Former Texas Children's Hospital Executive Leader, Peter Dawson, Honored by AGC Houston


AGC Houston recognized Peter Dawson, AIA, NCARB, with the 2018 AGC Houston Master Builder Award to acknowledge his long-standing support of the construction industry and as a champion for the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) which developed an established process to nurture and grow the construction workforce pipeline. Dawson recently retired as Sr. Vice President of Facilities Services at Texas Children’s Hospital where, for 16 years, he held the executive leadership responsibility for Facility Planning, Design, Project Management, Facilities Operations, and Security Services.

Dawson received the AGC Houston Master Builder Award on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the biennial Awards for Project Excellence (APEX), which recognize the most outstanding commercial construction projects built by AGC Houston members.  “This award, which was first introduced in 1994, is bestowed to an individual or organization that has made a distinguished contribution to the built environment in the Greater Houston area” stated AGC Houston President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud. “Our Board of Directors unanimously voted to induct Pete Dawson as the 2018 recipient of the Master Builder Award for his unwavering support of the commercial construction industry and his substantive contributions to Houston’s world renown built environment.”

Under Dawson’s leadership, Texas Children’s Hospital became one of the first owners to recognize the value of Construction Career Collaborative (C3).  He became a champion in supporting the initiative as he realized that (building) owners can have a positive influence on aiding an established process that nurtures and grows the construction workforce pipeline.

Texas Children’s Hospital became involved in C3 very early on as one of six Beta projects that also involved W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. Dawson believed that being involved as a testing ground for the C3 principles was less of a risk than not doing so. “Pete championed and embraced the idea of bringing the design and construction teams together early on in the building process and work in a collaborative way,” stated Laura Bellows, CEO and Chairman of the Board for W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.

As a the project executive for the hospital, he oversaw the successful completion of 3 million+ square feet of major building projects with combined budgets totaling over $2 billion. Dawson’s extensive background in healthcare facility planning, design, and construction includes developing and leading innovative project management and project delivery processes for complex healthcare projects and facility programs.

 Prior to working at Texas Children’s Hospital, Dawson was the Director of Facility Planning at MD Anderson, a position he held from 2000 to 2001. Under his leadership, the institution developed a 10-year/5 million square-foot building expansion program.