Members of Freese and Nichols’ Southeast Texas team hosted a construction education workshop for Engineers Without Borders to teach volunteers about the challenges of building a small cistern in Kenya. Volunteers got hands-on experience with forming, installing bedding, placing concrete and finishing concrete. More than 15 volunteers took part, including project engineer Amanda Stubblefield and construction managers Andrew Turnbough and Isaac Brooks. Remote implementation of the project began in Kenya in November.

JE Dunn Construction partnered with Harris County Pets at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility dedicated to pet adoption, health and resources in November. This $24-million, 55,000-sq-ft animal care center includes a veterinary clinic, animal housing and intake, and a community outreach and educational center. The JE Dunn team designed, painted and donated two custom tables that represent the organization’s colorful spirit and dedication to the community. Special guests included Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris Co. Public Health.

In October, a limited-attendance ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower at Children’s of Mississippi Hospital on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Brasfield & Gorrie built the tower and an adjacent parking deck. The expansion complements the Blair E. Batson Tower at Children’s of Mississippi to form the state’s only children’s hospital.

Cutting the ribbon on the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower are, from left: the Sandersons’ daughters Julie Richard, Emily Whitaker and Katy Creath; patient Miracle Brown and her grandmother Aretha Edwards; state Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Sybil Cumberland and her mother, Tara Cumberland; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; former Gov. Phil Bryant; and Melanie Morgan, board chair of Friends of Children’s Hospital. Behind them stand leaders in medicine and government.

The Oklahoma Safety Council (OSC) presented Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Co. with the 2020 Pinnacle Safety Award during a small ceremony on Nov. 3.

“The distinguished Pinnacle Safety Award recognizes an Oklahoma Safety Council member company that displays the highest levels of excellence and quality in their industry,” said Betsey Kulakowski, executive director of the OSC.

Pictured left to right: Trista Shomo, senior safety manager at Manhattan Construction Co.; Kulakowski; and David Evans, senior safety manager at Manhattan Construction Co.

The recent foundation placement for the eight-level patient tower at the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital was as close as PhiloWilke’s team has come to having a social event this quarter. Team members from Memorial Hermann, PhiloWilke Partnership and the Austin Commercial Construction team were in attendance.