The Construction Career Collaborative (C3) announced last week that they are taking applications for the next C3 Train the Trainer session. The Train the Trainer course is where C3 Trainers are credentialed to deliver the new C3 5-Hour Safety Awareness Course that is included in the General Conditions and Specifications for C3 projects. The C3 5-Hour course is intended to complement the OSHA 10-Hour course and addresses hazards specific to a commercial construction site. The course also includes information on the Construction Career Collaborative and its efforts to improve the health and well-being of the craft worker.
Jim Stevenson, Chairman of C3, provided some highlights of accomplishments to date. These include:
Enlistment of two Beta Project Owners – Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson – involving
Numerous Specialty Contractors
Hundreds of Craft Workers
Development of a toolkit for participants
An application for accreditation (under development)
Development of an online C3-5 Safety Training
Qualification of 46 Safety Trainers at 23 companies
Development of a job description and funding model through a loaned staff member
Preparation of By-Laws and Policies in order to file as a 501(c)(3) organization
Continued spreading the word to add other project Owners
In addition, the C3 Marketing Committee members, John Stautner and Michele Buckingham, facilitated a discussion with sponsors on ways in which C3 supporters might engage and participate in advancing C3 principles to their members and to the community. Read more » about C3 Supporters Come Together
This month the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) elected a Board of Directors and Executive Committee. This is an important milestone for the organization, and we are extremely grateful to our owner representatives for agreeing to serve not only on the board, but also in key officer positions. These individuals are charged with moving the initiative forward by providing wise stewardship and advocacy for C3 principles. The organization will fill remaining open board positions through 2013. C3 would like to extend our thanks to these individuals and wish them great success in their efforts.
The panel consisted of Jim Stevenson, the President of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in Houston and the current chairman of the C3 Executive Committee; Peter Dawson, the Senior Vice President of Facilities Services at Texas Children’s Hospital and the owner’s representative for one of the C3 pilot projects under construction today; John Roberts, the Executive Vice President of Project and Development Services for Jones Lang LaSalle and member of the C3 Executive Committee; and Danny Thompson, Construction Director of Vaughn Construction and contractor on one of the five C3 pilot projects.
As acting director of the Construction Career Collaborative (C3), I recently talked with Brian Golden of J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC about one of the first construction projects to be built under C3 principles. Golden is a project manager for the Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care, which upon completion will become the newest cancer research facility in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He shared the following conversation with me. –KK
KK: Please tell me a little about the Zayed Building which you are working on – the size of the project and some of the details about the construction.
BG: The MD Anderson Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care will consist of a 13-story new building in the Texas Medical Center. The 620,000 square foot structure is split into four towers from level 3 through 13, with levels 1 and 2 making up the “podium” base below the towers. The building façade consists mainly of a unitized curtain wall system. Level 1 is clad with cut granite on CMU. There are also provisions for a canopy at the main entry and sky bridges to a future garage and existing buildings.