CobbFendley participated as a Gold Sponsor of ASCE Houston in the 2019 AIA Sandcastle Competition at East Beach in Galveston. The team won the traditional sandcastle category for the second year in a row with a LEGO themed build. CobbFendley engineers and staff spent five hours meticulously sculpting sand into LEGO building blocks on the beach. The contest is a fundraising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the city of Galveston.

Teams from McCarthy Building Cos. from across Dallas and Fort Worth recently came together for a day of beautifying the Trinity River Corridor in the Lower Chain of Wetlands. The Trinity Park Conservancy in partnership with the city of Dallas hosted the 5th annual Corporate Day of Service.

Trash pick-up team at left: Maria Escobedo, David Wallace, Victoria Zaragoza, Riley Seahorn, Dru Horton, Ashley Stults, Mindy Frink, Juliet Anderson, Ashton Waterwall, Vijay Durvasula, Debbie Daniel and Nicolle Plummer.

Freese and Nichols signed up 132 runners/walkers—the second-largest team entered—for the 2019 Victory Over Violence Walk/Run benefiting The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, which provides rape crisis and victim services. Though storms canceled the race for the first time in its 23-year history, the event raised $155,000 from sponsors and entrants.

The joint venture of Yates-Sundt Construction recently celebrated a milestone by raising the final slab of its innovative foundation at the Comal County Jail project, located off Interstate 35 frontage road in New Braunfels, Texas. Because of the clay soil found in the area, which expands and contracts with seasonal moisture, the joint venture decided to use a Tella Firma Foundation. The foundation system incorporates steel helical piers and lifting mechanisms to elevate the concrete slab, creating a 10-in. void to accommodate the active clay soil without damaging the foundation.  Once complete, the new jail will have increased capacity with room to expand, updated technology and a modern design. The facility will operate on a pod system, with four pods divided into six sections. Each pod will be able to hold up to 144 inmates.

In partnership with Houston Food Bank, approximately 250 employees at McCarthy Building Cos. recently packaged at least 60,000 meals for people in need within an hour. Once the meals were packaged, Houston Food Bank delivered the food to the Houston metro area and surrounding communities in need. Assembly took place at McCarthy’s annual Fall Seminar held in Houston as a Heart Hats activity. McCarthy’s entire Southern region was present for the activity.

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 real needs are being met in communities where employees work, live and play.