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A protégé rises

image Brooks Black, founder of BP Construction

SAN ANTONIO - Having started out in the construction industry as a laborer, Brooks Black has faced a lot of challenges on the way to starting his own company, BP Construction, in 2015.






    Originally from Buford, SC, Black’s stepfather was in the construction indus-try, and during summer and breaks from school, he would go to the jobsites. Over time, he started working on jobs regularly and picked up the trade as he learned hands on.
    Doing residential and commercial construction for 21 years now, Black first struck out on his own with another company, Top Notch, in South Carolina in 2003. But the economic downturn hit Black’s business, and he had to close up shop. He then moved to Texas, and when he saw the economy picking up, he set out to start BP.
    He noticed that general contractors were looking for single entities that could handle various aspects of a job, including framing, drywall, insulation, and acoustical ceilings, rather than multiple entities handling those parts of the job separately. So, Black geared his business toward handling the whole of that scope.
    He has found winning proposals to be the biggest challenge starting his business here, noting that there is a lot of competition, but he figured out how to overcome this hurdle.
    Requesting the bid tab for jobs he sent proposals, he found that he would often be about 5 percent higher than the company that won the proposal. In order to stay competitive, he cut costs, including taking a pay cut and timing equipment rentals to when it is really needed.
    While BP is based in San Antonio, the company does work all over the state. Right now, BP is framing and doing the interior finish out, drywall, acoustical ceilings, and paint for Circle K gas stations in New Braunfels and Houston. Other jobs include the metal stud framing and interior finish out for an animal hospital in Floresville, and BP recently did One World Montessori school in Round Rock.
    After starting his business, Black studied business at Alamo Colleges and earned a certificate from the program. While attending classes, he chose Guido Construction as his mentor, and he has worked with them on projects such as remodeling the locker room in the AT&T Center as their protégé.
    Black has also earned Minority, African-American, Small Business and Emerging Small Business certifications for BP. Currently working in the private sector, he hopes to expand into public work. In his spare time, he coaches basketball for National Youth Sports. He also enjoys fixing up houses and selling them.
    BP Construction is a subcontractor doing work that includes framing, metal studs, and interior finish out. –mh

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