KAI Announces Acquisition of Fratto Engineering, Inc. in Arlington, Texas


KAI has acquired woman-owned Fratto Engineering, Inc. based in Arlington, TX. Founded in 1997, Fratto Engineering specializes in Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering and has more than 40 clients that include higher education institutions, hospital systems and healthcare centers, local municipalities, architectural firms, electrical contractors, general contractors and other institutions.

Fratto Engineering President Debbie Fratto said the KAI Enterprises family of companies was the perfect fit for the acquisition due to the companies’ shared philosophies and collaborative culture. The acquisition, she said, will give Fratto customers the unique advantage of having design and construction professionals in the same office to provide input and advice on project solutions.

“As we sought to transition to the next period of our lives and careers, we were looking for a firm that exhibited similar qualities in service to their clients as well as a familial culture with their team members,” Fratto said. “It was refreshing to find a firm that valued our approach, reputation and team members as much as we do. Our philosophy of ‘Build It Right and They Will Come Back’ is in line with KAI’s mission of ‘Transforming Communities Through Integrated Design and Construction Excellence.’ We believe in building relationships not only with our clients but also with the communities we serve.”

Under the acquisition agreement, Fratto Engineering’s staff will complete its current contractual commitments to its clients, with all new opportunities as of Feb. 1, 2019 moving forward as KAI Engineering, LLC. Fratto Engineering’s 12 employees will remain in the Arlington office, accompanied by a few engineers transferred from KAI’s Dallas, TX office.

Debbie Fratto and Fratto Engineering Principal Mark Fratto, P.E. will stay on in senior level roles in the Arlington office.

“I am excited to have Mark and Debbie Fratto join the KAI team,” said KAI Enterprises President Darren L. James. “As the acquisition of Fratto was announced, the two of them have been exceptional in their new roles. They are a joy to work with and their insight, knowledge and personal touch serves us well as we provide additional resources and experience to our growing client base.”

Examples of Fratto Engineering’s clients include Huguley Hospital, Angiel Electric, Davis Latham Construction, CADCO Architects, Callahan & Freeman Architects, MPI Architects, Peter Lewis Architect, Rabe Architects, REES, SBL Architecture, Tarrant County College District, VA Hospitals, JPS Hospital and Parkland Hospital.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.

FGM Architects Expands to Austin, Texas with the Acquistion of Jackon Galloway Firm


Founded in 1945, FGM Architects currently serves communities in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin from offices in Oak Brook, Chicago, O’Fallon, St. Louis and Milwaukee with a staff of 88 architecture, design, technical and administrative professionals.

FGM’s core practice areas are PK-12 schools and higher education; public safety, including police, fire and emergency operations; municipal and recreation facilities. Architectural Record consistently ranks FGM Architects among the Top 300 Architecture firms. Building Design and Construction magazine consistently ranks FGM among the top 25 firms nationally for the design of PK-12 schools.

Jackson Galloway Architects was founded in Austin, TX in 1997 by John Jackson and Bob Galloway, partners who began working together as aspiring architects at the University of Arkansas’s renowned Fay Jones School of Architecture. Jackson Galloway, a firm of 14 professionals, operates throughout Central Texas and is well-known for its expertise with faith-based clients. Jackson Galloway has also completed designs for schools, municipal facilities as well as corporate and residential clients. Recently, Jackson Galloway designed the new City Hall for the City of Hutto, a fast-growing community north of Austin.

HDA Architects Completes Renovation, Addition for GG Distributing in Tyler, Texas


HDA Architects has completed a 100,000 square foot renovation and 119,000 square foot addition for GG Distributing in Tyler, Texas.

The project involved taking a former US Postal Distribution Center and turning it into a state-of-the-art Corporate Headquarters and Beverage Distribution Center. The design includes a controlled temperature / concrete tilt-up warehouse for product storage, 25 shipping docks, a drive through for loading, attached maintenance facility, truck wash and fuel island. Some of the architectural features involve a two-story office, a large patio attached to the hospitality room, and a rain garden.

HDA Architects and it’s St. Louis Team of Consultants (Murphy Company, Kaiser Electric, Gabriel Project Management, Alper Audi, Code Consultants and Grimes Consulting) have worked with over 150 Beverage Wholesalers Nationwide on Facility Needs.

The Korte Company Breaks Ground For Senior Living Facility In Dimmitt, Texas


The Korte Company, along with the Castro County Hospital District, broke ground in Dimmitt, Texas to celebrate the construction of a new senior living facility.


The approximately 47,000 square foot facility will feature six assisted living rooms for independent living as well as 54 long-term care rooms. The long-term facility will include 14 semiprivate rooms and 24 private rooms. Additionally, there will be a designated chapel, community room, and activity room. Residents will also be able to utilize the facility’s rehab area and wellness center. Another feature includes a dining room, which is also open to the public, allowing residents to interact with the community.

The new long-term care and assisted living facility will provide its residents with many life-enriching activities for the residents including physical therapy, art classes, day trips, and book clubs to name a few.

According to Chairman of the Board of Directors, Henry Ramaekers, “We feel that we are going to have a state of the art facility, and that it fits our mission statement of providing high quality, ethical, and cost-effective medical services for our county.”  He added, “We feel that we will be fulfilling a need for the elderly of our county, and we are proud of that.”

When completed in December of 2018, the facility is expected to provide additional employment opportunities, with an estimated 40 full-time positions. It will also provide the opportunity for senior residents to remain near family and friends while receiving the highest standard of care.

The cost of the project is budgeted at $10.8 million with a completion date of December 2018.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $250 million in annual construction volume.