Jordan Foster Construction was started in 1969 by C.F. “Paco” Jordan, a veteran construction professional who had worked in all phases of the industry. The company began as a small operation in El Paso, Texas, but has grown over the years to take on some of the largest industrial and commercial jobs in Texas.
“Paco Jordan was on the end of a shovel and worked his way through the ranks,” says John Goodrich, president of the company’s infrastructure and concrete division.
The infrastructure division was formed in 1994 because Jordan wanted to lessen the company’s reliance on subcontractors, Goodrich says. Five years later, the division began working on projects outside the company, serving as either a general contractor or subcontractor, Goodrich says.
The division has been extremely successful since its start 21 years ago. It generated $6 million in 1999, a figure that grew to approximately $120 million in 2014.” We’ve had a great growth spurt,” Goodrich says.
Goodrich credits Jordan for having the foresight to expand the company and create the infrastructure division. “Paco is a construction man,” Goodrich says. “He understands construction. He has the stomach for the risk.” He adds that Jordan was extremely supportive of the division in its early days. “He gave us ideas,” he recalls. “He gave us the tools.”
The infrastructure division does a variety of projects including roadwork, highways, bridges, utilities, airports and various concrete buildings, such as parking garages. “We’ve worked on so many projects that we’ve gathered significant experience,” Goodrich says. “We’re very well established in El Paso.”
But the company did not want to limit its presence to west Texas and has opened offices in San Antonio and Austin. “We did want to branch out a little bit and move into central Texas,” Goodrich says. “We wanted to have our foot in the door in that part of Texas. We want to maximize profitability.” But there were obstacles to growth including finding experienced workers. “We can find labor, but’s difficult to find skilled labor,” he says.
The strategic expansion into central Texas was driven by an aging infrastructure that needs to be repaired or replaced, Goodrich says. In fact, both the Austin and San Antonio offices focus on transportation work. Jordan Foster has a residential office based in Houston as well as commercial offices in El Paso, San Antonio and Dallas.
Home of the Chihuahuas
One of the infrastructure division’s recent projects was the construction of Southwest University Park, El Paso’s minor league baseball field and home to the Pacific Coast League’s El Paso Chihuahuas, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
The facility was built on the former site of El Paso City Hall, which was imploded to make room for the field. The stadium opened in late April, 12 months after city hall was demolished. Several other recently built minor league baseball fields required nearly double the time to complete, Goodrich notes.
Jordan Foster collaborated on the project with Dallas-based Hunt Construction Group, which has built professional sports facilities for 45 years, including Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Marlins Park in Miami.
The company credited its relationships with local subcontractors and its knowledge of the community for its ability to complete the job in less than one year. Indeed, the company held bi-weekly meetings with subcontractors and utility companies to keep the job on track.
The ballpark features 9,500 seats, a 360-degree concourse, public art spaces and 40,000 square feet of floor space on the concourse level featuring retail and food offerings, team offices and elevated seating decks.
The city of El Paso owns the park. Populous, of Kansas City, was the prime consultant and design engineer, and El Paso-based MNK Architects served as the associate architect. Robert Navarro & Associates, also of El Paso, was the structural engineer.
Jordan Foster Construction, previously CF Jordan Construction, changed names in 2013 after Jordan formed a partnership with Paul Foster and Darren Woody, the company’s president and CEO. “It was a natural fit,” Goodrich says. “Paul is very committed to this company and the future of the company. We were a large company, and now we’re a larger company.”
The creation of the new company was the result of Jordan’s desire to establish a succession plan and ensure the firm’s longevity. “This is the right time, with the right people, and I am confident that Paul’s exceptional passion and vision will help us take Jordan Foster Construction to the next level,” Jordan said when the new company was announced.
Foster, who founded Western Refining in 1997, is a longtime friend of Jordan. He and Jordan partnered “to continue a personal focus on building and to be involved in the construction of enduring, quality assets,” according to the company.
Jordan Foster Construction specializes in commercial, infrastructure, concrete and industrial construction, along with multifamily, student and military housing.