Speed Fab-Crete Celebrates
18 Years-Plus Under Current Ownership
Speed Fab-Crete Design-Build General Contractors celebrated a 14-year anniversary in 2012 under ownership consisting of four equal "hands on" partners.
Speed Fab-Crete is considered a purist among America's general contractors who specialize in using the design-build contract method for construction. The company has specialized in design-build since 1951. Currently, Speed Fab-Crete has the most number of officially "Designated Design-Build Professionals" in the southwest, awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America.
Design-build has become an increasingly popular contractual method by which architectural, engineering and construction services are performed under a single contract with the building's owner.
Since 1989, Callahan & Freeman Architects, led by Frank Callahan and Charles Freeman, have been the design member of Speed Fab-Crete's team. Together, these firms have accomplished a variety of design-build applications, ensuring that owners get in their buildings on time and in budget.
An employee management group, led by David Bloxom, purchased Speed Fab-Crete in 1998. While Bloxom is President of the firm, the other principals and department vice-presidents are Jim Barton, VP Purchasing, Carl Hall, VP Plant Operation and Ron Hamm, VP Sales. Another partner, Jeff Spedding, retired in 2011. At the time of purchase of the firm, each of these individuals had been a supervisor of his department for years.
Collectively, the owners have enjoyed more than 150 years of management experience promoting and producing various facilities with the Speed Fab-Crete precast concrete wall building system. The firm also is celebrating 60 years as a construction industry leader, based in Fort Worth.
The firm's 10th anniversary in 2008 also marked Speed Fab-Crete's receiving a major grant to replace five aging diesel vehicles under the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP).
The $388,000 grant, by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, allowed Speed Fab-Crete to acquire four 2008 Mack semi-tractor trucks and a John Deere front wheel loader.
By upgrading to newer, less polluting vehicles, Chief Fleet Mechanic Bud DeRego noted that the state agency said Speed Fab-Crete will prevent 47.4 tons of nitrogen oxides from polluting North Texas skies. The trucks will be used to deliver trailers with precast concrete walls to form a building's exterior. The loader will help to mix raw materials in the company's batch plant for pouring of the wall panels.
Speed Fab-Crete is a Green Advantage LEED Certified Builder with the U.S. Green Building Council. This "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" accreditation allows the company to offer environmentally responsible design and construction to meet and exceed "Green" expectations. Also, Speed Fab-Crete's management and project supervisors include individuals who are Green Advantage Certified Builders or Job Superintendents.
The firm promotes a whole-building approach by offering environmentally friendly facilities in these areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, durable building materials and air quality control. Also, the Speed Fab-Crete concrete wall building system is considered a sustainable product because the components include recyclable materials.