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for foundation work, but after the flooding, it was a foot higher
than before. This required the company to lower it an additional
foot to proceed.
Another Allen Harrison property in Houston, The Highbank,
escaped the hurricane unscathed. Instead of constructing the entire
apartment building with a slab on grade, it found a different solution. "We incorporated a podium design on the southern portion to
where the water was able to freely flow underneath the garage and
under the units," Wood says. "We have quite a bit of experience in
the floodplain."

of Houston. "There are a lot of elements people haven't seen nor do
they understand," Wood says. "A lot of times we have to go down to
the city and try to explain the design and function."
Wood sees a strong future for Allen Harrison, which will maintain
a team attitude between its different departments. "It's not an 'us
and them' mindset," he stresses. "We are in this together."
He also expects to see strong activity in Houston, post-Harvey.
"You'll continue to see a strong market for multifamily in Houston
for years to come," he predicts. "People are going to consider the
option despite the flooding."

Project Pride
Wood is proud of the project team's work on both buildings.
"One thing I like about South Main is that it's an 11-story all brick
building," he says. "You don't see much of that anymore."
He also highlights the detention vault on Citadel, which is 17 feet
deep. When the city experiences massive rain, "It's designed for all
the water to flow into that vault," he says, adding that gravity will
allow the water to drained into the local bayou.
The project team also has avoided accidents, despite the harsh
weather. "We do desire for every person to go home each and every
night," Wood says. "The nature of the beast in construction is that
it's dangerous.
"We do everything in our power to mitigate that," he says, noting
that Allen Harrison employs a third-party safety consultant and
requires its subcontractors to submit their safety plans.
Allen Harrison also takes pride in hiring skilled subs. "We're not a
company that's going to bottom feed and take the lowest, cheapest
guys out there," Wood asserts. "We want a subcontractor who will
give us a quality job and be able to maintain and hit our schedules."

Citadel detention vault is 17 feet deep
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and is designed for water to flow into it
after Houston experiences a major rain.

All Together
Based in Houston, Allen Harrison is a real estate investment and
services firm that acquires, develops, constructs and manages multifamily properties. Paul Harrison Forbes and William Allen Harper Jr.
started the company in 2010.
Wood, who joined Allen Harrison five years ago, credits its success
to its ability to persevere through challenges on projects like the
Citadel and South Main building. "We try to be patient in everything
that we do," he says.
The projects, he adds, required close coordination with the city

Bringing Help
Construction workers were willing to lend a hand to help others
in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, Allen Harrison Co. Managing
Director Joshua Wood says. "It was amazing to see the city come
together," he recalls.
"We had subcontractors who said, 'We're sending all of our
employees to this area of town,'" he says, adding that he sent his
employees to provide aid. "We can just be thankful to have a warm
place to sleep."

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