Category Archives: Education

Amerisure Safety Award

We are pleased to announce that Steele & Freeman has received a safety award from Amerisure Insurance Company for our Outstanding Dedication to Safety!🏅 This accomplishment recognizes the dedication of our entire team’s commitment to prioritizing and maintaining the highest standards of safety. At Steele & Freeman, our first Fundamental is “Sacrifice Everything For Safety”, a value that extends beyond project completion and emphasizes our commitment to our workforce and the communities in which we work. We are proud of each member of our team for their excellence and leadership in ensuring a safe work environment on each of our projects.

SFI Christmas Open House

The Can-Do Crew had a fabulous morning spending time with colleagues, clients, and industry partners at the annual SFI Christmas Open House. This holiday season, we are grateful to work in an industry that continuously works hard, shows support, and exemplifies the true meaning of building a brighter future for generations to come. 🏗️✨

SFI Bike Building Workshop

The Can-Do Crew had a fantastic time at the annual SFI Bike Building workshop! This year, we built 30 bikes that will be donated to community partners for children in need. While this tradition is always a fun team building exercise, it makes it even more special knowing that these bikes are making a difference in children’s lives during the holiday season. 🎅🏼🎄

Beam Signing in Sachse

We had a fantastic time celebrating with our client the City of Sachse at their recent Beam Signing Ceremony for the city’s new Animal Shelter! 🐾 City staff, council members, and the project team were able to leave their permanent mark on the building to celebrate this milestone and the progress on their new facility. 🏗️✍🏼

New fire station and a World Series Championship!!

Steele & Freeman had a great time celebrating with our client the City of Arlington, TX – City Hall at the dedication ceremony for their new Fire Station No. 1. The new 17,600 SF facility replaces the original 1954 building and will provide better living and working spaces for the City of Arlington’s firefighters and K9s. Congratulations to the City of Arlington on the new fire station and a World Series Championship!! 🚒🎉⚾️🏆

City of Midlothian’s Beam Signing

Check out some of the awesome photos captured at the City of Midlothian, Texas – City Hall – Government‘s Beam Signing Ceremony earlier this month! 🏗️✍🏼 Six of the past eight Midlothian mayors stood with current Mayor Justin Coffman to sign the last beam to be placed for Midlothian’s new City Hall and first Public Library. As Mayor Coffman said, “It is on the shoulders of our former leaders that we stand here today, making history together.” Steele & Freeman is incredibly proud to be a part of this project that will serve many generations to come.

Union Gospel Mission Community Outreach Center

After months of hard work and dedication from every team member, we were excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Union Gospel Mission Community Outreach Center earlier this month! The new 27,260 facility will help individuals transition out of poverty to create a pathway to economic mobility by providing them with job training and life skills necessary to secure livable-wage employment and a greater quality of life. We are proud to partner with Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County and look forward to seeing the impact of their work through this facility as they continue to serve our community.

Do The Right Thing, Always.

One of Steele & Freeman’s core Fundamentals is Do The Right Thing, Always. In a world where acts of kindness often go unnoticed, there are individuals who shine as beacons of compassion and selflessness. Carpenter Ricky was recognized by the Blue Mound Police Department for going above and beyond for their community, helping a citizen in need. His act of kindness was pivotal in the assistance of a local family and for his actions, Blue Mound PD recognized his actions by awarding him a special challenge coin. Ricky is an excellent example of being dedicated to his job while also demonstrating an unwavering commitment to do the right thing in every situation. His actions remind us of incredible power we all possess to spread kindness and make an impact on the communities around us.

Meals on Wheels Groundbreaking!

We had a great time celebrating with our client the Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County at their recent groundbreaking ceremony! We are excited to partner with them again for an 18,800 SF addition to their existing facility, which SFI completed in 2016. This expansion will allow Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County to continue their service to our community and accommodate for the growing needs of Tarrant County.

Grand Opening of the new Crowley ISD Natatorium at the Ryan Family YMCA!

