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throughout. "It's all geothermal as well," he adds. "It's probably
about two months from being completed."

GETTING COMFORTABLE
Cornerstone strives to make sure that everyone on the project
team, including the architect and owner, are on the same page.
"[We] control expectations and make sure our clients understand
and are really comfortable with the process," Pusser says.
However, the process can be taxing on clients, he admits. "It
takes a lot from everyone on the team to pull together to do it,"
Pusser says. "Some of our homes can take years to build, so it's
quite a commitment for our clients.
"There's a lot of different material selections that have to be
[made]," he says, noting that Cornerstone's homes are large in
size, ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 square feet. "It's an extensive process."

KEEPING SAFE
Cornerstone makes safety one of its high priorities, Pusser says.
"We're very good at keeping people safe because of that," he asserts.
As part of this commitment, the company has hired Insperity, a human resources company based in Kingwood, Texas.
"They have a lot of different programs, [including] the safety
side of it," Pusser says.
"On a monthly basis, they visit our sites to review the safety
protocols," he says. "Weekly, we have toolbox safety inspections."

ALWAYS INVOLVED
Cornerstone Contracting Corp. sets itself apart with its management team. "Starting at the top, one of the principals of Cornerstone is always involved in the project," the company says.
"Generally, a full-time project manager working onsite, a full-time site superintendent, and one or more [foremen]
are included," the company says. "We also maintain our own
experienced crew of carpenters and laborers, allowing us better
control over quality, cost and schedule.
"As a team, we include the clients, designers, engineers and
specialists in our weekly site-meetings, involving everyone in the
problem-solving and decision-making process," Cornerstone
says. "We see ourselves as a full-service company, as much as a
construction company, dedicated to making the process transparent and enjoyable to our clients."

Looking forward, Pusser predicts Cornerstone will have the
capabilities to build homes that incorporate additional smart technology and green features.
"They will probably cost more to build, but will need less maintenance and be less expensive to operate," he says. )

SEEKING STRENGTH
When Cornerstone recruits subcontractors, it often goes to a
handful that it uses on a regular basis. However, "We're always
wanting to introduce new subs with new technology," Pusser says,
noting that the company carefully evaluates them.
"You're only as strong as your weakest sub, and we want our
weakest sub to be really good," he says. "We want to find people
that will round out the team. They'll have long term relationships with the clients long after we leave and the project is
completely done."

A TOP TEAM
Cornerstone operates with "a family culture," Pusser says. "Everybody works as a team. We do a lot of things as a company outside
of work that build it. The culture is not so much competitive as it is
about wanting to do the best job and work together."
The company also enjoys longevity in its staff. Among its staff of
more than 50, "The average tenure is about 14 to 15 years," he says.
Pusser is proud of Cornerstone's work. "We've done very
well at controlling our projects," he says. "We have projects
with teams that can work together. We expect every project
will be good, if not great."
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