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95 Years of Success Bellows is celebrating 95 years of successful projects, ongoing client relationships and our loyal, expert personnel who are the foundation of our company. We are known for our straightforward, disciplined approach to each project, our tenacity in anticipating project issues and our aggressive adherence to schedule and focus on completion date. Determined to earn our clients’ respect, we are responsive to our clients’ individual requirements and requests. As we preserve and build upon our foundation of experience and excellence, Bellows is emerging in new ways. Seasoned judgment is balanced with leading-edge technology to deliver projects more efficiently. We continuously train and develop our staff to provide service at the highest level.
As we preserve and build upon our foundation... Bellows is emerging in new ways
In our unwavering commitment to safety, Bellows is proud of our many innovations in safety practices including being the first general contractor in the Houston area to have a full-time safety director and the first to partner with the federal OSHA agency. We continue to incorporate unprecedented ideas into our award-winning safety program which goes above and beyond OSHA standards. Bellows is distinctive in other ways. We are one of the oldest general contractors based in Houston, with the fourth generation of the Bellows family now working for the company. In January 2009, we opened a satellite office in the Texas Medical Center run by our experienced Medical Center Renovation Team which specializes in performing renovation and addition work with foresight, innovation and professionalism. Bellows is also the largest general contractor in Houston that is majority-owned by a woman. As Bellows embraces the future while honoring the past, our reputation for integrity and excellence remains the same. W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation is a team of builders dedicated to consistently delivering quality projects to the complete satisfaction of each of our clients.
Laura Bellows Chairman of the Board
Jim Stevenson Chief Executive Officer
Continuous work from 1989 to the present — from small remodeling to multi-story projects.
More than doubled MFAH’s exhibit space, making it the 6th largest museum in the U.S.
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
Laura Bellows and Jim Stevenson
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MFAH Audrey Jones Beck Building, Houston
The Kinkaid School Performing Arts Center, Houston
W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation is known throughout Houston for building quality, high-profile buildings, and the management team is at the core of the company’s many accomplishments.
Just as they carefully prepare budgets and schedules to ensure the integrity of their buildings, they have built a team of highly skilled personnel who are committed to quality, client satisfaction and reliability.
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Bellows Medical Center Renovation Team
On January 12, 2009, W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation opened an office in the Texas Medical Center to exclusively perform renovation and addition work for healthcare facilities and other institutions in the immediate area.
Enduring Legacy The Bellows family and the company’s dedicated, experienced personnel together have built an enduring reputation of consummate quality and utmost integrity which undergirds W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation. With the fourth generation now working for the company, Bellows continues its commitment to excellence as it forges into the future.
Byzantine Fresco Chapel/Menil Collection, Houston
Home to the only such exhibit outside the Byzantine world.
Bank One Renovation, Houston
Also built the original building, Bank of the Southwest, in 1956.
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Foundation of Leadership W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation is known throughout Houston for building quality, high-profile buildings, and the management team is at the core of the company’s many accomplishments. With an average tenure of 24 years with Bellows and 30 years in the construction industry, the team serves as the foundation of the company. They are a group of professionals who allow the quality of their projects to speak for their technical abilities. Each member of the management team contributes time and talent to building relationships as well as projects with such clients as Texas Children’s Hospital, ConocoPhillips, BMC Software, EOG Resources, St. John’s School, The Kinkaid School and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The team’s personal commitment lends to the company’s long history of satisfied, repeat clients and legacy of prominent buildings throughout the Houston region.
a team-oriented contractor capable of assisting owners, developers, architects and engineers with developing, budgeting, valueengineering, scheduling and constructing a variety of projects.
The management team is proud of the reputation they have earned as
Looking ahead, Bellows continues to emerge as they embrace the future.
Left to Right: Tommy Lee, Safety Director; Jim Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer; Jack Roberts, Vice President; David Morris, Vice President; Steven Imburgia, Vice President; Laura Bellows, Chairman of the Board; Paul Oliver, Vice President; Charlie Kubin, Vice President; Thomas Kubin, Vice President; Jerry Lowry, Business Development Director
Professionals who allow the quality of their projects to speak for their technical abilities
Exceptional People, a Bellows Tradition Constructing a building that stands the test of time is much like building a company. Bellows has excelled at both. Just as they carefully prepare budgets and schedules to ensure the integrity of their buildings, they have built a team of highly skilled personnel who are committed to quality, client satisfaction and reliability.
