When he was just 11-years-old, Weaver walked into the office of Clayco, Inc., a large design-build and construction firm in St. Louis, asking for work so he could earn money to help his family out. Little did he know, the man he spoke with was the owner, Robert Clark.
For the next four years, Weaver showed up every day after school to “work,” and Clark always found odd jobs for him to do around the site, such as sweeping out trailers and taking out the trash.
“The two became very close in those years,” says Director of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Weiss. The working relationship eventually turned personal, and when Weaver turned 15, Clark and his wife welcomed him into their family.
Weaver went on to attend the University of Missouri at St. Louis, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. After graduating in 1997, Weaver worked as a marketing manager for Dames and Moore, a civil engineering firm, before returning to Clayco in 1999 to work as a project manager and MBE/WBE coordinator.
In 2002, Weaver felt it was time to venture out on his own and decided to start a general contracting firm. “He wanted to do it on his own terms and on his own name,” says Weiss. “And that’s exactly what he did.”
TW Constructors offers design-build, interior renovations and construction management services. Over the years, the firm has worked on healthcare buildings, schools, hotels, office buildings, entertainment venues and other commercial projects across St. Louis and southern Illinois.
“In our experience, no job is too big or too small,” says Weiss. “We have completed jobs as small as a single bathroom remodel to the build of a 208,000-square foot building. For us, it is about showing what we are capable of, building those relationships and ensuring that we are giving our clients what they need.”
TW’s technology partner
For the first few years, TW Constructors focused solely on proving itself as a reliable general contractor. As the company gained momentum, however, Weaver felt it was important to diversify. So in 2006, he purchased a commercial HVAC company, and rebranded it as Mechanical Solutions. In 2015, he developed a fire suppression company, called Fire Solutions.
“By expanding the portfolio and utilizing the different companies, we are able to open the flow of communication during the project, providing easier scheduling of trades,” says Weiss. “At the same time, we are providing savings for the budget by using the same team of experts for multiple facets of the project.”
These in-house services allow TW Constructors to take on larger projects for companies like World Wide Technology, a technology solution provider and one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
The relationship began when TW Constructors was hired for a single renovation job at the technology company’s office outside of St. Louis. After showcasing its abilities, TW Constructors was retained to handle all of World Wide Technology’s general contracting needs.
When, in 2012, World Wide Technology outgrew its office, TW Constructors was hired to build a new 57,000-square-foot, two-story headquarters in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Since then, the design-build firm has been brought back to build World Wide Technology’s 26,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Center, and renovated multiple office buildings on the technology company’s campus.
“We have a wonderful relationship with World Wide that continues to grow,” says Weiss. In fact, the founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, David Steward, has become a mentor to Weaver.
“They really are an amazing team together,” she says. “Todd leans on Dave for business advice and Dave leans on Todd to provide honesty and quality build for his company.”
The mother of all headquarters
This partnership made TW Constructors the ideal choice when, in 2015, World Wide Technology announced it was building a new 208,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Westport Plaza, a 42-acre business and enterta8inment district located just west of downtown St. Louis.
For the project, TW Constructors decided to create a joint partnership with Clayco, because not only was the new headquarters the largest project the design-build firm had ever taken on, it was also one of the most complicated.
“In our experience, no job is too big or too small. For us, it is about showing what we are capable of, building those relationships and ensuring that we are giving our clients what they need.” – Director of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Weiss
Designed by M+H Architects, the new LEED Silver certified headquarters will include a six-story office building, a lower level auditorium with a 75-foot wall screen, a five-story; 763-car parking garage, as well as an adjoining walkway to Westport Plaza.
“World Wide Technology was very adamant that they didn’t want a cafeteria in their new headquarters because they want employees to patronize the restaurants that are already in Westport,” Weiss says.
This led to another challenge for the design-build team because along with multiple restaurants and music venues, Westport Plaza was already home to two Sheraton hotels and lake.
In order to fit the new headquarters, TW Constructors and Clayco had to drain the lake and reconstruct it so it held the same amount of water but fit the proposed site plan.
The World Wide Technology headquarters is also the first project in the St. Louis metro-area to use DIRTT (Do It Right This Time) Walls, movable floor-to-ceiling hollow partitions that can support wires, fiber optic cable and other forms of technology.
President of TW Constructors, Bill Begis says the construction team had to organize the entire schedule around these walls because they couldn’t be installed until after the carpet was laid.
“Overall, it’s going to be a very good solution for the owner,” he says. “Given how quickly technology changes, this system will allow them to update their office technology in a matter of days, instead of having to rip out the drywall to access the cable, the DIRTT Walls are designed with easily removable panels.”
The project is expected to be finished in June 2017, and Begis is already looking forward to using it to show off TW Constructors’ capabilities. “There are so many companies that use minority-owned certifications to make the numbers look good and to get the job,” he says. “The difference is we are a 100 percent minority-owned general contracting company who can deliver a variety of services.”
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