Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Safe Places for Families

The Church is not just interested in a place to worship on Sundays. Their buildings have uses throughout the week. Most have a basketball court that is amply used by the Young Men program or for dances, some have a softball field on the property, and some have outdoor pavilions for picnics, parties, and devotional firesides.

The most important thing families can do today is to find safe places to interact with the world around them. These pavilions are one example of the Church trying to provide those opportunities.

These pictures are of three pavilions we recently completed in Del Rio, Longview, and Gilmer.

My favorite is this one in Gilmer because of the landscaping included around it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Saving Those Widow's Mites

For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, carefully handling money donated by the sacrifice of the members is a sacred responsibility. Because many of our employees are also members of the Church, we care about how that money is spent as well.

Over five years of business, Patriot Structures has saved the Church over $1.4 million. We compared our winning bid to the bid value of the second place bidder to determine this number. The chart is below.
There is no way to know how much more money we have saved the Church on jobs we didn't win. Due to of the skill of our estimating department, our competition has likely lowered their price because they knew we were going to be tough to beat. So even on those projects we didn't win, having us involved has provided benefits to the Church.

We can provide similar benefits to your organization. Contact us to have us bid your projects.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Building on History

Here at Patriot Structures, we have worked on buildings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all across Texas. We perform remodels and building expansions and other projects for them as much as we can.

Sometimes, when on a project, we notice a little bit of history. Near Beaumont is a building for the Williamson Wards. It turns out that the area saw its first Mormon converts over 100 years ago. That Williamson chapel was built on their original property. The State of Texas even recognized them with their own historical marker:
The historical marker reads:
This community began in 1867 when Louisiana native William Williamson and his wife Joissine Desmarais bought squatters rights and a log house on this tract of public land. Their home served as the community gathering place for socials and church meetings. After the death of their son Absolom in 1890, the Williamson Cemetery (1.3 mi. N) was set aside. Vitally interested in education, Williamson served as a school trustee as did several of his 15 children and their descendants.

In 1900 Williamson and his wife were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; this marked the beginning of Mormonism in this area. The first church house of pine logs was erected about 1901 by volunteers. In 1915 a frame building was constructed here on a acre of land donated by Williamson's son Joseph.

Signs of the Williamson influence in the community include: an early school and a major road bearing the name; the annual July 24th commemoration of the Mormons' arrival in the Salt Lake Valley; the public cemetery which has about 650 graves; the family genealogical association; and this church building which is located at the center of the community.