bradford and was incorporated in 1993. In early 2008, Eric Stirm joined FCC working alongside Bradford, assisting in the day-to-day operation until July 2016 when Stirm purchased Forum Construction Company, becoming the sole owner and personally oversees all phases of operations and construction. Forum Construction Company has grown from a small concrete subcontracting firm to a fully-insured, turn-key, design build general contractor with over 40 years of experience bringing quality craftsmanship to commercial construction.
    The Medina quarry office and shop project involved the new construction of an approximate 4,060-sf wood framed office designed to look more like a farm house, with board and batten siding and metal roof, than a commercial office building. 
    The main quarry office is comprised of wood framed, board and batted hardi board siding and cedar trim, limestone wainscot, rough-cut cedar exposed columns and beams with a standing seam roof. The interior of the office building is constructed of wood framing, insulation, drywall, wood cabinets, granite countertops and stained concrete flooring to give a cozy country feel.
    The quarry’s shop building is an approximate 8,350sf of pre-engineered Nucor metal building for working on their quarry equipment with an office area within the same building with R-panel siding and roof. The shop interior office is constructed of metal stud framing, drywall, p-lam cabinets and countertops and stained concrete floors.
    Forum Construction began working alongside Vulcan Materials from the budget/preliminary design phase and was able to suggest design value engineering options that would allow Vulcan to build not only what they needed but what they wanted. The only obstacle Forum faced was getting the cost of the project within the constraints of the project’s budget.
    Rather than hiring an architectural firm, Forum produced the “architectural” plans that were used for construction adding a unique aspect to the project. They teamed up with Mike Zezula with Beicker Consultants for the structural engineering and Ed Monaco with Edward C Monaco PE Inc. Consulting Engineers for the MEP engineering. Additionally, the wood framed office building is not a typical project for Forum since Forum primarily does pre-engineered metal buildings with office finish out within the building. The owner, Vulcan Materials, performed the site work and civil engineering.
    “Superintendent Bradley Domel and myself enjoyed worked alongside Vulcan Materials and we look forward to this being a long-term relationship. We have worked closely with Beicker Consultants, Ed Monaco and Rocking Engineering for quite a few years and we value the ease of working together.  We know what to expect from them and they know what to expect from us,” says Forum Construction owner & project manager, Eric Stirm.
    Forum is a full-service general contractor specializing in design build, pre-engineered metal buildings and office buildings. -cmw

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