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Julio C. Ramon Sr.


At a Glance

Class Year: 1986

Award Year: 2018

Degree: Bachelor of Building Construction

Profession: Construction

Biography

Julio C. Ramon, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science degree in 1986, managed the construction of a stormwater tunnel outlet that helps spare San Antonio’s fabled downtown from flooding, helped transform a closed Air Force base in the Alamo City into a thriving industrial park, and led many other noteworthy projects. He managed the $9 million construction of an outlet to a three mile-long tunnel that diverts San Antonio River runoff safely away from the city center and back to the river south of downtown. The system, completed in 1997, is credited with averting downtown inundations during major flooding events in 1998, 2002, 2013 and 2015. As a head construction manager for Trammell Crow Company, Ramon oversaw more than $75 million in construction and renovations that helped reboot Kelly Air Force Base, which closed in 2001 after the end of the Cold War, into a thriving industrial park that hosts an array of public and private-sector tenants. After his work at Kelly, Ramon formed RAM Building Services, a general contracting firm that provided heavy/civil construction services for private and federal clients including Boeing, the General Services Administration, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Army Corps of Engineers, Border Patrol, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the city of San Antonio, Port San Antonio, the Veterans Administration and many others. After retiring from the industry in 2014, Ramon moved back to Mason, Texas, his hometown, and quickly became an indispensable civic leader, said the town’s mayor, Brent Hinckley. “As an elected official on the school board or the county appraisal board, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, or as a mentor at an elementary school or his church, Ramon demonstrates the most outstanding example of Aggie spirit and character,” said Hinckley, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at Texas A&M in 1976. Part of Ramon’s societal contributions include the 2006 establishment of a foundation that has awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships to local high school graduates.