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New elementary based on tradition

image Drone view of Tradition Elementary in Saint Hedwig, TX

SAN ANTONIO - The Guido family began building in Texas in 1927 when Louis Guido Sr. and Vincent Fablo constructed the historic St. Francesco di Paola Church and Parish Hall in downtown San Antonio. Trained in Italy as a master carpenter, Louis’ reputation grew with projects like the San Pedro Playhouse and restoration to the Mission San José.




    Guido Construction Company’s 90 years of experience in construction have been based on the lessons of integrity, value and the quality of craftsmanship carried down from Louis Guido Sr. to his sons Cosmo and Louis Jr. Perhaps this was a key component for the East Central Independent School District when selecting a contractor to construct the new elementary school in the small farming community of Saint Hedwig, TX.
    The farming community of Saint Hedwig is strong on tradition. It is for this reason that the new elementary was named Tradition Elementary. In addition, it falls in line with the school names of other fairly new schools in the district, Heritage and Legacy.
    Tradition Elementary is a new, state-of-the-art elementary school with related and ancillary facilities.  The new school is a needed addition to San Antonio’s fast-growing population.
    The 95,385sf project includes a library, media center, stage and music room, cafetorium, food service area, computer labs, science laboratories and two stories of offices and classrooms. A gymnasium and locker facilities are also provided for the elementary school students. Extensive site work was required to allow for bus lanes, parking and a playground.
    Exterior construction of the new facility is comprised of traditional slab on grade and structural steel framing, insulated plywood wall sheathing, limestone and metal wall panel veneer, mod bit and metal roofing. The school’s interior is constructed of traditional unfaced fiberglass insulation, metal stud framing, drywall, texture paint, plywood wall panels, etc.
     Tradition Elementary is the largest project to date for the City of Saint Hedwig with a population of 2,406. It is on the far most eastern point of East Central’s school district and is a very large project for such a remote area.
    The project sits on the site of what was once farming land with good fertile soil. While the land is great for farming, it creates a big challenge when saturated with over 30 inches of rain. The Guido team had their hands full with 57 recorded days of rain resulting in weather delays, material and man power shortages.
    The project had the typical challenges that the industry has experienced of late: excessive wet weather, limited supply of specialty contractor resources and delays in communication. Ultimately the entire O/A/C team worked together to produce a state-of-the-art Facility led by Owners’ Representative, Jim Selby; LPA Architects Mark Oppelt, Principal  & Carlos Constantino, Sr. PM; and the Construction Team led by: Russell Wilson, Sr. PM; Bill Farrell, Sr. Superintendent; Eric Cothran, PM; and Ryan Bennett, Superintendent. This allowed Guido to complete the new elementary school on time for the 2018-2019 school year. The school was formally dedicated on Oct. 6.
    Guido Construction Company is a full-service Construction Manager/General Contractor based in San Antonio, TX. –cmw

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