Omni at the Colonnade undergoing major renovations

Omni logo imageOn the heels of it being named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 hotels in San Antonio, the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is poised for some exciting upgrades and additions in 2013.

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The hotel’s 326 guest rooms are undergoing an extensive makeover in the 2nd phase of a of a two-phase $6 million dollar renovation project. The renovations, which will began in February and are slated for completion by May 25, 2013, and will end with luxury guest rooms and corridors ready to be enjoyed by all. The elevator lobbies and corridors will also be undergoing a face lift. The hotel will remain open during the renovations with no disruption in the quality of guest services.

The new look throughout the hotel features a Southwest motif showcasing earth tone textures with pops of warm, bright color and a Texas flare with leather and iron accents. Look closely at the corridor carpeting and you will find an abstract Alamo reference in the design. The casual yet elegant décor, designed to appeal to the sophisticated business traveler.

Omni hotel imageThe hotel is a popular evening dinners and receptions with a 10,000 square foot ballroom and two 3,000 square foot ballrooms. Coupled with additional smaller meeting rooms, Omni at the Colonnade has a total of 23,000 square feet of meeting space.

For families with children, there will soon be an exciting new option for their stay at the Omni: a Sea World-themed kids’ suite. Like the other kids’ fantasy suite at the Omni San Antonio, the children’s space will include kid-friendly furnishings and amenities adjoined with a beautifully appointed “grown up suite” next door.

Omni Delfin OrtizThe unique kid suite design- which calls for a slide in entry sure to wow kids- will be the brainchild of one lucky San Antonio Art Institute student whose winning design was selected from the many proposals submitted by Art Institute students. Omni general manager Delfin Ortiz reached out to the school seeking fun creative ideas for the special space.

The extensive renovations and new kids suite will continue the Omni at the Colonnade’s long standing tradition of providing the best lodging and customer service San Antonio has to offer.

“We offer something for everyone. Whether it is a group, family or the corporate traveler, we will provide a memorable experience,” said Ortiz.

While the new kids’ suite will feed children’s imaginations, the hotel’s chef-driven restaurant, Bolo’s, will provide a feast for the soul for everyone as it unveils a special new dinner menu – focused on what Sous Chef Sam Boisjoly calls “Latin American Soul food.”

“It has been my dream to create the flavors of Latin America in a soulful way,” said Boisjoly.

Bolo’s will continue its popular daily breakfast buffet, “The Art of Breakfast” serving fan favorites including Omelets made to order by the Omelet Chef plus a gluten free section and Starbucks coffee. A new Sunday brunch option is planned for launch this year.

A grand re-opening celebrating the many exciting changes at Omni at the Colonnade is scheduled for Summer, 2013.

For more information, please call (210) 691-8888 or visit


  • Phase 1 (complete) – Flat screen TV / low boys consoles / in-room safe / new mini bars / curved shower rods and additional outlets on all desks / Modernized elevators
  • Phase 2 (underway) – Replacing wall vinyl and painting walls / new carpeting /  new bedding / furniture / lighting package / bathroom amenities / new elevator lobbies and corridors with new artwork
  • When you walk on the floor, it will be like a new hotel. All suites will be renovated with all new furnishings and we will be adding a new kid’s fantasy suite with an Aquatica theme. This will be a joint effort with SeaWorld (the kid’s suite).

Ancira is Updating at the SPEED OF LIGHT

Ancira_LogoAncira is updating at the SPEED OF LIGHT to make the customer experience even better.

Ancira began with the remodel of Ancira Nissan on I-10 West and Huebner and then followed with the complete ground up build of a new Ancira Volkswagen store. Shortly after was the new Ancira Chevrolet sales facility.

Ancira GMC/Buick freshened up their appearance, and at this very moment, Ancira Chevrolet has just finished the renovation of their Service Department.

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Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge now has their framing up for their brand new building on I-10, very close to the new Ancira Elite luxury pre-owned store.

