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$10,860 for the
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
Construction Career Collaborative Hosts Town Hall Meeting for
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
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.
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
C3 Hosts Town Hall Meeting for Specialty Contractors
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Cornerstone - Fall 2015