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Member Profile: TAS Commerical Concrete Construction

By: Wendy Ward
Constructive Communication, Inc.

In 1980, Mark Scully started a relatively small general contracting company in Houston with
a team of 20 employees, now known as TAS Commercial Concrete Construction. Eventually, the company narrowed its services to concrete subcontracting, and expanded its market into Dallas. In 1995, TAS acquired American Concrete in Dallas, thus becoming a leader in the concrete industry.

Today, TAS provides turnkey, pour and finish as well as pumping concrete services while managing to pour more than 20 million square feet of concrete each year. Scully, who still serves as President of TAS, stated, “We have a wide range of services including light industrial, retail, institutional, schools, churches, car dealerships, office buildings and light manufacturing.” He added, “Our volume and range of work continues to increase throughout the years.”

In addition, TAS has a firm commitment to service that has allowed it to maintain many long-standing client relationships. With an extensive fleet of equipment, TAS delivers jobs in tight timeframes yet maintains a safe working environment. “We determine our client’s needs and provide solutions that best fit those needs. Our clients depend on TAS to complete projects quickly, regardless of the size,” said Eddie Sanders, Vice President of TAS. TAS incorporates various Tilt-Up projects into the extensive range of services it provides and has been ranked by Concrete Construction magazine as the #1 Tilt-Up contractor in America for 2005, 2006 and 2nd in 2007. Its first Tilt-Up project, completed in 1985, was a 14,000-square-foot office warehouse in Houston.

During the past ten years, TAS has done a number of significant Tilt-Up projects. For instance, TAS utilized Tilt-Up to develop an 88-acre retail project known as Portofino that was styled after the famous Italian city. The Venetian cityscape consisted of bell towers, palatial storefronts, waterfalls and a quarter-mile water canal complete with gondolas. The Italian-inspired design had Tilt-Up with arched openings, radius panels, mitered edges and brick lugs to complete the look. The Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors gave TAS an Award for Project Excellence (APEX) for the Portofino shopping center.

Further, TAS proved its ability to tackle aggressive schedules when it completed two 640,000- square-foot Tilt-Up buildings in just seven months. To ensure the time frame was met, crew members often worked seven days a week for up to 12 or 13 hours. “At TAS, we’ve assembled a large pool of resources that enable us to provide safe, efficient service on time at a competitive price,” said Sanders.

For the nearly eight years TAS has been a TCA Member; the organization has helped the company gain support from other active TCA members, particularly Jimmie Ballard of CMC Construction Services. Sanders noted, “The Tilt-Up industry has been big for decades in Texas and continues to grow stronger. Because of its variety of building types and uses, I think Tilt-Up will have an especially successful future.”

Its volume of completed work has ranked TAS among Engineering News Record’s Top Concrete Subcontractors since 1995. Sanders said, “We’re known not only for our range of services and experience, but also for our positive, customer- oriented attitude.”

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