Galaxy Builders : Orbiting Success in the Construction Cosmos

Kierron RoseMichael SommerfieldRachel Carr
Kierron Rose - Project Manager Michael Sommerfield - Project Manager Rachel Carr - Junior Editor
Highlights
  • Established in 1991 by Arun Verma, Galaxy Builders specializes in multi-family housing throughout the Lone Star State of Texas.
  • “We are proudly customer first; we leave no stone unturned, and ultimately, our people and culture also add to our attributes. That’s what sets us apart,” says Cara DeAnda, COO, Galaxy Builders.
  • Thanks to strong client relationships, Galaxy secures a lot of repeat business with both new and existing developers, who it goes onto work with for many years on multiple projects.

Galaxy Builders’ distinguishing characteristic is its reputation, which shines with star-like quality. We discuss how the company continues to thrive with COO, Cara DeAnda.

ORBITING SUCCESS IN THE CONSTRUCTION COSMOS

With a population of over 30 million, Texas is the second-largest state in the US, renowned for its vast expanse of land and major cities which require constant infrastructure development and housing. 

To assist with this, Galaxy Builders (Galaxy) provides extensive experience in constructing luxury and affordable housing and active senior communities. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, a modern and vibrant Texan city with unique architecture influenced by a mixture of native Mexican, German, and Spanish cultures. 

Established in 1991 by Arun Verma, Galaxy specializes in multi-family housing throughout the Lone Star State. However, at the time of the company’s inception, Texas entered a savings and loan crisis, which eradicated many building opportunities.  

“The early 1990s were an ideal time for Verma to kickstart his dream of becoming a third-party general contractor. He pursued any construction project he could find, big or small. However, he eventually turned to his passion for multi-family projects,” introduces Cara DeAnda, COO of Galaxy. 

“We have been able to focus on that particular niche for the majority of our existence, and we will primarily continue to do so. We are present in all major Texan cities, offering affordable and market-rate housing, and senior living, many accompanied by state-of-the-art amenities,” she continues. 

A WINNING FORMULA

Galaxy focuses solely on multi-family housing, taking advantage of the current high demand for it in Texas. 

“Although we primarily build suburban, garden-style apartment buildings, there is always an opportunity to expand into other property types. We are not looking to do high-rise projects; that’s not our wheelhouse, but there could be an opportunity to expand to other types of multi-family projects without going outside of what we do well. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” DeAnda declares. 

Galaxy’s target clients are multi-family developers with projects in Texas that seek a value-added general contractor (GC) to join the “Big T”. 

“We try to get involved in deals early on in the build process so we can be value-added team members. In the construction world, there is also the concept of hard bidding, where often the lowest price gets chosen, but we don’t like to do that because we’re unable to add the best value, which requires our involvement as early as the conceptual design phase,” notes DeAnda. 

Thanks to strong client relationships, Galaxy secures a lot of repeat business with both new and existing developers, who it goes onto work with for many years on multiple projects. 

PRIME PARTNERSHIPS

Galaxy’s positive results can equally be attributed to the essential long-term partnerships it has maintained with suppliers and subcontractors. 

“We recognize the crucial role that our trade partners play, and we have strong subcontractor relationships in all trades that are key to our success. We intentionally focus on ensuring all our eggs are not in one basket and implementing a more disciplined process,” DeAnda outlines. 

To spread the wealth, Galaxy endeavors to ensure that a single subcontractor does not receive all the work in their respective trade. This also helps with risk mitigation and ensures that production continues unabated. 

“Out goal is to achieve the 60/30/10 model. 60 percent of the work goes to top-tier subcontractors, 30 percent to second-tier, and 10 percent to a pool of subcontractors, so there is an opportunity to create new relationships while remaining focused on the ones you can depend on,” she explains. 

In addition, the construction industry in Texas, traditionally a leader in the broader economic landscape, has experienced a decline in recent years. 

“Unfortunately, in today’s market, some of our trade partners have not survived the economic challenges we have experienced over the last few years. It’s really hard for a GC to have subcontractors fail as the multiple projects they’re working on are impacted. 

“Therefore, we try not to leave ourselves open to exposure, but still manage to remain true to our subcontractors with whom we have long-standing relationships,” clarifies DeAnda.

“We recognize the crucial role that our trade partners play, and we have strong subcontractor relationships in all trades that are key to our success”

Cara DeAnda, COO, Galaxy Builders

DEDICATED AND DISTINGUISHED

As a multi-family region, the Texan environment is a conducive construction space for Galaxy to operate in.  

However, it is not without the challenges of high construction costs, rampant interest rates, and slowing rent growth. 

“Many different financial factors are making it difficult for new projects to get off the ground, but hopefully, the landscape will begin to shift later this year. Thankfully, we are in a place where we have a strong backlog,” DeAnda excites. 

Indeed, despite market volatility, Galaxy has numerous active projects due to reach completion later in the year, along with new deals that are expected to commence.   

“Developers were striving to put deals together, but market volatility had many moving parts changing on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. That volatility has now calmed down, and developers are now able to quantify the gap and get creative about solving it,” details DeAnda. 

Undeterred, Galaxy has successfully navigated these challenges, giving clients hope and optimism to pursue deals that have been previously on hold.  

Now, clients are starting to work on these deals again, and finding ways to make them happen. 

Furthermore, Galaxy is distinguished by its ability to overcome industry challenges with innovative solutions. 

“We commit to our promises and relationships with our clients. Moreover, subcontractor trades have set us up for success, and of course, our diverse expertise helps.” 

The construction industry is full of potential problems, but as a GC, Galaxy comes with plenty of solutions. 

“We are proudly customer first; we leave no stone unturned, and ultimately, our people and culture add to our attributes. That’s what sets us apart,” enthuses DeAnda.

“We are proudly customer first; we leave no stone unturned, and ultimately, our people and culture also add to our attributes. That’s what sets us apart”

Cara DeAnda, COO, Galaxy Builders

BUILDING THE FUTURE

Galaxy employs an EOS program that helps create a unified vision, organizational traction, and ultimately a healthy leadership team. 

“We seized an opportunity to work on ourselves as a company and create better processes for managing our schedules and budgets, while ensuring that clients know our team is communicating in a timely and effective manner,” DeAnda affirms. 

Galaxy strives to simplify things after the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic and wants to return to the principles underpinning the company. 

“The crazy construction that happened because interest rates were so low meant that so much work was getting done and we lost some of our disciplines. Therefore, over the next year, we want to focus on returning to our foundations that have made us successful for over three decades.” 

Galaxy’s success is not measured by revenue or volume, but rather by other organic factors. If they are delivering exceptional service and high quality projects for our clients, the revenue and volume will come. 

“Our goal for this year is to re-establish our disciplines and processes, enabling us to deliver on our commitments and remain true to our word,” DeAnda concludes.

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Kierron Rose is a Project Manager for Outlook Publishing. Kierron is responsible for showcasing corporate stories in our digital B2B magazines and Digital Platforms, and sourcing collaborations with Business Leaders, Brands, and C-suite Executives to feature in future editions. Kierron is actively seeking opportunities to collaborate. Reach out to Kierron to discover how you and your business could be our next cover story.
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Michael Sommerfield is a Project Manager for Outlook Publishing. Michael is responsible for showcasing corporate stories in our digital B2B magazines and Digital Platforms, and sourcing collaborations with Business Leaders, Brands, and C-suite Executives to feature in future editions. Michael is actively seeking opportunities to collaborate. Reach out to Michael to discover how you and your business could be our next cover story.