Beyond the Build

Beyond the Build

Re-Writing a Motto

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds…”

I would argue that postmen don’t have anything on construction superintendents.

This week, I received an email from one of our project superintendents building a job with us in Kemah, TX, about 40 miles from Houston. It said,

I have hit it all: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, snow storms, wind storms, hail storms, floods and even tumble weed infestation. (That was different.) There is never a dull moment when it comes to building.

I’ve never heard truer words. He’s back to work now next to the Galveston Bay, after Hurricane Harvey dumped 4 feet of water over the entire site and left us out of commission for two weeks. This certainly pales in comparison to the loss and devastation others experienced, so our initial concern has been focused on the resources our neighbors there lost.

But now, as clean up begins and we get back to work, we’re reminded of the great community our folks are a part of. Our subcontractors seemed to have rallied at this critical stage of construction, and we’ll work together to get back on track for the customer. With all due respect to our letter carriers, I think the construction folks have truly worked through it all.

Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.