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Residential | ALLEN HARRISON CO. - CITADEL APARTMENTS/SOUTH MAIN PROJECT
building," he says. "You don't see much of
Additionally, Wood 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
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 because of the value they bring
to its overall work. "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
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give us a quality job and be able to maintain and hit our schedules."
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 co-
ordination with the city 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."
Additionally, Wood expects to see strong
construction 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."
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