Constructive is a full service general contractor built on a philosophy of collaborative teamwork between clients, architects, project managers, and subcontractors. We specialize in modern architecture and our experience and relationships are centered around achieving high quality detailing and construction on cutting edge designs. We are passionate about supporting modern design and take great pleasure in the process it requires.
Rick Fontenot, President
Rick entered the development, design, and construction industry in an unusual path. After having success in semiconductor research and development in a prestigious group at Texas Instruments, he decided to give up the hard earned career to chase a passion for modern design.
After completing MBA studies focused real estate finance and entrepreneurship, he joined Urban Edge Developers to work on a cutting edge sustainable neighborhood known as Urban Reserve. During this five year effort, he was named Vice President and became the primary leader for guiding clients through lot purchases, architect selection, project designs, budget management, and construction.
Rick was one of only two builders in Dallas to achieve LEED-H Platinum certification during the pilot stage in 2008. Since that time Rick has built multiple LEED Platinum and Gold certified homes. He also managed and technically de-bugged some of the bolder sustainability measures of the Urban Reserve common areas including water management of retention ponds that provided for 90% of irrigation needs.
During the Urban Reserve project, Rick was rapidly exposed to over 20 different highly accomplished architects and a wide array of design philosophy and detailing. After understanding issues preventing shading and durability projections from meeting zoning requirements, Rick submitted a presentation of the issue to city planning commission who then approved zoning amendments. He also gathered enough support to accomplish the rare instance of an existing street name change in Dallas.
The engineering and finance backgrounds make Rick particularly well suited to building dynamic budget models and sustainability scorecards to aid project teams in making informed decisions.
For these reasons the UT Austin School of Architecture invited Rick to give a guest lecture to architecture students about the inner workings of Urban Reserve and an in depth discussion of design management pitfalls resulting in un-built projects.
Rick is a married father of two girls, a resident of an existing walkable community northeast of downtown Dallas and a devout member of the Dallas Architecture Forum. From the days of working at Texas Instruments, to time as a resident of Urban Reserve, Rick has been a DART light rail rider and urban walker.
Mark Huss, On-Site Superintendent
Mark began in furniture construction which developed a strong skill base in achieving fine detailing before expanding into full residential construction services. This starting point is critical for understanding the importance of small reveal joints and key surface or joint alignments in modern architecture. Understanding the end goals and expectations at the foundation and framing stages, Mark can achieve high quality finishes that traditional tradesmen simply would not see.