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Things are only getting better. Come out and take a peek at one of Ancira’s new or improved stores. Find locations

SpawGlass Leading the Way in Sustainability

60th LogoSpawGlass is dedicated to building a greener tomorrow by incorporating eco-friendlybusiness practices into our day-to day operations and into every project we construct. We show sustainable stewardship through recycling, waste prevention, purchasing recycled content products and energy and water conservation.

Our dedication to sustainability was recognized in 2011 when SpawGlass became a Certified Green Contractor through Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This certification was awarded to us from ABC’s National Green Building Committee only after we had met stringent application requirements, including conducting sustainability training for our team members.

With many LEED Accredited Professionals, the SpawGlass team is well-versed on the ins and outs of earning points to achieve LEED certification on our projects. In fact, in some instances, our team members have been able to identify opportunities to earn additional points to surpass the certification level designated for projects. In the past few months, three SpawGlass projects, originally slated for LEED Silver Certification, have been awarded LEED Gold Certification:

  • GVEC Western Operations Center – Seguin, TX
  • Texas State Technical College Harlingen University Center – Harlingen, TX
  • The University of Texas at Austin Student Activity Center/Liberal Arts Building Phase I – Austin, TX

In addition to incorporating “green” practices at our regional offices and jobsites, SpawGlass has gone a step further by promoting sustainable building components, whether we are the prime or specialty contractor on a project. Joe Clepper, a 25-year veteran of SpawGlass, and David Reynolds, who has spent the past 15 years identifying and implementing ecofriendly construction practices, are leading the charge for SpawGlass’s newest division – Sustainable Construction Solutions (SCS).

PrintThe goal of SCS is to address the economic and environmental factors affecting the construction industry. One of the methods SCS will promote to architects in the design stage of projects is the use of insulated concrete forms (ICF). ICFs offer many benefits to our clients, including lower energy costs, safety assurance in areas where strong winds are prevalent and mold resistance.

ICF_Cover_Story_small_file“ICFs are only one of the systems we are pursuing,” said Joe Clepper. “David and I are meeting with architects, distributors and contractors about the sustainable construction systems available and what the short-term and long-term benefits are to our clients.”

SCS recently began its first project, a net-zero control building for the SpawGlass design/build George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Central Plant Phase II and III project. After witnessing the advantages of ICF construction first-hand on the Vidor City Hall project, especially from a sustainability standpoint, Project Executive Brian Emerson promoted the use of ICF on the IAH project as a method of achieving LEED Platinum certification.

One thing is certain – adopting sustainable practices ultimately benefits our entire community. If we think, build and live green, the benefits will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Employee-Owned Bartlett Cocke General Contractors Opens 2013 with Leadership Changes, Poised for Growth

Bartlett Cocke logoBartlett Cocke General Contractors, the largest commercial building contractor in San Antonio, has announced key leadership changes that take effect immediately. Among the changes, Randy Pawelek will transition from president to chairman while remaining CEO, and Harry Moeller will become president, focusing on day-to-day operations at both the local and regional offices. Bartlett Cocke General Contractors has been fully employee-owned since 1990.

© Clem Spalding 210-271-7273“This ongoing, planned leadership transition is not about letting go or handing off, but allowing others to step forward,” said Pawelek, who became president of Bartlett Cocke General Contractors in 2008. “Since 1959, many have stepped forward to help lead our organization forward. It is the result of vision, planning, hard work, working smart, and most of all, great teamwork. So, in the spirit of teamwork and focusing on the future, we as a company are pleased to announce the promotions and thank these individuals for stepping forward.”

Others who have served in the role of chairman/ CEO FOR Bartlett Cocke General Contractors are Bartlett Cocke, Jr. and Duane Pozza.

© Clem Spalding 210-271-7273Moeller has been with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors since 1985, serving in progressively responsible roles within the company. Moeller began his 27-year career with the company as a field engineer, then served as a project manager, then vice president of estimating, and finally, executive vice president. Moeller also has been a leader in the San Antonio construction industry for many years, serving as president of the San Antonio Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in 2002.

