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Time is of the essence

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FLOWER MOUND, TX – All of us have seen that phrase - time is of the essence - many times before and for Forrest FRANCIS Construction their latest completed project, North Central Texas College at Flower Mound, was a strong example of this.

“We were given 75 days to complete a 150-day project and we turned it over to them in 56 days,” said Keith Francis.
    Rapid completion schedules like this requires that all project participants be on board and like-minded in their execution.
    “Todd Weaver, owner of Weaver Commercial Real Estate really brought this project to Flower Mound. Todd put the college and property owners Eagle Equity of Dallas together. He worked with the town council and planning department and presented the opportunity,” continued Francis.
    “All of us worked as a team and the end result was a quality project finished ahead of schedule.”
    North Central Texas College is based in Gainesville and is the oldest continuously operating public two-year college in the state. The new location in Flower Mound will be a satellite stand-alone college campus.
    Located at 1200 Parker Square, the 35,000sf, two-story building with a brick and glass exterior was an unfinished shell when the contractors arrived.
    The $1.650 million project has classrooms, labs, offices, student lounge, teacher lounge and uses higher end finishes including stain grade molding and doors throughout.  Ceilings are grid and acoustical tile with decorative tiles highlighting some of the areas.
    Flooring specifications called for a combination of high-end vinyl tile with a slate appearance and carpet.
    When asked what made this project unique, Francis goes back to all the project participants and how fully committed they were to make this project work.
    “It had to come together so fast to meet their timelines. Honestly, that is the whole story.
    “All the project participants were 100% committed – the owner, real estate broker, tenant, contractors and trades and the town of Flower Mound.  The cooperation from all of them made this unique.
    “This let us solve most items and decisions that could have been a problem or cause delays during construction.  All the surprises were ironed out prior to starting,” concluded Francis.
    The architect was Gary Beavers who is also a partner in Forrest Francis Construction.  All MEP design was done in-house also.  The project manager and superintendent was Keith Francis.
    The major subcontractors for the project were: T. L. Crow Interiors, Dring Air Conditioning, Chandler Electric, Parker Precision Plumbing and DD&F Flooring.
    Forrest FRANCIS Construction is based in Flower Mound and builds in the light commercial market. –bd


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