Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 120
Commercial | CENTRAL BUILDERS INC.
WITH ITS FOCUS ON CRAFTSMANSHIP AND
TEAMWORK, CENTRAL BUILDERS INC. DELIVERS
PROJECTS ON SCHEDULE. BY STACI DAVIDSON
entral Builders Inc. (CBI) deals with the same problems
that come standard in the construction industry: remaining on budget, delivering projects on schedule and finding
skilled labor to complete the work. But the Texas-based
general contractor demonstrates in its nearly 30 years of history that
it does not let any of these issues derail its focus. By addressing these
issues head on, CBI has developed a long-standing reputation for
building quality, award-winning projects.
"What sets us apart is the overall ability to meet schedules and
that we have the do-whatever-it-takes attitude to deliver on schedule," partner and Vice President Bryan Ehrlich says. "We don't let
unforeseen conditions or added scopes of work stop our projects. If
something has to get done, we get it done and figure it out later with
the owner on how we handle the financial burden of the change."
CBI was founded on a quality and service philosophy, and the
company has not wavered from that. Ehrlich's father, Carl D. Ehrlich,
established CBI in 1989 after he noticed a void in the supermarket
construction industry. He was a superintendent for a major commercial contractor in Texas, and noticed his employer had not put much
thought into the fixtures and décor packages in a large grocery store
remodel and construction of new stores.
"When my dad came in, he was bidding fixture and décor packages on Albertsons projects," Bryan Ehrlich explains. "He did 50 or
more of those types of projects, and got to know people in the company's construction department. They gave him one store remodel
as a test and the rest is history."
Since then, CBI has completed more than $600 million in projects,
including large-scale remodels, expansions and ground-up construction. Based in San Antonio, CBI is known for
quality workmanship, clear communication,
prompt service and timely billing.
has completed more than
$600 million in projects since
its founding in 1989.
received a Pyramid Award
from ABC for its recent work on
an H-E-B grocery store.
Central Builders Inc.
Last year, CBI received a Pyramid Award
from Associated Builders & Contractors
(ABC) for its recent work on the H-E-B
grocery store in Spring, Texas. "That was a
two-sided expansion that we completed
in 12 weeks," Ehrlich says. "It was very
fast and a lot of stress, but we pulled it off.
Very fun, but very hectic. The results were
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- Bryan Ehrlich, vice president and partner
what the customer wanted, that was all that
mattered to our team."
CBI is working on Boone Elementary in San
Antonio, one of CBI's largest projects to date. It
has required yearlong work in phases, involving
working safely around the students and teachers. CBI has expanded the administrative security office and renovated the library, and now it is
renovating many of the remaining classrooms.
"This is not easy work and there are always
problems, but as long as you have a good architectural and engineering team and you work
closely with your customers, you can overcome