Houston's Top Commercial Construction Contractors Receive Prestigious APEX Awards

Houston’s commercial construction industry celebrated the most outstanding projects built by AGC Houston members at the Awards for Project Excellence on Saturday, September 2, 2018. More than 500 guests attended the biennial event at The Houstonian, which featured KHOU TV’s Meteorologist Brooks Garner as master of ceremonies. Eighteen general and specialty contractors took home 37 Gold, Silver and Bronze APEX awards for outstanding building projects. APEX recognizes and honors firms for their excellence in design and construction, their valuable contributions to the community, and advancement to the commercial building industry. 

AGC members submitted 100 entries in categories that include healthcare and research, education, industrial, liturgical, hospitality, interiors, renovation, entertainment, sitework and greenspace. Each entry had to have been completed between April 1, 2016 and April 30, 2018, within the 24 counties that comprise AGC Houston’s territory.

More than 60 qualified judges representing the architectural, engineering and construction industry toured the projects in July and met with project teams. Each winning entry’s selection was based on contribution to the community and/or environment; quality of the management process in serving the client; safety records; difficulty in construction; site tour; and completion within budget.

The event also honored Peter Dawson, AIA, NCARB, with the 2018 AGC Houston Master Builder Award. 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. As 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. 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.

“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 Master Builder Award recipient for his unwavering support of the commercial construction industry and his substantive contributions to Houston’s world-renown built environment.

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Project Company  Award Level Category 
 Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)  Brookstone, LP  Gold  GC-16 Office Building: Under $20M
 The Aquarium at Moody Gardens  Gilbane Building Co.  Gold  GC-09 Entertainment
 Phillips 66 Campus Project  Gilbane Building Co.  Gold  GC-17 Office Building: Over $20M
 MDA LeMaistre  Linbeck Group, LLC  Gold  GC-14 Health Care: Under $10M
 MD Anderson Cancer Center - Rotary House International  Linbeck Group, LLC  Gold  GC-15 Health Care: Over $10M
 A.D. Players Theater  Mission Constructors Inc.  Gold  GC-09 Entertainment
 Lone Star Flight Museum  MLN Company  Gold  SC-11 MEP Engineering
 Charles H. Milby High School  Tellepsen  Gold  GC-05 Renovation/Remodel
 Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory  Vaughn Construction  Gold  GC-07A Laboratory/Veterinary
 Hotel ZaZa Memorial City and The McCarthy  Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.  Silver  GC-06 Hospitality
 Texas A&M RELLIS, Center for Infrastructure Renewal  Bartlett Cocke General Contractors  Silver  GC-07 Laboratory
 Hines Market Square  Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.  Silver  SC-09 Exterior Finishes: $5-10M
 Pasadena ISD Pomeroy Elementary  Durotech, Inc.  Silver  GC-13 K-12 Education: Over $10M
 Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  Linbeck Group, LLC  Silver  GC-07A Laboratory/Veterinary
 The Kinkaid School - Site Improvements  Linbeck Group, LLC  Silver  GC-09 Entertainment
 Klein Cain High School  Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.  Silver  GC-13 K-12 Education: Over $10M
 George R. Brown Convention Center - Renovation - Avenida de las Americas  Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.  Silver  SC-01 Site Work/Landscaping/Demolition
 Houston Methodist St. John Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit Renovation Project  SpawGlass Construction Corp.  Silver  GC-14 Health Care: Under $10M
 UTMB East Plant  Tellepsen  Silver  GC-01 Plant/Industrial
 University of Houston Health 2 Building (formally Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2)  Tellepsen   Silver  GC-08 Higher-Education
 The British International School of Houston  Tribble & Stephens Construction, Ltd.  Silver  GC-13 K-12 Education: Over $10M
 Aloft Houston Downtown  Arch-Con Corporation  Bronze  GC-06 Hospitality
 St. Luke's United Methodist Church  Brookstone, LP  Bronze  GC-18 Liturgical/Church
 Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands  Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.  Bronze  SC-05 Interior Finishes: $0-5M
 609 Mai  Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.  Bronze  SC-05 Interior Finishes: $0-5M
 Katy ISD Legacy Stadium  Durotech, Inc.  Bronze  GC-09 Entertainment
 Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library  Gilbane Building Co.  Bronze  GC-20 Municipalities
 Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands  Letsos Company  Bronze  SC-11 MEP Engineering
 Sunset Coffee Building  Linbeck Group, LLC  Bronze  GC-05 Renovation/Remodel
 Sunset Coffee Building  Linbeck Group, LLC  Bronze  GC-10 Historical Renovation
 YES Prep Northline  Linbeck Group, LLC  Bronze  GC-13 K-12 Education: Over $10M
 Porsche Of North Houston  O'Donnell/Snider Construction  Bronze  GC-03 Retail
 University of Houston Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building  Tellepsen  Bronze  GC-07 Laboratory
 Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands Campus  Tellepsen  Bronze  GC-15 Health Care: Over $10M
 Convention Center Improvements, Partnership Tower, and Parking Garage  Vaughn Construction  Bronze  GC-06 Hospitality
 New Hospital and Medical Office Building  Vaughn Construction  Bronze  GC-15 Health Care: Over $10M
 International Union of Operating Engineering Training and Conference Center  W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.  Bronze  GC-06 Hospitality