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get the company's design requirements right the first time," Smith
stresses. "In some aspects, it's made it easier under stringent guidelines. Understanding the requirements allowed us to very accurately
price the entire project during the design phase."
That uniformity and the sheer number of dealerships McRightSmith Construction has built gives the company an advantage over
other contractors. "We're very competitive and very consistent in pricing," Smith declares. "We can look at a project and tell you what it will
cost and come in within a reasonable percentage of that every time."

Remodeling Dealerships
French stresses that many auto dealerships are unique in their
operations. "We've dealt with so many dealerships that having
that experience allows us to get through it a lot quicker, especially
when you're doing a remodel," French adds. "The dealerships have
to remain in operation, so we've got to be able to work with them in
phases so they can keep service and sales open while we're in the
process of redoing their store."
The recent remodeling of a Ford dealership in Abilene, Texas,
that was originally a military aircraft hangar required some creative
design. The dealership had been renovated several times already,
and Ford required a large silver tower in the front of the dealership
that carried the company's brands. Sometimes in retrofits, the exact
design a brand requires will not fit the building, so a new way to
design the front wall was invented for the Abilene dealership.

"You have to find an alternate way to do it," Smith explains. "We
ripped the front off the building." The wall was made a free-standing
structure, which had the added benefit of offering much greater
structural support in the ground and the ability to withstand the
high wind loads in the region. "We have additional material we put
on the actual façade of the building, so from a distance it looks like
it's connected," French adds.

Aviation Hangars
McRight-Smith Construction has a long history as a premier construction manager for aircraft hangars built primarily at reliever
airports. In fact, McRight-Smith has built more aircraft hangars
in Texas than any other construction company in the industry.
McRight-Smith's focus on highly customized executive hangars for
individuals and companies is another of the company's specialties.
"Most executive hangars have one- or two-story offices," French
says. "Some have full kitchens, and some have rest rooms and
showers. Some of the hangars are quite extensive with their office
build-out - one of them put in a floor of Astro turf, full masonry and
a faux fireplace - they can't have a real one."
McRight-Smith Construction was founded in 1984 under the name
IAM Construction. McRight-Smith Holdings acquired the assets of
IAM Construction eight years ago. In 2015, the name was changed
to McRight-Smith Construction to avoid confusion and bring the
company's name in line with other McRight-Smith companies.
"We are a family company, and our employees are just that -
our family," Smith stresses. "We enjoy working together, and our
spouses and children know one another - it's a really, really good
group of people."
company's experience with
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