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construction systems, determined the most cost-effective methods
and materials for these projects."
Cultivating a strong collaborative environment is important to
Galaxy both with its clients and its own internal teams. The company prides itself on hiring motivated people who can help it to stand
apart from other builders. "At Galaxy, we consider ourselves a small,
tight-knit community that collaborates amongst our peers both
personally and professionally," the company says. To build those
interpersonal relationships, the company regularly hosts employee
activities such as fishing and golfing.
That commitment to its employees has earned Galaxy commendations from the San Antonio community. The San Antonio
Express-News rated the contractor as one of the Top Work Places for
2016, an annual workplace competition that surveyed 128 local
companies. Almost 30,000 workers filled out surveys on their companies' work culture, according to the publication.
Both projects are testaments to Galaxy's commitment to its clients.
"Galaxy Builders' strong systems and an attitude of 'our word is our
bond' ensure top quality for both the project owner and the end
user," the company says.
The value Galaxy places in its skilled employees dates back to when
Arun Verma founded the company in 1991. Verma was an Indian
immigrant with a degree in civil engineering when he landed a
construction job in New York. Following the savings and loan crash
of the late-1980s, he decided to start his own contracting business.
Starting with small jobs, Verma slowly built the company into a
contractor with a reputation for multifamily work. When he died in
late-2015, Neilesh Verma, his son, took over the company.
Neilesh is a native of San Antonio and attended the University
of Texas at Austin before joining his father's company in 2005. At
Galaxy, Neilesh gained experience in several positions, including
as a project manager, while working toward a master's in business
administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, which
he obtained in 2009. In 2012, he replaced his father as president of
Galaxy with Arun Verma continuing to act as chairman of the company's board.
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clients and teams.
Since then, Neilesh has worked to bring Galaxy's reputation and
work ethic to a wider client base. In the past few years, Neilesh has
spearheaded several high profile projects, including Twin Creeks
and Cascadia, two separate multifamily projects for San Antonio.
Twin Creeks, a 300-unit garden-style apartment complex, broke
ground in January 2015 and opened in summer 2016. The project
features a number of upscale amenities, including a clubhouse, car
wash, fitness center and resort-style pool.
Galaxy's high-quality of work on Twin Creeks was noticed by the
larger building community and in 2016 the Associated Builders and
Contractors South Texas Chapter awarded the project its Excellence
in Construction Award.
Cascadia shares several similarities with Twin Creeks. The project,
which was completed in spring 2016, is comprised of 280 garden-style apartment units in the Westover Hills community. Amenities include a clubhouse, business center, pool, parking garage, game
room and a sundeck.
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