Bellows Byline Summer 2014

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B ellows B yline | S ummer 2014


W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation’s enduring 100-year legacy supports and guides our

dynamic future. As Bellows embraces the future with excitement and unprecedented growth, we celebrate a century of building successful projects and steadfast relationships with clients and colleagues. After 100 years, we are still family-run and led, with the fourth generation of the Bellows family on board. Our dedicated, expert personnel continue to be the solid core of our company and the reason that Bellows is known for doing the right thing and standing by our work. Maintaining our unwavering reputation for integrity, excellence and consummate client service for 100 years and counting is our biggest accomplishment and continues to be our unshakeable foundation. I thank our entire Bellows team for their commitment and hard work and our clients and colleagues for their confidence and support. Laura Bellows President and Chairman of the Board W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation Bellows Byline | Summer 2014

“I love starting with a bare piece of land and then when we leave, there is this beautiful and productive structure left for others to enjoy. Also knowing that we strive to send folks home safely and help them make a living.” Tommy Lee, Vice President of Safety 33 years with Bellows “Bellows is a family-owned and managed construction company. The company makes you feel part of it, with a personal touch. The respect and reputation that the company has even among its peers really distinguishes it from the rest. The Bellows name has respect and honesty and I am glad to be part of W. S. Bellows Construction.”

Nelson Kirkham, Superintendant 24 years with Bellows

“I have worked with so many quality folks over the years and have learned so much about people, and what sets Bellows apart. Bellows has many return clients and that is a direct result of our folks those clients are working with during their projects. We strive to make a client’s dreams come true, and time after time, we exceed their expectations..” Mark Self, Cost Accounting Manager 34 years with Bellows “The family atmosphere and the value the company instills in me is what I love about Bellows and working here. I have learned to respect and honor the trust that is given to us by owners, and to always do the right thing. Sometimes the littlest gestures are rewarded with long-lasting business relationships and personal friendships. 100 years old and stronger than ever!” Ray Mancias, Vice President 18 years with Bellows “I have always said that Bellows is like an extension of my own family. From the top down, it is obvious that people truly care about each and every one of us. I have learned from Bellows that a job is more than just delivering a project on time and under budget. It is about customer service and going the extra mile to show each owner that you truly care.” Nick Mathews, Director of Operations Medical Center Renovation Team 8 years with Bellows “We are all part of the Bellows family and what I have learned while at Bellows is that integrity and quality are the basis of our business. With Bellows, you’ll know how much it will cost and when you’ll get it. It’s important to maintain that standard.” Jim Jabsen, Superintendent 35 years with Bellows “My favorite memories include working for the company that I ‘grew up’ in; being ‘hazed’ as a ‘greenhorn’ ironworker; catching blue crab on the jobsite at Isle of Capri; and the AGC Bowling League nights. Also, my first little league team ‘manufactured’ the ropes that were hung in the doorways of Busch Gardens.” Russell Jones, Vice President 30 years with Bellows

“One of my favorite Bellows projects was the Safeway Distribution Center when I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Warren at an early time in my career. Warren Bellows, Jr. is the wisest man I have ever known.” Jack Roberts, Vice President 43 years with Bellows “I have worked many places in my career but none hold a candle to Bellows and the sincerity and generosity here. The people of Bellows walk the walk, not just talk the talk! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to take care of my family when I needed to and to return to my Bellows family.”

Lynn Daron, Administrative Assistant 13 years with Bellows

“My favorite memory is meeting Tom Bellows when I came to work in Houston and listening to him talk about how important the Bellows reputation was to him.” Tim Bice, Superintendent 17 years with Bellows “Some of my fondest memories are helping our clients in the wake of natural disasters such as Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Ike. There was a great sense of responsibility to the community when we were working with the major institutions in the Texas Medical Center to restore services.” Tony Mansoorian, Chief Operating Officer 14 years with Bellows “What I like about Bellows is the family-like atmosphere. We have some of the best workers in the business, and they understand that Bellows truly cares for workers’ safety and health. I’m truly blessed to be part of the Bellows work family.” Adrian Alvarez, Site Safety Representative 13 years with Bellows “The main reason I like working at Bellows is because of the opportunity to grow professionally, to learn and be able to apply many of my skills. I also enjoy its simple and family-like environment.” Sandra Guerrero, Project Engineer 4 years with Bellows “I love that Bellows actually cares about their employees. I feel like I’m in a family that respects each other. Laura and the others at the top are extremely encouraging and open to me and the other project engineers. I feel like I am in a company where I can truly grow.” Johanna Hornung, Project Engineer 2 years with Bellows “I met Warren Bellows, Jr. and George Bellows while interviewing for a job in 1955 after I graduated. They were honest and forthright with good business sense and I hired on. At Bellows, we have lived up to these ideals and added class to the construction industry. I have been a part of a great movie which continues to this day.” Charles C. Kubin, Vice President 59 years with Bellows