Doug McMurry, president of the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors, applauded the news, saying, “Harry has long been considered a leader in the industry and this move will further the firm’s success in a very competitive market.”

Moeller said of today’s announcement, “As the country’s economy continues to strengthen, Texas is poised for growth and Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is ready to take advantage of the emerging economic opportunities.”

Moeller says that one of Bartlett Cocke General Contractors’ greatest strengths is in the fact that it is employee-owned. “The distinction of being employee-owned translates into a stronger commitment, better teamwork and an increased passion for providing the best quality.” He continued, “Our shareholders include people from every level of the company which means that on every job, we have people who have a personal stake in its success.”

Other Leadership Changes Also Announced
Kevin Byrd has been promoted to vice president of operations, Central Texas region. Byrd previously was the Central Texas regional manager and is now an officer of the company.

James Anderson has been promoted to South Texas regional manager. Anderson started with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors as an intern in 1994, and has remained employed with the firm continuously as he has progressed from assistant project manager, project manager and senior project manager and will now assist Jerry Hoog, Vice President of Operations for South Texas in the management and development of Bartlett Cocke General Contractors largest market.

Mark Christensen has been promoted to East Texas regional manager. Christensen previously was the commercial division manager for the East Texas region. In his new role, he will take on the day-to-day operations and business development for the East Texas regional office.

Nathan Olson has been promoted to director of preconstruction, making his interim role official. Olson started with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors as a project manager on the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Facility, before being promoted to manager of special projects. In mid-2012, Olson was asked to serve as interim director of preconstruction services, working with clients and their design team to maximize value prior to the start of construction in order to get the most facility for their budget.

Founded in 1959, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors work includes Texas A&M San Antonio, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, the San Antonio Airport parking garage, and renovations to Our Lady of the Lake University. The company is employee owned and is committed to building lasting value in the communities it serves.

About Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Since 1959, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors has grown steadily to become the largest commercial building contractor in San Antonio and the 16th largest general contractor in the state of Texas. With a unique reputation for value building for clients, the employee-owned firm stays customer focused, making fair, honest, quality-based decisions that keep clients satisfied and loyal. Representative projects of the company include: Del Mar College New Health Science and Emerging Technology Center, John Paul Stevens High School, Medical Arts Research Center at The UT Health Science Center, World Savings and Loan Corporate Headquarters, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Lehman High School, Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Research Center, Southwest Research Institute Applied Physics Facility, Louis Brandeis High School, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Prairie View A&M Arts and Architecture Building, Missouri City Middle School, Trinity University New Northup Hall, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and the Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

San Antonio Medical Foundation Oversees Improvements across Medical Center

SAMed_Found_logo bw high-res (2)2012 was a very busy year for the South Texas Medical Center.  Two more intersections were improved and another almost completed by the Medical Center Alliance and City of San Antonio. A record number of inpatient and outpatient services were provided; several new buildings were completed or had groundbreakings and VIA Primo was launched.

Outpatient visits reached five and one half million with inpatient stays exceeding one hundred five thousand. There were approximately $200 million of medically related research grants received, primarily at the UTHSCSA. There are currently approximately 50,000 employees in the medical center.

Construction was completed or is underway for the VA’s Polytrauma Center and transitional housing facility, a Fisher House to serve the Center, the UTHSCSA’s Center for Oral Health Care and the 400 bed addition at the University Health System. Recent construction projects exceed $2 billion with more to come. In addition, in 2012 the new South Texas Research Facility was dedicated.

Future road improvements were passed in the San Antonio Bond referendum which will alleviate congestion at Babcock Road and Hamilton Wolfe as well as Louis Pasteur and Ewing Halsell.  Way finding signs are also being added and modified for ease in finding popular locations and medians are being landscaped.

We welcome the public to use the Foundation’s 2.2 mile walking-jogging trail, which includes seven exercise stations; parking is available on Hamilton Wolfe near Babcock as well as off Ewing Halsell just south of Hamilton Wolfe.

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