Houston’s commercial construction industry celebrated the outstanding projects built by AGC Houston members at the Awards for Project Excellence on Sept. 10. More than 500 guests attended the biennial event at The Astorian, which featured KPRC TV’s Khambrel Marshall as master of ceremonies. Twenty-five Houston companies took home 52 gold, silver and bronze APEX awards for projects in 18 categories. APEX honors firms for their excellence in design and construction, contributions to the community and advancement of the commercial building industry. The event also honored Paul Bell Jr. of P. G. Bell Co. with the 2016 AGC Houston Master Builder Award.

The Dallas office of McCarthy Building Cos., along with friends and family members, recently participated in the 2016 Heart Walk to raise money for the American Heart Association. McCarthy employees exceeded their goal of raising $50,000 and raised nearly $60,000 through donations, sponsored walking and selling raffle tickets. McCarthy’s “Heart Hats” community involvement program is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and recognizing McCarthy employees’ volunteer efforts in a variety of causes to ensure that real needs are being met in communities where the company’s employees work, live and play.

CobbFendley’s Baton Rouge office helped to raise supplies and money for neighbors affected by the recent flooding in South Louisiana. By distributing an Amazon list of needed items to CobbFendley employees throughout its 14 offices, the company purchased a minivan full of supplies for the Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge to deliver to families in need. In addition, CobbFendley hosted a bingo tournament, with proceeds from the sale of bingo cards delivered to Catholic Charities. Local employees Kristen Gahagan (left) and Kimberly McDaniel delivered the items and donations.