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Since the beginning, Bellows has been dedicated to maintaining their supervisors and as a result, their staff depth remains consistent and loyalty has emerged. They invest in their employees’ professional training and encourage growth for every career path. For example, one of their executives has been with Bellows over 50 years, and many of their superintendents and foreman average over
Introducing the Bellows Medical Center Renovation Team On January 12, 2009, W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation opened an office in The Texas Medical Center to exclusively perform renovation and addition work for healthcare facilities and other institutions in the immediate area. Bellows Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT) is a highly specialized and experienced team that executes complex renovation projects within occupied hospitals, research facilities and institutions of higher learning.
Since 1985 Bellows has been working on-site in the Texas Medical Center and has successfully completed over 270 projects including laboratories, vivariums, MRIs, operating rooms and flood mitigation. The Bellows Medical Center Renovation Team delivers: • Premium-quality and valueoriented work performed under tight schedules.
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
• An experienced renovation team which understands the challenging parameters of building within occupied healthcare and research facilities. • Exceptional problem solvers who can overcome obstacles with innovation learned from experience. • Critical knowledge of shut-down schedules and procedures, hygiene awareness and keeping an isolated construction environment.
Medical Center Renovation Team (Left to Right: Jim Stevenson, Rick Mikeska, Laura Bellows, Tony Mansoorian)
Tony Mansoorian, Director of Operations for Bellows MCRT, has been working in the Texas Medical Center for nine years. Tony commented, “What makes us different? We take the time to get to know the in-house professionals as well as the medical staff of each facility to ensure safety and a clear understanding of their expectations for the outcomes of the projects.” The Bellows Medical Center Team is known for integrity and fairness and has developed long term relationships with subcontractors, suppliers and professional associates as well as with clients. Having an office located in the Texas Medical Center area allows the team to serve clients with greater efficiency and speed.
A team of highly-skilled personnel who are committed to quality and client satisfaction 21 years with the company. All levels of the organization are engaged and share a common dedication to building the company and the projects with integrity.
have spent their professional careers with Bellows, are the epitome of dedicated builders, and this is why clients find they do the right thing and stand behind their work.
Over the years, Bellows’ diverse team members have been integrated into a variety of different owner and project structures, allowing them to work with a wide range of clients and earn repeat business. Their people, many of whom
With the fourth generation now working for the company, Bellows continues its commitment to excel in construction and maintain the tradition of having people who are dedicated to delivering projects that surpass clients’ expectations. S pring 2009 | 95 th A nniversary B yline
Founded by Warren Sylvanus Bellows in 1914 and still family-owned, W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation began in Canada, relocated to Kansas City, Kansas, and from there moved to Oklahoma City in 1920. Bellows won contracts throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee. In 1936, Bellows moved its headquarters to Houston after being awarded the contract to build the landmark San Jacinto Monument. Other historic projects include the University of Texas Tower in Austin, which Bellows built in 1935. The company also made history in Houston in 1963 by building the Humble (now Exxon) Building, then the tallest building west of the Mississippi. In 1970 in Houston, Bellows constructed One Shell Plaza, then the tallest concrete building in the world. With its sterling reputation and almost a century of experience, Bellows has become a landmark itself in the
construction industry. Over the past 95 years, Bellows has built buildings in many market sectors comprising performing arts theaters, museums, office buildings, retail buildings, industrial facilities, hospitals, hotels, churches, wastewater treatment plants, tenant buildouts and complete building renovations. W. S. Bellows Construction helped shape much of Houston’s downtown skyline in the 1950s through the 1980s. Undertakings in downtown Houston included 10 high-rise office towers, two luxury hotels (Four Seasons and Hyatt Regency), the Alley Theatre and the Wortham Theater Center. Nearby on Allen Parkway, Bellows built four office towers and four parking garages for American General (now AIG) between 1964 and 1984. Bellows has built numerous office buildings and hotels in many other major Texas cities as well as in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Little Rock and Biloxi. Bellows has constructed office campuses elsewhere in Houston for Shell Oil Company, Schlumberger and BMC Software, among other businesses. In 2008, Bellows completed a large expansion project for ConocoPhillips at its Woodcreek campus which includes a new parking garage, a state-of-the-art fitness center and extensive exterior
777 Tower, Los Angeles
site work. Bellows also built campuses in San Antonio for The Capital Group and in New Orleans for Prudential. Bellows performed the original tenant buildout in all of the buildings that the company has constructed. Major tenant renovations were performed for Vinson and Elkins, Baker Botts, EOG Resources, Hess, Chevron, Dynegy, Continental Airlines and other businesses. Since 1985 in the Texas Medical Center, Bellows has completed over 270 renovation and building projects including work for Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. Bellows has had a continuing presence at Texas Children’s Hospital since 1989 when the company began building the Feigin Center and the West Tower. Since then, Bellows has completed vertical additions to both of those buildings and also built the Clinical Care Center and the offsite Meyer Building and Garage in addition to bridges, tunnels
Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston
Wortham Theater Center, Houston
3 Houston Center/ Chevron Tower, Houston
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One Shell Plaza, Houston The world’s tallest concrete building of its time.
