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When did it become socially unacceptable to obtain a career in construction?

At an early age, young children, especially boys, are given all sorts of construction toys. These toys spark creativity and allow our kids the opportunity to use their imagination. They develop concepts such as structural design and receive an early introduction into math, physics, mechanics, and engineering, all of which are turned into fun learning adventures. Cartoon programs with names such Handy Manny and Bob the Builder have become popular and appeal to children’s imaginative personalities. My own son even runs around with a hardhat and tool belt fixing things that don’t really need to be fixed.

If construction is considered to be a great early learning experience, why is it not an acceptable career option for an adult?

Most parents who once supported their child’s curiosity for construction are the first to say it is not a career option. These parents are not knowledgeable about the opportunities that exist for their children or the money that can be made working in the field.

The construction industry is dealing with an image issue that has been set in place for years, and we must now break down these stereotypes. The industry is also dealing with a shortage of skilled and qualified workers and is trying to come up with new and innovative ideas to get young adults interested in a career in construction. It is time to start educating young adults, parents, teachers, and counselors about what a great industry construction is. Working in construction doesn’t just have to be a job. It is a career and a very good one at that.

Pearl Hotel

The San Antonio Downtown Pearl District is getting yet another addition to this up and coming trendy destination. Pearl, which is a 22 acre site, is quickly becoming a culinary gathering place where you can eat, live, learn and play on the banks of the San Antonio River. This culinary and cultural destination has an abundance of entertaining places to visit from its weekend farmers' markets, trendy restaurants, and the Culinary Institute of America.

In addition to the cultural and culinary aspects of the area, the old brewery itself, which was established in 1881 and brewed beer for 118 years, is now receiving a luxurious renovation and is becoming a four-star 146 room boutique hotel. The hotel will feature two restaurants, a roof-top pool, cocktail bar and venue space. Marek is happy to be paired up with Harvey-Cleary Builders on this very unique project, making sure to stay true to the historic value and help it claim its “industrial vibe.” What is great about this renovation is many parts of the brewery will remain from the original smoke chimney and the brewing silos, which is a unique design any hotel would envy. Word has it that there will even still be a micro brewery in the hotel to enjoy three local brews. Please continue to follow for more updates and pictures of the transformation.

Marek Wins Pioneer Award

Marek was the recipient the ASA San Antonio Pioneer Award for 2013. This award was given to Ralph, John and Bill Marek for their 75 years of endurance and success. The pioneer award is presented to persons that have made great changes and advancements within their industry, thereby bettering the construction industry as a whole.

The criteria on which they were selected was their innovative mindset and commitment to outstanding quality of work, customer service, and for their dedication to the community and their employees during the recession. Marek has a positive impact in the construction industry for ethical practices, employee recognition, and benefits programs that have set a high standard in the industry that is upheld to this day and replicated by other companies. The accomplishments of the three founding Marek Brothers fit the criteria and intent of this award beautifully.

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