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Chamberlin Raises $10,860 for the WorkFaith Connection Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing raised nearly $11,000 for The WorkFaith Connection at its annual customer appreciation event held at Minute Maid Park. Chamberlin matched funds raised in a raffle among clients and friends who attended the event. Thanks to its efforts, the event grew its fundraising by 21 percent compared to last year. The WorkFaith Connection helps people in transition build a new life through work and faith. Their mission is to give people a second chance at becoming productive citizens and providers for their families. Numerous AGC Houston members support the organization including AGC Houston. The Treehouse Receives Double LEED Platinum - Highest Level in Texas The Treehouse Memorial City, a 14,700-square-foot building that serves as MetroNational's development office, meeting space and showroom for current and future Memorial City projects, has been certified double LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With a score of 95 points, The Treehouse Memorial City has achieved LEED BD+C: CS (Core and Shell) Platinum Level, marking this project as the highest credit point total in Texas and the second highest in the U.S. for this rating system. Photo: G. Lyon Photography, Inc. 28 Construction Career Collaborative Hosts Town Hall Meeting for Specialty Contractors By Chuck Gremillion, Executive Director, Construction Career Collaborative The Construction Career Collaborative (C3) and its message continue to resonate throughout the commercial building industry. This is the consensus opinion of the panelists and attendees following the inaugural C3 Town Hall meetings. These -meetings-held June 30 at Associated Building Contractors and July 7 at AGC Houston-addressed questions, misconceptions, challenges and successes of the industry-wide workforce effort. The candid conversations included the all-too-familiar topics of "making a career in construction attractive again;" "eliminating improper employment practices;" and "the need to reintroduce craft training in all areas of construction." Led by C3 and supported by companies committed to construction careers, this effort can begin to reshape our industry. The theme that seemed to resonate the most with those in attendance was a point made by Pete Dawson, Texas Children's Hospital, and supported by Spencer Moore, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas: owners are looking for value, not just low price. Dawson and Moore emphasized that they are serial builders interested most in the quality of the buildings constructed for them. They know that a high-quality building will have lower maintenance costs and a longer life. This philosophy surprised some specialty contractors who expressed the sentiment that they believed that owners were only interested in the l- owest bid. This theme of value also ties to comments made by Kevin Camarata, Camarata Masonry Systems Ltd., and Steve Mechler, Balfour Beatty Construction, that the construction industry must be better stewards of the crafts as a career. Camarata spoke of the need to "recapture the trades as a proud profession." Camarata stated that the construction industry has been "poor stewards of the profession we inherited." Mechler spoke of growing up in a middleclass family in San Antonio where his father was a plumber, saying the standard of living has eroded significantly in the past 30 years for craft professionals, making it difficult for families to maintain a middle-class lifestyle. He emphasized that the construction industry must do more to elevate the standard of living of its craft workers to attract people to the workforce. C3 will continue to host meetings, typically on the second Wednesday evening of each month from 4-6 p.m., and is also planning to hold meetings for general contractors and owners. Thank you to our panelists who gave their time to help spread the C3 message. In addition to Pete Dawson, Spencer Moore, Kevin Camarata and Steve Mechler, I also thank C3 Board Chairman Jim Stevenson, who served as moderator. Legal 500 Ranks Coats Rose Among Top Construction Law Firms The Legal 500 recently announced that Coats Rose was ranked among the leading -construction law firms in the U.S. in their 2015 directory of law firms. Coats Rose Director Patrick E. Gaas was recognized for his work in the area of industrial construction. For 27 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research program revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in 106 jurisdictions. Gaas is recognized in the State of Texas as a leader in the field of construction law. ■ Cornerstone

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Fall 2015

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
Big Money for Contractors and Other Victories for the Commercial Construction Industry
Best Practices: Look Before You Leap – HR Advice on Knowing the Whole Story
In Memoriam: Remembering AGC Houston Members
Midyear Meeting Recognizes Excellence in Safety
AGC Houston Members Recognized at Texas Building Branch 2015 Convention
Committed to Safety
Past Events
Member News
C3 Hosts Town Hall Meeting for Specialty Contractors
Index of Advertisers/

Cornerstone - Fall 2015