We had a great time last week celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Crowley ISD Natatorium at the Ryan Family YMCA. The new facility is guaranteed to enhance the swimming experience of Crowley ISD swimmers and beyond! In addition to meeting UIL requirements for competitions, the Y will also use the natatorium pool to offer swim and water safety classes for members of the community. #CrowleyPrideUnified

Waxahachie Fire-Rescue Department Push-Back Ceremony

Our client, the City of Waxahachie Fire-Rescue Department celebrated over the weekend holding a Push-Back Ceremony for their new Engine 4 at the new Fire Station No. 4 project site. The ceremony honors the tradition of celebrating the arrival of a new apparatus, which cleaned and inspected before it is pushed into the bay – officially starting its service for the community. Guests were then invited to see the progress on our ongoing Fire Station No. 4 project, touring the building and inspecting the features of their new fire engine. We had a great time celebrating this tradition with the Fire Department and community!

TEXO, Distinguished Building Award

We are proud to announce that our project, The Clariden School STEAM Addition won first place in this year’s TEXO, Distinguished Building Awards competition in the General Contractor – Educational Facilities 1 ($0 – $10M) category! This is a great accomplishment for our entire team including WRA Architects, Inc., The Clariden School and our subcontractors. Congratulations to everyone involved!

SFI Honored as One of the Fastest Growing Aggie-led Businesses

We are proud to announce that Steele & Freeman is among the top 100 companies from around the world selected for the 18th annual Aggie 100™ which honors the fastest-growing companies owned by former students of Texas A&M University. This is SFI’s seventh time to be recognized as an Aggie 100™ Company! Congratulations to our President Michael Freeman, Class of ‘91 and our Executive VP Scott DePauw, Class of ‘98. #Aggie100

SFI Wins AGC Outstanding Construction Award for Bill R. Johnson CTE Center

We are proud to announce that our Crowley ISD Bill R. Johnson CTE Center project has won its second construction award, the state-level Outstanding Construction Award from the AGC – Texas Building Branch for the Educational Facilities 3 (Over $30M) category! We were eligible to compete for this title after winning first place in the TEXO, Distinguished Building Awards. Congratulations to our partners Crowley ISD, VLK Architects and all of our subcontractors for their hard work on this project!

SFI Wins the TEXO Distinguished Building Award for Bill R. Johnson CTE Center

We are proud to announce that our Bill R. Johnson CTE Center project won the TEXO Distinguished Building Award for the Educational Facilities 3 (over $30M) category! This prestigious award and stunning project are a reflection of our hard-working team including Crowley ISD, VLK Architects, Inc., and all of our subcontractors. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Photography by Chad Davis Photography.

Welcome New Team Member, Josh!

Please help us welcome Project Manager Josh and his family to the Can-Do Crew! Josh is a native of Louisiana and studied construction management at Louisiana State University. He brings years of experience on K-12 and municipal projects, making him a great fit for our project load.

COVID-19 Update

Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by COVID-19. We are getting creative to distance ourselves using technology as well as added levels of sanitation and personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep everyone safe during this challenging time.

Pre-Bid Meeting for Iowa Park CISD

CALLING ALL SUBS: Steele & Freeman is bidding exciting K-12 multi-site bond projects for Iowa Park CISD!

Join us for the Pre-Bid Conference at 10AM Tuesday at Iowa Park High School (1 Bob Dawson Dr, Iowa Park, TX) to learn more about these projects in advance of the sub bidding.

Design by VLK Architects, Inc.

Type: Additions & renovations to Iowa Park High School, Bradford Elementary School, Kidwell Elementary School
Budget: $16.4M

Plan room:

Pre-Bid Meeting for Lake Dallas ISD

CALLING ALL SUBS: Steele & Freeman is bidding exciting K-12 multi-site bond projects for Lake Dallas Independent School District!

Join us for the Pre-Bid Conference at 10AM Monday at Lake Dallas High School (3016 Parkridge Dr, Corinth, TX) to learn more about these projects in advance of the sub bidding.

Design by VLK Architects, Inc.

Type: Additions & renovations to Lake Dallas High School, Lake Dallas Middle School, Corinth Elementary, & Lake Dallas ISD Multi-Purpose Indoor Practice Facility
Budget: $48.3M

Plans available in our plan room:

Project Update: Ennis Public Safety Facility

At our Ennis Public Safety Facility, Project Manager Nathan reports that in-wall blocking is complete with inspections for in-wall electrical and plumbing as the next step. After that, sheetrock will be installed. With this, the interior of the building is taking shape. One question – Who will be the first to get lost now that there are walls?!

