Joeris General Contractors receives top safety award

PrintJoeris General Contractors was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Step Award from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for its safety performance on the main campus’s North Paseo Project.  This is the second Gold Step Award presented to Joeris for no lost-time injuries on a UTSA construction project.   Joeris is the only general contractor to have achieved Gold Step status with UTSA.

Joeris award pic

“Safety on the job site both for our workers and all sub contractors is of upmost importance to us,” said Adolph Fierros, Safety Director for Joeris.  “We take great pride in our safety program and are honored to have achieved UTSA’s highest safety award for the second time.”

Fierros says safety is a key part of the Joeris culture, and the strength of the company’s safety program comes from not only the training involved, but the commitment from all levels of Joeris management.

“We train our people, educate our people so that they are up to speed on all of the OSHA requirements as well as the requirements we insist upon internally.  We hold comprehensive pre-construction meetings with all of our subs highlighting what Joeris’s expectations are.  Anytime there is a crane on site, our on site team requires the crane operators to go through a detailed check list – no work can be done until the check list is filled out and verified.”

Joeris UTSA pic

Fierros says Joeris has also adopted a policy mandating that all workers wear safety vests, hard hats and safety glasses 100% of the time.

“We are successful because of our full commitment to safety on every job. And our safety culture helps the overall construction industry. If there are subs that need help, they follow our requirements and our lead and they end up bettering themselves.”

What’s new for 2014
In addition to working on the completion of the UTSA North Paseo Building, Joeris continues to work on a number of other major projects here in San Antonio including the North Central Baptist vertical expansion project which is nearing completion.

Joeris is also the General Contractor for the new NISD Bonnie Ellison Elementary School (Oak Drive off I-10 West) and NEISD David Lee “Tex” Hill Middle School (Bulverde Road); and for the major renovation projects at Reagan High School and Eisenhower Middle School.

Joeris on the Move
One 2014 project that is near and dear to the Joeris team is the construction of a new headquarters which will provide more than double the office space of its current building. Construction on the new 40,000 square foot Joeris headquarters in the Arion Business Park (U.S. Hwy. 281N near Bitters Rd.) is now underway.  The company expects to move into its new space by mid November.

For more information on Joeris, an award-winning, employee owned business, visit

Significant changes taking shape in Terminal A: renovation project moving forward

icon-SAAS_horizontalWith phases 1 and 2 complete and progress continuing throughout Terminal A, passengers are already enjoying amenities that improve the travel experience.

IMG_7962Gates 11-16 have been updated with new wall finishes, lighting and ceiling treatments. New seating is in place with electrical and USB outlets on the chair for an enhanced customer experience.  The restrooms and the flooring in the area have also been updated and new way-finding signage and flight information display boards have been installed.

ta baggage renderingTwo thirds of the Terminal A baggage claim has been updated with finishes like those used in Terminal B. Additionally, the baggage claim area is being equipped with improved way-finding signage, visual paging, flight boards and an art feature.

Visitors to the airport will soon see changes to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint. Reconfiguration and expansion of the queuing area is planned for quicker and more efficient processing of passengers.

During construction, the area is also set to temporarily relocate to allow for installation of new flooring. Airport officials are recommending passengers arrive early for flights as they may experience longer wait times during this transition.

Improvements are also taking shape in the ticket lobby.  Airline ticket counters areas are being updated with additional improvements to include new escalators and refurbishment of the elevators. To minimize interruption to passengers and tenants, the terminal renovations have been phased and have primarily occurred at night.

In addition to the Terminal A Renovations, San Antonio International is introducing new concepts for the concession and retail program. HMS Host International, the prime concessionaire for the airport, is managing the mix of local and national brands.

LaTapenadeAuntie Anne’s Pretzels and Cinnabon both operated by a San Antonio franchiser opened in May and La Tapenade, a Mediterranean-styled Café and Mission City Ice House opened in June. La Gloria, a local favorite owned by Johnny Hernandez, a San Antonio chef and the owner of catering company True Flavors is also included in the concession package and is set to open next month.  Hernandez is a joint-venture partner with HMS Host on several of the establishments.

Other outlets included in the program are The Fruteria, and national brand, Steak ‘n Shake. The only operator scheduled to be retained in the new arrangement, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria, is scheduled to begin improvements next month.

The new restaurants consist of well known national brands, local flavors and include new concepts unique to San Antonio International Airport. The restaurants are set to open in phases and will coincide with the Terminal A renovations.