Warren S. Bellows Jr.
Throughout its history, Bellows has performed renovation/addition work for many schools and religious institutions. Bellows built several buildings at the University of Texas, the E. Cullen Building (1950) and the Burdette Keeland Design Exploration Center (2007) at the University of Houston, multiple dormitories and other buildings at Texas A&M University, the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center (2008) at Houston Baptist University and the Fondren Library (1946) at Rice University as well as renovating the historic Wiess House (2003) to serve as the home for Rice’s president. School projects in Houston include three buildings for The Kinkaid School and additions and renovations to the River Oaks
Baptist School and St. John’s School. Among the religious facilities that Bellows has built in Houston are First Presbyterian Church, Live Oak Friends Meeting House, First Methodist West Houston Campus and the Congregation Beth Israel Memorial Gardens. The company has also completed additions and renovations for numerous other religious institutions. In the last 20 years, Bellows completed significant additions and renovations to major museums in Houston. For the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bellows built the Audrey Jones Beck Building, renovated Bayou Bend and Rienzi, and recently started construction of a visitors’ center for Bayou Bend. Bellows also built the unique Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum for the Menil Collection in 1996. In 2009, Bellows completed an addition to the Children’s Museum of Houston, part of an expansion which included a parking garage and a new administration building. Warren S. Bellows was followed in construction by his three sons. Frank led Trinity Construction, an affiliated civil engineering company. W. S. Bellows Construction was led by sons Warren, Jr. and George,
With its sterling reputation and almost a century of experience, Bellows has become a landmark itself
Safety Highlights • Over 60 safety awards since 1984 • AGC Safety Excellence 2nd Place Award in 2000 and 2008 • Seven out of the last eight years without a lost time accident • First contractor in the OSHA Partnership for Region 6 and remains a partner today, maintaining a required recordable injury rate below the national average Visit wsbellows.com for a more comprehensive list of Bellows’ local, regional and national safety awards.
Bellows Safety Team (Left to Right: Jesus Solitaire, Tommy Lee, Adrian Alvarez)
and extensive renovation work. In 2008, the company broke ground on the Maternity Center which will connect with other TCH buildings via a 2-story pedestrian bridge over Fannin. Through its longtime office within TCH, Bellows continuously completes challenging renovation/ addition work for the hospital. In January 2009, Bellows opened an office in the Medical Center which is dedicated specifically to renovation/ addition work for area hospitals and other institutions.
followed by grandson Tom Bellows. Laura Bellows now serves as Chairman of the Board, and Jim Stevenson, a 28-year veteran of the company, serves as Chief Executive Officer. W. S. Bellows Construction is grateful to be recognized over the years with numerous industry awards for its exceptional work and safety innovations, but the company is most proud of its reputation. The Bellows family and the company’s dedicated, experienced personnel together have built an enduring reputation of consummate quality and utmost integrity which undergirds W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation.
First Presbyterian Church, Houston
Warren S. Bellows
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San Jacinto Monument
Dedicated to those who fought for Texasâ€™ Independence, the San Jacinto Monument stands 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument. It is the worldâ€™s tallest war memorial and has been recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation completed the monument in 1939 and innovations included the first continuous mat foundation pour, lasting 57 hours, and the implementation of a scaffold suspended from a central structural steel tower which was raised as construction progressed. Throughout this tremendous undertaking for the time, Bellows maintained an impeccable safety standard.
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