Frequently Asked Questions
C3 Frequently Asked Questions
What is C3?
C3 (Construction Career Collaborative) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit alliance of Owners, General Contractors, Specialty
sustainable craft workforce by positively impacting the issues facing the craft workforce in the commercial construction industry in the Greater Houston Region.
What does it do?
C3 strives to make careers in the construction trades attractive in order to create a safe, skilled and sustainable craft workforce for the future.
C3 advocates for Owners to build projects with General and Specialty Contractors where all workers are paid employees, who receive a Form W-2, are eligible to earn overtime pay, have OSHA safety credentials, are covered by worker’s compensation insurance and are provided Craft and Safety Training.
What are the requirements for a C3 project?
The Owners, whether private or public, designate the project as a C3 Project meaning that the General Contractor and all Specialty Contractors will comply with C3’s principles of Financial Health and Well-Being of the Craft Worker, Craft Training and Safety Training.
How does C3 do that?
The C3 team works with the General Contractor on the project to ensure compliance with the requirements of the C3 Accreditation program, to verify the pay practices of the skilled craft workers’ employers and to verify the safety credentials of those craft workers on the project site. This is currently accomplished through the use of the C3 Training Database along with job site interviews of craft workers by the C3 compliance team.
Who can see my Company’s workforce information in the C3 Database?
Only the General Contractor on a designated C3 project and your designated administrators can access the information in the C3 database. The GC can only see the information attributed to your employees who are assigned to that particular C3 project for that particular GC. No other Subs can see the information on your workforce in the C3 database.
Who is responsible for the program?
C3 has a Board of Directors that oversees the C3 program. That Board is comprised of four owner’s representatives, eight general contractors, five specialty contractors, three industry trade association executives, and two architects.
How long has it been in existence?
C3 was organized in 2009.
Where does C3 operate?
We currently cover commercial and institutional projects throughout the Greater Houston region.
Who are the owners who endorse C3?
- The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
- Texas Children’s Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
- Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
- Greater Houston Partnership
- Ronald McDonald House
- San Jacinto College
Does the project owner pay a fee?
No. General Contractors, Specialty Contractors and Staffing Agencies pay C3 accreditation fees.
How many Contractors, Specialty Contractors and Staffing Agencies have C3 accreditation?
More than 375 of Houston’s best construction companies have C3 accreditation, including:
- More than 220 Accredited Employers including 23 General Contractors
- More than 150 Project Participants currently active on C3 Projects (In addition, many, many more companies have completed their work on C3 projects as Project Participants.)
- Nine Certified Staffing Agencies
Does my company have to apply for C3 accreditation, and pay the accreditation fee, before it can bid on a C3 Project?
No, a company is not required to have C3 accreditation, and pay the respective accreditation fee, until it is awarded the contract on a C3 Project. However, once your company is awarded a C3 Project it must fulfill all C3 requirements before its craft workers can begin work on it.
My company is a General Contractor and a C3 Accredited Employer. Does that mean that all Specialty Contractors working on all of our projects must have C3 accreditation?
No, C3 accreditation is required on C3 Projects only.
Can you provide a description of C3 projects?
Currently, 50% of all major healthcare institutions in the Houston region are C3 endorsers and have projects under construction or have been completed. Included among those are four regional healthcare campuses totaling more than $460M and two large expansions of existing facilities in the Texas Medical Center totaling $750M. This is in addition to a $240M expansion of a museum in the Museum District of Houston. There are several more C3 Projects for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston currently under construction with more expected to begin construction in the coming months. Further, the renovation and expansion of Ronald McDonald House in the Texas Medical Center is a C3 project that is currently under construction. Finally, the San Jacinto College Central Campus Welcome Center, as well as the Block 58 project for Hines, will begin construction as C3 projects later this summer.
Who does the site compliance visits?
C3 personnel conduct periodic job site visits and craft worker interviews to assure that all C3 accredited organizations (General Contractors, Specialty Contractors and Staffing Agencies) adhere to C3 requirements.
Does C3 have a position on Immigration?
C3 does not take a position on immigration or any other political issue. We do encourage craft and safety training for construction workers, no matter their country of origin.
How can a Contractor or Specialty Contractor become accredited?
Applications are available on the C3 website at http://www.constructioncareercollaborative.org/document-links.
How can we become a C3 Endorser?
For information about how your organization can engage with C3, please contact Chuck Gremillion,
C3 Executive Director, at (713) 999-1218 or at email@example.com.