The event was held by Hensel Phelps, the prime contractor for the FIS project, in conjunction with the City of Houston, to recognize the construction safety efforts demonstrated by the 400 construction workers and trade partners actively working on the site.
“As mayor, I have been to many ribbon cuttings. But this is the first time I have been invited to come pay tribute and acknowledge those who have built those fine buildings or built those terminals or built those bridges. Human capital, men and women, who work every day, are the ones who make the investment and allow all these other things to take place,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Congratulations on 512 days without a lost time accident.”
Turner connected with the construction workers by sharing his work safety experiences as an electrician’s assistant before attending college. Turner added that his job helped him pay for college.
Hensel Phelps President and CEO Mike Choutka said the No. 1 priority should be to send all construction teammates home safely every single day. “The work you do is what makes it possible to have landmark projects like this happen," he said. "Thank you for building America.”
The event included a tour of the ongoing Federal Inspection Services Area redevelopment jobsite and recognition of the team of workers who meet regularly to discuss ways to make work on the project a safer and more efficient process.
“These are milestones that mark our way to progress, success, and completion,” said Houston Airports Director Mario Diaz as he noted the advancement of the project. “We are out of the ground. We are erecting steel. We have the West Pier that will be finished by the end of the year. We have the north concourse that will be completed, and it is the result of the work you do."