Turner is a national construction company that takes a localized approach to the communities in which it operates. An investor in the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) for six years, the company is a devoted corporate citizen, always eager to utilize its national and international relationships to help support the growth of the San Antonio region. Kyle Weller, Project Executive with Turner, discussed the company’s impact on growth and construction within the San Antonio region.
SAEDF: Tell us a little about Turner in San Antonio.
KW: Turner has been building in San Antonio for the last 40 years. We have had the privilege of building for many great clients including the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, CPS Energy, UTSA, Trinity University, Alamo Colleges, San Antonio ISD, The Spurs, Center for Healthcare Services, UHS, Weston Urban, Caterpillar, Indo-MIM, Microsoft, Navistar, and Toyota – to name a few. Our portfolio ranges from minor upgrades to high-finish interiors, to ground-up construction. No matter what the scope, we approach every project with our core values in mind: Teamwork, Integrity and Commitment. We strive to make every client a “client for life.” We value the long-term relationships we have established locally and nationally, and look forward to growing those relationships for years to come.
Having been part of the San Antonio business community for 40 years, what keeps Turner growing in San Antonio?
There are a lot of great companies and competitors in San Antonio that keep us on our toes. For us, doing business in San Antonio is all about building people and investing in our community. While we are a national company, we strive to ensure our local presence is reflective of the diverse community we serve and focus our recruiting and training efforts in that light.
Turner has a long track record for investing in and developing Underutilized Business Enterprises (UBEs). Our objective is to increase the visibility, improve the economic viability, and expand opportunities for the successful utilization of these small businesses. We are invested in numerous community outreach programs to help ensure the success of the growing local industry.
How is the construction industry in South Texas evolving amid the pandemic?
The industry in South Texas, as well as throughout the US, is adapting to enhanced safety measures to ensure workers can complete their work in a safe and socially distanced environment. This continues to push innovation and the use of technology and prefabrication to streamline onsite installation. Making our people feel safe and supported as they come to work every day is our top priority. We take pride in our commitment to provide the safest possible work environment for everyone involved on our projects by fostering a culture of active caring.
We are proud to state that amid unprecedented circumstances, Turner has prevented any jobsite shutdowns, furloughs, or reduction in labor force/staff.
From a construction activity standpoint, the market is South Texas has been resilient throughout the pandemic. Although the Houston area has seen a downtick in activity, San Antonio and Austin remain strong. With that strong activity, we anticipate a continued strain on skilled worker availability throughout 2021 and 2022. This could present opportunities for people whose jobs have been impacted by the pandemic and are searching for their next career move.
It was recently announced that Turner will build Navistar’s new truck manufacturing facility in south San Antonio. Can you tell us a bit about the project?
We are thrilled to be a part of this stimulating project for San Antonio! The project will be five (5) buildings (general assembly, logistics, body shop, paint shop, and truck specialty center) totaling approximately 950,000 sq. ft. We are excited to play a small part in the economic development of South San Antonio and to have a hand in this new industry-leading manufacturing facility for Navistar diesel and electric trucks.
Our Team is moving quickly in the field, and additional opportunities for trade partners will be available over the next few months.
For more information on Turner’s San Antonio operations, visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com/office-network/san-antonio