On October 19, 2011, Marek Brothers gathered a group of industry leaders for a presentation and conversation about two alternative scenarios of what Houston may look like by the year 2040. The 2040 Scenarios are the result of research and analysis by the Center for Houston’s Future. The purpose of the evening was to use the possible scenarios to start a dialog about the future of a sustainable workforce, particularly for construction. Members of the Construction Citizen team were present, and these are a series of posts covering the event.

The posts are listed in reverse chronological order, with the first post at the end and the most recent post at the top of this list.

The Construction Citizen series about the presentation of two possible scenarios for what Houston might be like 30 years from now continues.  In this video containing the last of the “exit interviews” which the Construction Citizen team gathered following the 2030 Scenarios Event, attendees offered their first impressions and thoughts about the presentation and the discussion that October evening.  The first scenario presented was “Learning to Live” and was given the color green as a way to identify it from the second scenario, which was “Playing to Win” and which was identified with the color blue. Read more » about Final Post-Presentation Interviews with Attendees of the 2040 Scenarios Event

Following an event at the offices of Marek Brothers Systems at which Houston professionals were introduced to two possible scenarios for the city’s future, some of the attendees offered their first impressions and thoughts about the presentation and the discussion.  In the video below, you can listen to parts of three conversations which took place as the attendees were leaving for the evening.

First you will see Donna Rybiski of the Center for Houston’s Future interviewing Bonnie McLoud and Kent Wiseman.  Donna asked them Read more » about More Post-Presentation Interviews with Attendees of the Houston 2040 Scenarios Event

As previously reported in the Construction Citizen series about the 2040 Scenarios event, the evening included a discussion between the group of industry leaders who attended about their thoughts and reactions following the presentation of the two scenarios.  The first scenario presented was “Learning to Live” and was given the color green as a way to identify it from the second scenario, which was “Playing to Win” and which was identified with the color blue.  The following is a transcript of the questions which Mike Holland led the discussion with, and the comments those questions generated.  This is the second of two posts on this discussion.

In these scenarios, what emerges as a leading concern for our industry?  

Read more » about Industry Leaders Discuss Reactions to 2040 Scenarios, part 2 of 2

As previously reported in the Construction Citizen series about the 2040 Scenarios event, the evening included a discussion between the group of industry leaders who attended about their thoughts and reactions following the presentation of the two scenarios.  The following is a transcript of the questions which Mike Holland led the discussion with, and the comments those questions generated.  This is the first of two posts on this discussion.

How would the construction industry be affected by each of these scenarios?  First, how would it be affected by “Learning to Live”?

“I think we will be increasing the number of educated employees in the construction industry.”   Read more » about Industry Leaders Discuss Reactions to 2040 Scenarios, part 1 of 2

One of the attendees of the 2040 Scenarios presentation and discussion was Hal Sharp, an architect with Gensler.  After the event wrapped up, Donna Rybiski from the Center for Houston’s Future asked Sharp what his reactions to the scenarios were.  Excerpts from the interview are included in the video below.

He stated that he had the strongest reaction to the second scenario presented, “Playing to Win” *, because that was the one that he believes Houston is more likely to be heading toward if the Houston community does not “take to heart” some of the messages which were discussed that evening, and take action.  He was most concerned about the “continuing growth of the divide” between the economic and social classes of citizens, as presented in the second scenario.   Read more » about Post-Presentation Interview with Hal Sharp at the Houston 2040 Scenarios Event

We have been bringing you a series of blogs on a presentation and discussion about possible scenarios of what Houston might be like 30 years from now.  We told you that after the group of community professionals from the construction and other industries had viewed two videos outlining two very different scenarios for Houston’s future, Mike Holland of Marek Brothers led a group discussion about the two scenarios.  During the discussion, the two representatives from the Center for Houston’s Future (“the Center”) who were on hand to present the scenarios took notes on whiteboards at the front of the room.

At the end of the evening, after most of the attendees had left the hall, Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Read more » about Catherine Mosbacher Summarizes the Discussion following the 2040 Scenarios Event

Immediately following the presentation of the two 2040 Scenarios, Pat Kiley, CEO of Kiley Advisors LLC and former president of the AGC in Houston, spoke with Donna Rybiski from the Center for Houston’s Future.

She asked Mr. Kiley for his first impressions following the presentation and discussion.  Kiley felt that both scenarios were very plausible, and that both offered the construction industry in the Houston area a very positive prognosis, but also some very real challenges.  He noted that both scenarios indicated an increase in construction which would create a demand for a larger skilled workforce than Houston is currently prepared to provide.  Speaking about the decrease in training  and the lack of increase in wages which has trended over the past several years, Kiley pointed out that the industry will need to do a lot of work to provide what will be needed, even if there were not going to be an increased need for double or Read more » about Post-Presentation Interview with Pat Kiley at the Houston 2040 Scenarios Event

One of our bloggers, Pat Kiley, CEO of Kiley Advisors LLC and former president of the AGC in Houston, attended the recent screening of the Houston 2040 Scenarios presented by the Center for Houston’s Future.

Here are his observations and comments.

I think all Construction Trade Associations and their members should see this presentation, and simultaneously learn about the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) and the Immigration Reform efforts.

Either of the two scenarios, or something in between, creates enormous opportunity and enormous challenge for our industry.  The opportunity is to create the built environment required Read more » about Industry Leader Comments on 2040 Scenarios

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