Bellows Byline | Summer 2014

W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation

Bellows Family Leadership Warren S. Bellows 1914-1967


100 Years

George Bellows 1947-1987


Counting... Warren S. Bellows, Jr. 1947-1995

Celebrating Our Future

Tom Bellows 1987-2007

Laura D. Bellows 2007-Present

From Our Clients



“Bellows has played a pivotal role in shaping our medical center. More than that they have shaped our community through their culture and commitment to excellence. Altogether, our partnership has added more than 4 million square feet to our footprint and Bellows continues to help shape what we will become – all with incredible professionalism and quality of work for which the company’s leadership and employees are known. What an exciting opportunity to look back at all that they have done and to look forward to all that their accomplishments will do to drive the future of health care.” Mark A. Wallace, President and CEO Texas Children’s Hospital “Of all the construction organizations that I have worked with over the past 50 years, W. S. Bellows is at the top of the list as to their professionalism, their hands-on approach, their cooperative attitude, their cost consciousness, their schedule awareness, their problem-solving skills and their extraordinary capable and talented people.” Ed Wulfe, Chairman and CEO Wulfe and Co.

“One of the great things about working with Bellows is that every team is an ‘A’ Team.” Bob Brooks, President Brooks Project Management Group

“Bellows is the fourth largest General Contracting company we have used at the Zoo in my nine years as CEO. They are the first one that I have felt completely confident that our project was going to come in on time, under budget and with superior workmanship. They go the extra mile to truly understand our needs, how the space is going to be utilized and they make sure that what they build fulfills those needs.” Deborah Cannon, President and CEO The Houston Zoo “It is so rare nowadays that a business can survive - much less prosper for a century. No doubt the Bellows team has been a shining example of entrepreneurship and professionalism through the generations. But if I had to choose just one enduring trait that has distinguished the Bellows team, it would be “integrity.” Bellows has conducted its affairs with honesty and the attitude that “our word is our bond” since I started doing business with them in the ‘70s. This was a formula for success then just as it is today. It’s no accident that these enduring values have propelled the success and endurance of the organization.” Larry Brookshire, Vice Chairman Fisk Corporation “W. S. Bellows Construction and their talented staff have been longtime partners in the growth of this museum and of Houston. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is proud to help celebrate Bellows’ centennial ─ a century of giving shape to architects’ creativity and owners’ dreams, and, in the process, helping build a great city.” Willard Homes, Chief Operating Officer The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Moving On Up

Tony Mansoorian has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Tony has worked for Bellows since 2000, starting as a field engineer and advancing to project engineer in 2001. When Bellows opened its Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT) office in 2009, Tony was selected to be its first Director of Operations. In 2012, Tony was promoted to Executive Vice President.

Tommy Lee has been promoted to Vice President of Safety. Tommy joined Bellows in 1981 and has been the Corporate Safety Director for over 30 years as well as serving as Chairman of the National Safety Committee of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America from 2010-2014.

Ray Mancias has been promoted to Vice President. Ray began his career at Bellows in 1996 working in the field on a concrete placement crew alongside his grandfather. Since then, he has worked as a field office manager, estimator, project engineer, project manager and most recently, project executive.

Nick Mathews will continue to serve Bellows’ Medical Center Renovation Team (MCRT) as Director of Operations. Opened in 2009, the stand-alone office is dedicated to renovation/expansion projects in the Texas Medical Center. Nick joined the Bellows team in 2006 and previously worked as a project manager.

Bellows Management Team

Standing, left to right: Nick Mathews, Director of Operations, MCRT; Tommy Lee, Vice President of Safety; Paul Oliver, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Steve Imburgia, Vice President; Tony Mansoorian, Chief Operating Officer; Laura Bellows, President and Chairman; Charles Kubin, Vice President; Tommy Kubin, Vice President; Brent Miller, Vice President. Sitting, left to right: David Morris, Vice President; Ray Mancias, Vice President; Jack Roberts, Vice President; Russell Jones, Vice President

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Project Profile

BLVD Place, Phase II “W. S. Bellows’ commitment to excellent work, outstanding results, satisfied clients and the highest level of integrity and ethical practices is unmatched. They are simply the best.” Ed Wulfe, Chairman and CEO Wulfe & Co.

BLVD Place, Phase II stands prominently on 20 acres in the heart of Houston at the intersection of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe. The sleek, mixed-use development boasts 92,000 SF of office space, 12,500 SF of restaurant space, and 60,000 SF of luxury shop space. Its prestigious address provides clients and customers an office and retail experience that surpasses all others. Each building’s signature floor-to-ceiling glass design with custom frit-pattern infuses natural light into the spaces creating a stimulating and productive environment. The design team from AECOM extended the city roadway grid through the project to improve vehicle circulation around the site and provided pedestrian connections. Bellows executed this design with minimal disruption to the surrounding area. Referenced as a symbol of Houston’s strong economy after weathering a very difficult time frame, the complex offers highquality office space and top notch stores. Current tenants include Frost Bank Regional Headquarters, True Foods Kitchen, North Restaurant, Pinkberry, The Eye Gallery, Peska, Posh by Aveda, Façade, Resolute Fitness, and the 52,000-sf Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market has underground parking equipped with an escalator which brings customers up into the store and also a moving sidewalk which takes them back down into the garage with their carts. BLVD Place is the perfect upscale match to this site’s premiere Galleria-area location and has set the bar for other mixed-use developments.

