Teinert Commercial Building Services

TeinertTeinert Commercial has earned a strong reputation among clients such as Texas Tech University.

By Alan Dorich

Teinert Commercial Building Services values personality as much as experience in its employees, owner and President Chad Henthorn says. “When we’re looking for new personnel, we pay as much attention to that person’s personality as their history of projects,” he says.

“It’s both critical to have the right experience and find somebody that fits into this culture,” he says. “We work really hard, but we enjoy being around each other.”Teinert info box

Based in Lubbock, Texas, the general contracting firm serves clients through various methods, including stipulated sum bid, negotiated, construction management at-risk, design/build and job order contracting. Founder Allen Teinert started the company in 1982.

“He was the sole owner until 2012, when I came on board as part of a buyout plan,” Henthorn recalls, noting that the plan had a five-year target. “We completed the buyout early, and the succession plan has worked extremely well.”

Today, Teinert Commercial stands as one of the larger general contracting/construction management firms in its part of the state. However, “There are a lot of really big companies that are doing work out here that are based out of other areas such as Albuquerque, [N.M.]., Dallas and Fort Worth, [Texas],” he says.

“We do have a joint venture with J.E. Dunn Construction, and they’ve been a extremely great group to work with,” he says. The Dunn + Teinert Joint Venture was set up to pursue larger projects in the West Texas region, and the JV serves as construction manager for the $16 million Joe Arrington Cancer Center and the $88 million Covenant Health Systems West Patient tower, both in Lubbock. 

Both on its own and through its work and partnership with J.E. Dunn, Teinert Commercial has earned a strong reputation in its region. “We’ve feel like we’ve got a good buzz about what we’re doing, and we are working hard not only to capitalize on that but to also exceed expectations to keep it going.”

Building in Lubbock

Teinert Commercial’s recent work includes the design/build of the headquarters of the Community Health Center of Lubbock. Finished in November 2015, the facility spans 54,000 square feet and is part of a revitalization of Lubbock’s downtown area.

“It includes a general clinical space for both adults and pediatric care, vision lanes, a 10-chair dental facility, space for corporate offices and aerobic rooms,” Henthorn says. The center also features a conference center for teaching how to prepare healthy meals. “They’re a good group with a unique approach to healthcare that focuses heavily on prevention,” he says.

“Our main goal was to absolutely maximize the scope of work for their dollar,” Henthorn recalls, noting that the center had a federal grant and endowment for the project. “It was really important for us to get as much as we could out of the budget.”

Teinert Commercial is now serving as the construction manager at-risk on a renovation of Jones AT&T Stadium for Texas Tech University, also in Lubbock. The $5 million project includes the expansion of an existing facility that used to house the ticket office.

“We gutted that building,” he says, noting that the company will expand it with a catering kitchen, bars and private boxes with loge-style seating and individual TVs. “It’s a new alternative product for the university to sell for football fans.

“We need to have it ready for the 2016 football season,” he says, noting that the university is a repeat client. “We’re working on five other projects on that campus right now.”

Finding Labor

Texas is enjoying a strong economy, but that has made finding skilled labor more challenging for Teinert Construction. “When the economy took a dive in 2008, it didn’t take a dive in Texas,” Henthorn recalls. “It slowed down, but it made things more manageable.”

Some of Henthorn’s colleagues have speculated that similar times may be coming, due to the drop in oil prices. “A lot of people think that’s going to free up a ton of labor,” he says.

So far, the firm has seen some relief, “but not a lot,” he admits. “I think a lot of those people are going to sit at their house and do nothing until they find another job filling those oilfield wages.”

For now, the company is coping by trying to bring in its trade contractors earlier on projects. “[We’re getting] them locked in early … to assist with design and budgeting,” he says. “That’s something we’re doing to stake our claim on the most qualified trade contractors before their workload is too large to take on new work.”

Plans for Success

Henthorn is a longtime veteran of construction. Before purchasing Teinert Commercial, he worked for Lee Lewis Construction for almost 12 years as well as for The Beck Group.

He is proud of Teinert Commercial’s growth. “When I came on board, this company was doing $15 million to $19 million in revenue,” he says. “We’ve grown steadily from 2012, when we did just shy of $20 million.

“We’re poised to do over $60 million in revenue this year, and we have over $100 million under contract right now,” he says. “We’re also stable, we’re profitable and we’re debt free.”

He predicts more growth for Teinert Construction, which recently added two new managers. ”We’re trying not to grow too fast,” he adds. “We actually say ‘no’ a lot, but we really try and pick the projects that we feel we can execute the best.

“We also pick the right clients, and pick folks who we can succeed and be a true partner with,” he says. “As long as we keep doing that and the economy stays strong in this part of the country, I think we’ll continue to be successful.”

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