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SAN ANTONIO - Since 2012, Elizabeth Yetman Chavez has been making a name for herself in the construction industry. She did this by starting her first company, ARS Specialty Contractors, a firm specializing in concrete and industrial coatings. Two years later, she added a division to ARS specializing in the installation of gypsum underlayment and lightweight concrete – which has given rise to the birth of her newest company, Garren Construction.


    Chavez founded Garren Construction in 2017. “We are hoping to grow Garren into a general contracting firm whereas our other divisions have been specialty contracting,” says Chavez. “Having just obtained our 8a status in June 2017, we are hoping to use the 8a as a tool to help make that happen.”
    Garren was awarded their first contract working on the San Pedro Creek improvements project for Sundt/Davila rehabbing three bridges in downtown San Antonio. “This contract is our first foray into the general contracting world. We are rehabbing three bridges in downtown, the Santa Rosa St., Martin St., and Travis St. bridges. This is work we have never done before. We got into a road and bridge line of work that we were unfamiliar with before but definitely built some great relationships with some subcontractors and got to know a lot about the road and bridge business.
    “The future is bright for Garren and there is no telling where we will go. We are hoping to build on what we have done with this contract. If you had told me three years ago I was going to be a bridge builder, I would have never believed you, but sometimes you never know where growth is going to take you.”
    Garren Construction in a new general contracting firm specializing in road and bridge construction in San Antonio. -cmw

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