San Antonio has a rich colonial heritage and a vibrant tourism industry. To accommodate the large influx of visitors each year, multiple hospitality projects are being built annually. This article highlights the area’s top hotel and hospitality contractors. To produce this list, we reviewed commercial general contracting firms and hospitality construction firms — taking into account the number of projects completed, and the notability of each project. We also considered their customer reviews, affiliations, experience, and press recognition.
Website | 210-236-4765 | 12500 Network Blvd. Suite #103, San Antonio, TX 78249
With over 80 years of experience in the construction industry, family-owned firm Linbeck has been delivering technology-driven construction services to the San Antonio area since 1938. Current Executive Chairman Leo Linbeck, III, has been with the company for over three decades. The company has been featured in a number of publications, including Building Design+Construction and Engineering News-Record (ENR).
One of the things that make Linbeck notable as a hospitality contractor is its building approach and safety practices. Using its Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, the company visualizes a building’s design in multiple dimensions to provide real-time information about constructability issues. It also has safety programs that promote safe actions through training and employee/peer feedback. These practices have earned the company numerous Build America Awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), as well as two national safety awards.
7) Yates Construction
Website | 210-497-3973 | 900 Arion Pkwy, Building D, Suite #110, San Antonio, TX 78216
Currently headed by its president and CEO William G. Yates, III, Yates Construction has been working on a wide range of projects for over 54 years. The company has been repeatedly ranked among the top construction services providers in the country by Engineering News-Record, ranking consistently in the multi-residential, entertainment, general building contractors, green contractors, and hotel contractors categories.
Yates Construction’s notable initiatives include its subcontractor and vendor outreach program. The company provides opportunities for small businesses to participate in both national and international projects through contracts. This supports the growth of smaller businesses within the industry.
6) Harvey-Cleary Builders
Website | 210-248-9423 | 4726 Shavano Oak, Suite #101, San Antonio, TX 78248
Headed by CEO David Harvey, Harvey-Cleary Builders is a full-service general contractor that has been delivering quality pre-construction and construction services since 1957. The company is a member of the American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter, from whom it received its 2018 General Contractor Safety Award.
One of the company’s notable projects includes a 19,000-square-foot hospitality project in San Antonio. To minimize the impact on the operations of the resort, Harvey-Cleary Builders set up the project with multiple construction phases and completion dates. The first phase of the project involved the complete interior demolition and remodel of different areas, while the second phase involved the complete exterior demolition to make way for the construction of new amenities.
5) Metropolitan Contracting Company
Website | 210-829-5542 | 990 Isom Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216
Serving the San Antonio area, Metropolitan Contracting Company has been providing construction and renovation services for over 32 years. Its CEO, Tim Swan, has over four decades of experience in the real estate industry. Swan is affiliated with the Real Estate Council of San Antonio and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
Metropolitan Contracting Company’s commitment to delivering quality construction services and uncompromisable safety practices to San Antonio has earned the company numerous Regional Excellence in Construction Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). It also earned a Platinum S.T.E.P Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors for its safety practices.
Website | 210-651-9000 | 9331 Corporate Dr., Selma, TX 78154
Established in 1953, SpawGlass has been providing general contracting and construction services for 65 years. Its Chairman and CEO, Joel Stone, has been with the company since 1988. In recent years, the company has earned numerous Eagle Awards for National Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
The company is affiliated with several industry organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association. It has also been featured in a number of publications including Training Magazine and Engineering News-Record.
SpawGlass has a number of unique traits that separate it from other hospitality contractors. One unique aspect of SpawGlass is that it has been a one-hundred percent employee-owned company since 1995. Currently, the company has over 300 talented employee-owner team members.
3) Zachry Construction Corporation
Website | 210-871-2700 | 2330 N Loop, 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78248
Backed by nearly a century of industry experience, Zachry Construction Corporation has been serving the San Antonio area since 1924. Its CEO, David S. Zachry, P.E., has been with the company since 1986 and is the third generation Zachry in the company. The company is affiliated with the Associated General Contractors’ San Antonio chapter, where it received the Safe General Contractor of the Year – Category 1 recognition for eight years in a row.
One of Zachry’s hospitality projects involved the Hilton Palacio del Rio located in downtown San Antonio. Completed in 1968 by the then H.B. Zachry Company, the company led the design-build approach on the renovation of the hotel from March 2011 to February 2012. Zachry updated every part of the 300,000 square-foot, 22-story hotel, giving it a modern style. The whole project cost around $25 million and has received a number of awards, including the Centro San Antonio’s Downtown’s BEST Award and the 25-Year Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects’ San Antonio Chapter.
2) Austin Industries
Website | 214-443-5700 | 3535 Travis St. Suite #300, Dallas, TX 75204
With a history spanning over a century, Austin Industries is one of the largest and most diversified builders in the United States. The company covers a wide range of civil, commercial, and industrial construction services and has over 6,000 employee-owners. It has also been featured in a number of publications, including Minority Engineer Magazine, Houston Business Journal, and American DBE Magazine.
One of Austin Industries’ operating companies, Austin Commercial, covers a variety of markets, including the retail, residential, university, aviation, corporate, and hospitality industries. Austin Commercial’s Senior Vice President, Kent McNorton, has a background in Construction Science and has been with Austin Industries since 1985. Under McNorton’s leadership, the company has received numerous recognitions from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) for its high standards in construction.
One of the company’s notable hospitality projects is the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. With over 138,000 square feet of space featuring numerous amenities, the resort offers its guests an amazing view of the Hill County. Each of the 1,002 rooms, including the 85 suites, features a personal touch. Each room is incorporated with a contemporary design, incorporating metals, tooled leather, and carved wood in every design.
1) Jordan Foster Construction
Website | 210-375-1260 | 29250 Old Fredericksburg Rd., Suite #108, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015
Jordan Foster Construction has completed over $8 billion worth of commercial, residential, infrastructure, federal, and concrete work since its inception in 1969. Its CEO, Darren Woody, has over 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate industry.
The firm maintains an active affiliation with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and has been featured in a number of publications, including the Dallas Business Journal, Multifamily Executive Magazine, and the ENR, in which it was ranked among the top 100 Green Building Contractors in the Nation in 2016.
Jordan Foster Construction was chosen as the general contractor for the Thompson San Antonio Hotel and The Arts Residences in 2017. The 20-level mixed-use hotel-condominium tower has a budget of $116 million and will be located in San Antonio’s performing arts district.