ARLINGTON, TEXAS – May 15, 2014 – Bob Moore Construction has won the prestigious Distinguished Building Award for its Tandy Leather store construction project in Fort Worth, Texas from TEXO.
TEXO is the north Texas chapter of the Association of General Contractors of America (AGC) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). It is the largest commercial contractors association in Texas with more than 1,900 members, and sponsors an annual competition for superior construction projects in Texas. Tandy Leather’s new store earned first place in the 2013 competition in the category of Design / Build projects under $10 million. Criteria for judging included difficulty in construction, unusual construction techniques, final appearance and quality, timeliness of completion and safety.
Winners of TEXO’s Distinguished Building Award are entered into a state-level Outstanding Construction Awards competition, sponsored by AGC Texas Building Branch in Austin, Texas.
The 23,000 SF store is located next to Tandy Leather’s corporate headquarters along Interstate-20 in south Fort Worth and was designed to be the prototype for all future Tandy stores. Built with tilt-up construction, the store features a 100% glass front wall, which showcases the company’s cowhides and other products to passing motorists. A 130-foot long decorative, angular wing clad in metal skin spans the front of the building to accentuate the modern look. The interior includes 20,000 SF of floor space to present the store’s huge inventory of leather and leathercraft supplies. Accent lighting and TV monitors throughout the interior highlight products and a large, circular kiosk hosts several cashiers and customer service representatives.
This dramatic new store is the first stand-alone retail property in Tandy Leather’s 90-year history and was featured on WFAA TV’s Good Morning Texas show in January, 2014.
“We’re honored to win this award,” said Ed McGuire, President of Bob Moore Construction. “TEXO represents the top contractors and construction projects in north Texas so we’re very proud to have won this award in a very challenging competition. Project Manager Kyle Whitesell did an outstanding job with the Tandy Leather store, which is a real showcase of the dramatic type of building we can provide for our clients.”
“I’m very excited about this award,” said Kyle Whitesell, Executive Vice President of Bob Moore Construction. “As design-build contractor we worked closely with Alliance Architects and had a substantial amount of input on the aesthetics of the new Tandy Leather store. Our Superintendent, Bill Brumbaugh, did a masterful job of managing this project, particularly with the installation of the large, angled glass front wall. To have our creativity and efforts recognized by TEXO with this award is a tremendous honor.”