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MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY
Successfully completing a construction project involves more than simply performing the work depicted in the contract documents. Ed A. Wilson, Inc. seeks to work closely with owners, architects, and engineers to mutually face the challenges imposed by completion schedules, budgetary restraints, minimizing disruption to existing operations, etc. Consider several examples: We have completed a number of other emergency contracts for local and federal agencies. When the Ringgold (Texas) Post Office was completely destroyed by a grass fire in early 2006, the USPS awarded our firm an emergency contract to open a temporary postal facility. We began work on the same day that we received a request to be involved in this project.

In 2001 we completed an emergency project for the City of Grand Prairie. The City was faced with drainage issues in the heart of their central business district that made this area subject to flooding. Our firm was hired on an emergency basis to remove and replace concrete curb and gutter and other improvements in order to correct these conditions. We were notified of the City Council’s decision to award us the project during an evening council meeting and were fully mobilized at the jobsite the next morning. Due to the emergency nature of the project, there were no written plans and the need for close communication between Ed A. Wilson, Inc. and the City was obvious. Since there was no clearly defined scope of work, the project was awarded on a ‘cost plus’ basis with a guaranteed maximum. The project was completed ahead of schedule approximately 25% under the g-max. As a result of this project, the City nominated us for the ‘Contractor of the Year’ award given by the North Central Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association. We are grateful to have received this award. Incidentally, this renovation project involved removing concrete planters that were in use by the City that our firm installed in the 1960s!

Consider this last example. In 1987, our firm reworked the entire exterior of the five story Tarrant County Civil Courts building in downtown Fort Worth. The purpose of the project was, in effect, to provide a giant ‘canvas’ for nationally recognized muralist, Richard Haas. Our contract involved extensive demolition on the face of the building, installing hundreds of anchors into the existing stone panels and installing prefabricated plaster panels set by crane. The muralist’s crew then painted the trompe l’oeil mural that can be seen on the façade of the building today. All of this work occurred while there was a full slate of court proceedings inside the building and the public came and went from the building as usual. These constraints and the technical demands of the project required careful cooperation between Tarrant County as the Owner, architect George Woo, our personnel and our subcontractors. The result was a successful project that was covered in national publications such as Architecture, Architectural Digest, and Southern Living.