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Alternative birthing

image Westover Hills Birth Center birthing room

SAN ANTONIO - Since 1987, Parnes Construction has been serving South Texas and the San Antonio market. The family-owned general contracting company founded by Grant Parnes specializes in remodeling, tenant improvement and new finish-outs of commercial interiors.




     As a general contractor, Parnes Construction has occasionally spread their scope of work beyond the limits of interiors and performed exterior renovations and ground-up new construction of buildings. The company’s competitive advantage comes from their ability to keep overhead costs to a minimum and long-standing relationships with their suppliers. Combined with decades of experience, these factors were the perfect recipe for Julie Hatfield, owner of the Westover Hills Birth Center.
    Founder/Lead Superintendent Grant Parnes and the family business’ second generation, Colton Parnes, managed and supervised the finish-out for the new Westover Hills Birth Center. The $350,000 project took approximately four months to complete, start to finish. This included permitting and plan review plus winter holidays, allowing three full months to construct the 3,500sf facility.
    The facility is an alternative for women who don’t want to give birth in a hospital and is metal-stud constructed with LVT floors, LED lighting, and acoustic/lay-in ceilings.
    One of the biggest challenges was meeting the customer’s deadline. This was accomplished while working with the City of San Antonio to satisfy the city that this is not a clinical/medical/hospital-type facility where “patients” are being “treated.”
Rather, it is a place where mothers can naturally give birth without the use/aid of drugs or surgical procedures and equipment, and thus still meet code requirements without going over budget. 
    Birth centers are not common in San Antonio; you can count them on one hand. Westover Hills Birth Center is a unique facility and business in our community.
    “Parnes Construction has worked with The Jordan Group and Ed Monaco, P.E. on many projects before and there has always been synergy. Everything is always handled as a team effort, and nothing is ever someone else’s problem,” says Business Development Lead/Chief Estimator, Colton Parnes.
    Parnes Construction is a commercial General Contractor based in San Antonio. -cmw

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