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Spring Branch ISD: Winter Storm Uri & Emergency Plumbing Repairs

For more than three decades, Jamail & Smith has responded to those in need by getting our communities, and the people in those communities, back up and running after a disastrous event. In the wake of Winter Storm Uri, Spring Branch ISD called upon Jamail & Smith Construction for plumbing…

Spring Branch ISD: Valley Oaks Elementary

Last week, we talked about that the design and install of new high-end playground equipment at Meadow Wood playground. This week, we want to talk about a request that was made in response to COVID-19 for the safety of the students and teachers at Valley Oaks Elementary School. Due to…

Spring Branch ISD: Meadow Wood Playground

Spring Branch ISD called upon our team to design and install new high-end playground equipment at Meadow Wood playground. This was a half a million dollar playground that required installation, fall protection surfacing, and sidewalks.  In order to meet the needs of our client, our team demoed existing benches and…

Our Long-Standing Relationship with Spring Branch ISD

Spring Branch ISD was the first Texas school district to implement job order contracting. Our project managers and estimators were part of the original team for this expeditionary program. Executing over 219 work orders in three and a half years in support of a construction bond program, Greg Smith, Lisa…

Jamail & Smith Construction, A Family Affair

Did you know Jamail & Smith Construction started with Jim Jamail and his dad, Sam Jamail?  1979 – Football Dreams or Bust?  After giving up his football dreams, Jim came home to finish school. His dad, Sam, worked at the post office for 30 years but always did small jobs…

“Make It Safe” – George Bush Intercontinental Airport

The Jamail & Smith team responded immediately when road repair work caused damage to an underground tunnel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. You can read more about the details of the incident in last week’s news blog post. The incident caused concrete to fall into the tunnel, and it caused…

Emergency Response at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is Houston’s largest airport. It’s also the United States’ eighth busiest airport providing non-stop services to over 185 destinations in the US and 70 direct international flights.  When an incident occurred at the airport, the Jamail & Smith team was called in to provide emergency response…

Zilker Café - Quality Construction Result

Dedicated to making their clients look great, Jamail & Smith worked closely with the design team and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to deliver a quality construction result that adhered to the unique needs of this historic and beloved café. Although the building was renovated, rest assured that the…

The Unique Challenges of the Zilker Café Project

The past couple of weeks, we have been discussing the Zilker Café project. This historic building offered some unique challenges because the rehabilitation needed to reflect the original look and feel of the building, and certain components of the building had to be preserved. Read more about the Rehabilitation of…

The Rehabilitation of Zilker Café

In order to re-open the building, extensive renovations to bring the facility up to code needed to take place. The rehabilitation of the building also needed to reflect the original look and feel of the building, and certain components of the building had to be preserved. The building also needed…

The History of Zilker Café

Zilker Café at Barton Springs Pool is beloved by many in the Austin community. You won’t be surprised to hear local residents reminisce about ordering their favorite soda from the concession stand with their parent or grandparent in the early ‘60s.  Zilker Café was constructed in 1960, with the intent…

A Look Back at our Favorite Easters

Easter is a time for family to come together. Here at Jamail & Smith Construction, we reminisce on special moments spent with family over Easter. Here are a couple of our team members’ favorite Easter memories.   Rob, one of our JOC Estimating Managers describes how Easter usually went in…

We're Hiring! Senior Project Manager Role In Houston

Looking for an opportunity to apply your talents in an environment where you are challenged and appreciated for your contributions? Look no further!  Who We Are Jamail & Smith is enthusiastically committed to delivering quality construction results that your clients will love, and has been for over thirty years. How…

Rob Peterpaul, Certified JOC Professional (CJP)

Congratulations Rob Peterpaul for being awarded the Center for JOC Excellence’s designation as a “Certified JOC Professional” (CJP). This unique credential is awarded to individuals who demonstrate a broad degree of experience and industry recognition in Job Order Contracting across the multi-functional areas of General JOC Construction, Procurement and Contracting,…

Austin's First Portland Loos

For some time, there has been a noticeable need for safe, and easily accessible public restrooms in downtown Austin. To accommodate this need, the City of Austin, Jamail & Smith Construction, and the Portland Loo company worked closely together to install Austin’s first two Portland Loos. Along with providing a…

The Castleman Bull House Project

Part of Austin’s early history is the historic Castleman-Bull House, built in 1873. It was moved to its current downtown Austin location on Red River Street in 2001, donated to the city by St. David’s Episcopal Church. Built by R.M. Castleman, a prominent Austin Merchant, and occupied by four Castleman…

Charging Stations Success Story

Jamail & Smith Construction partnered with the city of Austin, Austin Energy, ChargePoint, and EEA Consulting Engineers to install seventy-six electric vehicle charging stations at nineteen sites throughout Austin. These state-of-the-art, wifi enabled DC Fast Charging Stations were partially funded by grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Jamail…

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