Guido Construction

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Guido Construction has been synonymous with construction in San Antonio, Texas, since 1927. 

By Jim Harris

Guido Construction has played a major role in building the city of San Antonio, Texas, for nearly 90 years. The company first made its mark in the city in 1927, when founder Louis Guido and his partners built St. Francis De Paola Church and Parish Hall in downtown San Antonio, which is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several notable buildings and monuments that can still be seen in the city today followed, including the San Pedro Playhouse and the San Antonio Museum of Art. The company also renovated and restored the historic San Fernando Cathedral and, in recent years, replaced the roof of the Alamo. The roofing project was not the company's first at the historic battle site; the company placed a memorial stone there in 1939.

Although Guido's techniques and capabilities have greatly evolved since its origins, it still adheres to its founder's core values. "My grandfather was a master craftsman and carpenter who believed in performing quality work," President Tom Guido says. In addition to pride in craftsmanship, the company's values include their dynamic culture, leveraging innovation, creating value for clients, and stewardship and integrity. This approach has earned the company a number of repeat clients and awards over its history including SeaWorld in San Antonio, where they have completed five projects including the $30 million Aquatica Water Park. Guido works on a variety of project types including schools, commercial buildings, banks, museums, breweries and recreational attractions. "To me, the essence of our pursuit and performance of work is that we don't just do one thing," Guido says. "Pursuing projects in different arenas has resulted in positive growth and profitability for the company." The company today is owned by Tom's wife Maryanne. The Guido's sons, Cosmo and Chris, and daughter Lauren are also involved in the family business. The Guido family and their employees are engaged in a number of community activities, which Tom Guido says has also helped it build client relationships and secure landmark projects. Lean and Green
Guido utilizes a number of technologies and techniques to complete its projects, regardless of the sector. "We pride ourselves on innovation," Tom Guido says, noting the company's use of technologies such as drones and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Lean construction methodology also plays a large role in the company's work. "Being efficient with materials and people across the board enables us to avoid wasting time, money and materials," he adds. "But the real benefit is the Lean process allows us to engage all of our subcontractors and secure their commitment to perform work within a certain timeframe. When executed well, Lean helps us finish our work on time and identify certain issues before they become a problem." The company employs LEED-certified staff to ensure the materials and methods it uses are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. "We do this not only to be a good citizen, but because building codes now require double-insulated windows and similar materials," Guido says. "In addition, LED lighting has significantly come down in price, because it's now the standard." Project Success
The company is applying its core values as well as its lean and green-minded methods to a number of projects in San Antonio and the surrounding region. Work is underway on a brewery in Fredericksburg, Texas, the company's second such project within the past year. The company completed work on a brewery for Alamo Beer in San Antonio in 2015. Other ongoing projects include Discovery Cove, an interactive dolphin exhibit at SeaWorld; a science building and Junior ROTC/athletic building for two San Antonio high schools; and the renovation and addition of numerous projects at the San Antonio Zoo, including a new giraffe exhibit. The company completed work in early 2016 on the redevelopment of a former department store building at the Rivercenter Mall. Guido removed the interior of the building, which was originally build in 1870, and replaced its wood frame with a four-story steel frame supported by 70 piers the company drilled.

The mall is located along the city's River Walk, with which the company is quite familiar as it completed a five-phase streetscape project there last year. The project included replacing steps with wheelchair-accessible ramps and widening sidewalks. "The River Walk work is one of our pride and joys," Guido says.

Guido other recently completed projects include The DoSeum, a 100,000-square-foot children's museum with interactive exhibits and 39,000-square-feet of outdoor exhibit space that opened last June.

Subcontractors and suppliers play a large role in all of the company's projects. "We treat them as our partners, because that's what they are," Guido says. "Our success depends on theirs, and vice versa."

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