Commitment to community
SOUTH TEXAS – Peacock General Contractors, Harlingen, teamed up with architectural firm Megamorphosis Inc., Harlingen, to provide Saint Anthony Parish with a new community center. The $2,600,000 project took 14 months.
“This project pays homage to the existing church building that had reached the end of its service-life in form and material, while incorporating modern elements that reflect a forward-thinking vibrant congregation and student-body,” says John Pearcy, AIA, principal in charge of the project of Megamorphosis.
The project consisted of approximately 13,000sf of new construction including a new multi-purpose gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium, plus renovations to existing structures.
Six new classrooms were added, as well as new multi-purpose meeting spaces, a new campus courtyard and new parking.
Renovations were done to selected spaces in the adjacent existing school and rectory.
Primary construction was load bearing concrete masonry, steel low slope roof, and pre-engineered metal building with concrete masonry infill, with clay masonry and metal panel veneer.
“The primary challenge was replacing a much-loved existing building (that served for many years as the main church) in the heart of a church and school campus that remained in-use throughout the project,” Pearcy said.
Owner of the project is the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville – Saint Anthony Parish.
Pearcy and Tre’ Peacock, owner of Peacock General Contractors, say the teams have worked together and share a common philosophy.
“Megamorphosis and Peacock General Contractors share a commitment to their community and clients,” Pearcy said. “This team has worked together on several other projects to deliver quality facilities, that serve the end-users by providing safe and enjoyable places for them to live out their mission.”
Project manager was Tre’ Peacock and project superintendent was Kohutek Cumpian. From Megamorphosis, project manager was Benito Lozano.
Civil engineer was Ferris, Flinn and Medina of Harlingen. Structural engineer was Green, Rubiano & Associates of Harlingen and MEP Engineer was Halff Associates of McAllen.
Peacock General Contractor Inc. was started in 2003, with roots back to 1974. PGC is a commercial construction general contracting firm located in the Rio Grande Valley. Along with many public projects such as schools, municipal buildings, and parks, Peacock also has a strong foothold in the private sector. Repeat customers include banks, churches, and car dealerships. Tre Peacock serves as the President/CEO. Bill Peacock (Tre’s father) serves as the CFO/Comptroller. PGC has 13 employees and completes $10 million in work per year.
Megamorphosis Inc., a general practice, was founded in 1995 by Meg Jorn and has seven employees. Megamorphosis is full service architectural practice with a focus on regional design, site driven design, and efficient use of materials and resources. –cw
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