Developer and Retail Leasing: Wulfe & Co. | Architect: AECOM | Office Leasing: Colvill Office Properties Structural: Cardno Haynes Whaley | Civil: Walter P Moore | MEP: Burns DeLatte & McCoy, Inc. | Landscape: SWA Group

Project In Progress

Phillips 66 New Headquarters Campus Construction has commenced on the Phillips 66 Corporate Headquarters, a brand new campus comprised of two parallel towers measuring 13 and 15 stories respectively, and parking garage on 14.2 acres in the Westchase District of Houston. Phillips 66’s Houston employees are currently split among three separate sites. Phillips 66 plans to relocate all Houston employees to the new campus upon the development’s completion. Phillips 66’s spokesperson, Dean Acosta, commented on the goal of creating a centralized environment, “It will be a great place to bring all Houston employees to one campus and to continue building a high performing team.” Located off of Beltway 8 between Westheimer Road and Briar Forest Drive, the campus will accommodate over 1,800 employees and include a café, fitness center, credit union, and brand new training center. The three-year undertaking is W. S. Bellows’ largest project to date, employing 1,000 workers and 100 subcontractors. The development is predicted to have a long-lasting positive effect on the economy of the area. The campus is intended to achieve at least a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Safety First

Bellows Receives First Place National AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award Bellows was honored to receive this year’s First Place Award in the 200,001 – 450,000 man hour building division at the Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) National Convention. The AGC’s Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program is the industry’s elite safety excellence program for companies of all sizes and occupational divisions. The CSEA is bestowed to companies that excel at safety and health performance. The national judging criteria included: overview of the company safety plan; increased employee involvement in safety, new safety programs, procedures or resources; management’s commitment to safety; specific unique activities the company does or provides to promote safety; and no fatality or multi-catastrophic injuries during the past year. For 100 years, W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation has earned an unmatched reputation for safely building quality projects to the complete satisfaction of our clients. Bellows believes our success is derived from clear and concise management and the continued dedication and efforts of our exceptional personnel. It takes the commitment of an entire community to promote and maintain a high-level of safety and at Bellows, we are proud to be a leader.

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T exas M edical C enter E xperience



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New Construction 1. 3. 5. 9. 10. 11. 12.


Texas Children’s Hospital, Pavilion for Women Texas Children’s Hospital, West Tower Texas Children’s Hospital, Clinical Care Center Texas Children’s Hospital, Feigin Center Prudential Building (Demolished in 2012) Ronald McDonald House - Holcombe House The Houston Zoo, African Gorilla Forest

Major Tenant Improvements/Renovations 2. 4. 6. 7. 8. 13.

Methodist Neurosensory Building CHI St. Luke’s Hospital Texas Heart Institute Children’s Nutritional Research Center Baylor College of Medicine Memorial Hermann

Other Work (Not Pictured) New Construction

Rice University, Fondren Library Rice University, Ley Student Center Rice University, Abercrombie Engineering Building Rice University, President’s House


Rice University, Wiess House Rice University, Huff House Rice University, Sewall Hall Rice University, Herring Hall Rice University, Space Science and Technology Building Rice University, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK)

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S haping H ouston ’ s D owntown S kyline

N ew C onstruction 1. 2. 6. 8. 9. 10. 13. 14. 16. 20. 21. 22. 24. 25. 26. 30. 31. 33.

500 Jefferson Garage 500 Jefferson ExxonMobil Garage ExxonMobil Building Wedge International Tower Hyatt Regency Garage Hyatt Regency Houston Hotel 1100 Louisiana 1111 Louisiana El Paso Energy Building One Shell Plaza Lanier Public Works Building Macy’s 1301 Fannin 919 Milam One City Center 1001 McKinney Alley Theatre

34. 35. 36. 38. 41. 42. 43. 44. 46.

Lancaster Hotel First City Tower One City Center Garage 2 Houston Center Four Seasons Hotel 1 Houston Center Houston Center Garage One Fullbright Tower First City Tower Garage

M ajor T enant I mprovements /R enovations 3. 4. 5. 7. 11. 12. 15. 17. 18. 19. 23.

600 Jefferson KBR Tower Continental Center 1 1500 Louisiana One Allen Center Heritage Plaza Wells Fargo Bank HPD Headquarters First Methodist Church and Travis Tower Marriott Hotels and Humble Tower Apartments Travis Place Garage

O ther W ork Commerce Building First International Plaza Garage Houston Club Building San Jacinto Building

26. 27. 28. 29. 32. 35. 37. 39. 40. 45.

919 Milam Two Shell Plaza Pennzoil Place Esperson Building Jones Hall First City Tower 1111 Fannin JP Morgan Chase Building Post Rice Lofts 4 Houston Center

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Texas Crude Building Wortham Theater Houston Ballet Center for Dance

Bellows Byline | Summer 2014

W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation P.O. Box 2132 | Houston, TX 77055 713.680.2132 | 713.680.2614

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