Project Update: Argyle High School

Special thank you to Superintendent Sam and Project Manager Nathan for this update! We are currently installing grade beams on the new administration area and they are 95% complete. We are wrapping up the grease trap which will be tied in soon and preparing to pour the first slab in the first week of January (see photo). This slab will be for the auditorium including the lower seating and back stage. The piers for the classroom addition, new field house and gymnasium are complete and foundation beams will start at the end of January.

SFI Delivers Legendary Service

We strive to deliver legendary service on every project. On a recent school project we were approached about how to build a homecoming float. Rather than merely offering advice, Superintendent Javier and Carpenter Eustaquio took the time to build the float so it would be safe for the students to ride on. Javier and Eustaquio were excited to receive a card and cake as a thank you. #ThisIsWhyWeBuild #SacrificeEverythingForSafety

Space Improvements for Local Schools

Did you know that kids don’t use lockers at school these days? Check out the improved use of this space that is better suited for today’s teens. As part of a large, multi-phased renovation project at a local school, our team is removing lockers throughout the facility and replacing them with benches so kids can have a place to sit and visit.

Fort Worth ISD South Hills High School

We are currently in pre-construction with our Joint Venture Partner Post L Group Drywall & Acoustical Ceilings on an extensive renovation and addition project for Fort Worth ISD at South Hills High School in South Fort Worth. This $39.9 M project will provide new science classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces. Common spaces will be renovated to provide an ideal space for student interaction and collaboration. Architecture by Jacobs & Associates Architects.

June W. Davis Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon cuttings for our projects are always exciting. Today we had an especially meaningful and emotional ribbon cutting at Crowley ISD’s new June W. Davis Elementary School. Words like pioneer, trailblazer and legend are used to describe June W. Davis. It is obvious she is a powerhouse not only in the Crowley community, but in Tarrant County. We were honored to build this school that bears her name and honors her phenomenal legacy. The first day of school is Thursday!!

Steele & Freeman Sacrifices Everything For Safety!

We sacrifice everything for safety! We are conducting safety stand down sessions for National Safety Stand Down Day at all of our sites in effort to prevent falls. Here are a few photos of our Stand Down at our 150,000 SF $70M state-of-the-art Crowley ISD Collegiate High School and CTE project.
We had 95 subcontractors in attendance. We shut the job down and met with everyone to discuss preventing falls on site.
The meeting was led Senior Superintendent Eddie, Superintendent Jeremy, Assistant Superintendent Antonio. Senior PM Jared and General Superintendent Tim also participated. Thank you to Associate Project Manager Justin who assisted with the Stand Down and shared these photos!


Steele & Freeman Groundwork for Success

What makes Steele & Freeman successful? We are dedicated to developing our practice through developing our people. Mentorships are a key part of our development. Here are some of our past and current mentoring pairs that lay the groundwork for our success.

Crowley ISD CTE Groundbreaking Ceremony

It is a very exciting day for Crowley ISD and we are proud to be part of this special day. Today the district breaks ground on their new $74M career and technology education high school designed by VLK Architects.

Northside Health Clinic Dedication

Local dignitaries, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Congressman Marc Veasey, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price helped celebrate the Ribbon Cutting of our Northside Clinic project on November 12! This healthcare facility significantly expands North Texas Area Community Health Clinics’ ability to serve our community. The project achieved significant completion two months ahead of schedule despite having to remove 60,000 cubic yards of limestone from the site.

NBC DFW News Features Roanoke City Hall Project

Our new Roanoke City Hall project designed by RGA Architects has many unique architectural features and for that reason, was featured on NBC DFW News Channel 5 last week.

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Our Keller ISD Center for Advanced Learning (KCAL) project, designed by Corgan, was featured in Learning by Design as an Outstanding Project. Congratulations to Keller ISD and the entire project team! It was also featured on pages 21 and 22 for its leadership in “Innovation through Collaboration.”